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Proposed themes

The theme for this 23rd edition of the BGS colloquium is “the evolutions of Board Games”.
This refers to the transformations of board games in terms of material, game play or mechanics as well as the evolutions of the players, of the social spaces of play, or the ways board games are designed, crafted, sold or acquired.
This perspective is thus open to different approaches (historical, sociological, design, educational, etc.) and it may concern periods, practices and objects, both ancient and contemporary.
This theme covers at least 4 topics:
  1. Evolution of practices, evolution of players
  2. Technical transformations, material transformations
  3. Models and game systems
  4. Manufacturing, industry, distribution, retail.
This theme and the 4 proposed topics are orientations. Any proposal on board games, not limited to these topics, are welcome.
Submission guidelines for papers or posters

  • If you would like to present a paper, organize a session or present a poster, please submit the requested abstract or proposal, in English, before January 15, 2020.

  • Submissions should be sent by email as a PDF document to the Organizing Committee: Then, they will be evaluated at least by two members of the scientific Committee.

  • Papers presentations will be limited to 20 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes for questions and comments.

  • In addition to some basic background information, the abstract must include methodology, research data and results, discussion or conclusion. Authors are also asked to provide which topics (from the list above) best fit the description of their paper. The title of the abstract, names, affiliations and email addresses of each contributor should be provided.The abstract should be one A4 page in portrait layout (between 350 and 400 words).

  • Special sessions will be limited to 2 hours, with three or four presentations on a common theme. Each proposal should contain the title of the symposium, an overview of the symposium (around 2000 characters), and abstracts of each presentation should be presented in the same format as the papers.