In 1990 Irving Finkel, curator and archaeologist for The British Museum, hosted a symposium on the Studies of Board Games.
This encouraged the regular gathering of minds, mainly thanks to Alex De Voogt, starting in 1995 first on a biennial basis, and since 2001 every year.
Today this meeting is known as the Board Game Studies Colloquium and, in 2019 will have its 22nd meeting in Bologna.
It is so far that the only recurring event devoted solely to the study of non-digital games hosted at various venues throughout the world.
The Colloquium gathers a wide range of multidisciplinar scholars, curators, inventors, collectors and enthusiasts from all around. They present and discuss new research in the growing field of game studies. The focus has traditionally been on historical board, card, and dice games, but later years have begun to feel the impact from the current explosion in non-digital gaming.
BGSJ – Board Game Studies Journal is a single peer-reviewed journal for historical and systematic research on board games.
Its object is to provide a forum for board games research from all academic disciplines in order to further our understanding of the development and distribution of board games within an interdisciplinary academic context.