FIAP Jean-Monnet

April 14-17














































This programme is provisional and may be modified without previous notice.

Wednesday 14 April

morning — Chairperson: Ulrich Schädler

9:30-10:15 : Jean-Marie Lhôte (invited speaker), Opening Lecture

Coffee break — Registration

Mathematical Games in History

11:00-11:30 : Jorge Nuno Silva, "George Berkeley's Ludus Algebraicus"

11:30-12:00 : Alda Carvalho, João P. Neto, Carlos Santos, Jorge Nuno Silva, "History of Nim Games"

12:00-12:30 : Discussion


afternoon — Chairperson: Alex de Voogt

Ancient and Medieval Archaeology

14:00-14:30 : Anne-Elizabeth Vaturi, "Fragments of a game of 58 Holes among the Pratt ivories in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York)"

14:30-15:00 : Claudia-Maria Behling, "Games involving nuts as a topos for childhood in Late Antiquity and pre-Christian time"

15:00-15:30 : Marko Jankovic, "Board game accessories in Roman graves of Moesia Superior (more or less present Serbia)"

Coffee break

15:45-16:15 : Mark A. Hall & Katherine Forsyth, "On the compatibility of Gaelic ‘Fidcheall’ and its P–Celtic cognates with the Roman introduction of Tafl-like games to the British Isles"

16:15-16:45 : Mark A. Hall, "Black to move: a look at some jet chess pieces from Britain"

16:45-17:15 : Ulrich Schädler, "Le plateau de jeu d'Autun : romain ou Renaissance ?"

17:15-17:45 : Discussion

Thursday 15 April

morning — Chairperson: Jorge Nuno

Maths, Computers & Games

9:30-10:00 : Tristan Cazenave, Abdallah Saffidine, "Monte-Carlo Hex"

10:00-10:30 : Fabien Teytaud, "The Game of Havannah: nice challenge for computers"

Coffee break

10:45-11:15 : Jean Mehat, Tristan Cazenave, "Ary, a general game playing program"

11:15-11:45 : Olivier Teytaud, "The Game of Go: recent progress for an old game"

11:45-12:15 : Tristan Cazenave, Nicolas Jouandeau, "Towards deadlock free Sokoban"

12:15-12:45 : Discussion

Lunch / Déjeuner

afternoon — Chairperson: Thierry Depaulis

20th-Century Archaeology

14:00-14:30 : Michel Boutin, "Les jeux de pions en France dans les années 1900 et leurs liens avec les jeux étrangers. L’invention d’un jeu singulier : l’Attaque"

14:30-15:00 : Edward Copisarow, "Chronologies using British 19th-century Intellectual Property records: Ludo, Agon and Reversi"

15:00-15:30 : Gadi Kfir, "Hunting for Board Games in Poland"

Coffee break

16:00-16:30 : Fred Horn, "Lost treasures: hidden gems of abstract/strategic board games within the pages of Games & Puzzles nos 1-77 (1972-80)"

16:30-17:00 : Tom Werneck, "The impact of the Award ‘Spiel des Jahres’ on the Development of the Market for Board Games in Germany"

17:00-17:30 : Discussion

Friday 16 April

morning — Chairperson: Anne-Elizabeth Vaturi

Games in History

9:00-9:30 : Arie van der Stoep, "Footsteps of the past" (On alquerque and draughts)

9:30-10:00 : David H. Caldwell & Mark A. Hall, "What do we really know about the Lewis chessmen?"

10:00-10:30 : Phil Winkelman, "A∂ elta stelpur: an Icelandic chimera"

Coffee break

10:45-11:15 : Thierry Depaulis, "Three early 17th-century printed board games by the Veuve Petit in Paris"

11:15-11:45 : Phillippa Plock & Adrian Seville, "The Rothschild Collection of printed board games at Waddesdon Manor"

11:45-12:15 : Bruce Whitehill, "‘The Checkered Game of Life, 1860 – Milton Bradley’s First Game"

12:15-12:45 : Discussion



Visits of the Louvre (Oriental and Egyptian Antiquities)
and of the Cabinet des Médailles (BnF)

Groups 1 and 3 leave FIAP at 14:00; Group 2 leaves FIAP at 15:00.


Official dinner at the “Au Moulin Vert” Restaurant, 34bis rue des Plantes, 75014 Paris

Saturday 17 April

morning — Chairperson: Jean Retschitzki

Traditional Games

9:30-10:00 : Alex de Voogt, "The archaeology and anthropology of Syrian mancala"

10:00-10:30 : Peter Michaelsen, "Haretavl - hare and hounds as a board game"

Coffee break

10:45-11:15 : Piotr Adamczyk, "Short history of board games in Poland (from around 1st cent. A.D. till 17th cent.)"

11:15-11:45 : Irving Finkel, "A very early counting system in traditional Indian games
and some implications"

11:45-12:15 : Paul Lequesne, "Des contes et des jeux"

12:15-12:45 : Discussion

Lunch / Déjeuner

afternoon — Chairperson: Tristan Cazenave

Games in Theory and in Practice

14:00-14:30 : David Parlett, "What’s it all about? – Abstraction and representationalism in games"

14:30-15:00 : Michel Van Langendonckt, "Vers une typologie des interactions sociales dans les jeux de pions"

15:00-15:30 : Michele B. King, "From gangsta’ to gamester: an entertainment-education strategy for a school-based gang prevention program"

15:30-16:00 : Dores Ferreira, Pedro Palhares, Jorge Nuno Silva, "The ability to play games and its connection with pattern recognition"

Coffee break

16:15-16:45 : Michel Quenault, Tristan Cazenave, “General Gaming : une classification des jeux basée sur les mécanismes possibles de l’arbitre pour une généricité des jeux plus étendue”

16:45-17:15 : Carlota Dias, Jorge Nuno Silva, Pedro Palhares, "Mathematical Games for the Blind"

17:15-17:45 : Manouk Borzakian, "Pistes pour une approche géographique des jeux de plateau"

17:45-18:15 : Discussion

End of colloquium