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

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.


Conference Dates and Deadlines

March 1, 2023 - Final date to submit a proposal

March 15, 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