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2010 - NCA 96th Annual Convention Pages: unavailable || Words: 5795 words || 
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1. Beaty, Joshua. "Video Made the Festival Star: the Effect of Video on Film Festivals" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the NCA 96th Annual Convention, Hilton San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, Nov 13, 2010 Online <PDF>. 2019-09-22 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p425904_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: In the last thirty years, film festivals have multiplied across the world. I examine the profound and overlooked effect of home video technology on this alternative distribution and exhibition system. Video allows smaller festivals to make distant programming choices through the availability of screeners and affordable distribution; provides a value for festivals as a mark of differentiation in the video market; and finally, has created an audience of cinephiles who desire the festival’s alternative programming.

2015 - American Sociological Association Annual Meeting Pages: unavailable || Words: 8125 words || 
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2. McKinney, Warren. "The Pan African Historical Theatre Festival: Diasporic Racial Identity, Festival Life, and Tourism in Ghana" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Hilton Chicago and Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Illinois, Aug 20, 2015 Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2019-09-22 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1010390_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: The now annual Pan African Historical Theatre Festival (PANAFEST) brings together performers, politicians and tourists in Ghana to explore and celebrate the commonalities and continuities between the cultural expressions of communities of African descent and those in Africa. As a cornerstone in Ghana’s expanding heritage tourism industry, the Ghanaian state stages PANAFEST alongside of the heritage sites and museums located in the coastal slave castles to establish homeland-diaspora relations with communities of African descent. However, the work of establishing homeland-diaspora relations is only in-part fulfilled by the commemorative practices organized around Ghana’s slave castles and museums. Such tourism offerings position Ghana as the homeland for communities of African descent abroad by unifying commemorative practices into a standardized narrative of dispersal for international and domestic tourists alike. The development of such mnemonic practices allows the state to influence perceptions of past events and recast diverse social identities forged though the experience of dispersal from Africa and slavery in the Americas. However, in order for the state to develop more contemporary homeland-diaspora relations and mobilize communities of African descent to contribute to the cultural rebirth of the self proclaimed ‘African millennium’ the state must also develop a framework to account for how the diverse communities hailed by the tourism initiative relate to the state and each other. This paper examines PANAFEST as it relates to the blending of categories of ethnic and racial identity and the formation of contemporary homeland-diaspora relations between communities in Africa and communities of African descent abroad.

2006 - Rural Sociological Society Words: 113 words || 
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3. Futamura, Taro. "Consuming (Non)-Local Food at Festivals: Questioning Commodified Food Localism and Identities of Place in Kentucky's County Festivals" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Rural Sociological Society, Seelbach Hilton Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky, Aug 10, 2006 <Not Available>. 2019-09-22 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p127751_index.html>
Publication Type: Abstract
Abstract: This paper examines representations of localism in the process of branding Kentucky food products at county festivals. Since the collapse of the tobacco-based agricultural economy in Kentucky, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, county extension service, farmers, and consumers have sought profitable alternatives, including local direct sales of food products. At the same time, many Kentucky counties have promoted county food festivals that showcase locally grown products as symbolic representations of their localities. Through participant observation and key informant interviews, I examine the extent to which such county food festivals are successful venues for the construction of commodified food localism that may provide a viable alternative income stream for local farmers.

2005 - International Communication Association Pages: 27 pages || Words: 12249 words || 
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4. Hong, Jiachun. "Media Event and Festival Celebration: Reception of the Spring Festival Gala in Rural China" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Sheraton New York, New York City, NY, Online <PDF>. 2019-09-22 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p13884_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: This article aims to explore the relationship between media event and festival celebration by examining the reception of an important media event, the Spring Festival Gala, in rural China. Using Lull’s social use of television typology (1990), this research identifies the pattern of rural chinese's viewing behaviors on the Spring Festival Eve, and investigates how they make use of the media event for festival celebrations. The research is based on a field study performed in a small village in southern China during 2004 Spring Festival period. Ethnographic interviews and diaries are used to collect data for analysis. It finds that rural Chinese use the media event mainly for its structural function, using it as background noise, companion, as well as a regulator of celebration activities. It also finds that the televised Gala provokes a passive mode of viewing, which is opposite to the results of previous research on media event.

2016 - AAS-in-Asia, Kyoto Words: 210 words || 
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5. Robinson, Luke. "Chinese-language Film Festivals and the Global Festival Circuit: The View from London" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the AAS-in-Asia, Kyoto, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan, <Not Available>. 2019-09-22 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1103874_index.html>
Publication Type: Panel Paper
Abstract: The past fifteen years has seen a proliferation of small-scale, specialist Chinese-language film festivals round the globe. Usually run on a small scale, by one or two people at most, these “themed festivals” are quite distinct from the large, A-list festivals that dominate the global festival circuit. But what is the relationship between these themed festivals and the so-called global film festival network? What role do individuals from the former play in sustaining the latter? This paper considers this question through case studies of four specialist Chinese-language film festivals in London. It argues that while the global circuit shapes the institutional appearance of these smaller events, the kinds of ‘strategic collaborations’ that the organizers of the latter effect at the former – striking up connections with directors and sales agents at film markets, for example – are in fact key ways in which global relationships and A-list events are built from the ground up. These mutually related but unstable interactions allow us to rethink the network as an assemblage of events and individuals, addressing the analytical problem of scale in film festivals studies in the process. Thus, investigating newly emergent festivals of Chinese-language cinema outside China proper can tell us something about how the festival circuit as a whole operates.

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