The Critical Events Studies Symposium will be a one day event to examine how we can take a critical view of events and festivals. The symposium has grown out of various discussions amongst academics from a variety of disciplines (i.e. not just those teaching events or related subjects) to find a forum to work in a multi-disciplinary fashion in order to make new connections and explore new avenues of research.
Aim of the day:
To bring together a diverse audience involved in events delivery, policy and research across different academic disciplines and geographic areas. Forum for hearing about the latest thinking in Critical Event Studies and creating future research networks and collaborations.
Format of the day:
Tea and coffee on arrival.
A panel provocation led by industry and academics examining the symposium theme.
An 'open space' forum to make connections, discuss ideas and move the debates forward! See here for more ideas on what this entails:
The panel provocation will be an interactive discussion. We are pleased to announce the following panel members:
Dr Beatriz Garcia, Head of Research (Cultural Policy), Institute of Cultural Capital, Liverpool
James McVeigh, Head of Marketing and Innovation, Festivals Edinburgh
Ellie Turner, Producer and Project Director, Walk the Plank, Manchester
Prof. Maurice Roche, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Sheffield
Julie Fawcett, Cheif Executive, The Lowry, Salford
What we ask:
When you register you will be asked to provide a 100 word biography and an answer to the provocation: 'Events/Festivals are.....?
There will be an opportunity to suggest a discussion topic for the 'open space' event on the day but if you already have an idea you can tell us when you register.
Please also sign up if you have not already done so http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/CRIT-EVENTS
Finally we want you to come with an open mind and a willingness to engage in listening and debating.
Who is this for?
We would like to welcome anyone researching events and festivals from ANY discipline. We would like to also invite PGR/PhD students to take part (at a reduced rate).
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
MadLab is located in Manchester's Northern Quarter which is within walking distance of Piccadilly train station and both Piccadilly and Suede Hill bus stations.
There is a multi-storey car park on Church Street which offers an early bird rate https://www.ncp.co.uk/find-a-car-park/car-parks/manchester-northern-quarter/
There are also various parking options around the Northern Quarter offered at low rates for early arrival which are manned spaces and can be accessed off Great Ancoats Street.
Where can I stay if I want to make a weekend of it?
There is a huge range of accomodation in the city from boutique to budget. The usual suspects can be found in the city centre. If you would like to be located near to the Northern Quarter you could try:
The symposium is part of a series of events linked to the ‘Cultural Intermediation and the Creative Economy’ research project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council on behalf of the Connected Communities research programme. For more information on the project, please see https://culturalintermediation.wordpress.com/about/