Critical Event Studies


August 2016

Final panel member profile

Our fifth panel member is Ellie Turner from Salford based, Walk The Plank. Walk the Plank create some of the best outdoor events in the country, including my favourite event of the year…Manchester Day Parade (maybe being a Mancunian makes me biased!)…

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Your hosts for the #CritEvents symposium!

So I realised that I had not properly introduced the team behind this event….the planning and development of ideas has been a group effort and I would like to mention Allan Jepson, David Jarman, Caroline Jackson, David McGillivray, Ian Lamond and Rebecca Finkel in particular, for chipping in with ideas and suggestion along the way.

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AHRC Cultural Intermediation and the Creative Urban Economy project to sponsor symposium

We are really pleased to announce that the symposium is sponsored by the AHRC funded Cultural Intermediation and the Creative Urban Economy project. Kerry Wilson, from Liverpool Institute of Cultural Capital and part of this project will be in attendance at the symposium.

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Delegate Profiles

I will be posting the delegate profiles over the next few days leading up to the symposium so you can get acquainted with each other before arrival and maybe start making some connections before the symposium itself! There is still time to register if you haven’t done so already!

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Panelist Profile

Dr Beatriz Garcia is Head of Research at the Institute of Cultural Capital and Senior Research Fellow in Communication at the University of Liverpool. We are excited to welcome her to the symposium panel and looking forward to hearing about her recent experiences at Rio 2016.


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Potential for change?

Dr. Ian Lamond, my co-editor on the new book ‘Critical Event Studies: Approaches to Research’ offers a succinct reflection:

Events and Festivals are…?

Points where the social world can change at an individual and collective level.

Just to plug the book too – do let your librarian know it is now available! Many of the contributors are attending the symposium and I suspect we will raise a glass of wine to its completion!

Relationship with the everyday…

A topic that I will certainly want to explore further at the symposium  is how festivals and events shape our everyday lives (and vice versa). Events are often analysed as set apart from the routine and mundane but, as Dr. Andrew Smith, University of Westminster reflects,

Events/Festivals are….?

Spatial and temporal concentrations of people united by a common purpose. They help to mark time and make place and involve heightened experiences; distinctive within – but not divorced from – our everyday lives.

Join us to explore this further of the 9th September in Manchester!


We would like to welcome you to engage with the work of Michael Duignan and David McGillivray

The project #RioZones focuses on the impact of the Olympic Games on urban public space in the city of Rio and builds on previous work that David and colleagues at University of the West of Scotland have conducted since 2006. It also aims to explore some of the localised tourism impacts and visitor consumption effects which builds on a 2016 paper Dr Ilaria Pappalepore (Westminster) and Michael wrote earlier this year:

To catch up with daily reflective vlogs, see video footage from these main Olympic sites, and to generally follow our progress visit:

You can also view and join in the conversation and post content on Twitter using #RioZones.

Appropriation of events and festivals…

Newly registered for the symposium is Prof. Gayle McPherson from University of West of Scotland. Her musing on the question of ‘Events/Festivals are…?” is something that I think we will be debating during the panel session at the symposium….

A great means for social and cultural exchange, have the ability to foster international relations, harmony and understanding as well as being used for economic and cultural growth. The danger is they are appropriated for political and other means without a critical discourse being part of the discussion.

It feels quite a topical thought in light of the Rio Olympics official opening ceremony tonight!

If you want to join the conversation register now!

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