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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 on May 14-16, 2020.

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.