Global Event Educators Symposium
21-24 May 2014, Indianapolis, USA
Event management is increasingly becoming recognised globally as a distinct occupation though the level of recognition varies between countries. Practitioners and their representative associations routinely talk about ‘professionalism’ and the importance of a ‘professional workforce’, but these terms are rarely defined clearly. There is an associated set of techniques advocated by professional associations and large event companies that are becoming sophisticated and designed to ensure that returns on investment accrue to those organising meetings and other planned events. Moreover, several organisations have mapped the competencies required to be effective as an event manager and offer training programs to develop the skills base. Little of this has been informed by academic research, grounded in theory, or influenced by the thinking of academics.
Educators have also experienced an explosion of interest from potential students who are keen to gain qualifications to enter this occupation (or profession). There has been a corresponding expansion of events courses as well as the development of a community of scholars who define themselves wholly or partly in relation to their teaching and/or research on planned events. In spite of an overt vocational focus, there has been little engagement with practitioners on what might represent a research agenda for the field or how industry might articulate with events educators in other ways. For many, such conversations would open new avenues of research and strengthen the value of programs. Others would consider such developments intrusive. Discussions about the strategic development of the field of study has also been limited; questions about where events should be located within universities, the extent to which new or existing subject associations might better represent the interests of events scholars have not been prominent. This international conference provides an opportunity to explore these and related matters.
The conference will focus on issues associated with event management education, business engagement and the professionalization of event management in an international context.
Topics will include, but not be limited to, the following:
• Critical perspectives on professionalism and the professionalization of event management
• Engaging with industry: perspectives and practices
• Event management education
• The politics of the events curriculum and its position within universities
• The skills agenda
• Finding a voice for events scholars: strategies and tactics
• Issues of distinctiveness: sports events, cultural events, meetings and exhibitions
• Examining the relationship between event studies and event management
All abstracts will be peer reviewed. Those submitting full papers will be able to publish their paper in the open access on-line proceedings. Abstracts deadline (but submissions are very welcome before this date): 6th January, 2014.
Additional features of the academic program:
• A PhD and masters track
• Opportunities for poster presentations
• PhD workshops and on getting published
• Panel discussions and debates
In addition to the academic program, the conference package offers the following features and opportunities:
• An opportunity to visit a globally significant sports event: The Indianapolis 500 http://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/indy500/
• High profile practitioner and academic keynote presentations
• Journals that have already agreed to produce a special themed issue or to fast-track suitable papers:
• Event Management: An International Journal
• International Journal of Event and Festival Management
• Journal of Convention and Event Tourism
• Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events
Abstracts deadline (but submissions are very welcome before this date): 6th January, 2014.
Deadline for submitting full papers (optional): 24th March, 2014
This international conference is organised by the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA, Sun Yat-Sen University, China and the International Centre for Research in Events, Tourism and Hospitality (ICRETH), Leeds Metropolitan University, UK.
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