Call for papers: Games of Late Modernity
Johan Huizinga's Homo Ludens: 75 Years Later (January 15-17 2014)
An Interdisciplinary Conference on Play as the grounding Structure of Reality
The end of this year will be marked by the 75th anniversary of Johan Huizinga's classic study of the Homo Ludens. Its main thesis is as striking as it is simple: Culture is founded on and as a form of play. Huizinga's historical, philosophical and anthropological aim was to understand play as a 'totality'. The element of play can be observed in all different aspects of culture, ranging from seemingly innocuous leisure activities to the uttermost serious and advanced systems, such as the financial world, political institutions, mass media and warfare.