Dear SSILA members
We hope this email finds you well given the circumstances. We are writing to let you know of our plans for the 2021 conference. SSILA Board members have been in constant communication as events unfold all over the world. After careful consideration we have decided to move our annual conference to a virtual format for this meeting. We are all very concerned about the effects this pandemic has on the populations we are very closely in relationships with, particularly elder Indigenous language speakers. Furthermore, the uncertain and unpredictable circumstances related to travelling, social gatherings and academic (and personal) budgets has led us to believe this is in the best interest of everyone in our society.
The board is now taking the time to research the best options on how to move forward. If the LSA can still host us virtually, we will be partnering with them but if not, we will be holding the conference on our own during the same time frame, January 7-10 2021. We will be sending out the Call for Papers around May 18, 2020, and the deadline for abstract submissions will be July 17, 2020. We hope that this delay in the CFP and abstract submissions will allow us to provide you with a bit more detail on the logistics of the conference.
As always, please reach out if you have any questions, suggestions or comments.
SSILA President, on behalf of the SSILA Executive Committee