Dear participants in the ACT-CATS conference and members of the ACT-CATS community,
The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences has informed us that, due to the ongoing disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress 2020 will not proceed in its usual in-person format. Some associations will be taking part in an online Congress with the Federation’s support. After much deliberation among the members of the executive committee and the organizers of the 2020 conference, ACT-CATS has decided to postpone its conference by one full year. This means that “Translations, Translators, Interpreters and Subversion,” organized by Denise Merkle, Isabelle Collombat and Fayza El-Qasem will be postponed to Congress 2021, which is scheduled to be held at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta.
If you registered for the 2020 conference, full refunds are available via the Congress 2020 website. Under the “Register” tab, click on “Register now,” then on “Refund request” in the blue banner.
Further details on Congress 2021 will be forthcoming. The theme will remain unchanged, but we will send out another call for papers later this year. In order to simplify record-keeping, we will ask accepted speakers who plan to attend to reply to the call for papers and resubmit their accepted proposal. Minor changes to the abstract are fine, but should an accepted speaker decide to make a major change to the proposed paper, it will be reevaluated along with the other new proposals.
In accordance with the ACT-CATS bylaws, we will maintain our Annual General Meeting at approximately the same date as originally scheduled (June 2, 2020). The AGM will be held online and all members in good standing will be invited to attend.
ACT-CATS membership renewals are now underway for the 2020-21 fiscal year. We hope the online format of our AGM will allow for broad participation of our Canadian and international members. Details will follow.
We deeply regret having to postpone what is always a stimulating, fruitful encounter between scholars in translation studies and related fields, and we hope to see you at the 2021 Conference.