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Sensing Euphoric and Dysphoric Atmospheres

Sensing Euphoric and Dysphoric Atmospheres

CFP: Sensing Euphoric and Dysphoric Atmospheres

deadline for submissions:

March 20, 2025

full name / name of organization:

Journal of Festival Culture Inquiry and Analysis

contact email:

Call for Journal Articles

Now Open

Sensing Euphoric and Dysphoric Atmospheres (Volume 4) Following our symposium, we invite authors to submit papers for publication consideration.

Our fifth annual online event addressed the theme of ‘sensing euphoric and dysphoric atmospheres’ in festive, celebratory, and ritual cultures. Taking an embodied perspective, we seek journal articles that focus on the role of corporeal perception in making sense of lived experience.

With regard to atmospheres, we focus on “the ways in which a multiplicity of bodies [are] part of, and entrenched in, a situation that encompasses it” (Riedel 2019:85). We aim to explore what existential phenomenology can reveal about carnivals, festivals, ceremonies, fetes, fairs, rituals, and other celebrations. Thus, exploring the euphoric and/or dysphoric atmospheres associated with these events and celebrations.

Our theme takes into account shared values, practices, customs, heritage, traditions, continuity, uniqueness, and differentiation within festive and celebratory culture. It is also important to consider the degree to which euphoria and dysphoria can be shared and learned, along with the camaraderie and familial aspects related to them.

Proposals may also address, but are not limited to, the following themes:

• Art, Craft, and Practice

• Carnivals (including Diasporic Carnivals)

• Celebration and Leisure

• Competition, Adjudication, and Legacy

• Costume and the Body

• Creative Industries

• Culture and Politics

• Dance and Performance

• Education

• Embodiment

• Events

• Food Culture

• Community Making (Re-making)

• Literature

• Medieval Culture

• Night Festivals

• Memory, Nostalgia, and Temporality

• Music and Sound

• Tradition and Heritage

• Religion

• Resistance, Resilience, and Activism

• Sporting Celebrations

• Tourism

(​Riedel, Friedlind, ‘Atmosphere’, in Affective Societies: Key Concepts, ed. by Jan Slaby and ‎Christian von Scheve, eds. (New York: Routledge, 2019), pp. 85-95)

Abstracts of up to 500 words (only abstracts/papers that have not been previously presented and published will be considered) and biographies of no more than 100 words (in Word .doc format only).

We are currently reviewing and working on volume 3, but early submissions are encouraged, and we provide updates as often as possible. Early submissions also assist us in determining whether there is interest in the topic.

Key Dates: 500-word Abstract Proposal Submission: February 15th 2025

Notification of Acceptance: 28th February 2025

Completed Paper Submission Deadline: 20th March 2025

Expected Publication Date: 2025/26

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See the call for papers page here: (click the CFP tab on the webpage)