Event Management in the Chinese Century: CFP

There are now revised timelines for submission – see end of this post

With my colleague, Dr Mingguang Liu, from Zheijang International Studies University, we have just published a call for papers for a special issue of the journal Event Management on ‘Event Management in the Chinese Century’. You can read the full CFP here.

Changes in political economy, the rise of emerging economies outside of the traditionally USA-dominated trans-Atlantic region and the globalisation of culture enabled by democratised technological channels, have led to profound shifts in the balance of the global economy. Attempting to explain this geopolitical shift, commentators and academics have introduced terms such as the ‘Chinese Century’ (Beckley, 2012; Brands, 2018; Hartley, 2008; Hongling, 2015; Pan, 2013; Stiglitz, 2015), the ‘Pacific Century’ (Borthwick, 2018; Scott, 2008) and the ‘Asian Century’ (Atonopoulos, 2017; Morrison, 2014).

The aim of this special issue is to consider the impact of these macro-level changes on the events industry and research into events, and to help to address a geographical, but also an ideological and cultural, imbalance in events management research, which has tended to focus on the traditionally dominant global economies of North America, Western Europe and Australasia (Kim & Kaewnuch, 2018; Robertson et al., 2018; Spracklen & Lamond, 2016). Recent research has begun to engage with this new context in areas as diverse as education (Werner et al, 2018), events and public diplomacy (Wang, 2018), regional development (Hussain, et al., 2018), the growth of the Chinese events industry (Liu & Lou, 2018) and mega events (Liang, et al., 2016).

Anticipated themes

Papers for this special issue should engage with the context of the Chinese Century, and the implications of this for events management research and practice.  Relevant, recently published research has include the following thematic areas, suggesting that they are worthy of further examination, although the list is not intended to be exhaustive. 

  • Event Management Education
  • The Development of the Chinese Events Industry
  • The Political Economy of Events and Public Diplomacy using Events
  • Events and Regional Development
  • Innovation in the Events Industry
  • Events and Urban Development
  • Mega-Events

Manuscript submission

Authors should submit to James Kennell (j.s.kennell@gre.ac.uk). In the first instance, authors should submit an abstract for consideration and feedback, according to the timeframe below.

Timeframe

2nd Call for papers: February 2020

Abstracts for consideration: 31st March 2020

Feedback on abstracts: 10th April 2020

Submission of manuscripts: 6th November 2020

Planned publication date: 2021

Moon Festival

I’ve recently become involved with a fantastic new festival, as part of their advisory board.  Moon Festival is a unique multi-event festival, taking place now and culminating in events to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the moon landings in July 2019.

moon festival

Their really exciting programme, which celebrates the moon in ways involving different cultures, times and disciplines, includes film screenings, night boats, a food market with a lunar slant, music events, a street party and much more.  To find out more, visit their website, or follow on twitter, facebook and instagram.

Free Webinar – Economic Turbulence and the creative sector

I will be presenting in this exciting free webinar aimed at cultural and creative businesses in the south-west of England.  It is being delivered by ‘ThriveBath’, a training and support programme for the cultural and voluntary sectors in the Bath and North East Somerset area. I will be discussing the impact of economic turbulence on the creative and cultural sector in England and suggesting ways that businesses can adapt to uncertain times.

 

thrive

You can sign up for the free webinar by clicking here.

Event Horizons 2014

I’ll be speaking at the Event Horizons conference in Falmouth, Cornwall, next week. The conference run from 6-7 February and will be bringing together the regional cultural and events sectors to explore two key issues – digital technology and sustainability. I’ll be speaking on 7th February on the topic of ‘responsible events’ and taking part in a panel discussion about the key issues facing the events sector in the next twelve months.

It looks like a really interesting programme and there are some more details below:

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DAY 1: DIGITAL EVENT HORIZONS
The day includes: digital production opportunities (AV3), audience development within the virtual environment (Eventbrite), digital marketing applications within event activity (Barefoot Media), and digital event design. The day concludes with a plenary session where Dogbite, Miracle Theatre and Cinegi will discuss their recent NESTA funded live streaming project

DAY 2: SUSTAINABLE EVENT HORIZONS
Workshop seminars focus on the creative aspects of sustainability, and a panel discussion asks “what are the main challenges for the sector in the next 12 months?” Guest speakers include Mike Richmond (Richmond Event Management: REM), and WRAP (Circular Economy,Resource Efficiency Experts).

1 day £40. Both days £75.

Thursday 6 February 2014, 09:00 – Friday 7 February 2014, 17:30
The Performance Centre, Falmouth University, Penryn Campus, Penryn, TR10 9LX
01326 259349 or email boxoffice@falmouth.ac.uk

London vs. New York: Who is winning?

These are the details of an event being run by the London branch of the Institute of Economic Development.  I became secretary of the branch a few months ago and I’m really looking forward to working with them, especially on events and where we can develop links into our work in EDReC at the University of Greenwich.

This free event is on Tuesday 4th December, at 5.45pm at the central London offices of Buro Happold. Speakers will make comparisons between the economic outlooks of New York and London and there will plenty of time for debate and networking.  Click on the image below to see the flyer for the event as a PDF and read more details.

Ethnographic methods in events research

A colleague and I have had a paper accepted for the ‘Global Events Congress IV: Events and Festivals Research: The State of the Art’ event, to be held in Leeds from 14-16 July 2010. 

Our paper looks at how the application of methods from ethnography can contribute to events management research.  Bekah carried out participant observation, photographic and auto-photographic research during the Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee in the US.  You can read our abstract here