Ludics focuses on the concepts of play and games, widely interpreted. Interdisciplinary at its core, this forum aims by means of innovative approaches at fostering an open dialogue among scholars who are interested in exploring the ludic principle across a broad spectrum of human culture, from language games, education, theater, and performance to law, economy, and politics.

Upcoming Events

Timothy Moore, Washington University in St. Louis
Ludic Music in Ancient Greek and Roman Theater
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 6:00pm
Room 133, Barker Center


Theater in ancient Greece and Rome was emphatically musical: extensive parts of almost all plays were performed to the accompaniment of a wind instrument called the aulos in Greek, tibia in Latin. An essential part of ancient theater’s music was its ludic nature. After examining briefly several examples of this phenomenon from both Greece and Rome, this paper reviews in detail the playful musical patterns of Mostellaria, a comedy by the Roman playwright Plautus.

About the Speaker

Timothy J. Moore is John and Penelope Biggs Distinguished Professor of Classics at Washington University in St. Louis. His publications include Artistry and Ideology: Livy’s Vocabulary of Virtue, The Theater of Plautus, Music in Roman Comedy, Roman Theatre, a translation of Terence’s Phormio, and articles on Latin literature, the teaching of Greek and Latin, ancient music, American Musical Theater, and Japanese comedy.

Cosponsored by the Department of the Classics.

Demosthenes Agrafiotis, Poet and Artist
Crisis, Performance: Inter/multi/plays
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 7:00pm
Room 110, Barker Center


The binomial (crisis-performance) [Crisis-Performance] leads easily to the wording of questions such as: is the performance capable of capturing the crisis in a specific way? Do we possess a pertinent theory capable to grasp simultaneously the crisis and the performance? Is this questioning already a symptom of the crisis? Could the performance claim to contribute to overcoming the crisis? The performance passes itself a crisis? We could continue to raise questions whose answers are not automatically guaranteed. Nevertheless, I will try here to deposit some experiences as a starting point for my own effecting practices, as well as an essay inspired by the Old Testament. My emphasis will be given to the fact that there is inflation of reports for the "crisis" - so therefore prefer the use of the term "Krisiologia" - and the subsequent request / question whether the performance and the art in general could shape a version of what is happening in Greece and the global horizon.

Cosponsored by the Advanced Training in Greek Poetry Translation and Performance Workshop.

Past Events 2015 - 16

Mary Flanagan, Dartmouth College
Constance Rinaldo, Harvard University
Purposeful Gaming
Andromache Karanika, University of California, Irvine
Τhe Dissonance of Ludic Poetics in Greek 
Wedding Song Tradition: A Workshop on the "Interdiscursivity" between the Epithalamia and the Laments in Greek Antiquity
Franziska Naether, University of Leipzig
Casino Royale in Ancient Skyscrapers? On Recent Finds from Roman Tower Houses in Tuna el-Gebel (Egypt)
Danuta Fjellestad, Uppsala University
The Ludic Impulse in Post-Postmodern Fiction
Christian Gütl, Graz University of Technology
Johanna Pirker, Graz University of Technology
Crossing: Virtual Experiences, Games, and Teaching
Panos Panay, BerkleeICE
Creativity and Entrepreneurship
John Robinson-Appels, Columbia University
Comedy, Physicality, and Ludic Dance Gestures
Maria Zervos, Emerson College
The Interplay of Poetry and the Moving Image in the Art of Maria Zervos
Panos Bosnakis, Center of Avant-Garde Studies
The Greatest Mother of All that is Called Poetry
Dean Kostos, Award-Winning Poet
Scheme and Schemata: Endless Play
Carmen-Francesca Banciu, Levure Littéraire
Transforming Materiality into Immateriality through Play: Reflections on the Intersection of Literature and Art

Past Events 2014 - 15

Zoa Alonso Fernández, Harvard University
Ludi, Ludic, Ludicrous: Choreographing Rome from Spartacus to Caligula
James N. Stone, Boston University
Playing Scrabble with Sappho: A Translation Workshop for Anyone Interested in the Interplay of Poetry, Translation, and Play
Mary Yossi, University of Athens
Laughter in Greek Lyric Poetry
Nicole Nolette, Harvard University
Games Translators Play in Bilingual French-Canadian Theater

Past Events 2013 - 14

Amy Ogata, Bard Graduate Center
Playing with Design: Cultivating Childhood Creativity in Postwar America
Brian Waniewski
Playing to Engage: How to Revitalize Society
Patrick Hutchinson, Brown University
Panayotis League, Harvard University
Tom Zajac, Wellesley College
Sounds from Europe's Margins: Bagpipes in Boston