Eventful Infrastructures. Conceptual considerations in the critical interrogations of infrastructural settings in event contexts.

Activity: External talk or presentationOral presentation


While infrastructures are essential to the production of events, their critical and conceptual considerations in event studies are only just emerging. Spatial arrangements, hygiene provision, or security measures, are more than just mere operational settings; they are key factors in an event’s capacities for creating meaning, impacting participants’ leisure narratives, expressing the zeitgeist and, therefore, inheriting socio-cultural significance.
In this panel, editors and authors reflect upon the ongoing developments of the edited Volume ‘Events and Infrastructure: Critical Interrogations' (Routledge Critical Event Studies Book Series, planned publication: early 2024) and give insights into their work on this emerging theme of inquiry.
With case studies from Argentina, Malawi, Spain and the UK among others, the edited volume is international in its outlook. Contributing authors address diverse events, festivals and celebrations in their critical interrogation of event infrastructures: from the large-scale setting of the barista world championships to the community event of the Maltese festas and, even further, to personal encounters and experience during Covid-19 lockdowns. The proposed panel emphasises the need and relevance to interrogate event infrastructures from a conceptual perspective, in order to foster a deeper critical understanding of the event sector, as a leisure landscape and its socio-cultural significance.
Period12 Jul 2023
Held atBournemouth University, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionInternational