May 19, 2020
After much deliberation and discussion, we have chosen to cancel the 2020 Atlantic Provinces Political Science Association Annual Conference scheduled for October 23–25, 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has generated considerable uncertainty, particularly with regard to the health risks and travel restrictions that may be in place in the fall. While StFX does plan to open for students in September 2020, incoming public health protocols will significantly complicate our ability to plan the conference and will prevent us from holding the events that make conferences such enriching academic experiences.
In coordination with the APPSA community, we have decided to delay the scheduled line-up of conferences for one year. StFX looks forward to hosting the APPSA Annual Conference in October 2021.
We continue to examine the possibility of limited interim online options to facilitate academic presentations. A decision regarding online options is expected in early June 2020.
April 16, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted life as we know it in Canada and across the globe. This interruption extends to the annual cycle of national and international academic conferences. Because many of our favourite spring and summer conferences have announced cancellations, the Atlantic Provinces Political Science Association (APPSA) would like to provide a brief update on our annual conference, currently scheduled for Fall 2020.
At this time, APPSA’s conference organizing committee is cautiously optimistic that an in-person event can move forward. Facilities on the St. Francis Xavier University campus have been booked from Friday, 23 October to Sunday, 25 October 2020.
However, it must be noted that there is uncertainty with regard to whether an in-person conference will indeed be feasible six months from now. If the current social-distancing recommendations and travel restrictions hold into the fall, APPSA will not be able to proceed. Even if the rules of travel and social interaction are relaxed this summer, they could be reapplied at any time should another COVID-19 wave emerge.
As such, the APPSA conference organizing committee is moving to plan a nimble, adaptable event. To protect APPSA’s financial position, we will work with vendors to avoid costly obligations in the case that the in-person conference requires cancellation on short notice.
While we are optimistic that conference participants will be able to join us at StFX in October, we must be realistic in recognizing that pandemic conditions may disrupt even the best laid plans. With this in mind, planning will continue in the hopes of having a successful 2020 APPSA conference in some form or another.
Watch for the Call for Papers, which we anticipate circulating by the end of May.