Annual Meeting

Postponement of the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Association of Caribbean Historians (ACH)

After careful consideration and consultation with members of the Local Organising Committee (LOC), the Executive Committee (EC) has decided to postpone the 52nd Annual Meeting if the ACH which was scheduled from May 24 to May 28, 2020 to June, 2021. The LOC in Guadeloupe has graciously agreed to remain as our host. The decision was reached after close monitoring of the global COVID-19 crisis that has had a severe impact on our communities, academic institutions and prospects for international travel. We do hope that the current situation resolves itself quickly, but we felt that we had to do what is necessary at this time to ensure the safety and comfort of our members. In our deliberation on the length of postponement we took into consideration the likelihood of significant social and economic fallout in the region which would further complicate conditions for hosting a conference this year.

We take this opportunity to extend to our members, students and colleagues our wishes for good health and continued resolve as the world tries to contain this pandemic. We urge you to continue to follow the advice of your institutions and national health agencies. We will continue to monitor developments both regionally and internationally, and provide updates as needed. The EC will continue to meet to ensure the business continuity of the Association. We hope to communicate new dates for the 52nd Conference in 2021 soon. Panellists will receive further communication from the Conference Coordinator, Gelien Matthews.

If you have made any reservations/ bookings for Guadeloupe for May 24-28, 2020, please contact airlines and hotels regarding arrangements for the cancellation of bookings. Cancellations at La Creole Beach Hotel can be done individually. We have found hotels and airlines to be quite flexible and accommodating during this period. We will be updating the website with new information and booking codes as they become available. However, if you experience challenges, please contact LOC Chair, Clara Palmiste cpalmiste@yahoo.fr and/or ACH Secretary-Treasurer, Tara Inniss achsecretary@gmail.com for further assistance.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding changes to the Conference Programme for the 52nd Conference in 2021, please contact Gelien Matthews, ACH Conference Coordinator achconference@gmail.com.

We would like to thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. We regret having to make this decision, but we feel that in the light of the current state of global affairs it is the only one that can be made at this time.

Best regards,
Tara Inniss
ACH Secretary-Treasurer