By Dr Trudie Walters (University of Otago) and Dr Allan Jepson (The University of Hertfordshire)

Marginalisation in societies has long been the subject of academic research.  For example, marginalisation and exclusion have been identified as problematic in fields as diverse as geography (Sibley, 1995; Cloke and Little, 1997), public health (de Jong and Schout, 2013; Eliassen et al., 2013), education (Benner and Yang, 2014) and media studies (Budarick and Han, 2017), however very limited research has been carried out in the field of critical event studies.  Both individuals and communities may be/feel marginalised in a variety of ways and for a number of reasons, and we contend this is also highly relevant to events at all levels and scales and across the public, private and voluntary sectors.  As such, a great many research questions remain unaddressed in the area of event studies, for example:

  • In what ways do marginalised groups use events for social interaction?
  • How do events contribute to community cohesion, wellbeing, or QOL for marginalised communities?
  • How do communities perceive, resist or support marginal events?
  • How is marginalisation enacted or resisted in an events context?
  • How are planning decisions made when an event is financially marginal but socially beneficial

This call invites abstracts from potential contributors to an edited book entitled ‘Events at the Margins/Marginal Events’.  It is based on a book proposal by Dr Trudie Walters (University of Otago) and Dr Allan Jepson (The University of Hertfordshire) as part of the Routledge Advances in Events Book Series.


Our desire is to bring together a collection of work that draws from many disciplines and applies a critical approach to marginalisation in events, that digs deeper and seeks to address the ‘how’ and ‘why’ rather than the ‘what’.  We invite empirical and conceptual contributions that elaborate on the concepts of events at the margins and marginal events and which make use of a range of different theoretical and methodological approaches. We welcome chapters which are guided by empirical data and relate to (but are not restricted to) the research questions outlined above or by the research themes outlined below:

  • Marginalisation/racist approaches to planning events
  • Events in/for marginalised communities
  • Representation and/or integration of a multi-ethnic society
  • Financially marginal events
  • Socially marginal events
  • Events held at the (physical) margins
  • The role of diaspora communities in events
  • Protest[ing] events
  • Age, marginalisation and events


  • Abstract submission: 13 October 2017
  • Decision on all abstracts for chapter submission: 31 October 2017
  • Decision from Routledge to proceed: 31 December 2017
  • Full chapter submissions: 30 June 2018
  • Final manuscript to Routledge: 1 September 2018
  • Routledge to publish: January 2019


If you are interested in potentially contributing to this edited book, please submit an abstract of 300-500 words outlining your proposed chapter and clearly articulating the chapter’s original contribution to the critical event studies literature, to Dr Trudie Walters ( by 13 October 2017.  If you have any questions, please contact me.


Benner, A.D. and Wang, Y. (2014) “Demographic marginalisation, social integration and adolescents’ educational success”, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 43(10): 1611-1627.

Budarick, I. and Han, G.S. (2017) Minorities and media: producers, industries, audiences. Palgrave Macmillan: London.

Cloke, P. and Little, J. (1997) Contested countryside cultures. Routledge: London and New York.

de Jong, G. and Schout, G. (2013) “Breaking through marginalisation in public mental health care with family group conferencing: shame as risk and protective factor”, British Journal of Social Work, 43(7): 1439-1454.

Eliassen, B-M., Melhus, M., Hansen, K.L. and Broderstad, A.R. (2013) “Marginalisation and cardiovascular disease among rural Sami in Northern Norway: a population-based cross-sectional study”, BMC Public Health, 13: 522-532.

Sibley, D. (1995) Geographies of exclusion. Routledge: London and New York.