The recent proliferation of events as a subject of study in its own right has signalled the emergence of a new field – event studies. However, whilst the management-inspired notion of planned events, which strives for conceptual slenderness, may indeed be useful for event managers, the moment we attempt to advance knowledge about events as social, cultural and political phenomena, we realise the extent to which the field is theoretically impoverished. Event studies, it is argued, must transcend overt business-like perspectives in order to grasp events in their complexities.

This book challenges the reader to reach beyond the established modes of thinking about events by placing them against a backdrop of much wider, critical discourse. Approaches and Methods in Event Studies emerges as a conceptual and methodological tour de force—comprising the works of scholars of diverse backgrounds coming together to address a range of philosophical, theoretical, and methods-related problems. The areas covered include the concepts of eventification and eventual approaches to events, a mobilities paradigm, rhizomatic events, critical discourse analysis, visual methods, reflexive and ethnographic research into events, and indigenous acumen.

Researchers and students engaged in the study of events will draw much inspiration from the contributions and from the volume as a whole. 

part I|21 pages


part II|56 pages

Articulating a broader philosophical, conceptual and theoretical vision for event studies

chapter 3|17 pages


Framing the Ordinary as the Extraordinary

chapter 4|14 pages

The creative guerrilla

Makers, organisation and belonging

chapter 5|12 pages

A mobilities approach to events

part III|98 pages

Towards critical capacity and methodological vigilance for the study of events

chapter 6|15 pages

Critical discourse analysis

Towards critiquing the language of events

chapter 7|24 pages

Visual methods in event studies

chapter 8|27 pages

Tourism and new collective effervescence

The encoding of ‘Aboriginality’ – a worldmaking critique of special events and special places 1

chapter 9|16 pages

Ethnography in the diaspora

Indian cultural production and transnational networks

chapter 10|14 pages

Collapsing social distance with cake and tea

The influence of Indigenous methodologies

part IV|28 pages


chapter 11|26 pages

Events and the framing of peoples and places

Acts of declaration/acts of devilry