Dear AEGIS members and the wider European African Studies community,
These are extremely sobering times, as we witness and/or experience directly the unprecedented spread and scale of the global corona pandemic, with its many devastating effects, as well as the many deeply human and inspiring acts. With there being multiple and shifting ‘epicentres’, and the wave-like escalation already starting to relocate to the African continent, there is much more ahead to anticipate with dread and respond to with generosity, courage and hope.
On a more immediate and pragmatic note concerning AEGIS, due to the corona crisis and the related ongoing uncertainties, a range of planned AEGIS activities have necessarily already been cancelled or postponed, while others – some for dates in June – are still under consideration. Several more activities planned for the European Autumn or later remain scheduled as originally planned.
We are aware of the immense disappointment – as well as cost to some extent – both for the anticipated participants and for those who have planned such events with great commitment, energy and passion. We sincerely hope for everyone’s sake that all this positive personal and intellectual investment will have the chance to bear fruit at a later date.
Below is an overview of the status of these different activities, as things currently stand in early April 2020. As this is a ‘rolling’ situation, subsequent updates will be provided as and when decisions have been made and new information becomes available. Both personally, and on behalf of the AEGIS Board, I wish everyone strength, courage and creativity in addressing the many challenges of the present, and a healthy and safe passage through these troubled waters.
Amanda Hammar, President of AEGIS