Festival Cultures: Imagined Pasts, Alternative Futures

AN INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE CONVENED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES AT THE OPEN UNIVERSITY | 8-9 SEPTEMBER 2020 14-15 SEPT 2021, MILTON KEYNES

This conference is concerned with the dynamic connections, relationships, intertextuality and interculturality of festivals, particularly in their constructions of imagined pasts and alternative futures. As an important type of cultural event, festivals provide an opportunity for interdisciplinary dialogue and critical engagement with contemporary and historical publics and places. The conference will address modern and historical festivals, their connections and disconnections with the state and counter publics, as well as themes such as ritual, community, spirituality, wellbeing and counterculture, and trends such as commercialization, secularization, globalization and cultural innovation.

Festival intertextuality and intercultural connections | Imagination at festivals

Festivals, mainstream and counterculture | Festivals and modern cultures

Methodologies for investigating festival cultures | Festivals East and West

Protestival rituals and performances | Rural and urban themes at festivals

Pulverised and micro festivals | Showcasing innovation and alternative futures

Green futures and consumerism at festivals | Religion, rituals and spirituality

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS:

Dr Kinga Povedák (MTA-SZTE ‘Convivence’ Religious Pluralism Research Group) | Dr Sharif Gemie (University of Chichester) | Dr Amanda Lucia (University of California)

Submissions

We invite proposals for papers and panels on any aspect of this theme. Submissions may range from 10, 15 and 20 minutes. We welcome panel submissions in alternative formats, including artistic performances.

Please send a 200-word abstract plus a short bio, in one file to festcultures@open.ac.uk

Deadline for submissions: 1st of May 2021.

tinyurl.com/festcultures