Sunday, April 11, 2010

Board Game Studies XIIIth Colloquium: April in Paris...

April in Paris.  Ahhhh, romance, romance, and more romance...  Here I'm stuck in Milwaukee dreading doing yard clean-up, which I should really be out there doing right now.  Ach!  But I can dream about Frank Sinatra serenading me during a moonlit stroll along the Thames...

This is the one Board Games Studies Colloquium I wanted to go to, but couldn't - right at the end of tax season and NO ONE, I do mean NO ONE, gets off during the end of tax season, which culminates at the April 15, 2010 deadline and mad rushes to the post office to get things postmarked prior to midnight.  Sigh.

This programme is provisional and may be modified without previous notice.

Wednesday 14 April
morning — Chairperson: Ulrich Schädler

9:30-10:15 : Jean-Marie Lhôte (invited speaker), Opening Lecture
Coffee break — Registration

Mathematical Games in History

11:00-11:30 : Jorge Nuno Silva, "George Berkeley's Ludus Algebraicus"
11:30-12:00 : Alda Carvalho, João P. Neto, Carlos Santos, Jorge Nuno Silva, "History of Nim Games"
12:00-12:30 : Discussion

afternoon — Chairperson: Alex de Voogt
Ancient and Medieval Archaeology

14:00-14:30 : Anne-Elizabeth Vaturi, "Fragments of a game of 58 Holes among the Pratt ivories in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York)"
14:30-15:00 : Claudia-Maria Behling, "Games involving nuts as a topos for childhood in Late Antiquity and pre-Christian time"
15:00-15:30 : Marko Jankovic, "Board game accessories in Roman graves of Moesia Superior (more or less present Serbia)"
Coffee break
15:45-16:15 : Mark A. Hall & Katherine Forsyth, "On the compatibility of Gaelic ‘Fidcheall’ and its P–Celtic cognates with the Roman introduction of Tafl-like games to the British Isles"
16:15-16:45 : Mark A. Hall, "Black to move: a look at some jet chess pieces from Britain"
16:45-17:15 : Ulrich Schädler, "Le plateau de jeu d'Autun : romain ou Renaissance ?"
17:15-17:45 : Discussion

Thursday 15 April
morning — Chairperson: Jorge Nuno
Maths, Computers & Games

9:30-10:00 : Tristan Cazenave, Abdallah Saffidine, "Monte-Carlo Hex"
10:00-10:30 : Fabien Teytaud, "The Game of Havannah: nice challenge for computers"
Coffee break
10:45-11:15 : Jean Mehat, Tristan Cazenave, "Ary, a general game playing program"
11:15-11:45 : Olivier Teytaud, "The Game of Go: recent progress for an old game"
11:45-12:15 : Tristan Cazenave, Nicolas Jouandeau, "Towards deadlock free Sokoban"
12:15-12:45 : Discussion
Lunch / Déjeuner

afternoon — Chairperson: Thierry Depaulis
20th-Century Archaeology

14:00-14:30 : Michel Boutin, "Les jeux de pions en France dans les années 1900 et leurs liens avec les jeux étrangers. L’invention d’un jeu singulier : l’Attaque"
14:30-15:00 : Edward Copisarow, "Chronologies using British 19th-century Intellectual Property records: Ludo, Agon and Reversi"
15:00-15:30 : Gadi Kfir, "Hunting for Board Games in Poland"
Coffee break
16:00-16:30 : Fred Horn, "Lost treasures: hidden gems of abstract/strategic board games within the pages of Games & Puzzles nos 1-77 (1972-80)"
16:30-17:00 : Tom Werneck, "The impact of the Award ‘Spiel des Jahres’ on the Development of the Market for Board Games in Germany"
17:00-17:30 : Discussion

Friday 16 April
morning — Chairperson: Anne-Elizabeth Vaturi
Games in History

9:00-9:30 : Arie van der Stoep, "Footsteps of the past" (On alquerque and draughts)
9:30-10:00 : David H. Caldwell & Mark A. Hall, "What do we really know about the Lewis chessmen?"
10:00-10:30 : Phil Winkelman, "A∂ elta stelpur: an Icelandic chimera"
Coffee break
10:45-11:15 : Thierry Depaulis, "Three early 17th-century printed board games by the Veuve Petit in Paris"
11:15-11:45 : Phillippa Plock & Adrian Seville, "The Rothschild Collection of printed board games at Waddesdon Manor"
11:45-12:15 : Bruce Whitehill, "‘The Checkered Game of Life, 1860 – Milton Bradley’s First Game"
12:15-12:45 : Discussion


Visits of the Louvre (Oriental and Egyptian Antiquities)
and of the Cabinet des Médailles (BnF)

Groups 1 and 3 leave FIAP at 14:00; Group 2 leaves FIAP at 15:00.


Official dinner at the “Au Moulin Vert” Restaurant, 34bis rue des Plantes, 75014 Paris

Saturday 17 April
morning — Chairperson: Jean Retschitzki
Traditional Games

9:30-10:00 : Alex de Voogt, "The archaeology and anthropology of Syrian mancala"
10:00-10:30 : Peter Michaelsen, "Haretavl - hare and hounds as a board game"
Coffee break
10:45-11:15 : Piotr Adamczyk, "Short history of board games in Poland (from around 1st cent. A.D. till 17th cent.)"
11:15-11:45 : Irving Finkel, "A very early counting system in traditional Indian games
and some implications"
11:45-12:15 : Paul Lequesne, "Des contes et des jeux"
12:15-12:45 : Discussion
Lunch / Déjeuner

afternoon — Chairperson: Tristan Cazenave
Games in Theory and in Practice

14:00-14:30 : David Parlett, "What’s it all about? – Abstraction and representationalism in games"
14:30-15:00 : Michel Van Langendonckt, "Vers une typologie des interactions sociales dans les jeux de pions"
15:00-15:30 : Michele B. King, "From gangsta’ to gamester: an entertainment-education strategy for a school-based gang prevention program"
15:30-16:00 : Dores Ferreira, Pedro Palhares, Jorge Nuno Silva, "The ability to play games and its connection with pattern recognition"
Coffee break
16:15-16:45 : Michel Quenault, Tristan Cazenave, “General Gaming : une classification des jeux basée sur les mécanismes possibles de l’arbitre pour une généricité des jeux plus étendue”
16:45-17:15 : Carlota Dias, Jorge Nuno Silva, Pedro Palhares, "Mathematical Games for the Blind"
17:15-17:45 : Manouk Borzakian, "Pistes pour une approche géographique des jeux de plateau"
17:45-18:15 : Discussion

End of colloquium

Further information on the Board Games Studies colloquia here.

1 comment:

G. Ames said...

I know this could be called a card game, but since it comes in such a big box I'm calling it a board game. But seriously, who doesn't love this game? Probably people with no humor, or someone who isn't good at reading people, or even if someone just isn't creative. This is a great party game, but we have found that if you have too many people it can get kind of tedious. The night before Bracken and I got married we played Apples to Apples with about 20 people. 20 people is too many. 6-10 seems to be about right. Everyone stays interested, and there isn't too much straying from the game.

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