Connections, Interconnections and Disconnections in Festive and Celebratory Culture

deadline for submissions: 
April 25, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Festival Culture Research and Education

Online Conference Date: 12 June 2022 (10:00 am UK TIME)

Registration is free to attend.

Call for papers

A one-day, inter-, multi-, trans-, and cross-disciplinary event that explores the theme of “connections, interconnections and disconnections” in festive and celebratory culture.

Join us to discuss carnivals, festivals, fairs, rituals and other celebrations, the way they are celebrated, the meaning, emotions, experiences and feelings people hold, and the confidence they place in what they believe. The symposium focuses on what connects us to festive and celebratory spaces and places, as well as on an aesthetic and sensory level. It also examines connections such as time, people, community, networks, co-operative spirit, food, dress and costumes, etc.

In what ways are we connected, interconnected, disconnected or re-connected to culture? How and why do we make these connections? We consider if there might be a universal connection in relation to varying and diverse festivals and carnivals worldwide. Our theme takes into account the shared values, practices, customs, heritage, traditions, continuity, uniqueness and differentiation within festive culture. As we focus on our experiences of carnivals, festivals, fairs, rituals, etc. we consider how festivals themselves may be interconnected or intertwined. Or for example, share similarities but performed at different times of the year. What strong connections, interconnections and disconnections can be found, learned and shared?

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

• Art, Craft and Practice

• Carnivals (including Diasporic Carnivals)

• Celebration and Leisure

• Costume and the Body

• Creative  Industries

• Culture and Politics

• Dance and Performance 

• Education

• Embodiment 

• Events 

• Food Culture 

• Community Making (Re-making)

• Literature

• Medieval Culture

• Night Festivals  

• Memory, Nostalgia and Temporality

• Music and Sound 

• Tradition and Heritage 

• Religion

• Resistance, Resilience and Activism

• Tourism 

Abstract of up to 250 words (only abstracts/papers which have not been previously presented and published will be considered) biographies of no more than 100 words (Word doc. files) should be submitted by 25 April 2022. 

Notification of decisions: 30 April 2022.  

Completed paper pre-recorded presentation deadline: 25 May 2022.

ISFC Registration Open: March 2022. 

Online Conference Date: 12 June 2022 (10:00 am UK TIME)