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Call for proposals opens for TEAAS 2024

Proposal submissions have opened for the 7th Annual Themed Experience and Attractions Academic Society (TEAAS) scholarly Symposium focused on themed experience and attractions.

The Themed Experience and Attractions Academic Symposium is organized by the TEAAS with the support of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), Purdue University, Farmingdale State College, and the University of Central Florida.

The Symposium will take place in Orlando, Florida, on Friday, November 22, 2024, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., on the final day of IAAPA Expo at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC).

Hosting the Symposium during IAAPA Expo enables participating academics to enhance their research, knowledge transfer, and intellectual exchange through access to over 1,000 exhibitors and over 30,000 attendees.

The Symposium will include oral presentations of selected research papers (conventional 15-minute oral academic presentations), a dedicated time for graduate student presentations, networking sessions, and a lunchtime research poster session. Additional activities may be planned. Sessions for 15-minute oral presentations (1000-word min. extended abstract) or posters (500-word min. extended abstract) for consideration for inclusion in the Symposium program. 

Given the one-day schedule, only a limited number of oral presentation slots are available. These will be allocated to proposals representing a diversity of scholarship. Proposals from academic faculty and/or students will be considered; author’s academic standing should be indicated. Co-authorships are welcome. Presented abstracts should be conventional scholarly research presentations, not instructional seminars. Standard audiovisual support for presentations will be available. Slide decks will be due in the days before the Symposium.

Proposals submitted by graduate and undergraduate students (oral presentation or posters) should be based on a thesis or a major research project completed within the past 2 years and ideally should be faculty-supervised or co-authored. Faculty are also invited to submit poster proposals. Presentation proposals that cannot be scheduled on the program will be invited for poster presentation, with scheduled time for interaction between poster presenters and audience. Accepted abstracts for both oral and poster presentations will be printed and distributed to registered participants of the Symposium and archived on the Society’s website.

Those who submit and those who present are also strongly encouraged to submit full papers to the Journal of Themed Experience and Attractions Studies, a peer-reviewed open-access journal. Work which has been submitted to the Journal may also be submitted and presented to the Symposium.

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