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Particular games and contexts have attracted wide interest in recent research. But further studies are needed on the cultural history of the ludic in pre-modern societies, with its all-pervasive character and relevance throughout society. The goal of this conference is to explore the elementary meanings of ludic aspects of leisure time in medieval societies, notably examining their agonistic character, in sport and in societal competition. In medieval life, games and competitions were spaces for power plays, communication, and contact between social ranks and between the sexes. Moreover, they offered a stage for the representation and theatricalization of social order and cultural practice. With evolving social and societal contexts, understandings of such performative idioms and their role in social life may need re-evaluation. And indeed, in pre-modern societies, more was at stake in the ludic: for members of every social and sexual category, games and competitions had an important role in the mediation and perpetuation of society’s order.
The conference seeks to open an international dialogue on these topics, covering the entire medieval period (5th to 15th centuries), with no geographical restrictions.
Continuer la lecture de « Conference 14-17 February 2018: Games and Competitions in Medieval Societies »
“Scientifici duelli”. Reflections on the relationship between game, science and competition during the era of the Great Italian Wars (XV-XVIth centuries)
Continuer la lecture de « Francesca Aceto (EHESS) »
The playful conventions in fencing competitions at the end of the Middle Ages and early Modern Era
Continuer la lecture de « Pierre-Henry Bas (université Paris III) »
Violence against dancers, violence among dancers: the social issues of dance at the beginning and the end of the 14th century
Continuer la lecture de « Adrien Belgrano (EHESS) »
Aspects of gender in the rituals of exclusion, punishments and disciplinary measures in 15th century tournaments
Continuer la lecture de « Constanze Buyken (IFRA) »
Standardisation of performances and competitions between organising cities: crossbow and long gun shooting in High Germany (1458-1478)
Continuer la lecture de « Jean-Dominique Delle Luche (université Paris I) »
Endgame at the court of Burgundy. Olivier de la Marche on the Ludic elements in the Chevalier délibéré (1483)
Continuer la lecture de « Uwe Israel (TU Dresden) »
Ludic competition? Agonism of the Palio race in the Italian Renaissance
Continuer la lecture de « Christian Jaser (HU Berlin) »
“What Pleasure May Thee Arise from It?” ‘Pig-beating’ as a Game Constituting Participation and Order in the Late Middle Ages
Continuer la lecture de « Corinna Kirschstein (Universität Wien) »
Kings and Queens at stake. Conversational games between elite pastime and social competition
Continuer la lecture de « Vanina Kopp (IHA) »
Winter Festival in Flanders during the Little Ice Age: between playful spirit and political entertainment
Continuer la lecture de « Elodie Lecuppre-Desjardin (université Lille III) »
Stone Fights in Medieval Korea: Game, Fighting or Ritual?
Continuer la lecture de « Laurent Quisefit (EHESS) »