I am writing to inform you that unfortunately the proposed annual conference at Strasbourg 2017 will not be taking place.
While this is regrettable, we have our eyes on the future. We are optimistic that if we come together as an association, we can find a solution and a replacement.
To this end, we are issuing a call to you, the sections, for your applications to host this event.
The Annual Conference should take place between April and May.
Organisers should aim to provide a minimum of 60 places and allocate time for General Assembly (2 for every member section and 1 for every observer section).
Bear in mind, if you are considering stepping into the breach and taking over this event, you are not alone. We are an international organisation, and I have no doubt that you will receive help, advice and support from across the breadth of ISHA.
We, the International Board and Council are willing to provide our full backing to such a section – this will include the potential for financial support as well.
The AC is the cornerstone of the ISHA Official Year. It is the only event with a compulsory General Assembly – and it is the event at which we are to hold elections for the next term. It is of absolute importance that we come together to find a replacement.
Discuss this among your sections, contact neighbouring sections – there is no reason that the Annual Conference has to be organised by a single section.
And if you find that your section is unable to host this event, please consider what assistance you could provide. This could be in the form of fundraisers, offers to lead workshops, offers to help with the logistics etc. I am sure any kind of assistance would be welcome.
Because time is in short supply, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on Sunday November 20th with any applications or offers to help.
And finally, though the time is short, this is an opportunity for us to show what we are capable of achieving as an organisation. We are greater together than the sum of our parts – let’s show the world what Historians can do.
International Board and Council.