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2024 STP&A Conference

The local conference host committee is led by Jesús Heredia Carroza, STP&A Board Member and the local host organization committee.

The STP&A Conference is the oldest and one of the most influential academic gatherings in the field of arts management and cultural policy. STP&A participants are drawn from a broad range of disciplines including political science, sociology, economics, law, arts management, arts education, art history, museum studies, cultural studies, education, and policy studies as well as arts managers and artists. STP&A invites conference proposals related to arts management and cultural policy from a range of disciplinary approaches; relevant topics include, but are not limited to:

Proposals will be accepted for papers, panels, workshops, performance-based research, and roundtable discussions. Descriptions of each type of session follow:

Paper Proposal
(A 20-minute presentation in a session with other paper presenters.)

Paper proposals may take one of two forms: research or scholarly papers.

  • Research (or data-driven) papers present the results of quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods studies or report the findings of studies that use historical or philosophical methods. These studies are based on original data collection or secondary data analysis. Research paper proposals should describe studies that are fairly mature both conceptually and methodologically, ideally with some preliminary data analysis and findings that are suggestive of the impact and significance of the research. The final paper presentation should be a complete discussion of finalized data analysis and findings.
  • Scholarly (or non-data-driven) papers are essays that present well-developed arguments on philosophical, theoretical, or practical problems in the study of the arts. They are not required to adhere to an empirical research design (e.g., methods, data collection, and data analysis). Rather, scholarly papers pose critical questions, synthesize divergent bodies of literature, or elaborate new theoretical or conceptual frameworks.

Final papers may be submitted to the Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society for consideration in the special STP&A issue stemming from the conference; papers will be due to JAMLS by February 2025 for consideration.

Panel Proposal
(A 75-minute panel that consists of 3-5 panelists in a singular session.)

In a panel, the session organizers are proposing a complete session that consists of three to four research or scholarly papers that address a particular topic.

Workshop Proposal
(A 75-minute session that offers hands-on activities for the participants.)

A workshop is a hands-on session that features interaction between and among the presenter(s) and the audience to advance knowledge of a particular issue or research problem.

Performance-Based Research Proposal
(Research presented through performance.)

Performance-based research projects may take the form of art, music, dance, spoken word, or theatrical performance. Proposals should describe how they relate to the conference theme and/or selected thematic conference track/s.

Roundtable Discussion
(Lead a 45-minute discussion based on a topic.)

Roundtables provide an opportunity for scholars to share information regarding their research in an informal, conversational format with interested persons. Accepted proposals will be assigned to a numbered table in a large meeting room. Roundtable chairs will facilitate participation, but there will be no formal presentations. Given the informal structure of the roundtable, no audiovisual equipment will be provided.

All applicants should read the following guidelines prior to submitting their proposal materials.

  1. Title (150 characters or less)
  2. Abstract/overview (500 words or less):
    • The abstract/overview may include in-text references.
    • To facilitate the blind review process, individuals and institutions should not be identified in the body of the abstract/overview; e.g. use ‘author’s institution’ instead of using the name of the university or organization.
    • The proposals for this conference are peer-reviewed and available online post-conference. By submitting to this conference, the author hereby affirms that the work submitted is theirs, original, and recent. Please provide the information below in the proposal abstract/overview and use the corresponding headings:
      • Background
      • Aims and objectives of the study (specific research questions where relevant)
      • Methodology and/or theoretical approach
      • Findings
      • Conclusions and implications

3. Author(s)/presenter(s) information, which includes name, affiliation, email, and short biography (250 words or less) for each author/presenter.

In addition, each submission requires an upload of a PDF document that contains (1) Title and (2) Abstract/overview. Uploading a PDF of your proposal enables STP&A to generate a Book of Abstracts that will include proposal abstracts of papers and sessions ultimately presented at the 48th STP&A Conference. While this duplicates information previously provided within the submission process, it enables STP&A to expedite and streamline its efforts to create the important resource for conference presenters, attendees, and STP&A’s archives. Thank you in advance for uploading a PDF of your conference proposal. It is permissible for the content of this PDF to vary somewhat from the content submitted directly into the submission portal for peer-review.

  • All proposals and final papers/presentations must be presented in English.
  • Proposals are accepted with single or multiple authors/presenters. Only one author/presenter should complete the proposal submission and will need the name, affiliation, email, and short biography (250 words or less) of each author/presenter. There is a limit of five authors/presenters per proposal.
  • The maximum number of paper and/or panel presentations for any author/presenter is two. An individual accepted for two paper/panel presentations may also submit to lead a roundtable discussion.
  • Proposals can be edited within ExOrdo until the submission deadline.

Click on the button below to submit your proposal(s) to the 2024 STP&A Conference; the button will take you to the proposal submission platform ExOrdo. You will need to create a login for the ExOrdo site if you do not already have one.

STP&A Conference Scholarship applications will open and close at the same time as conference proposal submissions. Applications for conference scholarships must be submitted at the time of submitting a conference paper proposal, within the conference submission platform ExOrdo. Read more about the STP&A Conference Scholarship, including selection criteria, terms of the scholarship, and additional details.

Scholarship applicants must meet eligibility criteria to be considered for a scholarship:
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled as graduate students, be pre-tenured faculty, or early scholars.*
  • Applicants must not have previously been awarded a STP&A Conference Scholarship.
  • Applicants may not be current members of STP&A’s Board of Directors.
  • Scholarship applicants may also apply to be considered for either the Emily Mulcahy Student Research Award or the Mulcahy Emerging Scholar Award, if they meet the eligibility criteria for the respective award.

*STP&A recognizes that research insights and contributions to the field and its advancement of knowledge stem from a range of arts administration, cultural policy, and adjacent fields and individuals who may hold differently structured roles within and outside academia that produce research and knowledge. Individuals who are not considered to be an emerging scholar by the description of pre-tenure should commensurately have 6 or fewer years of research activity within the field.

Scholarship applicants must submit all required materials at the same time as they submit their conference paper proposal through ExOrdo:
  1. A one-page self-nomination letter (as a PDF file) that includes:
    • Applicant’s name and email address
    • A brief statement of need to include costs to attend conference and discussion of other funding sources 
    • Explanation of commitment to contributing research insights to the fields of arts administration, cultural policy, and adjacent fields encompassed within STP&A’s mission.

Individuals who wish to be considered for either Emily Mulcahy Student Research Award or the Mulcahy Emerging Scholar Award, must meet the eligibility criteria for the respective award and additional requirements for award consideration. Individuals who meet one of the conference award’s criteria and want to be considered for the award must express their interest to be considered for the conference award at time of submitting their conference paper proposal within the conference submission platform ExOrdo.

All individuals who wish to be considered for a conference award must carefully review the eligibility criteria, award adjudication criteria, and be prepared to submit their papers by November 13, 2024. Additional details about how to submit the required papers will be provided to eligible nominees by early November 2024.

Conference registration will open on June 1, 2024. Registration pricing and memberships are listed in USD.

Learn more about STP&A Membership. Those who purchase a membership at the time of conference registration receive a $35 USD discount off of their conference registration fee; so, the total cost = Conference Registration – $35 discount + Membership

By air: The closest airports are Seville Airport (SVQ) and Málaga–Costa del Sol Airport (AGP).

By train: Osuna can be reached by high-speed train from Madrid and arriving into the Puente Genil train station, which is about 25-minutes by car to Osuna.

Find detailed directions to the Osuna campus from the Seville Airport (SVQ), Málaga Airport (AGP), and Puente Genil train station here

There are several hotels within the vicinity of the primary conference venue site. There is no official conference hotel, however, the local host committee in coordination with the Office of Tourism in Osuna have arranged group pricing with 9 hotels. Find rates and instructions for booking these accommodations here.

December is a busy season for Osuna, so please book early. The local hosts suggest Casona Calderón and Marqués de la Gomera as two of the more desirable locations.

Find rates and instructions for booking a selection of these accommodations as a conference attendee here.

Hotel Palacio del Marqués de la Gomera (C/ San Pedro 20; 20 rooms)

Hotel Rural La Casona de Calderón (Plaza de Cervantes, 16; 16 rooms, +3 adapted for accessibility)

Hotel La Casa del Duque (Granada, 49; 15 rooms)

Hotel El Molino (Avda. de la Constitución 56; 16 rooms)

Hotel Hospedería del Monasterio (Plaza de la Encarnación, 3; 10 rooms)

Hotel Esmeralda (C/Tesorero, 7; rooms 31)

Hotel Olive (Avenida de Málaga, 7; 23 rooms)

Hostal El Caballo Blanco (C/ Granada, 1; 12 rooms)

Hostal Five Gates (C/ Carrera, 79; 14 rooms)