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The Visitor Studies Association (VSA) seeks to foster a sense of community among its members, who gather once a year to pose intriguing questions, explore diverse opinions, debate controversial issues, challenge assumptions and share their successes and their struggles—in essence, to learn from one another.
The 2016 Conference was spectacular!
Join us in 2017 in Columbus, Ohio!July 18-22
New Pathways in Visitor Studies
In visitor studies, we are challenged to respond to a rapidly changing world in order to maintain a current understanding of our visitors and their needs, as well as the field of visitor studies itself. We pursue new pathways in part because of changes within the communities we serve, as demographic shifts and technological advances (among others) require us to think differently about the work we do. We also look for innovative approaches to fostering change within our field, such as becoming more inclusive of other voices or finding ways to leverage our collective impact. New insights and innovations from outside our field can also offer novel ways of looking at learning and learners to support mission-driven institutions like museums, zoos and aquaria. To gain fresh perspectives on our work, we invite conference attendees to look both within and beyond our field for new ways to think about learning, as well as promising approaches to solving current problems. “New Pathways in Visitor Studies” seeks to advance the field by challenging conference speakers and attendees to work creatively and collaboratively to deliver reliable new insights about the experiences of our visitors. Participants are strongly encouraged to create session proposals that invite and include people from outside the visitor studies field to stimulate conversation and discussion.
Some questions this conference theme will allow speakers and attendees to address include:
The Call for Session Proposals and Workshops will go out in October. The Call for Posters will go out in March 2017.
Conference registration will open in early March, 2017.