ALTA44 Conference FAQ

ALTA44 Conference FAQ

Last updated 4.7.2021

FAQ List

General Information

Sessions and Bilingual Readings

Registration and Sponsorship

Staying Connected

General Information

What format will ALTA44 take? 

After careful consideration of the ever-evolving situation surrounding the ongoing pandemic, the ALTA staff, Board, and Conference Committee have determined to hold the 2021 ALTA conference jointly online and in person. Read a statement on the conference format at ALTA's blog.

When will ALTA44 take place?

Conference events will take place throughout the fall in partnership with the University of Arizona College of Humanities, including online pitch sessions in September, online workshops in October, an online weekend on October 15-17, and an in-person weekend on November 11-13 in Tucson.  

What virtual platform(s) will be used for the conference?

Our staff and Conference Organizing Committee are considering the best options for virtual platforms that will meet our conference's unique needs. More information on platforms is forthcoming. 

Will the ALTA conference be held in Tucson next year as well?

We look forward to welcoming you to our hometown again next year for ALTA45, from November 2–5, 2022 (Wednesday–Saturday).

I need to request a disability-related accommodation. Who should I speak with?

Please write to Program Manager Kelsi Vanada at You can visit our Accessibility webpage for updates as well.

Sessions and Bilingual Readings

What is the deadline for proposing a session for ALTA44? 

The deadline for proposing a seminar or roundtable is June 21, 2021.

What is the difference between a seminar and a roundtable?

Roundtables are discussion groups, while seminars are more like masterclasses. Organizers of a seminar have something in mind they'd like to help communicate, much like teaching a class by prompting student discussion and inquiry. Organizers of roundtables, on the other hand, don't have an outcome in mind, so much as a question they'd like to put heads together about. Please be sure to read the full descriptions found in our Proposal Guidelines.

Why isn't ALTA accepting panel or workshop proposals this year?

We know that the ability to converse with fellow conference-goers is an important hallmark of the ALTA Conference. This year, we're debuting something new in the form of roundtables and seminars, to allow for extended discussion and exploration of a wide variety of topics among all conference participants. This year’s format also allows us to include more active participants in each and every session we program. We look forward to receiving the creative, community-oriented proposals our members come up with! 

For those seeking conference funding from an institution, please note that roundtable and seminar participation has equivalent status to presenting on an ALTA panel, and should be considered of equal merit.

Who will participate in my seminar or roundtable if it is accepted, and how do they sign up?

Seminar and roundtable participants will be able to sign up at registration, which opens in mid-July. Seminars and roundtables will fill up on a first-come, first-served basis. The maximum number of participants is 15, including organizers. However, seminars and roundtables will also be open to audience members, who will be invited to join without participating. Virtual roundtables and seminars will take place in Zoom, and audience members will not be able to turn on their camera or mic.

Can I propose a seminar or roundtable with more than three organizers? 

No, in the interest of involving as many people as possible as participants in ALTA44, three organizers is the maximum. Please note that the two or three organizers of any session will only be able to be listed as organizers for that one session, and they cannot propose a second roundtable or seminar.

Can I change my title, lineup, and description if my seminar or roundtable is accepted?

No. For staff to have sufficient time to program accepted seminars and roundtables, what you submit in the proposal form will be final.

How do I propose an individual Bilingual Reading or a group reading?

The annual tradition of the Alexis Levitin Bilingual Reading Series will continue at ALTA44 (virtually and in-person). Readings will not be by application this year; instead, they will be first-come, first-served, with signups for individual translators taking place at registration, which opens in mid-July. Group reading proposals will not be possible this year. 

Registration and Sponsorship

How do I register for the conference? How much does registration cost?

Online registration opens in mid-July, 2021. More registration information can be found here. 

What are this year’s sponsorship opportunities?

We will offer a variety of virtual and in-person 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 Sponsorship page in the coming weeks for more opportunities to reach ALTA’s audience. Contact: Program Manager Kelsi Vanada

How do I sign up for a Workshop and Pitch Sessions?
Conference attendees will be able to sign up for workshops and pitch sessions at registration, which opens in mid-July. 

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 ALTA44? 

Stay tuned on our website, and follow our blogFacebook page, and Twitter feed to find out about conference updates. Please sign up for our monthly newsletter as well, if you have not already done so!


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