The 36th Annual AAAE Conference: May 31- June 2, 2017

Join AAAE for this landmark event! Our first conference in the United Kingdom will feature a newly-structured schedule that includes pedagogy, practice, and research tracks, site visits throughout the city centre, international programming constructed in cooperation with ENCATC, and a special futurists’ assembly that will explore what’s next for arts and cultural management education.



More than 30 sessions were selected for this year’s conference in the areas of pedagogy, research, field practice, policy, and more. Concurrent sessions will be programmed on one of four tracks: pedagogy, practice, general, and other. The detailed sessions schedule will be released in the coming days. Highlights include:

  • Panels on the future of the doctorate in arts administration, what we can learn from alumni, teaching and leading in an age of global anxiety, new models of learning, and more.
  • A plenary session on Edinburgh’s cultural plan, featuring Lynne Halfpenny, Lindsay Robertson, (City of Edinburgh Council), Janine Matheson (Creative Edinburgh), representatives from Mason Bone Projects and more.
  • An all-new research track comprised of paper presentations from around the world, all blind peer reviewed.


Reserve your room at the Motel One – Royal. A block of rooms for our event has been reserved for our event through April 1 (rooms may still be available after this date, depending on availability). Take advantage of the competitive rate and the perfect location steps from Waverely Station where we’ll board trains to Queen Margaret University.

Special Events
Please plan to join us for these special events throughout our time in Edinburgh. Please note that some are included in your conference registration, and some are add-ons:

  • An exclusive pre-conference Festivals Workshop given by the leadership of Festivals Edinburgh.
  • The opening reception at Edinburgh’s distinctive and contemporary Dovecot Studios, which houses a tapestry studio, gallery space, and more.
  • Thursday night Dine Arounds, held in all corners of the city. Sign up onsite to meet your colleagues for a meal during your time together in Edinburgh.
  • Site visits to Summerhall, Stills Photography Studio, the Festival and King’s Theatre, Creative Scotland, and more (sign up onsite).
  • Our Friday night Ceidlih dinner and dance event at The Hub. Join your fellow attendees for a traditional Scottish meal followed by an evening of Ceilidh dancing and folk music.
  • Saturday coach tour across Scotland, featuring stops in Loch Ness, Callendar, Glencoe, and the Grampian Mountains.


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Where We’ll Be–and When
Queen Margaret University is hosting this year’s conference! Located just one train stop outside the city centre, QMU’s campus is easy to get to and will be the headquarters of our event. Site visits, cultural activities, and receptions will take place in and around the city centre. Conference activities will begin the morning of Wednesday, May 31. The conference concludes Friday, June 2 but we’ve also planned a special excursion on Saturday, June 3 for those staying on. We’ll provide information on site about where to be and when. You’ll leave the conference having experienced the very best of Edinburgh!


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