Dear colleagues,

Given the context, we met by Skype last Sunday with an Expanded NLS Council and yesterday with the Executive Committee. 

This Expanded Council meeting was particularly intense. We have had an echo of the emergence of this real in our community. 

We are still in this moment of comprehending. There are no signifiers to fill the hole in knowledge that is presenting itself to us. We must consent to it. Only two signifiers stand out now: Dignity and silence. 

It occurred to me that it was necessary not to hold the NLS Congress this year in Ghent. The Ghent Congress is therefore canceled. 

Thank you to all those who worked for it, and to the many authors of the texts that were sent to me. These texts cannot be published, and therefore belong to their authors.  


Thank you also to the authors of the Cuts. 

The Congress Blog will nevertheless remain consultable.

Thank you Els, for the ardent desire that emanates from you, and to your entire team on the Organizing Committee.


Bernard Seynhaeve