It is with the utmost regret that the international committee of the EAUH has decided to postpone its 15th conference on Urban History in Antwerp 2-5 September 2020 to next year 1-4 September 2021.
The chronology of the current worldwide pandemic and the outbreak of Covid-19 is too unpredictable, as are the national schedules of loosening measures and lockdowns in Belgium, Europe and elsewhere. As a result, the international committee thinks, even if the circumstances would improve by August/September, that too many sessions would fail because of the uncertainty related to the outbreak and too many delegates who had intended to come to the conference will not participate. The main goals of the conference, stimulating academic debate and providing a platform for social and intellectual contacts between scholars would in these circumstances not be achieved.
We hope to welcome everybody who was intending to participate in Antwerp 2020, and keep as much of our scheduled programme unchanged. To encourage this we give all delegates who have already registered and do not request reimbursement before 1 July 2020, and by doing so automatically register for the 2021 conference, a complimentary free conference dinner. To proceed we will greatly rely on your goodwill, especially that of the session organizers and paper presenters.
Update on registration
The covid-19 pandemic is still surging in Europe and elsewhere. In Belgium the vaccination programme is now initiated, and it will run its course in the coming months. There is however no clarity yet about its timing and the way it will allow to relax measures, that may impact the organisation of our conference. It is highly likely that the organisation of mass-events will be among the last to be allowed. Because there are a lot of large festivals in Belgium in the Summer period, we expect to know relatively soon with what kind of restrictions such events will have to deal with. Our conference falls in the same category.
Because of the momentary lack of clarity, the local organizing committee and the international committee have decided to start the registration for the EAUH conference in Antwerp only from 1 March 2021 (and registration period will run in this case until 1 August 2021). This will allow anyone to register for the conference with a better knowledge of corona restrictions. In the meantime we will continue the practical organisation of the conference and you can expect a final programme of sessions and other activities soon.
We listed guidelines for session organizers, delegates, paper presenters and bursaries HERE.
Despite the circumstances, the EAUH wants to continue to provide an enthusiastic platform for the dynamic field of urban history, and it is convinced Antwerp 2021 will be a great success in this respect.
*image credits historical photo´s: City Archives Antwerp