“New Horizons in Canadian Studies”
23rd Biennial Conference of the Association of Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS)
The Tuscany Suites and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
October 14-17, 2015
Since its founding in the 1970s, the academic field of Canadian Studies has gone through a number of stages. Most recently, the growth of regionalism in the North American context, cuts to university budgets and government financial support, have combined to generate a sense of uncertainty and flux among Canadianists. At the same time, however, new opportunities can be identified that are energizing the Canadian Studies community – for example in the rapidly emerging areas of border studies and Arctic Studies. Our theme for the 23rd ACSUS Biennial conference will therefore be “New Horizons in Canadian Studies” and we will particularly welcome papers that take stock of the state of the field.
We also welcome proposals dealing with all aspects of the Canadian experience, including ones in which Canada is compared with other countries. Proposals should be sent to the relevant Section Chair identified in the list below (or to Munroe Eagles, Program Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org). Proposals must be received by April 1st, 2015 and confirmations regarding participation should be sent out by mid-to-late April. Paper presenters must be ACSUS members in good standing, and they must pre-register for the conference by August 30th or else their paper will be dropped from the final conference program. Requests for refunds of conference registration fees received after September 11, 2015 will not be honored.
The conference will be held at the Tuscany Suites and Casino in Las Vegas (http://www.tuscanylv.com/), an intimate and welcoming resort within easy walking distance of the Strip. On site is a modern, attractive and spacious conference center where all sessions will be held. The resort features three restaurants, a well-equipped exercise facility, a lap pool as well as a regular swimming pool, and a business center. We have negotiated very favorable conference rates (suites for $115 per night; double occupancy Friday and Saturday: $59 per night for other nights), so the Tuscany offers a superb venue for the meeting. The hotel is waiving its usual $17 per night resort fee for conference attendees staying at the hotel, so you will have full access to wireless internet and other resort facilities during your stay. Excursions to the Grand Canyon and to Canada-themed entertainment, such as the world famous Cirque du Soleil will be organized if demand is sufficient. For reservations, please call the hotel directly (Reservations: 877-tuscan1) and be sure to identify yourself as an ACSUS conference participant - our ACSUS conference code is 13L5FH - to take advantage of our conference rates. We have a block of rooms reserved for conference participants so register early to ensure that you will get one of these rooms - and all must register before September 14th in order to qualify for the conference rate. See the "Conference Venue" page for full booking information and instructions for booking online.
Delta Airlines is the official airline for the conference. Depending on the fare class of the ticket purchased, Delta travelers to the conference will enjoy a discount of between 2% and 10% of their ticket price. Further information can be found on our "Travel Information" page.
As a world famous entertainment centre, Las Vegas attracts more than 40 million visitors a year. October weather is ideal and evenings can be filled with world class Canadian entertainment – for example, the renowned Cirque du Soleil currently has seven magnificent productions running in the city. Fine dining and other forms of entertainment for all ages and interests can be readily found in the city.