An important message from the Director

Dear Atlantic Canada Studies Conference participants,

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian-American Center, in consultation with the Acadiensis Board, has decided to cancel the Atlantic Canada Studies Conference that had been rescheduled for May 2021. It is hoped that a Canadian university will host the conference in 2022. The Canadian-American Center at the University of Maine hopes to host the conference at a later date.
Thank you for your interest in the conference. 
Stay safe,
Professor Stephen J. Hornsby
Professor Mark J. McLaughlin

Please direct any questions to

The Canadian-American Center and the University of Maine Department of History are pleased to announce the 2020 Atlantic Canada Studies Conference to be held at the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center in Belfast, Maine, USA in Spring 2020; dates TBD. 

The theme of the conference is “Crossing Borders, Bridging Boundaries.” With most participants crossing the international border between Canada and the United States to attend the conference, we are using this opportunity to highlight research that in some way attempts to bridge boundaries, be they physical, disciplinary, metaphorical, or otherwise. Other research may engage with a borderlands framework, or could incorporate an interdisciplinary approach. As in previous ACS conferences, there will be a range of topics and themes focused on the study of the Atlantic Region.

We look forward to hosting you in the picturesque town of Belfast, ME. Please us this website to register for the conference, to find information about local accommodations, and to get to know the Midcoast of Maine a bit better. You can expect website updates periodically.

Getting to the conference

The conference will be held at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center, which is located at: 

Hutchinson Center

80 Belmont Avenue (Route #3)

Belfast, Maine 04915

Click here for detailed directions to the Hutchinson Center.

Planning your trip

We recommend booking a stay at one of three Belfast hotels offering special conference rates: Belfast Harbor Inn, Yankee Clipper Motel, and Fireside Inn. Special rates are available until March 31st, 2020. Click here for rates, discount codes, and other details about lodging.

Belfast, Maine features a thriving downtown and proximity to many coastal attractions and areas of historical interest, including Castine and Northport. We encourage you to make time to experience the local area! Click here to learn more about things to do in and around Belfast.

Click here to view a breakdown of conference registration costs.