Contingency Plan (2019-nCoV)

>> UPDATE 14.3.2020

In light of the recent outbreak and spread of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), PDC is constantly monitoring recent global developments in the run-up to the conference in Manizales in June. 

Considering the latest developments, PDC has made the decision (10.3.2020) to start rolling Plan B for a hybrid conference with some local activities, and many virtual/online connections. All confirmed authors have been already informed. Our ambition is to warrant that participants and those with already accepted contributions have the possibility to share thoughts and their work through the conference proceedings, online webcasting and interactive online sessions with other participants, from where ever they happen to be, including Manizales. 

More specifically, PDC organizing committee and the Festival de la Imagen will undertake the following actions:

  • We will established a participatory platform for supporting interaction of everybody that has accepted contributions to the Festival and PDC, with those that can come together locally or not;

  • We will set up a stage/hub in Manizales that can screencast/webcast presentations from people gathering in Manizales, and (most likely) prerecorded video submission of those that can not travel;

  • We will have online sessions (gamestorming) to share experiences, and have dialogue around the contributions and presentations heard;

  • We will have some experimental arrangements and tools for creatively adapting our more interactive formats like situated actions, workshops and conversations.


– Proceedings are well under production and will be disseminated. It is really important that you stick to the deadlines of the different categories.

– Registration will open as planned and the early bird fee and limit for authors to register will continue to be 25th of April;

In the coming weeks we will work to define and share the details of this contingency plan. While we are not canceling PDC2020, we are preparing to have a conference and festival that, in the spirit of participation(s) otherwise, will be different. It will help us all to explore the joys and burdens of more distributed approaches at many levels, in ways that can reduce (financial, health & other) risks for our hosts in Manizales, while providing insights into future sustainable models for academic conferencing practices and knowledge exchange. We are counting with your support to make these plans materialize. We can do it, together, otherwise!

Andrea, Claudia, Felipe (General co-chairs), Paola (Producer), Chiara and Leonardo (Program chairs) and Mariacristina (communications chair)

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