Conference Information

Registration
The deadline to register for Vagantes is February 1st, 2018. We highly recommend that you register for the conference as soon as possible. There is no fee for the conference and the form for registration is only six short questions. It should take less than two minutes to complete this form. The registration page can be found here – https://goo.gl/forms/GMAvS8r0QGyeGvY03

Travel Bursaries
The Vagantes organizing committee has a limited amount of travel bursaries available to those who will have trouble securing funding from their home institutions. The form to apply for a bursary can be found here and will close on January 10th, 2018 – https://goo.gl/forms/W6UKeuMZDMWryV6q2

Papers and Panels
The format for panels at Vagantes this year is slightly unorthodox. Every panel will be 1.5 hours long and will contain four papers, the topics of which are thematically/geographically/chronologically similar. Each of these papers should be no more than 15 minutes long and should be presented in English. Once all four panelists have read their papers, a faculty moderator will lead a structure discussion/Q&A with the panelists and the audience about the content of the papers.

The Conference Venue
The University of Minnesota is inconveniently located on either side of the Mississippi River. The entirety of the conference will take place in Anderson Library and Heller Hall. When you hear people at the University of Minnesota speak of the “West Bank,” they are probably talking about this part of campus and not Palestine. Also note that Anderson Library is not the same building as Anderson Hall, although the two buildings are both located on the West Bank.

The conference venue is located directly east of downtown Minneapolis. It is about a fifteen-minute walk to reach downtown proper or a five-minute trip on the light rail (see the “transportation” section below.

Transportation
There are a number of ways to get to and from the conference venues. The Green Line has a stop at the West Bank, continuing west into Minneapolis and east into Saint Paul. In downtown Minneapolis, the Green Line intersects with the Blue Line, which can be taken south to the airport. The public transit system in the Twin Cities also has numerous buses with stops at the University of Minnesota. Finally, there are numerous Uber and Lyft drivers who can help with transportation if you do not want to take public transit.

Lodging
Minneapolis has many hotels for conference-goers to stay. We have secured a deal at the Hilton Garden Inn Minneapolis Downtown for twenty double-rooms that cost $99/night. The hotel offers a shuttle service to the University of Minnesota and is located on several major bus lines. To reserve a room using this special offer, use the following link – http://bit.ly/2EqMZrL

Beyond this, there are many hotels near the University of Minnesota for you to consider. The following three hotels are the closest to Anderson Library and Heller Hall. We have included price estimates for these hotels as of December 2017. There is a chance that these prices will change in between now and March:

Days Hotel on University
2407 University Avenue SE ~ Minneapolis, MN 55414
http://www.guestreservations.com/days-inn-hotel-on-university/booking
612-623-9303
$157 per night for a room with two beds, about a thirty-minute walk to the conference venue or a six-minute trip on the light rail

Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown
1500 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/mspdc-courtyard-minneapolis-downtown/
612-333-4646
$195 per night for a room with two beds, very close to the conference, less than a five-minute walk to the conference venue

The Graduate Minneapolis
615 Washington Avenue SE ~ Minneapolis, MN 55414
https://www.graduatehotels.com/minneapolis/
612-379-8888
$259 per night for a room with two beds, located close to campus, about a twenty-minute walk to the conference venue or a three-minute trip on the light rail.

There are many other hotels in downtown Minneapolis that provide easy access to the conference via public transit or private shuttle services. Aloft Minneapolis, the Hilton Garden Inn Minneapolis Downtown, and DoubleTree Suites Minneapolis are a few options in the downtown area. You can also look for hotels that are slightly further away but that are located on either of the light rail routes described in the “transportation” section above. Every hotel that we have mentioned in this email is well within walking distance of numerous excellent restaurants. Minneapolis also has a substantial number of AirB&B hosts, who generally offer individual rooms in houses/apartments at a price cheaper than hotels.

The organizers of the Vagantes Conference also have a few spare couches/beds on which we are happy to host presenters. If you would like to organize a couch to sleep on, please email kingx957@umn.edu

Questions? Concerns? Please do not hesitate to contact us at kingx957@umn.edu