Sustainability and ethics of volunteers?

In the next response to 'Events/Festivals are...?' Dr. Linda Wilks, a researcher who has published widely on festivals, ponders the reliance of volunteers in the sector: Events/festivals are.....often heavily reliant on volunteers to organise and steward them. But how much ‘fun’ is festival volunteering, is it really worth the effort for organisers, and how sustainable... Continue Reading →


Events/Festivals are…continued…

Philip Crowther from Sheffield Hallam University has shared his thoughts on the question, 'Events/Festivals are...?' and it encompasses issues of who is involved in creating the experience and what might occur... A dynamic and co-creative space which facilitates many and varied outcomes, sometimes planned often not. I think this little quote also sums up what... Continue Reading →

A short and sweet reflection…

Whilst this next reflection from Dr. Rebecca Finkel on the question 'Events/Festivals are...?' might seem straightforward, it opens up plenty of questions about the very nature of events. What is the nature of place? Who are the people? Who are included? Who are left out? Why not come along to the symposium so we can explore... Continue Reading →

Festivals/Events are….? Next up…

Here we have a reflection from delegate Vanessa Schofield, a PhD student at University of Durham. .......openings that rupture the normal order of things, or put things out of joint. Thinking with the philosopher Badiou, they bring to light a possibility that was previously impossible, invisible or even unthinkable. Drawing on the possible/impossible binary, the... Continue Reading →

Symposium: Featured Panelist (part 2)

Our next featured panelist is Maurice Roche, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at University of Sheffield... Maurice Roche is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Sheffield, UK.  His main interests are in  the sociology of popular culture including ‘mega-events’, and also the sociology of European society. On mega-events he has given presentations on his... Continue Reading →

Events/Festivals are…(a series of reflections)

As part of the registration for the symposium, we have asked delegates to respond to the question: Events/festivals are....? I will be posting a selection of the responses on the blog over the weeks.... First up we have Prof. David McGillivray's reflection: Events/Festivals are..... ...increasingly being de-territorialised and de-contextualised. In order to survive they are... Continue Reading →

What is open space technology?

Have you ever attended a conference and after 3 days of parallel sessions think...'well I never got to discuss xxx' or 'I found coffee break the most productive time' or 'I had something to say but there wasn't the space for it'? The afternoon activity for the symposium will utilise what is known as 'open... Continue Reading →

Symposium: Featured Panelist

We are delighted to announce the panelists for the symposium and will feature the biography of each on the site in the lead up to the event. First up, we are pleased to welcome one of the initial industry supporters of the critical event studies group... James McVeigh Head of Marketing and Innovation, Festivals Edinburgh,... Continue Reading →

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