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Academic Articles

  • Beaulieu-Prévost, D., Mélanie Cormier, S. Megan Heller, David Nelson-Gal, and Katerl McRae.

Welcome to Wonderland? A Population Study of Intimate Experiences and Safe Sex

at a Transformational Mass Gathering (Burning Man).” Archives of Sexual Behavior,

vol. 48, no. 5, 2019.

Community in Black Rock Desert, Nevada.” The Journal of Religion and Theatre,

vol. 6, no. 2, 2007.

Quarterly, 56(3), 446-459. doi: 10.1111/tsq.12103

Behavioral Scientist, vol. 56, no. 4, 2012.

Burning Man Organization.” Qualitative Sociology, vol. 35, no. 3, 2012.​

Research in ​the Sociology of Organizations, vol. 34, 2012.

sustain and disseminate a creative context.” City, Culture and Society 2(2): 93-100,


Social Worlds, vol. 8, no. 3, 2009.

 and Society, vol. 4, no. 4, 2013.

Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College, 6, 127-134.

  • Hoover, J. Duane, Robert C. Giambatista, and Sheila C. Hoover. (2017). Burning Man Values

Examined: Gratitude as a Cultural Driven and Value-Based Organizational Mainstay.

Journal of Value-Based Leadership, 11(1), 1-13.

Gratitude into a Cultural Principle and an Organizational Mainstay. European Institute

for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM), Bologna, Italy.

Insights from Burning Man. Developments in Business Simulation and Experiential

Learning, 41, 326-333.

  • Hoover, J. Duane, Chris Quinn-Trank, and Hans Hansen. (2010). Carrying the Water at

Burning Man: Institutional Maintenance and Resistance at the Burning Man Festival.

Western Academy of Management, Kona, Hawaii.

Smoldering Examples from the Burning Man Project.” Journal of Management &

Organization, vol. 14, no. 5, 535-547, 2008.

  • Hoover, J. Duane. (2008). Using the Heat of Community in Training and Development:

Lessons from the Culture of the Burning Man Project. Journal of Business

Management and Change, 3(1), 95-110.

  • Hoover, J. Duane, and Hans Hansen. (2008). Cultural Innovation and Organizational

Growth: The Emergence of the Burning Man Project. Western Academy of


  • Hoover, J. Duane. (2004). The Case for Fun as Organizational Focus: An Affable Analysis

Patterned on the Burning Man Project. Western Academy of Management, Alyeska,


and the Rationales for LLC-to-Nonprofit Conversion.” Hastings Business Law Journal,

vol. 9, no. 3, 2013.

  • Kozinets, Robert V. “Desert Pilgrim.” Consumption, Markets and Culture, vol. 5, no. 2, 2002.

  • McRae, Kateri, S. Megan Heller, Oliver P. John, and James J. Gross. “Context-Dependent 

Emotion Regulation: Suppression and Reappraisal at the Burning Man Festival.”

Basic and Applied Social Psychology, vol. 33, no. 4, 2011.

Soundscape Journal, vol. 11, no. 1, 2011.

of Deming.” The Journal for Quality and Participation, vol. 36, no. 1, 2013.

negative emotion: Effects of sociocultural context. Frontiers in Psychology, 4, 259.

and Caps of Liberty.” Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, vol. 15, no. 1,


Sociology, vol. 12, no. 1, 2018.

Music Culture, 1(1).

New Media & Society, vol. 11, no. 1&2, 2009.

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Maryland, PhD dissertation.

Man2013. UCLA University of California, Los Angeles, PhD dissertation.​


2012. University of Florida, USA, Master’s Thesis.

2012. University of California Santa Cruz,  USA, Senior Thesis.

Community Identity in  the Black Rock Counterculture. 2011. California State

University, Sacramento, USA, Master’s Thesis.

Ritual Process*. 2012.Concordia University, USA, Master’s Thesis.

Functions in the ​Central Florida Burner Community. 2015. University

of Central Florida, USA, Master’s Thesis.

Man Festival. 2017. University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, Master’s Thesis.

2014. University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, Master’s Thesis.

Book Chapters

Rethinking Power in Organizations, Institutions, and Markets, edited by David 

Courpasson, Damon Golsorkhi, and Jeffrey J. Sallaz, Emerald, 2012, pp. 135-164.

Global Perspective.” Festivalising! Theatrical Events, Politics and Culture, edited by

Temple Hauptfleisch, Shulamith Lev-Aladgem, Jacqueline Martin, Willmar Sauter, and

Henri Schoenmakers, Rodopi, 2007, pp. 221-241.

Enjoying Religion at Burning Man." Enjoying Religion: Pleasure and Fun in

Established and New Religious Movements, edited by Frans Jespers, Karin

van Nieuwkerk, andPaul van der Velde, Lexington Books Rowman & Littlefield,

2018, pp. 103-126.

  • Gilmore, Lee. 2008. "Of Ordeals and Operas: Reflexive Ritualizing at the Burning Man

Festival." In Graham St. John, ed., Victor Turner and Contemporary Cultural

Performance, pp. 211-226. New York: Berghahn.

  • Gilmore, Lee. 2006. "Desert Pilgrimage: Liminality Transformation & the Other at the

Burning man Festival." W.H. Swatos Jr., ed., On the Road to Being There:

Studies in Pilgrimage & Tourism in Late Modernity, pp. 125-158. Leiden: Brill.

U.S.Culture, 2nd edition, edited by Clare L. Boulanger, Routledge, 2016, pp. 181-192.

Rising,edited by Stephen Brown and John F. Sherry, Jr., M.E. Sharpe, 2003, pp. 199-


and the Burning Man Festival." Consumer Culture Theory, edited by Russell W. Belk

and John F. Sperry, Emerald, 2007, pp. 119-147.

Experiential Co-creation Through Emplacement, Ritualization, and Community."

Consuming Experience, edited by Antonella Caru and Bernard Cova, Routledge,

2007, pp. 17-33.

  • Morehead, John W. "From a Marginalized Community to a New Spiritual Order: Lessons at

Burning Man Festival, Perspectives on Post-Christendom Spiritualities." Sydney:

Morling College Press, 2010, pp. 119-144.

  • Pike, Sarah M. 2001. "Desert Goddesses and Apocalyptic Art: Making Sacred Space at the

Burning Man Festival." In E. Mazur and K. McCarthy, eds., God in the Details:

American Religion in Popular Culture, 155-176. NY: Routledge.

O'Clock and Head." Time, Space, and the Market: Retroscapes Rising, edited

by Stephen Brown and John F. Sherry, Jr., M.E. Sharpe, 2003, pp. 19-34.

In Graham St John, ed., Weekend Societies: Electronic Dance Music Festivals and

Event-Cultures, 219–244. New York: Bloomsbury.

Temporary Gatherings.” The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the

Contemporary World, edited by Paul Graves-Brown, Rodney Harrison, and

Angela Piccini, Oxford University Press, 2013, pp. 591-605.

Education for Everyday Life. #21.

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Conference Papers, Proceedings, and Presentations

Man Organization Forms an ‘Alternative’ Artistic Community in the Nevada

Black Rock Desert”. EDRA34, 2003, Minneapolis, Environmental Design

Research Association. Conference Paper.

  • Christos, Lauren. "Is that an art car? Hell no, that's a Mutant Vehicle!: Transport in Black Rock

City, or getting around at Burning Man", American Popular Culture Association/

Popular Culture Association Conference, Washington, D.C. April 17-20,

2019. Conference Presentation.

  • Christos, Lauren. "A World at Play: Play at Burning Man." Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture

Association Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, 2018. Conference Presentation.

  • Christos, Lauren. "Why I go to Burning Man: Co-creation at its' finest." International

Conference on Thinking: Cultivating Mindsets for Global Citizens, Florida

International University, May 16-20, 2018. Conference Presentation.​

  • Christos, Lauren. "The Spirit of Participation through Volunteerism at Burning Man." American

Popular Culture Association/Popular Culture Association Conference, Chicago,

Illionois, April 16-19, 2018. Conference Presentation.

  • Christos, Lauren. "Ephemera: Archiving and Preserving the Burning Man Experience."

presented at the Joint 2008 Conference of the National Popular Culture and the

American Culture Associations, San Francisco, CA, March 19-22, 2008.

Conference Presentation.

  • Hoover, J. Duane, Larry Harvey, Marian Goodell, and Harvey Dubois. "Managing Fiery

Expectations: Strategic and Operational Aspects of Burning Man." 2008.

Conference Presentation. 

in an Extreme Environment." Proceedings of the Symposium Musique et Ecologies

du son, May 2013, Universite Paris. Conference Proceedings.

Nowhere.” Radical Aesthetics and Politics: Intersections in Music, Art, and Critical

Social Theory, December 2011, Hunter College, City University of New York, NY.

Conference Presentation.

PDF Conference Papers