Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is with great regret that the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships must announce that our international conference, ‘Intersectionality, Families and Relationships’ (22-24 June 2020) has been cancelled.

As colleagues will appreciate, the situation with Covid-19, also known as the Coronavirus, has progressed rapidly, but it has become clear that with the ongoing threats to health, and significant disruptions in travel, we would be unable to hold a successful conference in a way that preserves the safety and health of attendees. Unfortunately, due to the significant uncertainty about how long this crisis will affect us all, across different regions of the globe, we have taken the decision to cancel the conference, rather than postpone until next year.

Everyone who has registered for the conference already will receive a full refund, and we are making arrangements for this; please bear with us as Edinburgh First (who had been managing organisation for the conference) begin to process this.

We had been very much looking forward to building upon and expanding conversations about intersectionality, families and relationships; with the conference providing a focal point for this. Rather than lose this significant momentum, we will be exploring remote options for engagement over the coming months. As part of this, we are inviting all those who intended to attend the conference to write a short blog for us – either sharing your research, recent articles or ongoing projects. These blogs will be posted over the summer. Through these activities – and more to come – we hope to create a virtual space in which to share your amazing projects, papers and research.

We will also be in touch via our research network mailing list. Please ensure that you have signed up and we can support each other remotely in the upcoming months.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding at this very challenging time and we hope to be in touch very soon.

Best wishes,

The Centre for Research on Families and Relationships Conference team 

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