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ISFC 2022



3rd Annual International Symposium on Festival Culture (ISFC)

12 June 2022, Virtual Symposium Registration Closed  

Registration Closed



ISFC 2022 Call for Papers 

Every year we hold a symposium embracing inter-, multi-, trans-, and cross-disciplinary approaches to the study of festival and celebratory events. This year our symposium explored the theme “connections, interconnections, and disconnections” in festive and celebratory culture.

Presentations and discussions focused on carnivals, festivals, fairs, rituals, and other celebrations. With such exciting and enlightening discussions during our symposium, we are happy to now put out a call for papers for consideration to be published in our journal. We seek papers that examine the way carnivals, festivals, fairs, rituals, and other celebrations are celebrated, the meaning, emotions, experiences, and feelings people hold, and the confidence they place in what they believe. What connects us to festive and celebratory spaces and places, as well as on an aesthetic and sensory level? What connections might we find, for example, time, people, community, networks, cooperative 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?

Festival Culture Research and Education aim 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, to submit their work.


We continue to focus on (but are not limited to) the creative practices, social benefits, grassroots organising, economic development, tourism, hospitality and events, multiculturalism, diversity, local community involvement, partnerships, religion, and music entrepreneurial networks offered by many carnivals and festivals. Within the past year, we have decided to focus our attention on the role of museums and the shaping of information in relation to festival culture.


We continue to take note of the many festive events around the world, which are all manifested in varying ways, possessing their own social, religious, and cultural practices. Be they past or present, folk, religious, literary, food, drink, alternative or community-based in nature, festivals illuminate discourses of hegemony, homogeneity, race, politics, nationalism, identity, religion etc. We consider that the study of festivals is an emerging discipline, hence it is important to examine festivals from varying fields and perspectives to understand, broaden and articulate the scope of festival studies.

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 

Symposium Submissions Closed:

Symposium 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.

Please note: As a result of instability with internet connections, and to ensure the event runs smoothly, we have decided that paper presentations will be recorded in advance.


Journal Submissions now Closed:

We are inviting submissions from presenters as well as non-presenters at this year's symposium. Please note submissions for the symposium are now closed. However, submissions for the journal on the same theme 'connections, disconnections and interconnections' is now open. Abstracts 500 words, full papers 5,000 words including reports, and biographies of no more than 100 words (Word doc. files). Submissions will be peer-reviewed see the process here, guidelines can be found here, text guidelines here,  and submit your abstract here

Only selected papers will be considered for publishing in our peer-reviewed journal. Articles previously published will not be accepted. If you presented at the symposium, please note that abstracts are the starting point for preparing a journal article and as such will require editing. Thus, we ask that you consider that whilst you received positive audience participation at the symposium your paper must evolve from a presentation piece to a well-researched and cited journal article. With that in mind, when revising your work think about, for example, tone, clarity, originality, formatting, referencing, citations, grammar, submission guidelines, audience, scope, consistency, and quality. 

Key Dates for Papers to be published in our

Journal of Festival Culture Inquiry and Analysis:

  • Abstract/Paper Proposal Submission: 31st August, 2022

  • Notification of Acceptance: September 10th, 2022

  • Completed Paper Submission Deadline: 10th December, 2022

The aim of this symposium is to organise and maintain a festival exchange network, focusing on cultural, community, literary, religious festivals etc., and to publish papers around the theme after the symposium. We believe that a festival exchange will be an excellent resource – a means of developing supportive partnerships and understanding the historical, creative, and cultural links that may exist between different festivals. It represents an opportunity for academics to gain knowledge that could be of value to their research, and for those outside academia to become more aware of and engaged with academic research that could be a source of both inspiration and knowledge.


The views, opinions, and communications shared at the ISFC 22 virtual event may not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the organiser. 



We reserve the right to make alterations to our programme, date, etc. of the Symposium at any time without prior notice.

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