Board Games in Pieces
is the second in a series of symposia that brings together scholars of board games from different disciplines. They exchange views on a selected theme discussing games from the distance past to the modern era and from all parts of the world.

This event is organized by Alex de Voogt, American Museum of Natural History. For more information and to register email

10:30 am

Registration and Welcome
10:50 am

Peter Miller, Bard Graduate Center
Alex de Voogt, American Museum of Natural History
11 am

No pieces on this board?
Adrian Seville, United Kingdom
Examples of the European Game of the Goose from the seventeenth century onwards of which the format and presentation suggest that play was not intended.
11:45 am

Light refreshments
12:30 pm

Metropolitan Moves
Elke Rogersdotter, Uppsala University, Sweden
On the material remains of engraved game boards in the south Indian city of Vijayanagara (ca. 1350–1565 CE) that can help piece together an archaeological understanding of an ancient metropolitan space.
1:15 pm

Form vs. Matter in Mathematical Games
Jorge Nuno Silva, University of Lisbon, Portugal
A discussion of several mathematical games throughout history that addresses their materiality versus their mathematical and ludic content.
2 pm

Coffee Break
2:15 pm

Piecing Together the Broken Games of the Ancient Near East
Walter Crist, Arizona State University
Anne-Elizabeth Dunn-Vaturi, Metropolitan Museum of Art
On the possibility of intentionally broken game boards in the archaeological record from Susa in Iran and Sotira Kaminoudhia in Cyprus.
3 pm

Hit, Shoot, Chop: Performing Racial Violence Through American Games Pieces and Parts
Rebecca Klassen, New-York Historical Society
On nineteenth- and twentieth-century American board game pieces and tabletop games composed of pieces, such as puzzles and ten-pins, and the ways that they promoted and normalized performances of violence toward African Americans.
3:45 pm

Fragments of Play
Alex de Voogt, American Museum of Natural History
Moving images of players around the world reveal the rich contexts of play that are rarely captured in publications and museum collections.
4:15 pm