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ATHE 2021 Conference Update and Timeline for Submissions

Friday, September 25, 2020  
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Updates on the 2021 Conference Planning Process and Timeline

We are actively planning for the changing circumstances in the coming year, and we want to know what challenges our members face as they make decisions to participate in conferences. 

What will the 2021 conference look like?

At this time, ATHE is committed to a hybrid conference model, one where there are some sessions in person in Austin, and some sessions virtually. (For ATHE, “hybrid” does not mean a full, live-streamed conference model.) Panels will be asked to confirm the format of their panel by April 1, 2021, so that we can provide the support each panel needs, as well as confirm conference registration fees.

Conference Timeline


The conference timeline has been adjusted this year, recognizing the major shifts in labor and energy that each of us face both professionally and personally.

We are widely encouraging Focus Groups to accept individually submitted papers in order to curate full panels for the submission process, and we will encourage Focus Groups to share information to ensure that as many papers as possible find an appropriate home.

Individual Paper/Presentation Abstract Submissions Due to Focus Groups:
November 1, 2020

Each focus group will issue a call for papers with submission information. CFPs are available on the ATHE website.

General Proposals (Fully-formed Panels) Due: December 1, 2020

Submitted through ATHE’s website. Look for details soon!

Pre-Conference Proposals Due:
January 4, 2021

Debut Panel information to follow.


Our world is changing daily. Uncertainty around COVID, travel, and funding are complicating decision-making for all of us. Our members’ safety is of the highest importance; should we need to adjust our conference planning as the future unfolds, we will be thoughtful and intentional with our decision-making. We will be in touch with Focus Groups and members regularly as we move forward with planning.

Visit the ATHE conference page for more information about the conference theme.


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