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The Visitor Studies Group Conference - call for Proposals

Call for Proposals - deadline: 21 November 2014

The annual VSG conference is a two-day event which aims to provoke and stimulate debate on key issues in Visitor Studies. Each year it brings together delegates from across the country working in a wide range of cultural organisations (including museums, zoos, botanical gardens, libraries, galleries, universities and visitor attractions as well as freelancers) and in a range of positions (including audience research, evaluation, audience development, visitor studies, learning, education, community engagement and others).

Inspirational keynote speakers at the beginning of each day set the tone, members share skills and experiences through case studies and in a variety of interactive session formats. There is ample opportunity for networking and to gain insight into, and influence, the work of the VSG Committee.

The Conference Theme

The theme of the 2015 VSG Conference will be "Visitor Studies: Embracing change?"

Society is changing. Technology is advancing. Visitors are changing. Ways to engage with culture are changing. Funders' expectations are changing.

As Bob Dylan once said: "The times they are a' changing."

How are we in visitor studies embracing these changes? How is the discipline adapting and evolving? Where do we as practitioners need to re-evaluate our working practices, and how do we strike that balance of preserving our current approaches whilst responding to new research techniques and methodologies? More importantly, how are we measuring the impact of these changes, and how can visitor studies ensure that it stays relevant and influences the work of colleagues, leaders, funders and other decision makers?

Whether embracing, grappling with or questioning these changes, share your experiences and challenges with the visitor studies community and contribute to the 2015 Visitor Studies conference.

There is a range of formats on offer, lasting approximately 45 minutes to one hour each, such as case studies, presentations, workshops or panels. You will need to specify which format best fits with your proposal - you may have other ideas which would be welcome. Skills sharing and knowledge exchange with and between delegates should underpin the sessions.

A downloadable form for your proposal can be found on the new improved website.