March 27, 2020
Dear Conference Registrants,
We hope this finds everyone safe and healthy.
We thank you all for supporting the AAIS AATI 2020 Joint Conference. As you can imagine, much work has gone into organizing this event and we are disappointed about its cancellation; however, the current public health situation left no other option.
We are writing to let you know that all registrants are eligible for reimbursement of the conference fee. We describe here the situation and the process.
We appreciate your continued patience as we work as fast as we can on refunding you your conference fee. At this time, only final banquet reservations have been reimbursed.
Reimbursements are affected by a Paypal policy that will necessarily make the process slower than we would like.
Paypal, which we used to collect fees, imposes a monthly limit on the number of reimbursements that can be made. This means unwinding could take some time. We have made an appeal to Paypal for an exception in our case and are currently awaiting their response.
We respectfully ask that registrants not file cases with PayPal for refunds. Not only will this incur additional PayPal fees that the organizations are responsible for, but it will require additional steps before the refund is issued, which will slow down the entire process even further. Please know that every effort is being made to restore your fees to you. Neither organization has paid staff, and all efforts are being made by colleagues in a climate of increased pedagogical and administrative demands. We thank you for your understanding.
If you do not need a refund, please consider donating your registration fee (either in part or entirely) to help us offset the expenses that will be incurred by both associations as a result of the cancellation of the 2020 conference. As you know, the AAIS and AATI are both 401c3 (not for profit) organizations. Your tax-deductible donation will help us meet the outstanding financial obligations for the 2020 conference. Further, anything you contribute supports, for example, travel awards to the associations’ less senior members. Whatever revenues donated will be divided equally between the two organizations and any donation is welcome and appreciated.
To request your refund of registration fees, kindly fill out the Google form https://forms.gle/3ZRgeSBRbiKeHwcZ8. Refunds will be made in the order in which the request was received.
If you have any questions, please contact the AATI Secretary/Treasurer, Dr. Enza Antenos, at email@example.com.
The executive committees of the AAIS and AATI have deferred discussion of another joint conference to some time later this calendar year, when demands of the new online teaching parameters and current distractions have lessened. Like you, we are disappointed that the 2020 conference has been cancelled and we hope to capitalize on the considerable labor already invested in another joint venture in future. We will report back to both organizations after such a time as we have had to discuss the possibilities.
Thanks again for your support and for your continued patience as we unwind the 2020 conference.
The AAIS and AATI Conference Committee
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
March 26-28, 2020
Following a long hiatus, the third joint conference of the American Association for Italian Studies and the American Association of Teachers of Italian will take place from March 26-28, 2020 at the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.
In keeping with the mission of the AAIS/AATI, the conference organizers invite members to organize sessions and roundtables that approach Italian Studies through interdisciplinary lenses and represent a wide range of interests and time periods. We encourage participation from colleagues working in and across African and African American studies, anthropology, art, architecture, classics, comparative studies, environmental studies, film and media, geography, history, Italian American/Italian Diaspora studies, linguistics, music, queer studies, theater, women’s, feminist, and gender studies, and more.
*Please consult the Conference Guidelines page for the timeline for accepting proposals, general formatting, etc.
AAIS/AATI 2020 Conference Workshops and Activities:
1. Community engagement and engaged scholarship
2. Thursday morning workshops (8:30 am -noon, March 26, 2020)
3. Professionalization Workshop
4. Revised AAIS Business Meeting format (Fri., March 27, 5:00-6:30 pm)
FINALIZED Workshops with abstracts and registration information will be announced on the AAIS/AATI listservs and websites as well as the conference webpage. All workshops are included in the conference registration fee.
2020 Convention Registration:
Regular members: $160 (“early bird” registration received by February 1, 2020, $130)
Graduate students, Contingent Faculty & K-12 teachers (earning less than $55K annually),
Emeriti: $100 (“early bird” registration received by February 1, 2020 $80)
Beginning with the 2020 conference, the Executive Committee proposes a three-year pilot of morning workshops to be held before the official afternoon start to the conference. For 2020, this will be Thursday, March 26 from 8:30 am until 1 pm.
More than institutionalize any specific content, since need may vary from one year to the next, we seek to both recognize and enliven this time slot in the AAIS general conference schedule. We will take stock at the Business Meeting in 2023 to assess: if sufficient interest is lacking, the pilot will simply “sundown” without problem, burden, or effect.
Given that the Tucson gathering brings together two organizations, the 2020 conference will feature five workshops, co-facilitated by AAIS and AATI members. This is a higher number than will usually be hosted. A couple of the workshops will need to be scheduled concurrently.
All are welcome. Some workshops may recommend/necessitate activity before the conference dates.
The exact schedule of the following workshops will be announced. Roughly speaking, 8:30 am to 1:00 pm will be the time in the program.
Here are the workshops for 2020 also available on the conference webpage: https://wordpressua.uark.edu/aaisaati2020/
Please note that the conference rate for the hotel is valid also for Wednesday night.
Descriptions of the workshops are attached and are available on the AAIS website as well as the conference website. Please tune in to the conference website and the AAIS website for information.