Festivals can be understood as a modern day social pattern of consumption, a cultural commodity.
Ros is currently completing a research Masters in Social Anthropology.
Through auto ethnographary her research contributes to theoretical considerations and practical applications of festivals and considers the interconnected and integrated influences of design.
Key thinking includes:
- festival places – the constructed contested and reimagined place
- festival site – the geographic and cultural landscape
- festivals as production and consumption – the overlay
- the play space – the co-created shared experience – celebration and gathering
Festivals can be understood as a modern day social pattern of consumption, a cultural commodity. They can enact, embody and contest individual and collective notions of identity, reaching inside and outside a community. Festivals provide space where human agency and social action can be questioned and conceptions of cultural identity and the politics of location are both challenged and reinforced.
Ros advocates maintaining a connection between academic thought and process and practical application and engagement. She believes that a theoretical application of social anthropology and cross-disciplinary research can further the discussion in the festival arena and can make a significant contribution to understating to pathways to a successful and sustainable festival industry.