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Given the rapidly changing situation in the present moment, a conference in January 2021 looks a long way off. But planning for our 152nd annual meeting in Chicago has already begun, and it will intensify in the months between now and then. Indeed we are making both plans and contingency plans, because the SCS will hold its annual meeting in some form. It may resemble past meetings, or it may involve remote participation; it is impossible to predict what circumstances will require. But the process of compiling the academic portion of the program will proceed (almost) as usual, with a (remote) Program Committee meeting in June in which the committee discusses the abstracts and proposals submitted through the online submission system. Only after the panels and papers have been selected and arranged can planning begin for the rest of the program: the committee meetings, the business meetings for affiliated groups, the interviews, the receptions, and all of the other meeting events

This lengthy process begins with you: with the panels, seminars, workshops and roundtables that you organize, and with the individual abstracts and lightning talk proposal that you submit; the extended submission deadlines are April 21 for all panels, workshops, roundtables and other group submissions and April 28 for individual abstracts and lightning talks. You can submit online via the Program Submission System. The Program Committee recognizes that scholarly work and all other aspects of life have been severely disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, and that the abstracts we read may have been prepared with less time and fewer scholarly resources than usual. But we look forward to reading them all, and to assembling a program that will bring us together--in one form or another--next January.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns,

Cynthia Damon

VP for Program