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

Elsa Amanatidou, Brown University
Playing with Narratives: Digital Storytelling and Intercultural Interventions in the L2 Classroom
Friday, April 7, 2017 - 6:30pm
Room 133, Barker Center


Within the framework of humanistic learning, a digital story is the story a student would like to tell: a short, personal narrative which seeks to encapsulate through sound and vision a learner’s creative and critical engagement with the narratives (literary texts, films, commercials, TV series) they study in class. In the process of creating a digital story, students use language not only as a means of expression but in order to reflect on the practices and perspectives of their cultural group and construct a sense of their histories and personal identities.

Using examples from Greek language and culture classes at Brown University, this presentation will offer an overview of the rationale and practice of using digital story telling as an instructional tool for critical inquiries into “the stories another culture tells about itself” (Berman 1996) and the ways language constructs and is constructed by perspectives of identity, gender and power.

About the Speaker

Elsa Amanatidou (M.A. University of East Anglia, M.A. King’s College London, UK) is a Senior Lecturer in Modern Greek and Director of Modern Greek Studies in the Classics Department at Brown University. Her research interests are Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy; strategies of curriculum delivery and assessment; educational technologies; critical pedagogies and foreign language literacies. Concurrently to her appointment as Senior Lecturer she served as Director to the Center for Language Studies at Brown University, from 2007-2014. She has served two terms in the MGSA executive board and has been a long standing member of the MGSA’s undergraduate committee.

Elsa is currently serving as Executive Director of the Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning.

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

Aikaterini Ioannidou, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Play of Forces: From Atoms to Cities
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 8:00pm
Room 133, Barker Center

Past Events 2016 - 17

Carmen-Francesca Banciu, Levure Littéraire
Transforming Materiality into Immateriality through Play: Reflections on the Intersection of Literature and Art
Timothy Moore, Washington University in St. Louis
Ludic Music in Ancient Greek and Roman Theater
Demosthenes Agrafiotis, Poet and Artist
Crisis, Performance: Inter/multi/plays
Chrysostomos Stamoulis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Did Jesus Christ Laugh?
Shé Mackenzie Hawke, University of Sydney
The Play of Water from Mythic Metis to the Contemporary Beach: The Poetics of Aquamorphia
Elena Mancini, Queens College in New York City
Reflections on Playful Prose and the Art of Translation
Eric Gordon, Emerson College and Harvard University
Meaningful Inefficiencies: Caring for Civics in an Age of Smart Cities

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

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