Iustoria 2020: conference postponed until October
Dear participants and potential audience,
unfortunately, the spread of the coronavirus throughout Europe has forced us, along with the organisers of many other international gatherings and events, to postpone the conference. So far, only one case of COVID-19 has been recorded in Serbia, but it is obvious that the virus is spreading, leading an increased number of governments across the world to advise caution or ban travel. With these circumstances in mind, holding an international conference in March might pose a health risk, and many participants from abroad would certainly have a difficult time getting here, or may be unable to attend at all.
We have considered the possibility of pressing ahead with the conference by allowing those who cannot attend in person to participate through Skype; however, that would certainly have a negative impact on the overall mode of work, and the quality of the discussions in particular. Seeing the abundance of fine subjects that have been pouring in, and thinking of the wonderful potential for discussion that would have a chance to develop through personal interaction only – we feel that it would be a shame, and that it would be better to postpone the conference and hold it properly once the circumstances improve. Since it is uncertain how summer will unfold (the outbreak may not be contained yet, and there is also the matter of vacations and summer exam season), we have decided to postpone the conference until around the middle of October. We will inform you of the exact dates soon!
We hope that you understand the reasons that moved us to make this decision; we also hope that our participants from abroad will not incur heavy expenses due to this change. (Having said that, we would like to point out that anyone who has booked a flight with Air Serbia can change the time of their flight free of charge, precisely because of the problems caused by the coronavirus.) We will do our best to provide accommodations at student dorms in October for anyone who might need them. We do hope that you will all be able to come to Belgrade in this new time slot – and the possibility of publishing your paper in our journal remains open in any case!
Finally, since the conference has been postponed, it is only reasonable to extend the deadline for sending the drafts of your papers; you can now send us your papers until the 15th of August. Of course, any papers arriving sooner than that will be welcome, and will be published upfront at the conference’s web page.