COVID-19 Update

April 14, 2020

Dear ICASS X participants,

Again, thank you very much for your interest in the Congress! We sincerely hope to see you on June 15-19, 2021 in Arkhangelsk, Russia. At this time we would like to share some information on registration fee reimbursements:

  1. All registered participants will receive 100% reimbursement of their ICASS X registration fees.
  2. We will be making registration refunds back to the credit cards that were used to make the original payment.  We hope to have this process completed in a short period of time, however, with the worldwide effects of the coronavirus, it may take more time than normal.  We hope this will be done in the next three to four weeks. If you have not received a refund by May 15th, 2020, please let us know. (Ann Crawford <>).
  3. You will be asked to (re)submit your abstract and register again for the upcoming ICASS X. Abstracts will be due in early Fall.
  4. All memberships paid between June 12, 2017 and June 19, 2020 will be extended by one year (i.e. will be valid for 4 years).

Again, thank you and hope to see you at ICASS X in Arkhangelsk on June 15-19, 2021!

Thank you,
ICASS X Organizing Committee  

Arctic COVID-19 Tracker

March 19, 2020

Updated Official Letter of Postponement (PDF)

Update on ICASS X: new dates, registration fees refund and planned online activity

The ICASS X Organizing Committee identified the new date for ICASS X: ICASS X will now take place in Arkhangelsk, Russia on June 15-19, 2021.

We will be in touch with registered participants about registration fees refund: the Organizing Committee decided to do full refunds of registration fees.

If you paid IASSA membership fees, you will be able to use your membership status do receive a registration discount in 2021. All memberships paid between June 12, 2017 and June 19, 2020 will be extended by one year (i.e. will be valid for 4 years).

We will also launch a session and abstract (re)submission process in a few months. You will be able to either resubmit your current submission or submit a new session/abstract. The Organizing Committee would like to express special thanks to all Theme Leaders for their hard work to review the submissions and develop the program!

Finally, we plan to hold an online activity on June 15. Stay tuned for details.

Please follow the updates on

Please stay safe. We hope to see you in Arkhangelsk on June 15-19, 2021.

ICASS X Organizing Committee

New dates for ICASS X: June 15-19, 2021

Location: Arkhangelsk, Russia

March 18, 2020

Official Letter of Postponement (PDF)

March 17, 2020

Dear IASSA members and ICASS X participants,

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IASSA Council has voted unanimously to postpone ICASS X to June 2021.

We feel that holding ICASS X in person is important for our Association as it is only held on a triennial basis and is a significant event for social scientists, humanities scholars and Indigenous knowledge holders in the Arctic. Postponing ICASS X to June 2021 will provide the Association with an opportunity to host the meeting in a safe and productive environment. In this decision we are also following the recommendations of the Russia’s health authorities to refrain from holding large conferences in the near term.

The postponement of ICASS X means that there will be no IASSA General Assembly and therefore, per our current bylaws, no elections until June 2021. Because of this, the terms of the current IASSA Council and President will be extended by one year, along with the deadlines for bids to run for IASSA President and Council in the next election. All applications received to date will be rolled over, unless amended or withdrawn by the applicants.

In addition, all memberships paid between June 12, 2017 and June 19, 2020 will be extended by one year (i.e. will be valid for 4 years).

In the next two weeks the ICASS X Organizing Committee will send further information about the following items:

  1. Exact dates of ICASS X in June 2021
  2. The process for refunding any registration fees already paid
  3. The status of accepted abstracts
  4.  An official letter of postponement to provide to your organizations, airlines, hotels or travel agencies (by request)
  5. Any online activities scheduled in June 2020 during the Congress original dates (June 15-19)

We wish the best to all IASSA members and ICASS participants during this challenging time, and hope to see you in Arkhangelsk in June 2021.

-Members of the IASSA Council