Last updated 6.2.2020

Notice: ALTA43 is moving to a virtual platform.
– Click here to read a statement from ALTA Board President Ellen Elias-Bursać (4.13.2020).
– Click here to read a statement from ALTA staff about changes to session and reading proposals (5.7.2020)

FAQ List

General Information

Sessions and Bilingual Readings

Registration and Sponsorship

Staying Connected

General Information

Will ALTA43: In Between be postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19? 

As the health and safety of our community is our highest priority, ALTA43: In Between has been moved to a virtual conference. Please refer to a statement from ALTA’s President, Ellen Elias-Bursać, at this link

Will the dates of ALTA43 remain the same?

This year’s virtual ALTA conference will kick off on International Translation Day, September 30, 2020, for two and a half weeks of daily events, culminating in a weekend of all-day programming, where we will gather for two central, celebratory days on October 17-18, 2020. In order to reach as many attendees as possible, the schedule will include a blend of synchronous and asynchronous content, at different times of day to accommodate different time zones, and with very few simultaneous events. A select few events will also be free and open to the public.

Can I share my ideas for a virtual conference? 

Yes! A survey was sent out to our community on Friday, April 17, and is still open if you did not yet get a chance to fill it out. You may also email us at One small silver lining of this moment is the opportunity to check in with you about what your priorities for the conference are, and for our conference planning to be led by what you’ve told us.

Will the ALTA conference be held in Tucson another year?

We look forward to welcoming you to our hometown next year: ALTA44 has been rescheduled to take place in Tucson, from November 10–13, 2021 (Wednesday–Saturday).

Sessions and Bilingual Readings

Should I keep planning my ALTA43 panel, reading, workshop, or roundtable? 

Yes! On May 7, ALTA re-opened our call for proposals for our fall conference, and we are eager to receive your submissions. Please read the new guidelines for virtual session and reading proposals, and submit your session or reading through the same form by July 6, 2020.

What do I do if I already submitted a session proposal or bilingual reading submission, before I knew the conference would be virtual?

We invite you to resubmit your session or reading, given that our parameters have changed. Please use this form.

Can I propose a session with more than 4 total presenters (including the conversation moderator)?

This year, in our virtual format, we are asking session organizers to propose no more than 4 presenters, including a moderator. We acknowledge that this is a change from our former 6-presenter maximum at our in-person conferences; this is for a few reasons. First, a number of the virtual platforms we are using have a 4-person presenter maximum. As well, limiting presenters to 4 will aid ALTA staff in assisting effectively with the technological challenge of bringing multiple people in different locations online synchronously. Finally, keeping virtual meetings as small as possible allows them to be more accessible to those who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Accepted sessions will be asked to nominate one additional moderator: someone off-camera to monitor the chat feature in our virtual sessions. This can either be someone in the session or someone appointed by ALTA. The chat moderator will monitor the audience discussion in the chat feature, collecting questions to share with the presenters during the Q&A, if applicable. If your session is accepted, conference organizers will be in touch with you about this.

How can I find additional presenters to join my session?

This year, because we have extended our session proposal deadline, ALTA will not be able to publicize a list of sessions seeking additional participants. What you submit in the revised proposal form will be your final lineup and description. We encourage you to share your call for presenters on the ALTA Conferences Facebook page, on our member-only forums, or via the ALTAlk listserv if you are an ALTA member. You can renew your membership or become a member today!

Why can't I change my session lineup and description once the session has been accepted?

Because we have extended our session proposal deadline, our timeline for programming the conference is shortened. We are therefore unable to gather your final lineup and the final text of your description in a separate form, as we typically do for sessions accepted for our in-person conferences. What you submit in the revised proposal form will be your final lineup and description.

I want to do a bilingual reading along with the author of the text I have translated. Does the author need to register for the conference?

No, in the case of authors reading short excerpts along with the translator in a bilingual reading, registration for the author is waived. 

Registration and Sponsorship

How do I register? How much does registration cost?

With the aim of making participation more feasible for more people, we’ve made some changes to registration this year. We’ve reduced rates, set our base registration at an at-cost price of $100, and introduced tiered pay-what-you-can options, from $50-$200. ALTA members receive a 10% discount on all $100-$200 priced tickets. Online registration will open on July 21, 2020. More registration information can be found here. As President Ellen Elias-Bursać mentioned in her statement on the move to a virtual conference, this year’s situation will have a serious financial impact on our organization, and we will be turning to you for your support to help ALTA come through this difficult year.

What are this year’s sponsorship opportunities?

We will offer a variety of digital sponsorship options for this fall’s conference, designed to help you get the word out about your publications, press, or translation program–including advertisements in our digital conference program book. Please check our sponsorships page in the coming weeks for more opportunities to reach ALTA’s audience.

Staying Connected

How can I get involved?

There are a number of ways you can be involved with ALTA and contribute to the community. Become an ALTA member; consider volunteering to serve as a committee member or National Translation Award expert reader; and please consider making a charitable donation to ALTA.

Where should I look for updates regarding ALTA43? 

Stay tuned on our website, and follow our blog, Facebook, and Twitter feeds to find out about conference updates. 


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