[SIGCIS-Members] SIGCIS Conference 2020: Regretfully Canceled

Jonathan Coopersmith j-coopersmith at tamu.edu
Sun May 3 20:42:19 PDT 2020


Thank you for recognizing the mental health of our colleagues as an
important consideration.  Your eloquent explanation of the cancellation
softened the expected and wise decision.

Stay sane, keep washing those hands, and practice social solidarity as well
as distancing,

JC

Jonathan Coopersmith
Professor
Department of History
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX  77843-4236
979.739.4708 (cell)
979.862.4314 (fax)

Reality article:
https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-features/corona-exhausted-moral-fatigue-974311/

Most recent oped: "Will Artemis fail in the halls of Congress?"
https://www.thespacereview.com/article/3836/1

Apollo thoughts:
https://today.tamu.edu/2019/07/19/would-apollo-11-have-happened-without-russia/

*FAXED.  The Rise and Fall of the Fax Machine* (Johns Hopkins University
Press) is the co-recipient of the 2016 Business History Conference Hagley
Prize for best book in business history.






On Tue, Apr 28, 2020 at 4:01 PM Laine Nooney <laine.nooney at gmail.com> wrote:

> Just wanted to send out a note of appreciation for all the kind and
> understanding responses we've received, both on and off list.
>
> Stay safe everyone...
>
> Laine Nooney
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>
> MCC
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>  @ NYU
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> Assistant Professor
>
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> -Probably typed by voice recognition, so please cherish typos
>
>
> On Wed, Apr 22, 2020 at 10:27 AM Laine Nooney <laine.nooney at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
>> To our fabulous SIGCIS community,
>>
>> It is with great regret that I write to announce the cancellation of the
>> SIGCIS 2020 fall conference. The organizing team was incredibly excited to
>> share the conference call and keynote selection for our annually co-located
>> event with SHOT, scheduled for this year in New Orleans. Yet as the time
>> for launching the CFP approached, we felt it was essential to take an
>> unvarnished view of current events.
>>
>> Travel and large gatherings seem likely to remain restricted in the fall
>> and will certainly remain high risk for many members of our community.
>> Furthermore, many of us are experiencing greater institutional and economic
>> precarity than ever before, as we watch hiring lines pulled, offers
>> withdrawn, and research funds frozen. The full impact of COVID-19 is going
>> to run a long course through our community.
>>
>> This decision is not a message about the likelihood of SHOT happening.
>> Rather, as a small set of volunteers with no economic liabilities/contracts
>> in play, we made the decision that we did not want to go through the labor
>> of pulling together a conference if there was a probability that it would
>> need to be canceled or it would be challenging for members of our community
>> to attend.
>>
>> We considered keeping our call and holding the conference virtually, but
>> virtual events have their own logistical challenges, in addition to all the
>> standard labor of conference organization. In short, we did not think it
>> was prudent for the mental health of any of us to take on a set of new and
>> unfamiliar burdens in the middle of a pandemic that is rapidly changing our
>> research, teaching, and service. Furthermore, we all shared an unease about
>> putting out a call for scholarship during these obviously turbulent times;
>> moving forward as if business was usual did not sit well with any of us.
>>
>> We do intend to organize some kind of connecting event, probably
>> virtually, during the weekend that SIGCIS would usually occur. However, we
>> want to be able to be responsive to where people are, professionally and
>> emotionally, in several months. Therefore, we are not making commitments to
>> format just yet.
>>
>> This decision was made with a grim certainty that this was the right
>> course of action; that doesn’t mean it wasn’t hard to make. For all of us
>> on the organizing committee—myself, Stephanie, Morgan, Andy, and
>> Kera—SIGCIS is a key intellectual and interpersonal community, a space of
>> not just colleagues, but friends. Personally speaking, SIGCIS has become
>> one of the highlights of my academic year, and I have tremendous gratitude
>> for how enthusiastically so many of you have supported the work this team
>> does, as we work to build a history that imagines a better future.
>>
>> Stay safe--until we meet again,
>>
>> SIGCIS Conference Committee
>> Laine Nooney, Vice-Chair of Meetings
>> Stephanie Dick
>> Morgan Ames
>> Andy Russell, SIGCIS Chair
>> Kera Allen
>>
>>
>> ---------------------------------------
>>
>> Laine Nooney
>> <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.lainenooney.com_&d=DwMFaQ&c=u6LDEWzohnDQ01ySGnxMzg&r=gBxPXEyR20DoOjhiykLt-t1NYTRwKHMRClA6pRMbmVg&m=KsB4iAbAl1xuNMpFJGtV68W-h8_SEMQTZ3HEyV-8-ws&s=PaCXxF_gAZOx16oJqifGyl5qMqr1FBCmeVKWx3OPWKo&e=>
>>
>> MCC
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>>  @ NYU
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>> Assistant Professor
>>
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>> -Probably typed by voice recognition, so please cherish typos
>>
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