Call for Proposals 2020 Symposium on Education in Entertainment and Engineering

Events Faculty

The Department of Theatre and The School of Engineering Education at Purdue University and the Entertainment Engineering and Design Program at UNLV announce the second annual Symposium on Education in Entertainment and Engineering, to be held July 2020. This event aims to foster discussion, collaboration, and dissemination of work related to instruction and training of students seeking careers where engineering and live entertainment converge.

Location: University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Time: July 23 & 24, 2020
Abstract Submission Deadline: January 1, 2020

The live entertainment industry presents increasingly complex challenges for technicians—whether in small community theatres or in large theme parks. At the same time, the shape of post-secondary education is changing—with an increasing emphasis on hands-on learning and outcome-based instructional design becoming the norm. At the convergence of these threads is the need to effectively prepare and train students to enter the rapidly changing world of live entertainment technology. Your submission should highlight advances, challenges, and trends in curricular design, instructional design, academic research, and cross-disciplinary work related to training in engineering and live entertainment. As this symposium is specifically aimed at building bridges between two exceptionally different academic and professional cultures and practices, we welcome abstract submissions from all backgrounds and academic experiences. We will consider proposals that explore the interstitial spaces amongst the disciplines of engineering, theatre technology, and education, including the following topic areas:

  • Curricular development (including explorations of curricular design, academic silos, interdisciplinary/cross-disciplinary challenges and strategies, etc.)
  • Creating and navigating academic/industrial partnerships
  • The relationship between “traditional research” and “creative endeavor”
  • Instructional design in interdisciplinary/cross-disciplinary fields
  • The relationship between traditional instruction and production/performance work
  • Identifying the theatre of the future The Symposium Committee invites all those interested to submit papers, posters, and panels. Panels should consist of three papers.

All proposals should include an abstract no longer than 500 words, proposal title, 200-word biography, current CV (with contact information for each individual), and any requests for audio/visual equipment necessary for presentation. Submissions must be made online at no later than January 1, 2020.

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