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ACLA Will Be Fully Virtual in 2021

Dear Colleagues:

As you know, the ACLA had to cancel our March 2020 conference due to the global pandemic and we have reimbursed registration fees to all who have emailed requesting a refund rather than applying the fee towards a future conference. While we have negotiated with the hotels in Chicago for an on-site 2023 conference, the ACLA has suffered financially as a result. However, given the pandemic, the decimation of the humanities, the tenuous nature of most non-tenured/tenure-track faculty, adjuncts, and graduate students, the ACLA has decided to reduce conference registration fees by 50% across all registration types. We have reduced our registration fees to the bare minimum required to recover our anticipated conference expenses as well as cover our general operating costs.
ACLA 2021 Fully Virtual Conference
Our April 8-11, 2021 conference, originally planned as an on-site conference at the Palais de Congrès convention center in Montreal, will now be fully virtual. We ask for your understanding and your cooperation as we host our first annual meeting in a digital environment that will include the same familiar features: pre-conference workshops, keynote panel, awards ceremony, the usual three days of seminars, networking opportunities, and a book fair that will feature academic presses. To that end we are also lifting our restrictions on graduate student participation in a seminar. The requirement that all seminars have no more than 50% of graduate students is no longer valid for 2021. We urge organizers, faculty, and students to ensure that a seminar has representation across ranks so that we mutually benefit from energetic, illuminating, and stimulating papers and discussions. We hope that you will continue to be committed to the ACLA and our conference in 2021 and beyond.  

Conference Timeline:August 15 | First day to propose a seminar to the 2021 conferenceSeptember 30 | Last day to propose a seminarOctober 1 | First day to submit a paper to a proposed seminarOctober 31 | Last day to submit a paper to a propose seminarNovember 1 | First day for seminar organizers to review papers proposed to their seminarNovember 9 | Last day for seminar organizers to review papers proposed to their seminarNovember 10 | The Program Committee will begin reviewing proposed seminarsLate November | Emails to go out for all proposed seminars and papers with a final decision
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