This blog is a space to share work that relates to critical event/festival studies from a variety of academics from around the world.

If you would like to keep up to date the please subscribe to www.jiscmail.ac.uk/crit-events

Details of the first event we ran are below:

Friday 9th September 2016
MadLab, Manchester

The Critical Events Studies Symposium will be a one day event to examine how we can take a critical view of events and festivals. The symposium has grown out of various discussions amongst academics from a variety of disciplines (i.e. not just those teaching events or related subjects) to find a forum to work in a multi-disciplinary fashion in order to make new connections and explore new avenues of research.

Aim of the day:
To bring together a diverse audience involved in events delivery, policy and research across different academic disciplines and geographic areas. Forum for hearing about the latest thinking in Critical Event Studies and creating future research networks and collaborations.

Format of the day:
Tea and coffee on arrival.
A panel provocation led by industry and academics examining the symposium theme.
An ‘open space’ forum to make connections, discuss ideas and move the debates forward! See here for more ideas on what this entails:

The panel
The panel provocation will be an interactive discussion. We are pleased to announce the following panel members:
Dr Beatriz Garcia, Head of Research (Cultural Policy), Institute of Cultural Capital, Liverpool
James McVeigh, Head of Marketing and Innovation, Festivals Edinburgh
Ellie Turner, Producer and Project Director, Walk the Plank, Manchester
Prof. Maurice Roche, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Sheffield
Julie Fawcett, Cheif Executive, The Lowry, Salford

What we ask:
When you register you will be asked to provide a 100 word biography and an answer to the provocation: ‘Events/Festivals are…..?
There will be an opportunity to suggest a discussion topic for the ‘open space’ event on the day but if you already have an idea you can tell us when you register.
Please also sign up if you have not already done so http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/CRIT-EVENTS

Finally we want you to come with an open mind and a willingness to engage in listening and debating.

Who is this for?
We would like to welcome anyone researching events and festivals from ANY discipline.

Register: www.makingeventscritical.eventbrite.co.uk

The symposium is part of a series of events linked to the ‘Cultural Intermediation and the Creative Economy’ research project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council on behalf of the Connected Communities research programme. For more information on the project, please see https://culturalintermediation.wordpress.com/about/


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