The International Society for Board Game Studies is an interdisciplinary
group dedicated to research on board games and the history and development
of board games around the world. Some of the research is very general and
examines board games as a part of play and learning in different cultures.
Other studies relate to specific board games and their evolution; such games
include backgammon, mancala (wari, oware, awele, et. al.), Halma (Chinese
Checkers), the game of India (Parchesi, Ludo, et. al.), checkers, chess, and
The International Society for Board Game Studies encourages board game
research and publishes a journal, Board Game Studies. For
information about the journal, click on "Journal" in the Main Menu at the
The BGS group holds research seminars every year, meeting each time in a
different country, usually in April. Click on "Colloquia" in the Main Menu
at the left.
Previous BGS colloquia have been held in:
Last colloquium was held in Jerusalem, Israel, on 2009
- 1995: Leiden, The Netherlands
- 1997: Leiden, The Netherlands
- 1999: Florence, Italy
- 2001: Fribourg, Switzerland
- 2002: Barcelona, Spain
- 2003: Marburg, Germany
- 2004: Philadelphia, PA, USA
- 2005: Oxford, UK
- 2006: Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil
- 2007: St. Pölten, Austria
- 2008: Lisbon, Portugal
Next colloquium will be held in Paris, France, on 2010.
Planned or proposed sites are:
The Board Game Studies colloquia began as Board Games in
following a preliminary gathering in the early 1990s in England, hosted by
Irving Finkel, curator (keeper) of the Department of Western Asiatic
Antiquities at the British Museum.
- 2011: Bruges, Belgium (proposed)
The Board Games Studies colloquium is a multi-cultural event in which
scholars, university professors, museum curators, and others involved in
games research in the international community speak on various aspects of
board games and board game study. Participants also include historians,
authors, game inventors, collectors, and game company directors and
To learn more about the International Society for Board Games Studies
contact us at info at BoardGameStudies dot info.