The annual meeting of IALJS is an international conference devoted to the scholarly study, teaching, and practice of literary journalism. The deadline for submission of research papers, work-in-progress abstracts, and panel proposals for the annual conference is early December, and the two-and-a-half day event, open to both faculty and students, is traditionally held in mid-May. In addition, IALJS actively participates in the conferences of a number of other learned societies, sponsoring sessions focusing on related aspects of literary journalism.
IALJS-15 Postponed to May 2021
In monitoring the global outbreak of COVID-19, organizers of the Fifteenth Annual Conference for Literary Journalism Studies recognize that to go forward with the conference as planned would be neither practical nor ethical. It is with great regret, then, that the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies (IALJS) has decided to postpone its annual conference, originally scheduled for 21–23 May 2020 and hosted by the University of Copenhagen.
The new dates for the conference are 20–22 May 2021, again to be hosted by the University of Copenhagen. The intent of conference organizers is to run the 2020 program as-is in 2021. In the event that one or more presenters drops out of the program for May 2021, the IALJS Research Chair and the IALJS Panel Chair may run a limited call for papers and abstracts that will be due at the usual time (December 1 of every year). Presenters who already have paid their conference (and banquet) fees for the postponed conference may apply those payments directly to next year’s conference.
All other venues of future IALJS conferences will move one year ahead, host universities’ management permitting. All IALJS officers will retain their positions until the 2021 conference, when elections will be held. Winners of the 2019 John C. Hartsock Award and the 2019 David Abrahamson Award will be announced in the next Literary Journalism newsletter (rescheduled for Summer 2020). Awards for both 2019 and 2020 will be presented at the business meeting of the 2021 conference.
Again, we regret to distribute this information, but we hope that it is in the interest of all members and supporters of the IALJS.
“Literary Journalism Across Media”
The Fifteenth International Conference for Literary Journalism Studies (IALJS-15)
University of Copenhagen
Department of Communication
20-22 May 2021