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Tracing memories and meanings of festival landscapes during the COVID-19 pandemic


Katczynski, A and Stratford, E and Marsh, P, Tracing memories and meanings of festival landscapes during the COVID-19 pandemic, Emotion, Space and Society, 44 pp. 100903. ISSN 1755-4586 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.emospa.2022.100903


COVID-19 has deeply affected mass gatherings and travel and, in the process, has transformed festivals, festival landscapes, and people's sense of place in relation to such events. In this article we argue that it is important to better understand how people's memories of festival landscapes are affected by these larger shifts. We worked from the premise that information-rich cases could provide some initial insights in this respect. To that end, we interviewed seven individuals who are regular and longstanding in their engagement with festivals in one place, lutruwita/Tasmania, the island state of Australia. Key findings suggest that pandemic experiences mediate the range of meanings participants give to festival landscapes and their interpretations of such landscapes can be described as attachments and detachments, encounters, and reorientations. We conclude by proposing that participants' efforts to draw on memories, reflect on emotional geographies, and recast autobiographies help them adjust to crises, rethink their ways of moving to and from festival sites, and reframe their sense of place in relation to significant cultural events. Such insights have application beyond both the island state and the participants involved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Festivals, social connection, sense of place, memory, COVID-19, experience festivals, landscapes, memories, Lutruwita/Tasmania
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Health geography
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Katczynski, A (Mrs Amelie Fuller)
UTAS Author:Stratford, E (Professor Elaine Stratford)
UTAS Author:Marsh, P (Dr Pauline Marsh)
ID Code:151112
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2022-07-19
Last Modified:2022-08-29

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