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Festivals Research

Festivals Research

Welcome to the Society’s website


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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Robert Jean Knecht 20 September 1926–4 November 2023

It is with great sadness that we share the recent death of Robert J. Knecht, Emeritus Professor of French History at the University of Birmingham, UK, author of publications on French Renaissance and Early Modern History and, over more than twenty years, an active participant in conferences and projects involving European Festivals Research. He will be much missed.


Substantial collections of Renaissance and Early Modern festival books