"Cultural Crossings"



20-22 June 2014


11 am (20th)  -
2.00 pm (22nd)


Portland Building,
University Park Campus, University of Nottingham


Standard: £100
Student: £75

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Is this for you?

“Cultural Crossings” is the second international Culture and the Canada-US Border conference. Funded by the Leverhulme Trust, CCUSB is an international, interdisciplinary research network dedicated to studying cultural representation, production and exchange on and around the Canada-US border.

"Cultural Crossings"

The 49th parallel has been considered by many Canadian nationalists to symbolize Canada’s cultural independence from the United States, with attendant anxieties about how an “undefended” border might fail to safeguard Canadian culture adequately.

This conference seeks to probe the implications for the production, consumption, and reception of literature, film, television, music, theatre, and visual art in relation to the Canada-US border. The conference will encourage analysis of cultural texts, phenomena, and industries both in terms of how they might operate differently in Canada and the United States and the ways in which they might straddle, or ignore, the border altogether.

The background

“Cultural Crossings: Production, Consumption and Reception across the Canada-US Border” is the second international Culture and the Canada-US Border (CCUSB) conference. The CCUSB network, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, grew out of a conference held at the University of Kent, UK, in 2009. Its core members are located at the Universities of Kent and Nottingham, SUNY Buffalo, Algoma, Mt. Royal (Calgary), and Royal Roads (Victoria), but participation in the network’s activities does not require membership. Visit the CCUSB website for further information, or please contact 



Nottingham is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes from London St Pancras station. For more information about rail travel in the UK, including travel times and fares, visit the National Rail website.


Delegates may wish to consider flying into the following airports:

East Midlands Airport (EMA): The closest airport to Nottingham, it is likely to be more useful for UK and European delegates. Travel between the airport and Nottingham can be done by bus (which takes just under an hour to Nottingham city centre) or by taxi to East Midlands Parkway train station, which is less than 20 minutes from Nottingham.

Birmingham Airport (BHX): The free Air-Rail Link monorail takes passengers from the airport to Birmingham International rail station, which is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes from Nottingham (with a change at Birmingham New Street).

Manchester Airport (MAN): Manchester Airport rail station is attached to the airport itself, and is approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes from Nottingham (with a change at Manchester Piccadilly).

London Gatwick (LGW): Trains from Gatwick airport include the Gatwick Express (30 minutes to Victoria station) and the First Capital Connect train (45 minutes to St Pancras station). Passengers on the Gatwick Express will have to take the Underground’s Victoria Line from Victoria station to Kings Cross/St Pancras.

London Luton (LTN): Luton is on a direct train line to Nottingham. A shuttle bus runs between the airport (10 minutes, £1.60 single ticket) and the Luton Airport Parkway train station, which is approximately 1 hour and a half from Nottingham.

London Heathrow (LHR): Passengers arriving at Heathrow can connect to central London by Underground, 1 hour to St Pancras station; coach, just under an hour to Victoria; or Heathrow Express or Heathrow Connect trains to Paddington. For information about travel on the Underground or by bus in London, please visit the Transport for London website.



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