A few months ago, in the call for this conference, we wrote the following:

We live in extraordinary times. Our daily existence is longer, safer, and healthier than at any point in human history. And yet, we worry. For these are also confusing times, scary times. We are richer but less equal, more tolerant but also more envious. Politics are in turmoil, our leaders either technicians or tyrants. We dwell among flickering images, ceding our lives and our politics to the machines (and the elite that controls them). Through it all seeps the terrible realization that, day by day and thread by thread, our species is undoing the fabric of life on Earth. Forget Pascal’s ‘thinking reed.’ We are a thinking asteroid.

Our words have turned out to be more prescient than we could have ever imagined. Like you, we now find ourselves in a situation where we must respond in real time to events we do not control. For this reason we have decided to temporarily suspend planning of ECLAS pending further developments in the ongoing public health crisis.

We will inform you whether ECLAS will take place this year no later than Friday 24 April 2020. In the meantime please check this website regularly for updates on our planning process.

We continue to hope to see you in Uppsala this fall. For now, stay well and please: do not take chances with your health or the health of others.

ECLAS 2020 Steering Committee (Bruno Santesson, Thomas Oles, Burcu Yigit Turan)

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