Medieval Game Cultures - Kalamazoo 2015

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Game Cultures Society
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50th International Medieval Congress
Kalamazoo, MI
May 15-17, 2015

From tournaments and chess to gambling and jeux-partis, medieval games were prominent in cultural imaginations across Europe. Games constituted a popular aspect of leisure in the Middle Ages, but we have only recently seen a rise in scholarly interest among medievalists.

For this session at Kalamazoo, we seek papers that explore game phenomena in the Middle Ages, including historical trends, literature, and material artifacts, as constructs with cultural significance. Papers might address any of the following topics:

• the social function of medieval games
• games and material culture
• games and education
• games at court
• women's games
• sports and contests
• the representation of games in literature
• medieval players
• attitudes toward games

This session invites papers from all disciplines including, but not limited to, literary studies, history, archaeology, music, art history, and religious studies.

Please send abstracts (300 words), a brief bio or CV, and a participant information form to Serina Patterson ( by September 15th, 2014. The participant information forms are available online at: