deadline for submissions: 
August 31, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Festival Culture Research and Education

The Festival Culture Research and Education Network will publish the Journal of Festival Culture Inquiry and Analysis.

This open-access peer-reviewed journal focus on strong and serious submissions that foregrounds inquiry on festival culture that would not necessarily fall under festival culture because of its inter-, multi-, trans- or cross-disciplinary dimension.


This year’s theme of power questions what is powerful about festival culture and how people are empowered and/or disempowered in and through it. Does festival culture complement our inalienable right to be free, and, if not, why? Does governmental control affect, interrupt, impact, empower or disempower festival culture (makers, spectators, participants etc.)? Are we actively engaged in the organic development of festival culture or are we passively taking in or accepting what is presented to us? 

As we move into the 2020s it seems that our reality is changing. There are those that believe that this change is temporary. Nonetheless, our freedoms as a result of lockdown measures have been curtailed. So how can festival culture help us to re-imagine a reality of power and empowerment? Is our online life enough, and what will festival life and culture look like after lockdown measures have been ended? Have we found new and exciting ways of engaging with festivals, and, if so, what has it taught us?  We also consider if or how lockdown measures have encouraged enterprise or caused damage, and/or losses, to business and entrepreneurship?

Festival Culture Research and Education aims to bring together researchers, costume and craft makers, filmmakers, photographers, musicians, organisers and stakeholders, and to invite academics from across disciplines, postdocs and postgraduates at all stages in their research, as well as practitioners seeking to provide creative demonstrations or performances.

Proposals may also address, but are not limited to, the following themes:

• Business and Entrepreneurialism 

• Combined Arts (Art and Social Agency)

• Creativity, Ingenuity and Creative  Industries

• Culture and the City

• Dress and the Body 

• Embodiment and Materiality

• Feasts and Celebrations

• Festival Activism

• Food and Drink 

• Health and Wellness

• Individuality, Community, Crowds and Togetherness

• Leisure 

• Light and Night Festivals  

• Medieval Culture

• Memory, Nostalgia and Temporality

• Music and Sound Systems 

• Popular Culture in a Time of Lockdowns

• Religious Worship, Belief and Ritualistic Customs

• Resistance, Resilience and Activism

• State and Cultural Politics

• Storying the Festival

• Tourism and Hospitality


Submissions are now Closed

Abstract 500 words and biographies 100 words (Word doc. files) should be submitted by 31 August 2021.

Deadline for Completed Papers (no more than 5,000 words excluding references/footnotes): 21st October 2021

​Proposed Publication Date: Mid 2022

See more: https://www.festivalculture.co.uk/publications

Submit your abstract and bio here: https://form.jotformeu.com/211646538716360

Enquiries: festival.culture.edu@gmail.com

Interested in working with us? https://www.festivalculture.co.uk/recruitment