New Orleans 2017

CLAG 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana
January 3-5 (Tuesday-Thursday)
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We are pleased to announce that our 2017 conference will be in New Orleans, once the capital of the Spanish colony of Luisiana.

All sessions will take place on Wednesday and Thursday in the Bourbon Orleans, a historic hotel in the heart of the French Quarter. That small area of the city retains much of its historic ambience and abounds with restaurants, jazz clubs, museums, art galleries, street life, and other attractions. The hotel is on Orleans Street between Bourbon and Royal Streets, directly behind St. Louis Cathedral and a block from Jackson Square, the colonial Plaza de Armas with its Cabildo. The Café du Monde, streetcar line, and Mississippi River are just the other side of Jackson Square. The negotiated room price of $149 single/double is exceptional for such a conveniently located, high quality hotel.

We hope you will join us in a conference that is always large enough to be diverse but small enough for participants to enjoy that diversity. Reunite with old friends and make new ones at the opening reception on Tuesday evening. Over the following two days, share and discuss the latest research in Latin Americanist geography. At the closing reception on Thursday evening celebrate individual awards and the accomplishments of our community of scholars. On the Friday take time to enjoy one of the field trips in and around New Orleans.

We believe this will be a memorable CLAG conference because New Orleans remains one of the most distinctive of American cities, with something for all who enjoy music, food, art, architecture, history, and cultural spectacle. Its boosters once promoted it as the “gateway to Latin America.” The Mexican politician and intellectual Justo Sierra claimed it “is one of those Gulf cities that all seem like sisters, but very large, very developed; Tampico, Veracruz, and Campeche would all fit within it, and it has something of all of them within it, of Veracruz above all.” And since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, its longstanding Hispanic and Latino communities have experienced rapid growth associated with the reconstruction.

The scheduled dates offer much more comfortable temperatures than the torrid summers of south Louisiana, with an average January high of only 62° F/17° C and low of 43° F/6° C. Averages aside, January days are often sunny with temperatures that rise into the 70s/20s in the afternoons.

New Orleans is highly accessible to participants from throughout the Americas. It is within a day’s drive for many CLAG members, from Texas to Florida and northward to Kansas and Virginia. Direct flights are available from all major airports in the USA, and COPA has direct flights four times per week from its hub in Panama City.

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Hotel Booking Information

All of the activities of CLAG 2017 will be held at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel.

Please use the following link to be eligible for the negotiated discount of $149 per night for a room with either a king bed or two double beds (the rate is good for either one person or two people sharing, but a $30 per night charge applies for more than two).

You can also call the hotel Monday through Saturday at 504-571-4626 or 504-571-4627 and ask for the 2017 Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers Room Block.

Book your room now.