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Special issue of the Journal of Festival Culture Inquiry and Analysis

Guest Editor: Dr Ivan Stacy (Beijing Normal University)

Open-access, Peer-reviewed

The Death of Socrates

We invite submissions for a special issue, Bakhtin for the Twenty-First Century, which will include a foreword by Prof Sue Vice, author of Introducing Bakhtin.


In her essay “The Next Hundred Years of Mikhail Bakhtin,” written at the turn of the millennium, Caryl Emerson suggested that western readers of Bakhtin had received his “liberationist ideas” in a rather partial and idealised way, ignoring his works that emphasise authority and discipline. Without this corrective, she argued, the Bakhtinian promise of liberation might dissolve into “frustration, boredom, Babel, a sense of going nowhere, or silence”.


A little over twenty years of that hundred have seen a Babel-like explosion of language resulting from the development of new media, yet this polyphony has led to echo chambers and culture wars, while sections of the population continue to remain silenced. More broadly, Bakhtin’s work must be considered in light of a changing world order in which a rift is emerging between his native Russia – the changing state of which precipitated the initial boom in Bakhtin studies in the late 60s – and the west. In addition, the continued rise of China raises the question of the relationship between Bakhtinian poetics and a tradition of thought and aesthetics that lay outside his own intellectual orbit.

Trumpets at a Street Party

This special issue of the Journal of Festival Culture Inquiry and Analysis, therefore, invites articles that examine all aspects of Bakhtinian theory from the perspective of the early twenty-first century, and the coming decades. Papers from any disciplinary (or interdisciplinary) perspective are welcome, as are those that examine the relationship between Bakhtin and non-western cultures and cultural phenomena. Papers should consider the relevance of Bakhtin to specific contemporary political and social phenomena and may address critiques of Bakhtin, as well as areas in which Bakhtinian theory may need to be reconsidered and revised in light of the contemporary moment. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:



Contemporary festivals and other mass celebratory events

Dark carnival


Film and Television

Political populism

Polyphony in the digital age

Non-western cultures


The contemporary novel 

The body

Please note this journal only accepts articles that inform and address festival culture. See full examples of what is expected here.

Please send bio 100 words and papers no longer than 5,000 (Microsoft Word Document) 

words inclusive of notes and using MHRA style (bibliography) to Dr Ivan Stacy at

Queries can also be directed to Dr Ivan Stacy at the same email address.


The proposed special issue is scheduled for publication 2024/25.

Abstracts/full papers previously published or under consideration for publication while being evaluated for this Journal will not be accepted.

Articles are peer-reviewed by JFCIA editors. An article which has been peer-reviewed successfully and is suitable for publication will be published.

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