H-Celebration: Current Affairs Discourse (CAD)

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Call for Papers
United States
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Australian and New Zealand History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology, Theatre & Performance History / Studies

H-Celebration: Current Affairs Discourse 

Our call for ideas is open to all and we would love to hear your ideas about the Haka, a traditional and diverse Maori dance performed in sports, weddings, ceremonies, celebrations and other public occasions.

Topic: ‘The Christchurch Massacre’ 

The H-Celebration network is deeply saddened by these tragic events and our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends in their time of sorrow and loss. 

We would like to hear your views on the Haka performance as a response to and in the aftermath of the tragic ‘Christchurch Massacre.’ You can start a scholarly discussion, write a report, personal scholarly narrative or a review. Please note that all writing must inform celebration, festivals, leisure, or some aspect of customary ceremonies, ritual experiences and celebrations. 

Tell us what you think about the Māori’s ceremonial Haka performance and how it responds to diverse experiences in the case of the ‘Christchurch Massacre.’ Thus, you could examine how the Māori are creating diverse perspectives and trajectories for the ceremonial Haka that is based on their embodied knowledge of ceremonies and celebrations. You could further demonstrate that the ceremonial performance can be expressed in different ways highlighting the importance of an occasion. 

You could also explore the Māori’s ceremonial Haka and how it relates to Bourdieu’s notion of habitus (1977, 1990) and, in particular, how the Māori’s embody the Haka and what it means to them. Thus, you could focus on the body as a site for the production of tacit knowledge - particularly, how life experiences can trigger embedded embodied knowledge.

Brief Guidelines 

All content should address and inform celebration, festival and leisure studies, as this not only coincides with the Journal of Festive Studies which seeks to focus on “festivities, including but not limited to holiday celebrations, family rituals, carnivals, religious feasts, processions and parades, and civic commemorations" but it also chimes with the main aim of the H-Celebration network that brings "together far-flung fields of celebration, festive, and leisure studies." At H-Celebration we aim to think along these lines: 

(1) how we develop consistency in our content that informs celebration, festival and leisure studies.

(2) we focus on the nature, relevance, context and appropriateness of content on our network.

Working along these lines is important to us to gain and maintain subscribers and keeping their interests by examining new and little-known perspectives. In addition, working within the margins of celebration, festival and leisure help us to remain focused in order to develop our area of interest.