The Conference seeks to foster Crossdisciplinary—Interdisciplinary—Transdisciplinary conversations on the subject of the festive, festivity, festival in terms of spatial production: produced and producing. Presentations are to be 25 minutes with an additional 10 minutes for questions and discussion. Papers may be submitted for possible publication in the journal Environment, Space, Place. Panels are welcome.
Befitting a Feast: convivial, jovial, mirth, merrymaking, cheerful, rejoicing, glad, gaiety, joyous
The festive is not merely a subjective feeling; the festive is not merely a spatial site designated/constructed to be a festive place. The festive involves spatial inscription including both enactments and built environments. The site of a World Series with its celebratory festivities becomes a site of horror during an earthquake. An ordinary city block becomes the site of the festive through the spatial enactments constituting “a block party.” Our goal for this conference is to examine festive enactments as taking place through the opportunities and limitations afforded by the spacing of built environments. How is spatiality itself agency in the production of the festive? How do festivities produce their own spatiality? How is built space to be constructed to promote the festive?
Some possible topics (all germane topics are welcome!):
World’s Fairs, Inaugurations, Parades, Coronations, Las Vegas, Disneyworld, Victory Celebrations, Wedding Receptions,
Military Tattoos, Gala Events, Grand Ballrooms, Graduations,
Mixers, Happy Hour, Circuses, TGIF, Company Picnics, Wakes,
Mardi Gras, Carnivals, Cruise Ships, 4th of July, Bastille Day, Oktoberfest, Woodstock, Bluegrass Festivals, Jubilees,
Halloween, Beauty Pageants, and Banquets.
The conference will be held from April 29-May 1 and be hosted by Southern CT State
Troy Paddock, Conference Co-organizer
Department of History Southern Connecticut State University
501 Crescent Street
New Haven, Connecticut 06515-1355
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