CfP: ACSUS 2023

Dear ACSUS friend,

Would you kindly distribute the call for papers of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS) to your members?

Thank you very much,

Alexandre Couture Gagnon, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Political Science

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

One West University Boulevard

Brownsville, TX 78520



26th Biennial Conference – Nov. 16-19, 2023 – Washington, DC

**The deadline for proposal submissions has been extended to April 15**

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS), the Association will host its 26th biennial conference, November 16-19, 2023, in Washington, D.C. The conference is open to all proposals with a significant Canadian focus. We welcome papers and panel proposals from students, professors, independent scholars, and practitioners on all diverse and critical perspectives related to the theme, ‘Canada: Near and Far’. ACSUS encourages panels and papers addressing subjects in the following categories:

  • Border Issues, Integration, Trade, and Economics
  • Critical Cultural Studies and Philosophy
  • Energy and the Environment
  • Foreign Policy and Defense
  • Gender, Identities, Minorities, and Diversity
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Law, the Constitution, and Land Claims, and Indigenous and Settler Colonial Studies
  • Literature, Film, Music, and the Arts in English
  • Literature, Film, Music, and the Arts in French
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Québec Studies and the Francophone Presence in North America
  • Teaching of Canada and Education Through Diverse Perspectives
  • The North and Arctic Studies Through Diverse Perspectives
  • Students’ research

Canada: Near and Far.

Just exactly what Canada is both domestically and internationally has been a question since its inception. Whether looking from the inside out, the outside in or even from one part of Canada to another, one’s viewpoint can shape conclusions. ACSUS seeks to help unwrap the riddle that is Canada by providing an opportunity for scholars and thinkers with perspectives from near and far to enhance our understanding of Canada. In the process, we look to address many questions. How is Canada perceived and portrayed from outside its borders, and by the international community? How is Canada understood by its expatriates? What role does the border have in creating or working against familiarity, or belonging? How has the coronavirus pandemic shaped Canadian relationships both locally and with the rest of the world? In recognition of ACSUS’s 50 years of work, what role do non-governmental agencies around the world play in shaping Canada’s relationships with the world? Finally, as a professional organization dedicated to the promotion of Canadian Studies, what is ACSUS’s role in these larger questions? Proposals that touch on these themes through diverse and critical perspectives are especially encouraged, though, as always, submissions on all subjects addressing Canada and Canadian-American relations are welcome.

The conference venue is the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, an upscale hotel located minutes from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and 4 miles from the White House. Washington, D.C. offers a broad range of cultural and social experiences, including some of the nation’s most iconic landmarks and museums just a short Metro ride away. Accommodations are provided at the special ACSUS conference rate of $159 (single or double occupancy). For a detailed overview of this property, please see the Hyatt Regency Crystal City’s website.

Student Colloquium

As a part of our 50th anniversary celebration, ACSUS is pleased to also invite proposals for our Student Colloquium to be held in conjunction with our 2023 biennial conference.

We welcome papers/presentations in English or French from students at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Colloquium participants will benefit from the opportunity to network with other students, as well as receive mentorship by faculty and senior scholars while attending portions of the ACSUS conference.

Students accepted to the colloquium will receive the following funding support from ACSUS: 1) $125 USD to cover their conference registration fee (which includes a two-year ACSUS membership) and 2) $1,000 USD to assist with travel and accommodation costs. Conditions to receive funding support include the expectation that participants in the student colloquium book their hotel accommodations with the conference venue, the Hyatt Regency Crystal City.

Students interested in submitting a proposal for the colloquium should upload an abstract of not more than 300 words no later than April 15th, 2023. *Please select ‘Students’ Research.’*

If you have inquiries, kindly send your questions to the ACSUS conference program chair, Dr. Alexandre Couture Gagnon – alexandre.couturegagnon.

Conference Dates and Deadlines

April 15, 2023 – Final date to submit a proposal

April 30, 2023 – Confirmations sent to participants

August 1, 2023 – Early Bird Registration ends

August 2, 2023 – Regular Registration begins

September 21, 2023 – Last day to register and be included in the conference program

October 3, 2023 – Last day to request a refund

November 16-19, 2023 – 26th Biennial Conference!

Conference Registration Fees

** Fees include a required 2-year ACSUS membership

– Staying at Hyatt Regency Crystal City: Early Bird – $359; After Aug. 1 – $399

– Staying at a different hotel: $459

– Washington, DC-area residents: Early Bird – $359; After Aug. 1 – $399

– Student – $125

– Retiree staying at Hyatt Regency Crystal City: Early Bird – $299; After Aug. 1 – $339

– Retiree staying at a different hotel: $399

– Lifetime member staying at Hyatt Regency Crystal City: Early Bird – $239; After Aug. 1 – $279

– One-day registration (separate membership purchase also required): $150