Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

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Unrivaled in scope and impact, the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is the convergence of over 70 scholarly associations, each holding their annual conference under one umbrella. Now in its 87th year, this flagship event is much more than Canada’s largest gathering of scholars across disciplines. Congress brings together academics, researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners to share findings, refine ideas, and build partnerships that will help shape the Canada of tomorrow.

Typically spanning seven days in late May and early June, and attracting an average of 8,000 attendees, Congress is organized by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and hosted by a different Canadian university each year. The Federation, host university, scholarly associations and partners develop a full week of presentations, workshops, panels, public lectures, cultural events and receptions. It also features Canada’s largest academic trade show. The result? Luminaries, researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and students from across Canada and abroad meet, share ideas and engage in discussions that have direct importance for Canada and the lives of Canadians.

Congress programming is open to attendees, academics and non-academic audiences. From theatre research, literature studies and history to education, sociology and communications, Congress represents a unique showcase of scholarly excellence, creativity, and leadership.


Congress 2018

Congress 2018

Congress 2018 is being hosted by the University of Regina in Regina, Saskatchewan, from May 26 to June 1, 2018. The theme for this year’s Congress is “Gathering diversities | mâmawinitotân nanâtohk-ayisiyiniwa". Visit www.congress2018.ca for more details.

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Future Congresses

Congress 2019
University of British Columbia
June 1 to June 7, 2019

Congress 2020
Coming soon.

Congress 2021
The bid process for Congress 2021 is already underway. Please contact congress@ideas-idees.ca for more information.

Congress 2022
The bid process for Congress 2022 will begin in a few months. Please contact congress@ideas-idees.ca for more information.

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Congress 2017 highlights

With 10,014 attendees, Congress 2017 at Ryerson University in Toronto was the largest ever Congress in Federation history! This year’s Congress, which took place from May 27 to June 2, was the 86th such event and more than 5,400 papers were presented by researchers from 70 associations, in keeping with this year’s theme “The Next 150, On Indigenous Lands.”

Over 300 events were free and open to all attendees and to the general public:

  • The Big Thinking lecture series offered up leading scholars and public intellectuals each day over the lunch hour who presented resent forward-thinking research, ideas and solutions to the critical questions and issues of our time.
  • Ryerson University presented a wide range of programming, with over 70 events ranging from interdisciplinary lectures to cultural programming such as film screenings, art installations, bike tours, KAIROS blanket exercises and more.
  • More than 40 events were part of the reconciliation programming series specifically addressing how the humanities and social sciences are addressing the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
  • 42 scholarly associations delivered programming funded by the Federation via the Aid for Interdisciplinary Sessions Fund or the International Keynote Support Fund.

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, attended Congress, offered remarks and awarded the 2017 Canada Prizes at a ceremony on May 28. This was Minister Duncan’s first major occasion since taking office to speak directly to the humanities and social sciences community, and her message was clear: the humanities and social sciences are disciplines key to Canada’s long term success.

Congress media

Congress 2017 generated considerable media coverage from regional and national outlets, with over 100 media stories running in 36 online, print, radio and TV outlets. Highlights include:

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Past Congresses

Booklet: 75 Years of Congress: Commemorating the Learneds (PDF)

  • Congress 2017 - Ryerson University
  • Congress 2016 - University of Calgary
  • Congress 2015 - University of Ottawa
  • Congress 2014 - Brock University
  • Congress 2013 - University of Victoria
  • 2012 Wilfrid Laurier University & University of Waterloo
  • 2011 University of New Brunswick & St. Thomas University
  • 2010 Concordia University
  • 2009 Carleton University
  • 2008 University of British Columbia
  • 2007 University of Saskatchewan
  • 2006 York University
  • 2005 University of Western Ontario
  • 2004 University of Manitoba
  • 2003 Dalhousie University
  • 2002 University of Toronto/Ryerson Polytechnic University
  • 2001 Université Laval
  • 2000 University of Alberta
  • 1999 Université de Sherbrooke/Bishop's University
  • 1998 Université d'Ottawa/University of Ottawa
  • 1997 Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • 1996 Brock University
  • 1995 Université du Québec à Montréal
  • 1994 University of Calgary
  • 1993 Carleton University
  • 1992 University of Prince Edward Island
  • 1991 Queen's University
  • 1990 University of Victoria
  • 1989 Université Laval
  • 1988 University of Windsor
  • 1987 McMaster University
  • 1986 University of Manitoba
  • 1985 Université de Montréal
  • 1984 University of Guelph
  • 1983 University of British Columbia
  • 1982 Université d'Ottawa/University of Ottawa
  • 1981 Dalhousie University
  • 1980 Université du Québec à Montréal
  • 1979 University of Saskatchewan
  • 1978 University of Western Ontario
  • 1977 University of New Brunswick
  • 1976 Université Laval
  • 1975 University of Alberta
  • 1974 University of Toronto
  • 1973 Queen's University
  • 1972 McGill University
  • 1971 Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • 1970 University of Manitoba
  • 1969 Université York University
  • 1968 University of Calgary
  • 1967 Carleton University
  • 1966 Université de Sherbrooke
  • 1965 University of British Columbia
  • 1964 Prince of Wales College (PEI)
  • 1963 Université Laval
  • 1962 McMaster University
  • 1961 McGill University
  • 1960 Queen's University
  • 1959 University of Saskatchewan
  • 1958 University of Alberta
  • 1957 Université d'Ottawa/University of Ottawa
  • 1956 Université de Montréal
  • 1955 University of Toronto
  • 1954 University of Manitoba
  • 1953 University of Western Ontario
  • 1952 Université Laval
  • 1951 McGill University
  • 1950 Royal Military College
  • 1949 Dalhousie University
  • 1948 University of British Columbia
  • 1947 Université Laval
  • 1946 University of Toronto
  • 1945 Queen's University
  • 1944 McGill University
  • 1943 McMaster University
  • 1942 University of Toronto
  • 1941 Queen's University
  • 1940 University of Western Ontario
  • 1939 McGill University
  • 1938 Ottawa
  • 1937 McMaster University
  • 1936 Ottawa
  • 1935 Queen's University
  • 1934 McGill University
  • 1933 Ottawa
  • 1932 Ottawa & Toronto
  • 1931 Ottawa

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