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Festivals Research

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 is published by Brepols. The Series includes both monographs and edited collections stemming from SEFR conferences. The current General Editors are Margaret Shewring (Warwick), Marie-Claude Canova-Green (Goldsmiths, London) and Richard Cooper (University of Oxford).


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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CfP: Spectacular Orientalism in Early Modern Europe II: Asia and the Far East (C16th-C18th)

Centre for Comparative Literature, Goldsmiths, University of London, in collaboration with the Society for European Festivals Research, 27-28 April 2023. Following the success of the first Spectacular Orientalism conference in June 2022, largely devoted to the Ottoman Empire and the image of the Turk, it is our hope that papers for the follow-up conference will focus more specifically on Asia and the Far East. These two further days of talks and discussion will explore new perspectives on the representation of the Orient in early modern European art and performance in a period that witnessed the founding of the first Christian mission in Japan by the Portuguese (1549), the establishment of the English, Dutch and French East India Companies at the turn of the seventeenth century, the rise of European travel to Persia under the Safavid dynasty and the resulting spate of publications. Proposal for papers should be sent by 17 December 2023 to Professor Marie-Claude Canova-Green (

Registration now open for Spectacular Orientalism in Early Modern Europe (1529-1683)

The Centre for Comparative Literature, Goldsmiths in collaboration with the Society for European Festivals Research, University of Warwick, (8-9 June 2022). To be held via Zoom.

Full details, including conference programme, abstracts and speaker details, are on the Goldsmiths' website,

The registration form for the conference can be accessed via the link below. Registration is free but essential. Please note that you will need to register in order to receive the link needed to attend. Eventbrite:


Substantial collections of Renaissance and Early Modern festival books