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TEAAS requests submissions for 2021 academic symposium

This fall during the IAPPA Expo in Orlando, FL, the Themed Experience and Attractions Academic Society (TEAAS) will present the fourth annual scholarly symposium focused on themed experience and attractions.

The symposium is organized by the TEAAS with the support of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA). This year, TEAAS includes academics from Fusion Studio for Entertainment and Engineering – Purdue University as part of their program.

The symposium will take place in Orlando, FL, on November 19, 2021, on the last day of IAAPA Expo. Hosting this symposium during IAAPA Expo enables participating academics to enhance their research, knowledge transfer, and exchange through access to over 1,000 exhibitors of products and services representing the state of the art of the attractions industry and opportunities for networking with some of the 30,000 industry operators, manufacturers, and suppliers who attend IAAPA Expo. The schedule will also permit interested industry members to attend the TEAAS academic symposium program.

The symposium will include oral presentations of selected research papers — conventional 15-minute academic presentations — along with structured networking sessions and an extended lunchtime research poster session. New to this year will be an evening get-together to continue informal networking and conversations with colleagues.

The symposium invites submissions for oral presentations (1000-word extended abstract) and posters (500-word extended abstract) for consideration for inclusion in the symposium program. A limited number of oral presentation slots will be allocated to proposals from academic faculty representing diversity of scholarship. Presented abstracts will be conventional scholarly research presentations, not instructional seminars.

Graduate or undergraduate students with (recommended) or without faculty co-authors may submit poster proposals based on a thesis or a major research project completed within the past two years. Accepted presentation proposals that cannot be scheduled on the program will be invited for poster presentation, with scheduled time for interaction between authors 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.

Guide for authors

The broad theme for TEAAS 2021 is “Themed Experience and Attractions: Past – Present – Future.” All recent scholarly work relevant to the attraction industry is invited, including fixed-site theme parks and attractions and mobile ride operations, and other attractions and themed experiences.

For example:

  • Tourism, economic, and strategic planning research
  • Themed entertainment design and transmedia applications
  • Science and technology of themed experiences, rides, and attractions
  • Methodology for evaluating the guest experience
  • Hospitality and operational research

Authors are invited to consider submitting full papers to the “Journal of Themed Experience and Attractions Studies,” a peer-reviewed open-access journal. Work submitted to the Journal may also be presented at the Symposium.

Symposium 2021 Submission Process

Submission type categories, requirements, and templates can be found here on the TEAAS academic symposium website.

Proposals are due by 10 pm EDT, Friday, July 30, 2021. Acceptance notices will be sent by Tuesday, August 31, 2021.

All proposals will be double blind-reviewed and can be submitted here through Easy Chair.

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