2022 Winter Meeting Changed to New Orleans (January 2022)

ASCH 2022 will meet January 6-9 in New Orleans, rather than in Austin, TX in March, 2022, as previously scheduled. We are excited for this change, which puts our annual meeting back alongside that of the American Historical Society, as well as bringing several other financial and program benefits for our membership.

Why Did We Make This Decision?

As you can imagine, the ASCH Council made this decision after careful consideration. We were motivated to make the change by two primary factors. First, you may recall that the Council decided this Spring to delay our 2022 annual meeting, at a time when the future of both air travel and access to vaccines all remained very uncertain, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, the outlook on these matters in the USA has changed considerably, with widespread access to vaccines and the easing of restrictions in many parts of the country. We now have much greater confidence in our ability to meet safely at our usual meeting time in January, alongside the AHA.

Second, as we projected travel and lodging expenses for a March conference in Austin, it became clear that it would be prohibitively expensive for many of our members. By shifting our meeting back to New Orleans in January, we estimate that each attendee will save at least $500 in hotel and food costs alone over meeting in Austin in March. At a time when we know that many travel budgets are tight, we believe it is especially important for the meeting to serve as many members as possible, as we are eager to meet together again. 

As well as these two major factors, moving back to New Orleans of course allows us the usual benefits of meeting alongside the AHA and the American Catholic History Association. As always, we will also have a walking tour of local religious sites, in the context of the start of the Mardi Gras season, which begins on January 6.

Finally, meeting in New Orleans this January allows us one major additional benefit. Instead our usual schedule of panels on Sunday, we’re scheduling a historical tour of Whitney Plantation, just up the Mississippi River. For those who choose to attend, the guided tour, which will include a couple of historical talks, will depart from our hotel Sunday morning and return us there Sunday early afternoon. Details on how to sign up for this tour will follow in the next few weeks.

What Else Do I Need To Know Now?

This schedule change has a couple of important practical implications for you:

1. We are extending the deadline to submit proposals for ASCH 2022 in New Orleans to July 31, 2021. Please note that full panel submissions will be given preference over individual paper submissions.

2. We will send all further hotel, travel, and conference registration information in the early fall. For now, please mark your calendars for January 6-9, 2022 to join us New Orleans!

We are delighted to be meeting together again in person even sooner than anticipated! We also greatly appreciate your flexibility as a Society in continuing to nimbly adapt to the ever-changing circumstances of the pandemic. Rest assured that we will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation in New Orleans, and adapt in any ways needed to ensure a safe meeting for our members.

Sincerely,

Daniel Ramírez
ASCH President

Anthea Butler
ASCH President-Elect
Chair, Program Committee, ASCH 2022

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