Dear colleagues and friends,
We continue to plan the 18th International Saga Conference to be held in Helsinki and Tallinn, on 8–13 August 2021, with a post-conference excursion on 14–15 August.
The pandemic makes the future uncertain and the health and safety of participants is our primary concern. We are moving forward with the original plan for the conference as a live meeting. We are preparing for the contingency that not everyone will be able to participate in person and we are developing hybrid options.
If the pandemic situation does not look like it will improve sufficiently for a live event, rather than moving the conference completely on-line, we will postpone the event until 2022. On the one hand, we feel that a significant part of the ISC is as a major social event for Old Norse scholars, which we are concerned would be lost in a Zoom-based venue. How conferences are organized may change greatly across the coming year, but our current aim is still to find a way to draw you away from their daily lives in order to immerse you in our countries and our conference for rich and vibrant discussions both inside and outside of the events' sessions. On the other hand, the aims and significance of organizing an international conference in two countries is lost without physical participation. We are currently holding to the plan for the 2021 event, but, because of the uncertainty of the future, we will wait as long as possible to open registration, now scheduled to January 2021. Hopefully things will look clearer at that time.
We thank you for your patience during this challenging time.