Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Board Game Studies Colloquium XX - Programme

Tue 16 May 2017
17.00: Pre-Colloquium Boardgame Café Meet-Up
Bastard Café
Huset, Rådhusstræde 13, Ground Floor, 1466 Copenhagen K

Wed 17 May 2017
8.30-9.15: Registration
Room 15A.0.13 (Main Colloquium Venue)
University of Copenhagen, South Campus, Karen Blixens Plads 8, 2300 Copenhagen S
9.15-10.00: Opening Address
Dr Irving L. Finkel, Assistant Keeper, British Museum, UK
Princes on the Floor of the Playroom
10.00-10.30: Coffee Break
10.30-12.00: Session 1a & 1b
1a) Tracing History I (Room 15A.0.13)
10.30-11.00: Marco Tibaldini: Minor Update about Board Games in Rome: Enigmatic Board Games in Early Catholic Contexts
11.00-11.30: Jonas Richter: Glückshaus: The Game of 7
11.30-12.00: Jakob Gloger: The Mystery of the Black 26-Sided Die
1b) Models, Metaphors, Meanings I (Room 27.1.49)
10.30-11.00: Marisa Uberti: The Symbolic Meanings of the Merels Board
11.00-11.30: Maria Schetelich: From India to Europe and Back: Comparing War Mentalities in Chess Variants through the Ages
11.30-12.00: Iris Ridder: Dame Fortune and God's Providence: A Conceptual Metaphor Analysis of a Swedish Dice Game Book from the 17th Century
12.00-13.30: Lunch Break
13.30-15.00: Session 2
Ancient Games (Room 15A.0.13)
13.30-14.00: Jennifer Genovese: Love Divination Games in Ancient Greece
14.00-14.30: Jiri Jakl: Board Games in Pre-Islamic Indonesia: Finds of Gaming Implements from Shipwreck Sites Considered against Old Javanese and Classical Malay Textual Evidence
14.30-15.00: Jacob Schmidt-Madsen: Phanjika Revisited: Notes On the Early History of Pachisi
15.00-15.30: Coffee Break
15.30-17.00: Session 3
Games Beyond Play (Room 15A.0.13)
15.30-16.00: Espen Aarseth: Does Senet Still Exist? The Ontology of a Game without Rules
16.00-16.30: Greger Sundin: Hainhofer at Play: The Games of an Art Cabinet
16.30-17.00: Ute L. Rettberg: Game Over: The End of Three Decades of Research on the Game of Chaupad
17.00-20.00: Opening Reception
Lunch Room & Terrace
Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, Building 10, 3rd Floor

Thu 18 May 2017
9.15-10.00: Special Address
Dr Mary Flanagan, Professor of Film and Media Studies, Dartmouth College, US TBA
10.00-10.30: Coffee Break
10.30-12.00: Session 4a & 4b
4a) Modern Times (Room 15A.0.13)
10.30-11.00: Antonio José Planelis de la Maza: Will Technology Set Us Free? The Impact of Digital Systems in Non-Digital Gaming Experiences
11.00-11.30: Ida Kathrine Hammeleff Jørgensen: Adaptations in Play: Strategies of Adaptation in Digital and Non-Digital Games
11.30-12.00: Ivan Mosca: Inductive Settings, Deductive Mechanics, and How Pandemic Legacy Connects Them
4b) Education & Psychology (Room 27.1.49)
10.30-11.00: Kira van Bebber-Beeg & Katarina Herde: Board Games in Learning Environments
11.00-11.30: Andreas Lieberoth, Ira Ellefsen, Marlene Nielsen & Charlotte Jonasson: Psychological Dynamics in the Popular Board Game Boom: Playing To Get Together or Getting Together To Play? An Ethnographic Study of Settlers of Catan as a Social Boundary Object
11.30-12.00: Christian Schmidt: Games and Mind
12.00-13.30: Lunch Break
13.30-14.30: Session 5
Classifying Games (Room 15A.0.13)
13.30-14.00: Ulrich Schädler: Murray's Classification of Board Games
14.00-14.30: David King: Dexterity: Between Choice and Randomness
14.30: Cultural Afternoon
Option a) Group visit to the brand new interactive exhibition space at the Experimentarium science centre (
Option b) Explore the city on your own (map & suggestions provided)

Fri 19 May 2017
9.15-10.00: Special Address
Dr Barbara Caré, Post Doctoral Researcher of Classical Archaeology, University of Turin, IT TBA
10.00-10.30: Coffee Break
10.30-12.00: Session 6a & 6b
6a) Tracing History II (Room 15A.0.13)
10.30-11.00: Bruce Whitehill: Uneven Forces: Asymmetrical Games
11.00-11.30: Eddie Duggan: The Royal Pastime of Cupid: Two Early English Association Copies
11.30-12.00: Fred Horn: Metropolis: The First Real Sci-Fi Game
6b) Models, Metaphors, Meanings II (Room 27.1.49)
10.30-11.00: Mattia Thibault: The Semiotics of Boardgames
11.00-11.30: Mikael Jakobsson: Stories of Colonialism Retold Somewhat Lovingly
11.30-12.00: Melissa J. Rogerson, Martin Gibbs & Wally Smith: How Hobbyists Value Boardgames
12.00-13.30: Lunch Break
13.30-15.00: Session 7
Draughts Studies (Room 15A.0.13)
13.30-14.00: Alex de Voogt: Checkers Play in Multiple Societies: An Exploration of the Past and Future
14.00-14.30: Liuwe Westra: The Role of Frisian Draughts in the International Development of Draughts
14.30-15.00: Peter Michaelsen: Dablot Prejjesne and Tavelspel: A Sámi and North Swedish Game
15.00-15.30: Coffee Break
15.30-17.00: Session 8
Social Aspects (Room 15A.0.13)
15.30-16.00: Walter Crist: Prehistoric Cypriot Games: Space, Status, and Social Complexity
16.00-16.30: Michael A. Conrad: Mechanisms of Trust: Board Games as Models of Social Reliability in the Middle Ages
16.30-17.00: Francesca Berti: Playing S’Cianco (Tip-cat): A Traditional Street Game Reawakens the City of Verona
18.00: Pre-Dinner Canal Walk
On foot (or by Metro) from the colloquium venue to the restaurant
19.00: Colloquium Dinner
Bådsmandsstræde 43, 1407 Christiania

Sat 20 May 2017
9.15-10.00: Special Address
Dr Bjarne Toft, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, University of Southern Denmark, DK. Piet Hein and John Nash: Beautiful Minds
10.00-10.30: Coffee Break
10.30-12.00: Session 9
Mathematics (Room 15A.0.13)
10.30-11.00: Lisa Rougetet & Abdallah Saffidine: The Roots of Combinatorial Game Theory: History and Foresights
11.00-11.30: Michał Stajszczak: Super Farmer: The First Board Game Using Twelve-Sided Dice
11.30-12.00: Jorge Nuno Silva & João Pedro Neto: How dramatic is Snakes & Ladders?
12.00-13.00: Goodbyes & Farewells

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