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Festivals Research

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The Society for European Festivals Research brings together established and early-career scholars, including archivists and curators, from across Europe, the United States and more widely, engaged in Renaissance and Early Modern Festivals research. It promotes shared activities including conferences and publications and disseminates information about research developments.


The Society’s Series, European Festival Studies 1450–1700, initially published by Ashgate (2013-2017),,then appeared under the Routledge imprint of the Taylor and Francis Group (2017-2018) and from 2019 will be published by Brepols. The Series includes both monographs and edited collections stemming from SEFR conferences. The General Editors are J.R. Mulryne (Warwick), Margaret Shewring (Warwick), Margaret M McGowan (Sussex) and Marie-Claude Canova-Green (Goldsmiths, London). For further details see:


Membership of the Society is available without fee to interested scholars via this website, or by entering ‘Society for European Festivals Research’ in your browser. We currently have more than 200 members across a range of countries and academic disciplines.

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Call for Journal Articles: Arti dello Spettacolo / Performing Arts

Donatella Gavrilovich has invited Margaret Shewring to co-edit, with Silvia Carandini and Leila Zammar, the 2020 issue of the journal Arti dello Spettacolo / Performing Arts. The issue will be titled Performance and Spectacle in Early Modern Europe and is intended as a tribute to Ronnie Mulryne. Please do consider offering an article. It will be a great way not only to celebrate Ronnie’s contribution to Festival Studies but, of course, to make the cross-disciplinary study of festivals more widely known. Full details here

Professor J. R. (Ronnie) Mulryne (1937–2019)

Dear SEFR Friends and Colleagues

It is with great sadness that we write to let you know that J.R. (Ronnie) Mulryne died on Monday 28 January. He had become increasingly unwell in the past two months and, although he remained mentally alert, his body had become very frail as the cancer had spread and the treatments became more difficult to cope with. He died at home in his sleep. Full obituary here


Substantial collections of Renaissance and Early Modern festival books