2013 Tampa Biennial Conference

 Conference Program (pdf)         

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*Nov 4 is the last day to book group rate  ($149)

2013 ACSUS Biennial Conference

 “Canada in the Hemisphere”

November 19-23, 2013  


KEYNOTE SPEAKER, Ambassador Gary Doer, Canada's Ambassador to the United States  



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Academic Co-Sponsors: the Mexican Association for Canadian Studies/Asociación Mexicana de Estudios sobre Canadá (AMEC) and the Canadian Studies Network/Réseau d’études canadiennes (CSN-REC)


The ACSUS Biennial conference, established in 1971, is the leading international academic event focusing on Canada and its relationship with the United States, North America, and the world. Major academic presses and publishers give you access to the newest publications on Canada and Canada-US relations.


The theme of the 2013 ACSUS conference is “Canada in the Hemisphere”. In recognition of the 20th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on January 1, 2014, and the rising importance of the Arctic to Canada, ACSUS especially welcomes panels and individual papers addressing these subjects under any of the sections listed below. 

  • Anthropology, Sociology and Indigenous
  • Peoples of North America
  • Border Issues and Migration
  • Business, Trade and Economics in North America
  • Education in the Hemisphere
  • Foreign Policy and Defense
  • Gender, Identities and Diversity
  • Geography, Energy and the Environment
  • History
  • Mexico and Canada in the Hemisphere
  • Literature, Film and the Arts in English
  • Literature, Film and the Arts in French
  • Politics and Public Policy


The 2013 ACSUS Biennial is expected to draw approximately 500 attendees from a diverse group of scholars in Canadian and comparative studies representing over a dozen disciplines in the social sciences and humanities. Attendees will come from the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, Asia, and beyond.

Practitioners, opinion shapers, and researchers in border policy, North American political, economic, and cultural policy will also be present.  Attendees represent universities and colleges, associations, think tanks, government agencies, the private sector, advocacy groups, and regional and international networks who have an interest in Canada, Canada-US relations, North American/Hemispheric studies, and/or Canada as a comparative point of reference. Guest speakers will include award winning authors and cultural icons, and senior officials from government and the private sector.

Air and car rental discounts are available. More information here.  


The program includes five days of panels and roundtables from more than a dozen disciplines, as well as major plenaries keynoted by leading figures in politics, industry and the arts, and a vibrant exhibit hall featuring a cross section of academic presses from Canada.


The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce; the Tampa Bay Partnership, and the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation; Government of Canada; Gouvernement du Québec; Alberta International and Intergovernmental Relations; University of South Florida World and Research ONE; the Association for Borderlands Studies; TD Bank; BMO Harris; American Association of Teachers of French; the International Association of Quebec Studies (AIEQ); Taylor & Francis/Routledge; and our academic co-sponsors, the Mexican Association for Canadian Studies/Asociación Mexicana de Estudios sobre Canadá (AMEC) and the Canadian Studies Network/Réseau d’études canadiennes (CSN-REC).


For general inquiries, please contact: 

Myrna Delson-Karan, ACSUS President, delsonkaran@yahoo.com

Conference Program Chair: Kenneth Holland, ACSUS VP,kmholland@bsu.edu

Assistant Program Chair, Miléna Santoro, Georgetown University,  santorom@georgetown.edu