1st Edition

Accessibility, Inclusion, and Diversity in Critical Event Studies

Edited By Rebecca Finkel, Briony Sharp, Majella Sweeney Copyright 2019
    264 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    264 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Most early social research into planned events had the effect of broadcasting narratives of dominant cultures and privileged groups. More recently, however, convergences of gender, sexualities, ethnicities, age, class, religion, and intersectional analyses and events studies have started to drive new critical understanding of the impacts of events on non-mainstream, non-majority communities around the globe. This timely book addresses current gaps in the literature surrounding issues of accessibility, inclusion, and diversity in various event landscapes.

    Structured into four parts covering the main types of events, the chapters present original topics using innovative methodological approaches. Each chapter employs a case study to illustrate the key intertwining issues in these various experiential realms. Further, the chapters are all cross- or interdisciplinary, drawing on gender, sexualities, cultural, race/ethnicity studies as well as multiple literatures that feed into critical events studies and exploring a variety of global examples.

    This significant book opens the path to further research on the role and importance of accessibility, inclusion, and diversity in events environments worldwide. It will be of interest to academics and researchers of critical event studies as well as a number of related social science disciplines.


    Rebecca Finkel, Briony Sharp, and Majella Sweeney

    PART I Festivals and fairs

    1 Addressing community diversity: the role of the festival encounter

    Michelle Duffy, Judith Mair, and Gordon Waitt

    2 Inclusion of people with reduced mobility in festivals: perceptions and challenges at the Guelaguetza Festival, Mexico

    Daniel Barrera-Fernández and Marco Hernández-Escampa

    3 Do-it-yourself or going professionally?: on the different potentials of community inclusion through gendered festivals in the post-Yugoslav space

    Zorica Sirocic

    4 Appleby Fair for all

    Teresa Crew

    5 Agricultural shows: the challenge of accessibility

    Caroline A. Wiscombe

    PART II Cultural and political events

    6 "House and techno broke them barriers down": exploring exclusion through diversity in Berlin’s electronic dance music nightclubs

    Naomi Alice Rodgers

    7 Occupying unapologetically: Friday Late: gal-dem – radical trust and co-production at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

    Keisha Williams

    8 In our own words: organising and experiencing exhibitions as Black women and women of colour in Scotland

    Layla-Roxanne Hill and Francesca Sobande

    9 Outside the comfort zone: intercultural events in suspicious times

    Roaa Ali

    10 Performing advocacy

    Caroline Gausden

    11 Conceptualising events of dissent: understanding the Lava Jato rally in São Paulo, 5 December 2016

    Ian R. Lamond

    PART III Sporting events

    12 Rio 2016 Paralympics and accessibility: breaking barriers in urban mobility?

    Silvestre Cirilo Dos Santos Neto, Ailton Fernando Santana De Oliveira, Vinicius Denardin Cardoso, and Marcelo De Castro Haiachi

    13 Volunteering and wellbeing: case study of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games volunteer programmes

    Briony Sharp

    14 Post-humanist investigation into human–equine relations in event landscapes: case of the Rodeo

    Paula Danby and Rebecca Finkel

    PART IV Conferences

    15 Measuring accessibility in MICE venues: the case of the Euskalduna Conference Centre (Bilbao, Spain)

    Ainara Rodríguez-Zulaica and Asunción Fernández-Villarán Ara

    16 Academics in two places at once: (not) managing caring responsibilities at conferences

    Emily F. Henderson

    17 A tripartite approach to accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in academic conferences

    Trudie Walters


    Rebecca Finkel is an urban cultural geographer and Reader in Events Management at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. The main focus of her research frames critical events studies within conceptualisations of social justice, equality and diversity, and identity. Her main research interests include resistance to globalisation processes through cultural events, doing gender at festivals, and mapping human rights and international sporting events. Her new research explores the relational wellbeing dimensions of human–animal interactions in events, tourism, and leisure contexts.

    Briony Sharp was awarded her PhD in Events Management from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, and is currently a Lecturer in Events Management at the University of Huddersfield. Her research examines social impacts from an individual, community, and organisational perspective, and possible social legacy routes from these impacts. Specifically, this includes social engagement initiatives pursued in conjunction with the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, and the relationship between social capital, community engagement, and potential social legacies. New research investigates innovative methodologies in events with a focus on event volunteering and tourism motivations.

    Majella Sweeney is a Senior Lecturer in International Hospitality and Tourism Management at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Research interests include small hospitality enterprises, focusing on the host–home relationship and self-identity. Qualitative research methods, specifically visual methods within the hospitality, tourism, and event industry, are another area of interest. Her new research explores hospitality and tourism events with conceptualisations of family inclusion, marginalisation, and accessibility.