The Manchester 7th International Degrowth and 16th International Society for Ecological Economics Joint conference was due to be held in September 2020. It will not come as a surprise to you that given the global Covid 19 pandemic we have been forced to postpone the conference. We do so with deep regret. The conference is now planned to go ahead in the week of July 5th 2021. The conference will retain is existing overarching theme of ‘Building Alternative Livelihoods’. It will also keep existing subthemes. However, clearly the overarching theme has new importance in the light of the global pandemic. We will be sending out a new additional call in September 2020 looking more specifically at the implications of the Covid 19 pandemic for building and rebuilding alternative livelihoods. It is planned that the conference in July 2021 will have a much larger virtual component than the original conference planned for September 2020. Given the new arrangements we those who submitted proposals for contributions the following options for their proposals
1. leaving their proposal as it is for consideration for the 2021 conference in Manchester;
2. resubmitting a revised version of their proposal for the 2021 conference in Manchester
3. submitting a new proposal for the 2021 conference in Manchester
4. withdrawing their proposal.
Those choosing the first option will not need to do anything. It will be automatically considered for the July 2021 conference in Manchester. Anyone wanting to pursue one of the other options please let us know by April 30th. We will leave the call open for resubmissions and new submissions after this date. Please also let us know if you would like to present your session virtually or at the site in Manchester.
We do deeply regret having to postpone the conference until next year. The team at Manchester did explore the possibility of doing the conference as a virtual conference in September 2020. However, given the lockdown in the UK and after discussion with the conference administration at Manchester University, it become apparent that the capacity did not exist to do this in September 2020. The plan is to have a larger virtual component to the conference in 2021. We do plan to offer a small online symposium in September 2020 specifically on the implications of Covid19 for ecological economics and degrowth. We will announce further details about this colloquium later this year.
We would like to thank you for your patience in waiting for this update. We are sorry we could not get back to you sooner. As you can imagine it has been very difficult to reorganise the dates of the conference in current conditions.
We look forward to hearing from you.
The Local Organising Committee, Manchester