We’re writing to update you on the status of the congress in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The question whether the conference can go ahead as planned has been uncomfortably hanging in the air for a while, and we’d already put a hold on registrations shortly after sending out the notifications of acceptance. Now, after careful consideration, we have decided to cancel the physical congress altogether.
There are several reasons behind this decision. First and foremost, we don’t think we’ll be able to guarantee the safety of the participants if we’d have the conference in August. In fact, we don’t think it’d be responsible to bring together around 500 philosophers from all over Europe for a congress already in August. Additionally, we are well aware that several of you are dealing with extreme situations in your home-countries that even after things have cooled down will make it difficult for you to travel to an international congress this year.
But even though the physical congress has been cancelled, we’re currently looking into the option of holding a virtual congress instead. Organizing a virtual congress of this size (ECAP traditionally has around 500 participants) presents a wide range of challenges, which we’ll be trying to solve over the next couple of months. We’ll keep you posted on this but if we indeed go ahead with the online congress, papers that were accepted for the physical congress in the original peer review process will be eligible for digital presentation. We’ll inform you about the specifics when our planning is more progressed.
With best wishes,
The Local ECAP10 Conference Committee in Utrecht
Janneke van Lith
The European Society for Analytic Philosophy (ESAP) promotes the discipline and profession of analytic philosophy in Europe. It was established in 1990 and brings together professional analytic philosophers and students from the whole of Europe (and the rest of the world) to foster collaboration and exchange of ideas among them.
ESAP organizes a major congress every three years. Previous congresses took place in Aix en Provence (1993), Leeds (1996), Maribor (1999), Lund (2002), Lisbon (2005), Cracow (2008), Milan (2011), Bucharest (2014) and Munich (2017). The next congress will take place in Utrecht, The Netherlands, from August 24 to 28, 2020.