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Routledge Critical Event Studies Research Series.

About the Series

This new Routledge research series focuses on critical perspectives in festivals and events incorporating current theoretical and methodological developments and exploring under-explored areas in events research which draw from multiple literatures and praxis. International in perspective, it will adopt cross-disciplinary approaches with wide-ranging social, political, cultural, economic, and environmental implications. The festivals and events themselves will not be the sole units of analysis; rather, the broader context within which festivals and events gain significance will be the focal point of books within this series. In adopting a critical stance, we take our starting point the idea that events intervene in social structures and, in so doing, they expose the diverse contested discourses and frames of reference being articulated by the actors and institutions involved.

We invite expressions of interest from established academics as well as early career scholars for monographs and international edited collections. The research series will provide a forum for the publication of the freshest and most compelling critical perspectives on events. The series editors have identified some broad areas of interest based on potential gaps in the literature; however, they are open for discussion on developing ideas.

Conceptualisations of festivals and events, including:

  • Post-humanism in festivals and events contexts
  • Feminist approaches in festivals and events research
  • Spatial arrangements for festivals and events
  • Events, performance and performativity in festivals and events
  • Decolonising festivals and events research

Methodological approaches in festivals and events, including:

  • Ethnographies of festivals and events
  • Participatory methods in festivals and events
  • Visual and creative methods in festivals and events
  • Big data in festivals and events

Thematic analyses in festivals and events, including:

  • Inequalities in festivals and events
  • Affordances of the digital in festivals and events

  • Violence (physical and symbolic) in festivals and events
  • Mediatisation in festivals and events

If you have a book idea for the series, please contact:

Dr Rebecca Finkel, ([email protected])

Prof. David McGillivray, ([email protected])

Emma Travis, Senior Editor for Tourism and Events at Routledge ([email protected])




Your proposal to Routledge form the basis by which we judge the book's suitability for publication and the series. If we feel your proposal has potential on the Routledge list, it is likely that we will send it out to be reviewed by specialists in the field. Your proposal document therefore needs to be organised in such a way that potential reviewers are given an appropriate amount of information on which to assess the expected quality of the work.

We would suggest that your proposal would extend to between three and five sides of A4.

  1. Why do you feel there would be a demand and need for your publication?
  2. Please describe your book in 300 words. We suggest you structure your description with the following paragraphs:

  • An introductory paragraph to interest the non-specialist, librarian or bookseller
  • A second factual and informative paragraph which expands the first by describing the main item or areas covered by the book.
  • A paragraph which illustrates the main findings and the originality of the research, or describes the usefulness to its intended audience

  1. Detailed Synopsis and Chapter Headings - including detailed contents list and details of geographic range of content, case studies and illustrations (where relevant).
  2. Likely competition - listing where possible the publisher, price and year of competing books and their strengths and weaknesses.
  3. Definition of the Market - including details of likely size, pitch and interdisciplinary and geographic range of potential readership. Please also give more detailed information on any relevant undergraduate/ postgraduate courses or modules where you think the work will be recommended or essential reading (and state which, and by whom).
  4. Details of illustrations, if any, including type (line, tables, black and white photos, maps etc), approximate number and geographic spread where relevant.
  5. Estimated word length of final script. This should be between 25,000 to 50,000 words in length in total.
  6. Writing Schedule - and final script delivery month and year.
  7. Additional Information - A short biography of authors/editors as well as information on contributing authors if an edited book.

Please forward your proposal to:

Series Editors:

Dr Rebecca Finkel, Queen Margaret University ([email protected])

Prof. David McGillivray, University West of Scotland ([email protected])

Events and Tourism Senior Editor Routledge:

Emma Travis - [email protected]

6 Series Titles

Per Page

Festivals and Edutainment

Festivals and Edutainment

1st Edition

Edited By Giulia Rossetti, Brianna Wyatt, Jane Ali-Knight
September 29, 2023

As the first collection of studies to explore the use of edutainment within festival experiences, this book extends current knowledge and understanding of festival experiences. Relying on a series of international case studies, this book offers readers unique and important insights that emphasise ...

Doing Gender in Events Feminist Perspectives in Critical Event Studies

Doing Gender in Events: Feminist Perspectives in Critical Event Studies

1st Edition

By Barbara Grabher
September 25, 2023

Exploring the relationship between gender and events, this book delivers an ethnographic analysis of the celebration of gender equality in the context of the culture-led event. Drawing upon Critical Event Studies, Anthropology of the Festive and Gender Studies, this book provides a comprehensive ...

Major Reward and Recognition Events Transformations and Critical Perspectives

Major Reward and Recognition Events: Transformations and Critical Perspectives

1st Edition

By Lukasz Swiatek
August 24, 2023

Using a range of interdisciplinary ideas, Major Reward and Recognition Events: Transformations and Critical Perspectives is an expert-led, informative volume exploring the global growth of major award shows and prize-giving ceremonies since the start of the twentieth century and outlining their key...

Family Events Practices, Displays and Intimacies

Family Events: Practices, Displays and Intimacies

1st Edition

Edited By Thomas Fletcher
May 19, 2022

An unprecedented exploration of the intersection of events and family studies, Family Events uses events as a lens through which to explore the concepts of families, family practices, family displays and family intimacies. Family Events explores the idea that how families come to be and, moreover,...

Events and Well-being

Events and Well-being

1st Edition

Edited By Allan Stewart Jepson, Trudie Walters
June 10, 2021

This book is the first to take an in-depth examination of events and well-being, adopting a much-needed critical approach to the study of events. It uses empirical case studies to help us better understand how events foster positive well-being or counter negative well-being for event organisers, ...

Gendered Violence at International Festivals An Interdisciplinary Perspective

Gendered Violence at International Festivals: An Interdisciplinary Perspective

1st Edition

Edited By Louise Platt, Rebecca Finkel
April 07, 2020

Gendered Violence at International Festivals is a groundbreaking collection that focusses on this highly important social issue for the first time. Including a diverse range of interdisciplinary studies on the issue, the book contests the widely held notion that festivals are temporal spaces free ...

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