IMPORTANT: ConCALL-4 Conference is now officially postponed due to Coronavirus! (March 12, 2020, 10:00 a.m. Eastern)

Message regarding Coronavirus and the ConCALL Conference! (March 4, 2020, 10:00 a.m. Eastern)

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Special Message: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As of March 4, 2020, 10:00 a.m. Eastern

CeLCAR has been closely monitoring the global impact of the rapidly changing situation with the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) both in the United States and around the world. While we remain optimistic that the outbreak will not reach our university here in Indiana or the Central Asian countries from which most of our international attendees come, we are aware of the recent travel restrictions announced in various Central and Western Asian countries that if are continued into April would make it impossible for some of our presenters and attendees to travel. Furthermore, we are sensitive to the concerns of those who are able to travel both domestically and internationally, but who might choose not to due to the potential health risks.

At this point, CeLCAR is facing the difficult task of reevaluating whether to host ConCALL-4 in April as planned or to postpone the conference until the Fall. Please note that this is a very difficult decision, one that is not taken lightly. We are conferring with senior IU officials and consulting daily updates from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as monitoring state travel advisories (https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/).

At this point, our plan is to make a final decision regarding the fate of the conference no later than Friday, March 13. We suggest that if you have not already made your travel arrangements that you wait until after this date to purchase plane tickets and/or book any hotel rooms.

Furthermore, because this notice might affect a presenter or attendee’s decision to register for the conference in March, we will be extending the early bird registration deadline to March 31.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will notify you as soon as a final decision is made.

Thank you for your patience and understanding,
Oner Ozcelik, Director
4th Conference of Central Asian Language and Linguistics (ConCALL-4)


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