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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.
For further details about the Society, click here
Registration open for Spectacular Orientalism in Early Modern Europe II: Asia and the Far East (C16th-C18th)
Online conference: '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.
CfP: ‘Celebrations at Court Ephemeral Objects, Materials, and Machineries in the Early Modern Period'
CfP: International Conference on Art History & Visual and Material Culture, ‘Celebrations at Court Ephemeral Objects, Materials, and Machineries in the Early Modern Period’. 2–3 November 2023 at the University of Copenhagen and at Kronborg Castle in Elsinore, Denmark. Deadline 20 March 2023. Project website here; CfP link here.