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 Summer 2018.
The journal’s 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 -- Dr. 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 you 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. Prospective authors may explore the specific contributions of disciplines or areas of study including but not limited to history, geography, folklore, sociology, anthropology, ethnology, tourism, media studies, and literature. Alternatively, contributors may choose to focus on some of the methodological issues faced by scholars doing qualitative research on festivities across the globe.
The journal also welcomes submissions that analyze a specific festive occasion.
All texts should be sent by March 1 2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org, complete with the author’s bio and an abstract of c. 250 words. Please consult the guidelines for authors (https://networks.h-net.org/node/167585/pages/170680/journal-festive-studies) in advance of submission, and please contact Ellen Litwicki (email@example.com) or Aurélie Godet (firstname.lastname@example.org) for questions concerning the call for papers or suggestions about the journal.