ISFC 2022



3rd Annual International Symposium on Festival Culture (ISFC)

Virtual Symposium - Registration Free 

12 June 2022 

Starting Time: 10:30am (BST) UK 

CfP Closed


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Welcome to the 2022 ISFC symposium

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?

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.


In tune with our previous symposiums, 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 

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.


Only selected papers (5,000 words) will be considered for publishing in our peer-reviewed journal. However, abstracts/papers previously presented and published will not be accepted. Please note abstracts are the starting point towards preparing a journal article and as such will require editing. Thus, we ask that you consider that whilst you receive 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. Submission for completed papers deadline: 21st October 2022.


The aim of this symposium is to organise and maintain a festival exchange network, focusing on cultural, community, literary and religious festivals etc. 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 reserves the right to make alterations to our programme, date etc. of the Symposium at any time without prior notice.

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