July 15 and 16, 2021
Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

Now accepting proposals.

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 educate students to enter the rapidly changing world of live entertainment technology.

The annual Symposium on Education in Entertainment and Engineering highlights advances, challenges, and trends in curricular design, instructional design, academic research, and cross-disciplinary work related to the intersection of engineering and live entertainment. This symposium is specifically aimed at building bridges between two exceptionally different academic and professional cultures and practices; presentations come from many different backgrounds and academic experiences. Symposium topics explore the interstitial spaces amongst the disciplines of engineering, theatre technology, and education, including the following topic areas:


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The Fusion Studio for Entertainment and Engineering at Purdue University is pleased to announce the 2021 Symposium on Education in Entertainment and Engineering, to be held July 2021. This event aims to foster discussion, collaboration, and dissemination of work highlighting innovative best practices grounded in research, pressing the boundaries of technology use for greater spectacle, and defining, promoting and educating the professional workforce for the entertainment sector of the future.

We envision three session tracks for the 2021 Symposium:

The Symposium Committee invites all those interested to submit papers, posters, and panels in any of these tracks. 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 http://bit.ly/SEEE2021_Proposals no later than December 14, 2020.

PDF version of this call for proposals.



2019 Symposium

Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

2020 Symposium

Online; co-hosted by Purdue University and UNLV