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Journal of Festive Studies

The Journal of Festive Studies, a new peer-reviewed journal published under the auspices of H-Net (the interdisciplinary forum for scholars in the humanities and social sciences located at Michigan State University), invites submissions for its first issue, scheduled for March 2018.

The journal's stated aim is to draw together all academics who share an interest in festivities, including but not limited to holiday celebrations, family rituals, carnivals, religious feasts, processions and parades, and civic commemorations. The editors in chief -- Ellen Litwicki, Professor of History at the State University of New York at Fredonia and Aurélie Godet, Associate Professor of US History at Paris Diderot University -- welcome submissions of original research and analysis from both established and emerging scholars worldwide. Besides traditional academic essays, authors may submit video and photo essays, archival notes, opinion pieces, as well as contributions that incorporate digital media such as visualizations and interactive timelines and maps. Academic essays should be between 6,000 and 12,000 words; other pieces should be between 2,000 and 5,000 words. When submitting, please indicate whether the work is to be peer-reviewed as an article or whether yo u would like to offer something in a different format.

For its first issue, the journal will look at festive studies as an emerging academic sub-field since the late 1960s and seeks submissions that consider some of the methods and theories that scholars have relied on to apprehend festive practices across the world. The specific contributions of the historical, geographical, sociological, anthropological, ethnological, psychological, and economic disciplines to the study of festivities may be explored but, more importantly, authors should offer guidelines on how to successfully integrate them. Contributors may also choose to focus on some of the methodological issues faced by scholars doing qualitative research on festivities across the globe. Finally, authors may reflect on whether conclusions about festivities can be derived from the thousands of case studies that are produced every year by scholars, government agents, city officials, and various stakeholders. Can cross-cultural, interdisciplinary theoretical paradigms still be expect ed to emerge from this growing literature?

All texts should be sent by November 1 2017 to submissions-festive-studies@mail.h-net.msu.edu, complete with the author's bio and an abstract of c. 250 words. Please consult the guidelines for authors in advance of submission, and please contact Ellen Litwicki (litwicki@fredonia.edu) or Aurélie Godet (augodet@yahoo.com) for questions concerning the call for papers or suggestions about the journal.

For More Information: https://networks.h-net.org/h-celebration

Posted: April 18, 2017
Tagged: Calls for Papers