Gaetano Cozzi Award for essays on the history of games, call expiring March 18

Gaetano Cozzi Prize for unpublished essays on the history of games Announcement of the eighth edition, 2024

Events - published on 11 March 2024

Source: press office Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche

Last days to participate in the Gaetano Cozzi Prize call for unpublished essays on the history of games. Papers must be received at by Monday, March 18, 2024. Papers written in French, English, Italian, Spanish or German are eligible.

Once again this year, there are two prizes of 3,000 euros each awarded by the Benetton Studi Ricerche Foundation to young scholars of any nationality, born in the year 1988 and following, for unpublished and original essays and studies on the history of games, leisure, celebration, sports and, in general, playfulness. The chronological scope taken into consideration ranges from the ancient world to World War II.

The Judging Committee, which coincides with the Scientific Committee of the journal of the Benetton Studi Ricerche Foundation «Ludica. Annali di storia e civiltà del gioco»,  will evaluate the received papers at its own unquestionable judgment and will notify the winners no later than Tuesday, June 18, 2024. The Commission also reserves the right to signal with “honorable mention” other particularly deserving essays.
The prize-winning papers will be published in the original language in the international journal “Ludica,” edited and published by the Foundation’s editions, and which has been published in co-edition with Viella since 1995.Other texts judged suitable for publication, and which did not receive the prize money, may also possibly find space in the same journal.

The Gaetano Cozzi Prize initiative is part of the research, documentation and publishing activities dedicated by the Benetton Studi Ricerche Foundation for more than 30 years to the history of playfulness in its various manifestations. The prize, launched in 2016, is named in memory of Professor Gaetano Cozzi (1922-2001), who since the Foundation’s inception promoted a special interest in research by young scholars in this field of study. From 2001 to 2015 the “Gaetano Cozzi Scholarships for dissertations on the history of the game” had been named after him, previously dedicated, from 1988 to 2000, to the memory of Stefano Benetton (1967-1985).

Selection Committee and Scientific Committee of the journal “Ludica”:
Gherardo Ortalli (Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, Venezia; presidente), Alessandro Arcangeli (Università di Verona), Maurice Aymard (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Parigi), Élisabeth Belmas (Université SorbonneParis Nord), Peter Burke (Emmanuel College,University of Cambridge), Piero Del Negro (Università di Padova), Thierry Depaulis (The International Playing-Card Society), Angela Fabris (Universität Klagenfurt), Christian Jaser (Universität Klagenfurt), John McClelland (University of Toronto), Alessandra Rizzi (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia), Bernd Roeck (Universität Zürich).

For more information:
Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche, T 0422 5121,,
Ludica. Annali di storia e civiltà del gioco (Ludica. Annals of the history and civilization of the game)
directed by Gherardo Ortalli
The journal, published since 1995 by Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche editions (in collaboration with the publisher Viella), aims to be a contribution to the reflection on the characters and values assumed by “things of the game” over the centuries. Addressing that ludic dimension often neglected by historiography but an essential component of the human story, “Ludica” collects interventions of a varied nature, content, but above all for the multiple perspectives of observation, at the intersection of different fields of research, with particular attention to historical, cultural and social contexts.
Even the choice of the centuries examined by the studies (including between late antiquity and the beginning of the 20th century) is intended to fill a traditional gap in the field of reflection on the history of play, especially directed at the investigation of classical ludi or contemporary sports. The contributions are usually published in the original language, accompanied by abstracts in three languages, so as to meet the needs of the international scholarly scene, providing an opportunity for relations and exchanges.

Collana Ludica
directed by Gherardo Ortalli and Alessandra Rizzi
In addition to the journal “Ludica,” the Foundation publishes the “Ludica” series of the same name, which gives space to contributions of particular breadth, significance and density in the field of the history of play, leisure, and celebration; contributions that arise mostly from the results of research directly promoted and coordinated by the Foundation.
The aim is the investigation of the role of playfulness in different contexts, starting from the assumption that the “play” component is irrepressible in historical events and resurfaces even in the most difficult and unexpected conjunctures. In recovering the complexity and articulation of the play universe, special attention is to be paid to that past – up to the first half of the 20th century – which experimented with different forms of it and, at the same time, laid the foundations of the modern “civilization of play.”
Among the most recent titles: Matteo Sartori, Il gioco e la novellistica fra Tre e Quattrocento; Nicola Sbetti, Giochi diplomatici. Sport e politica estera nell’Italia del secondo dopoguerra; Giocare tra medioevo ed età moderna. Modelli etici ed estetici per l’Europa, a cura di Francesca Aceto e Francesco Lucioli; Lotterie, lotto, slot machines. L’azzardo del sorteggio: storia dei giochi di fortuna, a cura di Gherardo Ortalli (bilingual Italian/English edition); Giovanni Assereto, Un giuoco così utile ai pubblici introiti. Il lotto di Genova dal XVI al XVIII secolo; Statuta de ludo. Le leggi sul gioco nell’Italia di comune (secoli XIII-XVI), a cura di Alessandra Rizzi (bilingual Italian/English edition).

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