Please see the letter below from Shannon Wells-Lassagne and Candice Lemaire (conference co-organizers) concerning the decision to cancel this year’s Association of Adaptation Studies conference.
I hope that you all are well and staying safe in these strange times. We are sorry to say that we’ve made the decision to cancel the October 2020 edition of the AAS conference in Dijon. Here in France we have been advised to avoid international travel and have closed the universities until at least September, so maintaining it as is would have been a risky proposal, and after serious thought we decided that either a virtual conference or a delayed conference would ultimately be complicated and unsatisfying for you, our participants. We hope that by making this decision relatively early, we will limit the inconvenience to all of you (travel plans, funding requests, etc.), though we apologise for all the efforts you have made for what was promising to be a fascinating array of talks. This decision was not made lightly, and we hope that the situation will allow us all to gather in Edinburgh in happier circumstances. (It is possible that the PhD mentoring event may still go ahead as a virtual event, so please submit applications as originally instructed if you are interested in being part of this.) We would like to show what a vast spectrum of subjects was going to be dealt with, and make that research available to all; if you are amenable, the AAS newsletter will include your abstracts for the conference, and we are still going forward with the publication. If you would like to publish your article, we would appreciate you letting us know, and turning in the completed text by October 30th, 2020. (This is of course not an obligation.) More details on the publication will be forthcoming.
Our apologies again for this bad news. We hope that you are all staying safe, and adapting to this brave new world as best you can!
Shannon and Candice