The 17th AEME Events Management Educators Forum
Events Principles and Practices: a level playing field?
1 July 2021
09.45 - 16.45: Main conference
17.30 - 20.00: Evening programme
2 July 2021
09.30 - 10.00: AEME AGM
10.15 - 15.15: Main conference
This is a virtual conference
In collaboration with the New Carnival Company and the Open Road carnival project, AEME 2021 is aimed at industry practitioners, researchers and educators with an interest in events research and practice.
Please note that the programme outlined below is still in development with many more exciting speakers and an evening programme to be confirmed. This year's event will be online over two days with Keynote speakers, industry practitioner and academic research papers and evening entertainment.
CALL FOR PAPERS – deadline by Thursday 6th May 2021
Key features of the conference
Be inspired by keynote speakers and workshop leaders from academia and industry.
Explore accessibility, inclusivity and participation through presentation, workshops and round-table discussions.
Learn from internationally pioneering accessibility projects
Create national and international research, education, and collaboration networks.
Get a (virtual) flavour of the vibrant city of Brighton and Hove by the sea in Sussex.
We welcome presentations and other contributions to this conference that explore links between events principles and practices with particular reference to (although not limited to) access, belonging, participation and empowerment. The 2021 conference intends to address the agenda of societal impact and our collective responsibilities towards the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular SDG10 Reduced Inequalities and SDG16 Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions, to provide a platform to further our understanding of the impacts of class, gender, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, religious priorities and others on the production and consumption of events, festivals, carnivals, celebrations and spectacles.
We also invite papers on wider aspects of international events, festivals and carnivals. As with previous conferences we welcome contributions from various academic disciplines and practices. We also encourage poster submissions.
Click here to download full Call for Papers and submission guidelines
Bringing industry and academia together in this international conference creates opportunities for excellent key note sessions on best practice and cutting edge research around accessibility, inclusivity, and empowerment across a wide range of events and festivals.
Confirmed speakers for 2021 include Prof. Gayle McPherson (University of West Scotland), Dr. Ju Gosling (Together! 2012), Dr. Serge Attukwei Clottey (Founder of LA360 and artist, Ghana), Paul Davies (Embaixadores da Alegria, Rio Carnival) and Quentin 'Barabbas' Woodside (Junkanoo music, Bahamas)
Fees and Booking
Conference fee includes: two day conference keynotes and presentations; delegate pack and attendance to the online evening event.
There are the following attendee categories for this event
AEME members (free institutional places) Two free places are available per member institution. You will be required to name the institution you will be representing when booking.
AEME member: £30
Non AEME academic: £30
Industry professional/carnivalist: £30
OPEN ROAD member (non-bursary*): £30
The online evening event only: Free
* Bursaries are available to support a number of OPEN ROAD members to attend the conference. If you are interested in taking up a bursary, please contact Chris or Frankie at The New Carnival Company for a more detailed conversation via email at email@example.com
Join us online: To register for AEME 2021 Online, please click the link below and follow the registration steps.
Indicative programme (draft)
Thursday 1 July 2021
09.45: Arrival and networking area
10.00: Welcome and introductions to AEME 2021 Brighton (Prof. Toni Hilton)
10.20-11.05: Professor Gayle McPherson, University of West Scotland
11.05-11.50: Dr Ju Gosling, Together! 2012
11.55-13.00: Parallel papers, workshops and presentations
13.00-14.00: LUNCH BREAK (and networking)
14.00-15.05: Parallel papers, workshops and presentations
15.20-15.40: Break and networking
15.40-16.45: Parallel papers, workshops and presentations
16.45-17.30: Break and networking
17.30-20.00: Evening programme hosted by Felix Le Freak
17.30-17.45: Welcome Prof. Marina Novelli and Prof. Debra Humphris (Vice Chancellor)
17.45-18.15: The Open Road: Chris Slann and Frankie Goldspink, New Carnival Company
18.15-19.00: Dr Serge Attukwei Clottey, La360 Festival, Ghana
19.00-19.15: Q&A hosted by Prof Marina Novelli
20.00: Close to first day
Friday 2 July 2021
09.30: AEME AGM
10.15: Welcome to Day Two and Keynote speakers:
10.15-11.00: Paul Davies, Embaizadores da Alegria, Rio Carnival
11.00-11.45: Quentin 'Barabbas' Woodside, Bahamas
11.45-12.00: Break and networking
12.00-13.05: Parallel papers, workshops and presentations
13.05-13.50: LUNCH BREAK and networking
13.50-14.55: Parallel papers, workshops and presentations
14.55-15.15: Conference wrap
* All timing and presentations are subject to change. Additional details will be added when available