Study Abroad and/as Historical Reenactment

  • Kevin A. Morrison


This chapter focuses on the understudied connections between short-term study abroad programs and historical reenactment. While short-term study abroad programs focusing on earlier eras need not be conscious forms of historical reenactment, with every walking tour or site visit they, intentionally or not, elicit affective responses in their participants. Reenactment is an investigative practice that has as its goal, in the idiom of Victorian theater, to “realize” a particular historical moment or series of moments. By bringing the past to life in the present, reenactment as an investigative practice seeks to engender historical insights that cannot be gleaned by analyzing textual sources alone.


Historical reenactment Walking tours Site visits Historical empathy 


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  • Kevin A. Morrison
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  1. 1.School of Foreign LanguagesHenan UniversityKaifengChina

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