Call for Papers

Internationational Journal of Festival and Event Management Special Issue: Repurposing and Repositioning Events:

Real, Responsible and Revolutionary Futures

Publication date: Issue 1, 2023

Guest editors:

  • Dr Margarida Abreu Novais, Griffith University
  • Professor Jane Ali-Knight, Edinburgh Napier University
  • Professor Kirsten Holmes, Curtin University
  • Associate Professor Leonie Lockstone-Binney, Griffith University
  • Associate Professor Martin Robertson, Edinburgh Napier University
  • Hannah Stewart, University of Central Lancashire



Organised events – in current and new forms – may have the opportunity to determine new paths, make the future less fearsome, and allow more positive outcomes. This call for papers recognises that social, civic, and civil society are changing more rapidly than at any other point in modern history. In conjunction, the unfolding reality of the World Health Organisation (WHO) declaration that Covid-19 is a global health emergency, the announcement by the United Nations that climate change is a worldwide emergency, and geopolitical shifts that fracture international partnerships strikes us all. Purposeful and positive application is imperative in a way never considered in modern civilisation before. We need to look forward.

The guest editors of this special issue invite contributions related to the title, considering what organised events can do? What form can events consider? What is and what can be the purpose and role of events now and in the future? Can we repurpose and reposition events in life, in society and for the future? We invite conceptual and empirical studies.

This special issue aims to offer both conceptual and empirical studies that have capacity to add to research and teaching practice. It is hoped that application to future practical application may arise from these two forms of output.

The thematic areas highlighted below may aid consideration of areas of focus. However, consideration is not limited to these suggestions. Importantly, the three areas highlighted all require forward facing perspectives, i.e., consider the future.

The thematic areas highlighted below may aid consideration of areas of focus. However, consideration is not limited to these suggestions.

Real and Immediate

  • Current environment changes and the influence on/of future events
  • Events and Education – a blended, hybrid or virtual debate
  • Technology and Events
  • Discrimination and events
  • Equality and inclusion
  • Research advances and examples
  • Future risk management for events
  • Events and empowerment
  • Events and authenticity
  • Event failure


  • Government and governance and the relationship to events
  • Events and matching equality agenda(s)
  • Events and Developing Countries
  • Events, community, and communication
  • Events as risk to the community
  • New event leadership forms
  • Filling the poverty gap through events
  • Events and citizenship
  • Engendering trust through events
  • Events and protecting rights

Revolutionary Futures

  • Utopia and/or Dystopia visions of events, festivals, and the future
  • Future forms and functions of events
  • Reframing power
  • Events as tools for activism and radicalism
  • New societal structures and events
  • Events as social and political tools
  • Events as social democracy and change
  • Cyber futures

Submission Guidelines

If you are interested in publishing a paper in this special issue of the International Journal of Festival Management, please email a 500 word abstract of your paper to Dr Margarida Abreu Novais at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 19th November 2021.


Additionally, accompanying your abstract, please briefly outline which of the three thematic areas your paper aligns with (50 words maximum). This explanation will be used solely to aid the abstract review process.


Authors will be notified by mid-December 2021 if they have been invited to submit a full paper for the special issue.


The full paper submission deadline is April 28th 2022. Papers will be submitted via the ScholarOne manuscript platform. The papers will undergo a standard blind peer-review process. The maximum length of the manuscripts is 8,000 words. Papers will be published online and the print issue of the special issue will be published in Issue 1, 2023.


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