The Board of the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC) has participated in an online discussion with the Federation for the Social Sciences and Humanities. The CASC Board has discussed the options and has come to the difficult decision to cancel the CASC 2020 conference. The following information has influenced our decision:
- The Congress gathering in London will bring over 8,000 people together and WHO is recommending such large meetings be cancelled
- Cancelling now allows small associations like CASC to minimize costs and extra volunteer activities
- Most universities have in fact suspended in-person classes
- The shift to an online conference format in the next 10 weeks will be difficult for the volunteer conference organizers
The CASC Board will meet this week to consider hosting smaller online discussions focused on the abstract submissions that we received. We are also looking into a call for papers for publication, based on the high quality of articles that will come from these authors and possibly others who were interested but not able to attend the conference. CASC will provide more details on these options in the up-coming
weeks. We will also forward information as it comes out from the Federation regarding refunds and/or credit for those who have already registered for the 2020 conference.
We send our hopes that you and your families and colleagues are well and that together, we can all weather this challenging health issue.