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Burning the Man, Academically

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"This project is a study of the European adaptation of Burning Man, a unique event that has evolved from a fire arts gathering held annually in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada, into a transnational movement with a regional presence in over 35 countries. A four-year collaborative multisited ethnography, supported by the University of Fribourg and the Swiss National Science Foundation, the project will chart the translation of Burning Man's Ten Principles in regional events in Europe, providing the first extensive study of this self-organising event-centered movement."

(Click here for the 2018 Symposium in Friburg)


"A shared philosophy permeates every aspect of Burning Man culture. This ethos is the living heart of our community, our conscience and our collective memory. Outlined in the Ten Principles but more fully revealed in our actions, it informs all that we do. For our culture to survive and flourish we must continually work to nourish these core values. We refer to this ongoing mission of stewardship and scholarship as the Philosophical Center."

"This is the home of the results and analysis of the Black Rock City Census. Ever wonder who goes to Burning Man?

Here are the answers. Want to help out with Census? Volunteer!"

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"The aim of Burning Stories is to study the global Burning Man community and, in particular, the participants of Black Rock City. We seek to explain the processes through which community membership of Burning Man participants evolves across time and space, and how this, in turn, affects their experience of the collective Burning Man identity. There is a very limited understanding of how Burning Man’s immersive experiences transform individuals, let alone society. That is precisely what we aim to find out with this project."

Lütticken Reading Concepts in Intermediality. Design Cultures, Amsterdam, January 2011.

Notices of the American Mathematical Society, vol. 66, no. 4, 2019.