A Message to our Colleagues About COVID-19

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***Reminder: The last day to request a refund for the Iceland 2020 Conference is Monday, June 1, 2020. If you already completed the request form there is no need to do so at this time. Your request will be reviewed shortly.​***

Dear Members of the Council for European Studies,

Because of the ongoing threat posed by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we regret to announce the cancellation of the 27th International Conference of Europeanists scheduled for June 22-24, 2020 in Reykjavik, Iceland. 

While we hoped for the best, the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic has left us no choice. Our partnering venue, the University of Iceland has very appropriately informed us that they are unable to host us given the circumstances, and we believe that there is a very high chance that travel restrictions and social distancing measures will still be in effect in June. Protecting the health and safety of our members, attendees, and exhibitors is our top priority. We hope that making this difficult decision now reduces the uncertainty and disruptive effects of cancellation on short notice. 

The CES conference Program Committee, the Local Organizing Committee, the CES Executive Committee, and the CES staff have all worked with dedication to prepare a successful event. We were very excited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our organization. Considering the number of applications received this year, we believe that this excitement was widely shared, and we very much regret the cancellation. 

We understand this is disappointing news accompanied by a number of challenges for the participants who have already registered and made flight and hotel reservations. Rest assured that CES is committed to helping our members as best we can. Our resources, however, are limited to facilitating your inquiries with third parties involved.

CES is offering full registration refunds via the initial method of payment via this form.

Below is a list of frequently asked questions. We will be in touch with travel grant fellows and other prizewinners shortly. In addition, we will reach out in the coming weeks with more information about how our members can stay engaged with one another before we next meet in 2021.

Thank you for your patience, understanding, and unwavering commitment to the Council for European Studies. We wish you all health and safety during this difficult time.


Erik Bleich, CES Chair

Nicole Shea, Director

How do I request a refund for the 27th International Conference of Europeanists? 

Please use the refund request form here. You will be refunded by the same method of payment used for registration (either credit card, check, or wire transfer). For wire transfer reimbursements, we will send an additional wire request form upon your completion of the first form. The deadline to request a refund is Monday, June 1, 2020.

What should I do if I reserved a hotel room with the CES registration process?

For further assistance regarding accommodation and logistics you can contact CES2020@sena.is The deadline for cancelling accommodations is April 8, 2020, as noted on the CES website.

I have already made my travel arrangements. What do I do about these tickets or fees? 

Click here and follow the steps to cancel your flights with IcelandAir. Click here and follow the steps to cancel your flights with Delta Airlines. Click here and follow the steps to cancel your flights with United Airlines.

Contact your airline or travel agent directly. Please refer to the flights page on the CES website for contact information.

My proposal content was accepted for the 2020 International Conference of Europeanists. Does this mean my session will automatically be accepted to the 2021 International Conference of Europeanists? 

We are developing plans for the 2021 conference over the coming weeks and will keep you informed. Members who were accepted for the 2020 conference will get priority for the 2021 conference.

Where will the 2021 International Conference of Europeanists be held?

The Executive Committee is currently working to determine the location of the 2021 conference. We will update members as soon as possible once these arrangements are finalized.

Additional Questions?

Didn’t find an answer you were looking for? Please send any additional questions to events@ces-europe.org  

Due to the high volume of inquiries and the upcoming Easter holiday, please excuse a delay in the response.

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