Routledge Critical Event Studies Research Series.

Series Editors:

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, (

Prof. David McGillivray, (

Emma Travis, Senior Editor for Tourism and Events at Routledge (




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 (

Prof. David McGillivray, University West of Scotland (

Events and Tourism Senior Editor Routledge:

Emma Travis -