Thursday, July 28, 2011

Call for Papers: Board Games Studies 2012

Board Game Studies XVth Colloquium
hosted by the Bavarian Games Archive
Munich, April 17th – 21st, 2012

(Board Games Studies Association website)

Board Game Studies
The International Society for Board Game Studies holds yearly colloquia in which scholars, university professors, museum curators, historians, archaeologists, psychologists, mathematicians, game inventors, collectors and others share their research results on board games. Previous BGS colloquia have been held in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Israel, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, UK and USA.

Bavarian Games Archive
The Bavarian Games Archive located at Munich, Germany, is a study center for board games. It is collecting contemporary board and family games. The archive holds more than 15.000 different board games and a library of books and other printed materials dedicated to board games including over 2000 volumes. It organizes workshops, public games events and an annual international fair for game inventors. This organization will host the Board Game Studies Colloquium XV.
The Colloquium will take place in the community center of Haar at the peripheral of Munich. Colloquium language is English.

Call for Papers
The International Colloquium on Board Games Studies invites all scholars to submit articles in the area of board game research. The purpose of the Colloquium is to illustrate individual research, to discuss the role of board games in the academic arena, and to enhance multidisciplinary cooperation in games research.

Games on the Rock
Although the forthcoming colloquium will consider all kind of different research results on board games, it will focus especially on games incised in stone or rock.

Summaries and Abstracts
Participants interested in presenting a paper should submit a topic title and informal summary, written in English, maximum 500 words. Summaries should be submitted by October 15th 2011. You may use name.doc or name.docx or name.pdf as file format.

Please indicate the category of your paper (university professor, museum curator, historian, archaeologists, psychologist, mathematician, computer science, contemporaneous boardgaming, game inventor, collector, etc.)

Furthermore please add your biography and a list of publications, academic credentials or other qualifications.

If your paper is accepted, you will be asked to make a presentation at the colloquium. You will then need to submit a formal abstract, due 28th Februray 2011, written in English, between minimum 300 and maximum 500 words.

Your abstract may be based on your summary. The abstracts will be printed in the colloquium program brochure together with your biography, list of publications or other credentials and your image. All participants will receive the program brochure at registration. Furthermore you will be asked to provide a portrait in reasonable resolution (.jpg-format, min 100 KB, max 1000 KB).

Program Brochure
Besides general information and a time table the program brochure will provide two pages for each paper. One page is devoted to the speaker presenting his biography, a list of publications, academic credentials or other qualifications, his/her photo and e-mail-adress. The other page will contain the abstract.

All presentations will be given in English and are not to exceed 30 minutes. There will be a 10 minutes period for questions or comments following each presentation.

Please prepare a Powerpoint (name.ppt or name.pptx for Windows or Mac) to support your presentation. Summaries, abstracts and enquiries should be emailed to
Tom Werneck info at – please replace “at” by @

Detailed information on program, registration, colloquium dinner, etc. will be available in February 2012.

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