By Dr Trudie Walters (University of Otago) and Dr Allan Jepson (The University of Hertfordshire)
Marginalisation in societies has long been the subject of academic research. For example, marginalisation and exclusion have been identified as problematic in fields as diverse as geography (Sibley, 1995; Cloke and Little, 1997), public health (de Jong and Schout, 2013; Eliassen et al., 2013), education (Benner and Yang, 2014) and media studies (Budarick and Han, 2017), however very limited research has been carried out in the field of critical event studies. Both individuals and communities may be/feel marginalised in a variety of ways and for a number of reasons, and we contend this is also highly relevant to events at all levels and scales and across the public, private and voluntary sectors. As such, a great many research questions remain unaddressed in the area of event studies, for example:
- In what ways do marginalised groups use events for social interaction?
- How do events contribute to community cohesion, wellbeing, or QOL for marginalised communities?
- How do communities perceive, resist or support marginal events?
- How is marginalisation enacted or resisted in an events context?
- How are planning decisions made when an event is financially marginal but socially beneficial
This call invites abstracts from potential contributors to an edited book entitled ‘Events at the Margins/Marginal Events’. It is based on a book proposal by Dr Trudie Walters (University of Otago) and Dr Allan Jepson (The University of Hertfordshire) as part of the Routledge Advances in Events Book Series.