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On 17th April 2020, the 385th anniversary of the Joyous Entry of Cardinal-Infant Ferdinand of Spain into Antwerp, which had taken place on this day in 1635. This conference had originally been planned to mark the anniversary. This event, which includes a number of SEFR members among the speakers, was originally scheduled to take place in April 2020 at the Rubenianum in Antwerp and has been postponed. Now, due to the dynamic situation of the Covid-19-pandemic, the two-day conference will take place in a digital format. DATE: 10 and 11 December 2020, 15:30 - 18:40

Individuele bezoekers

This event brings together the leading scholars of this field of art and ritual history whose contributions have made it possible to gain a deeper understanding of the early modern festivities held in the Netherlands to assert and negotiate power between the ruler and the ruled. Together with (young) colleagues and specialists from adjacent disciplines, we aim to discuss the challenges and opportunities of studying such significant moments in history. Full details of the programme are available at Please register for the conference via email to and to receive further information and access to the event.

Thu 19 Nov 2020, 14:31

Update concerning the recent call for papers for the journal Arti dello Spettacolo / Performing Arts

Update concerning the recent call for papers for the journal Arti dello Spettacolo / Performing Arts: ‘Performance and Spectacle in Early Modern Europe’. Please click here for full details.

Thu 26 Mar 2020, 12:26

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

Fri 28 Feb 2020, 10:08

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

Thu 07 Feb 2019, 11:31