Visitor Studies Call for Submissions: Themed Issue on “Redefining Visitor Studies for a Changing World”

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The Visitor Studies Journal is inviting submissions for a themed issue on the topic of “Redefining the Visitor Studies field for a Changing World”. The issue seeks to create a platform for reflecting on the state of the Visitor Studies field today, ways in which we need to evolve the field based on new learnings, understandings and contexts, as well as new directions in the field.

The themed issue is part of a broader effort (funded in part by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a United States federal agency, MG-253082-OMS-23) to help the field redefine what it means to do visitor studies in today’s contexts and into the future.

Submissions might address issues such as:

- The kinds of key skills, mindsets, knowledge, and perspectives that are most needed for visitor studies professionals to support the needs and strategic goals of informal learning institutions, audiences and communities today. What training and professional development are needed to prepare current and emerging professionals in the informal learning evaluation and visitor studies fields to effectively lead and support institutions in change efforts around equity, diversity, access, inclusion and belonging?

- Emerging and promising practices for culturally responsive, equity-centered research and evaluation in museums and other informal learning settings. Who currently has access to the field? Who is excluded and in what ways?

- New approaches to methods, rigor and validity in visitor research and evaluation. How do we work towards equity, inclusivity and belonging?

- How are new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence shaping research in the visitor studies field? What ethical considerations should the Visitor Studies field consider in applying these technologies such as AI?

For this themed issue we welcome a range of article types from research and evaluation studies that exemplify these new directions, to explorations of new methodologies and tools, as well as reflective or conceptual pieces and literature reviews.

We encourage collaborative submissions, and diverse perspectives, including global perspectives. Article length can be between 2500 and 7000 words and will go through a peer-review process. Interested authors should submit an abstract (about 300-words) for review by March 6, 2024 to Karen Knutson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). After initial review, you may be invited to submit a full paper to the Taylor & Francis portal following these instructions for authors.

Interested in learning more about this themed issue and the submission process? Check out this informational webchat where the journal editors described the vision for the issue and process for submitting.