In light of the rapidly-evolving public health situation connected to the COVID-19 outbreak, our annual conference (17 - 19 June 2020) has been cancelled. This includes all associated events which had been scheduled to take place in the city of Newcastle.
Given the risks of transmission in large social gatherings, we were left with no alternative but to cancel the event. Here we are following the advice of the authorities and expert medical opinion, but also the recent examples set by the International Studies Association and the Political Studies Association, both of whom have cancelled their own annual conferences.
We appreciate that this news will be a disappointment to all those who had submitted panel and paper proposals, and all others who had intended to travel to Newcastle. For those who had already registered for the conference, we will be contacting you directly with details of reimbursement.