ICQE20 Statement on COVID-19
ICQE20 and the COVID-19 Pandemic
Friends and colleagues–we write to you at a time of great uncertainty, as we are all struggling in our personal and professional lives to adapt to the changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Given everything going on in the world right now, it may seem harder than ever to feel connected to an intellectual community.
But at ICQE19 last year in Madison, what participants expressed, more than anything else, was a desire for exactly that: to build a community of quantitative ethnography scholars, working to advance research on human thought, behavior, and interaction by supporting junior researchers, facilitating collaboration, and promoting intellectual exchange.
We believe it is important to support the continued development of this community, especially in times such as these when so many supports for intellectual engagement are strained, and thus we are proceeding with plans for ICQE20. We also recognize, however, that this is a difficult time for many of you to even think about writing papers or proposals. Given these extraordinary circumstances, we have extended the submission deadline to 15 June 2020. We may be able to extend it still further if the need arises. (For more information about submissions, click here.)
And while we hope that an in-person meeting will be possible, and that you will be eager and able to join us in Malibu, California this October, we also recognize that this may not be feasible—or may not be feasible for everyone.
In the event that a hybrid or online-only format becomes necessary, we will modify elements of the program to facilitate participation. Regardless of the format, publication of the proceedings will take place as planned: all accepted papers will be published in the Springer proceedings, and all other contributions will be published in the proceedings supplement.
We have already begun to develop plans for online workshops, a virtual poster fair, and paper presentations that can be accessed remotely either in real time or asynchronously, in case they are needed. We will have a full, detailed plan in place by the time registration opens this summer. Registration fees will, of course, be adjusted in the event that an online conference is necessary.
We hope that you will join us for ICQE20, in whatever form it may take, to continue to build the QE community. In the meantime, stay safe, and please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns.
Andrew Ruis, Chair of the ICQE20 Program Committee
Eric Hamilton, Chair of the ICQE20 Conference Committee