Call for Papers | ‘Addressing “Wicked” Problems and Opportunities’, the inaugural Event Management Conference (EMC) | Orlando, Florida, June 17–20 , 2024. Call ends February 17, 2024


Join us for the inaugural Event Management Conference (EMC) 2024, the official conference of Event Management Journal (EMJ). Our goal is to utilize EMJ’s position as the leading international journal for the study and analysis of events, to host the leading intellectual space that brings together scholars and practitioners from around the world to discuss, debate and tackle today’s event-related challenges.

EMC ’24 aims to delve into the most pressing societal and economic issues associated with event studies, whether that’s past, present, or future. EMC welcomes those studying various types of events, in different settings, and across a wide range of disciplines, and the various contributions we seek to include – from research talks, fireside chats, roundtable discussions, stimulating debates to compelling keynote speaker presentations, and more!

Hosted by the University of Central Florida at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management, located in the heart of Orlando, adjacent to Disney, Universal Studios, Sea World, and Central Florida’s beautiful natural settings – EMC’24 will provide delegates with a range of social options for you and your family. This includes developing a unique social program (launched November 27, 2024) related to the conference: working with local operators to develop a pre-conference tour package, social activities during the conference, and a post-conference tour package.

We warmly welcome submissions that dive into the complex realm of events, focusing on challenges and opportunities across diverse disciplines, cultures, and settings.

Our objective is to examine the multifaceted nature of events, including but not exclusive to:

      1. Types of Events: Encompassing cultural, sports, business events, among others.
      2. Event Scale: From local events to large-scale, mega, or even giga events.
      3. Theoretical Perspectives: Spanning sociology, geography, history, management studies, and psychology, whether single-disciplinary, multidisciplinary, or interdisciplinary.
      4. Functional Insights: From strategy, bidding, organizing, operations, assessment, legacy preparation, and more.
      5. Popular Event Topics: Topics like “eventful cities”, “event legacies”, “event networks”, “regeneration through events”, “event tourism”, “city events”, “event methodologies”, “future events – 2025 to 2050”, and several others.
      6. Sustainability Pillars: Investigating the intersections of economic, social, and environmental sustainability in events.
      7. Critical Subjects: Emphasizing social responsibility, human rights, climate justice, inclusiveness, accessibility, and more, focusing on Global South concepts and practices.
      8. Stakeholder Perspectives: Covering perspectives from local residents, businesses, marginalized social groups, LGBTQI+, women’s rights, or entire community groups.

Abstract Submission

      • Length: 250-500 words.
      • Focus: Theoretical, empirical, practical, methodological, educational, conceptual, or insights from real-world practice.
      • Deadline: February 17, 2024 (Submission window: November 1, 2023 – February 1, 2024).
      • Peer Review: Response on your acceptance to the conference within 14 days of submission.
      • Outcomes: Responses will be one of the following: Accept / Accept with Minor Amendments / Accept with Major Amendments / Reject.

Formatting Requirements

      • Format: Word file.
      • Word Count: Minimum 250 to Maximum 500 (excluding references, tables, graphics).
      • Language: Avoid abbreviations and acronyms, unless widely recognized (e.g., “UN”).
      • Author Info: Include name(s), institution(s), email address(es).
      • Content: Must feature a “Problem Statement” discussing a societal or economic concern with potential remedies.

Presentation Formats

      1. Traditional Academic Talk: 20 mins presentation + 5 mins Q&A
      2. TED-style Talk: 18 mins presentation + 7 mins Q&A
      3. Live Pechakucha: 20 slides, 20 secs each, total 6 min 40 secs + 3 mins Q&A
      4. Pre-recorded Pechakucha: Can be accessed before the conference.
      5. Poster: Digital representation of your argument
      6. Video/Documentary: Up to 50 mins.
      7. Roundtable/Interactive Session: Up to 50 mins.
      8. Other Formats: Propose to us when you submit on the form below.

Queries & Contact

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The event industry offers a vast and varied intellectual landscape and we look forward to contributions that enhance what we know about the wonderful world of events!

Please visit the conference homepage for further information
and for registration!

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