Dear HSS members,
After extensive deliberations, the HSS Council has decided to move the 2021 Annual Meeting from 18-21 November, entirely online. It has become clear over the last few weeks that we could not deliver the experience of an HSS Annual Meeting and provide an inclusive and safe environment for attendees under the current COVID-19 conditions.
This was an extremely difficult decision as we all yearn to see each other in person and want to be able to support our partners in New Orleans. This decision came from multiple rounds of discussion by Council, the Committee on Meetings and Programs, the Local Arrangements Committee, and the Program Chairs. The viewpoint was widely held that the uncertainties from COVID and the aftermath of Hurricane Ida made it too difficult to move forward. This is just a detour. We hope to return to New Orleans in the near future. We urge you to consider donating to a local charity to help with the recovery efforts in Southeast Louisiana. A list can be found here.
It is no easy feat to pick up what was designed to be experienced in person and drop it into a completely online format. The program will need some adjustment but was planned to be flexible for this possibility. I want to give my thanks to Christine von Oertzen, Soraya de Chadarevian, John Krige, and Don Opitz for their tireless work to make this meeting possible. Please have patience as we iron out the details to take our meeting online.
For those who have registered for the onsite meeting, your registration will be migrated to an online registration.
HSS Annual Meetings are community exercises, and hosting this meeting online does not mean a lesser experience. We will use the tools of our platform and the spirit of New Orleans and its people to deliver a social, thoughtful, and intellectually stimulating experience.
I’m personally saddened that I won’t be able to see my friends and colleagues, but I look forward to our 2022 Annual Meeting in Chicago. This bump in the road will only make our Chicago meeting a homecoming like no other.
Jan Golinski, HSS President
Register for the 2021 HSS Annual Meeting here.