We have already had a full programme of papers for the ‘live’ event, and we invite all who had contributed papers to that event to confirm that they would still like to attend, by emailing alonetogether2020@gmail.com.

There may be room for a small number of additional papers, and so we also invite new contributions.  We should note that priority will be given to those papers already accepted for the conference.  So we welcome contributions to and new registrations for the second international pandisciplinary symposium on solitude in community: Alone Together Again (to see photographs of the first event, click here), which will take place online between 17th and 19th September 2020.  This is organised under the auspices of the Rector of the University of Szczecin (Poland), with an organising team from Poland and the UK.  All papers and discussions will be held in English.

We welcome papers on any issues related to solitude, silence and loneliness, from any discipline, and from researchers from all over the world.  New 300-word abstracts can be sent for review to alonetogether2020@gmail.com until 17th August 2020.  (Previously-accepted abstracts will be carried forward, but if you wish to make small revisions to already-accepted abstracts, please let us know.)

The conference will held online, using Microsoft Teams.  At the beginning of September each registered participant will receive an email from us with login, password, and instructions on how to use Teams.

Attendance at the symposium means agreement to be recorded during presentations and discussions. As we have a few simultaneous sessions, we would like to enable participants of one session to watch other sessions as well. The recordings will be made available only to participants of ATA symposium, during and immediately after the event.

Research Student Scholarship 

We are happy to announce that the Research Student Scholarship, which provides the winner with exemption from the conference fee, has been won by Ms. Joanna Flis for the abstract entitled: “Social phobia and internet addiction”.