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Journal of Festive Studies Announces Inaugural Issue

Thursday, June 6, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Evangeline Mee

H-Net is proud to announce the launch of the new open access, peer-reviewed Journal of Festive Studies from H-CelebrationJFS is the inaugural journal published under the banner of H-Net Journals, a new service that facilitates the publication of open access, peer-reviewed content on H-Net.

Journal of Festive Studies is an open access, peer-reviewed title publishing new research from all fields interested in festivities, including holiday celebrations, family rituals, carnivals, religious feasts, processions and parades, civic commemorations, and more. The first issue offers articles, state of the field essays, and reviews that consider a wide range of approaches to festivity. As the editors write in their introduction to the volume, the contributors "consider some of the methods and theories that scholars have relied on to apprehend festive practices across the world, the specific contributions of disciplines or areas of study touching on festivity, the methodological issues faced by scholars doing qualitative research on festivities across the globe, or analyses of specific festive occasions."

The journal is co-edited by Ellen Litwicki (Professor of History, SUNY Fredonia) and Aurélie Godet (Associate Professor of American Studies, Paris Diderot University) and backed by an editorial board of internationally recognized scholars in diverse fields of the humanities and social sciences, including cultural anthropology, sociology, history, management, folklore and popular culture, and Spanish and Portuguese.

Journal of Festive Studies Volume 1, Number 1, Spring 2019


Ellen Litwicki and Aurelie Godet, Editorial


Alessandro Testa, “Doing Research on Festivals. Cui Bono?

Laurent Sébastien Fournier, “Traditional Festivals: From European Ethnology to Festive Studies”


Lisa Voigt, “The Archive and the Festival”

Naomi Milthorpe and Eliza Murphy, “Reading the Party: Festivity as Waste in Evelyn Waugh’s 1930s Fiction”

Thibaut Clément, “Fans as the Researcher’s Unwitting Collaborators: A Few Notes on Disney Theme Parks, Fandom, and Data Collection”

John Paul, “A Festival of Kinship, Defiance, and Ethnic Survival: A Photo Essay of the DAPL Protests”

Adrian Franklin, “Where ‘Art Meets Life’: Assessing the Impact of Dark Mofo, a New Mid-Winter Festival in Australia”

Luciana de Araujo Aguiar, “Festivities as Space of Identity Construction: The Example of the Brazilian Jongo Rodas


Cora Gaebel, Review of Public Performances: Studies in the Carnivalesque and Ritualesque, edited by Jack Santino

Vasiliki Sirakouli, Review of Displaying Time: The Many Temporalities of the Festival of India, by Rebecca M. Brown

Matthew H. Brittingham, Review of The Mouse and the Myth: Sacred Art and Secular Ritual of Disneyland, by Dorene Koehler

Patrick Gaul, Review of Festkultur und Gedächtnis: Die Konstruktion einer deutschamerikanischen Ethnizität 1848–1914, by Heike Bungert

Journal of Festive Studies will be published twice per year and accepts submissions on a rolling basis. A special issue on “The Politics of Carnival” is scheduled for Fall 2019.

The first issue of Journal of Festive Studies is available to read online. For more information or to submit, please visit the JFS's website. 


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