Exhibit | Food for Thought: Riddles and Riddling Ways

Tuesday, February 1, 2022 09:00toThursday, June 30, 2022 18:00
McLennan Library Building 3459 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 0C9, CA

Explore different mealtime riddle practices in this curated exhibition of items from McGill’s Collections and beyond, and the way games, puzzles and play both educate and entertain.

One way to connect with family and friends is over a meal or a board game. Bonding over food and games is a practice that has been around for centuries. As this exhibition reveals, many 18th- and 19th-century communities gathered for dinners bountifully infused with play of all kinds to further their enjoyment of each other’s company. Among their favourite pastimes during meals was exchanging riddles.

These food-themed riddling practices facilitated social cohesion and served up a portion of humour alongside the main dishes. Riddle me this: Is the time ripe to bring them back into fashion?

Explore the Riddle Project’s Github site here: https://riddleproject.github.io/

Exhibition Curated by the SSHRC-sponsored Riddle Research Project Team including Nathalie Cooke, Leehu Sigler, with Kristen Howard, Octavian Sopt and Jacquelyn Sundberg.

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