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Themed Experience and Attractions Academic Society seeks proposals for third annual scholarly symposium

The Themed Experience and Attractions Academic Society (TEAAS) has issued a call for proposals for its third 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).

The symposium will take place in Orlando, FL on 20 November 2020, 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 a networking breakfast, oral presentation of selected research papers (conventional 15-minute academic presentations), and an extended lunchtime research poster session. Additional content and opportunities to interact virtually will be added to this year’s event.

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 2020 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. Come to the Symposium to learn more about this exciting new journal. Work submitted to the Journal may also be presented at the

Symposium 2020 Submission Process

Proposals are due by 10 pm (EST), Friday, September 11, 2020. Acceptance notices will be sent by Tuesday, September 29, 2020.

All proposals will be double blind-reviewed.

All proposals are submitted through Easy Chair at the following link:

There are two categories of submissions. Please specify the type of submission when submitting to Easy Chair:

• 15-minute stand-up presentation – Standard academic conference presentation featuring completed empirical research.

• Poster presentation – Posters should feature research in progress or just completed. For display, posters should be 48” X 36”.

Each submission should include:

One Document – Including Title and Extended Abstract but no Author Names or Affiliation (those are submitted separately in Easy Chair). The document must be submitted in a .pdf format and meet these criteria:

• No more than 4 pages, including title, short abstract (up to 100 words), main body, figures, tables, and references

• The main body must be 1000 words or less for presentations, and 500 words or less for the posters. The word count does not include figures, tables, and references

• Use 12-point, Times New Roman font, and single-spaced

• Margins should be 1-inch on sides, 1-inch on top and bottom

Virtual Contingency Planning

At the time of this call for proposals, the IAAPA EXPO 2020 is expected to be a live event. Given the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and travel restrictions, TEAAS will make contingency plans for live streaming and/or virtual options for the symposium and is encouraging all authors with
relevant research to submit proposals through EasyChair.

Please use the submission template provided by TEAAS to prepare your submission.

For any inquiries regarding the symposium, please contact: Dr. Lori Sipe, [email protected]

For all general inquiries about the Themed Experience and Attractions Academic Society, please contact: [email protected]

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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