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 88th 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 2019 will be hosted by The University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia, from June 1-7, 2019. The theme for Congress 2019 is “Circles of Conversation". Visit www.congress2019.ca for more details.
May 30 to June 5, 2020
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Congress 2018 highlights
Congress 2018 brought together 5,200 scholars, students and members of the public to share perspectives, discuss ideas and build connections at Canada’s largest academic conference. Hosted by the University of Regina in Regina, Saskatchewan, Congress 2018 took place from May 26 to June 1. This year’s theme, “Gathering diversities | mâmawinitotân nanâtohk-ayisiyiniwak,” sparked important conversations around community, inclusivity and reconciliation in Canada. In the span of one week, more than 4,000 papers were presented by researchers from 66 associations and over 200 free events were open to attendees and the general public:
- The first ever all-women Big Thinking lecture series featured six leading scholars and public figures presenting forward-thinking research, ideas and solutions to the critical questions and issues of our time.
- The University of Regina offered an unprecedented lineup of cultural and community-based programming, including musical concerts, walking tours, a creative writing exhibition, a book launch, an introduction to powwow and more.
- More than 40 reconciliation-themed events focused on the role the humanities and social sciences can play in addressing the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. A highlight was a keynote address by AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde on education being the key to reconciliation.
- The Career Corner professional development series of 17 workshops to help academics of all levels to advance their careers, publish and market their research, and improve their lesson planning and teaching skills.
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The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, attended Congress and made a major funding announcement regarding $158.4 million for 808 research projects across Canada. The Minister’s message was clear: the disciplines of the humanities and social sciences are key to building a stronger Canada.
This was Minister Duncan’s second time attending Congress, and she seized the occasion to watch the Storytellers Competition, tour the Expo tradeshow floor, hold an invitation-only roundtable on Women in the Humanities and Social Sciences and participate in the 40th birthday celebration of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
Congress 2018 was widely covered by regional and national media, with over 140 media stories running in online, print, radio and TV outlets. The following are but some of the most noteworthy media highlights:
- The Globe and Mail announced the arrival of Congress in a story about the first ever all-women Big Thinking lineup, based on interviews with University of Regina President Vianne Timmons, Federation Executive Director Gabriel Miller and Big Thinking speakers Françoise Baylis and Melina Laboucan-Massimo.
- The National Post ran eight stories as part of their Oh, The Humanities! series, featuring articles on the relationship between ethnicity and diet, on tensions regarding traditional Canadian symbols, and a new dynamic of apologism in Canadian politics.
- Radio-Canada ran 10 interviews with Congress attendees, including one on the role and future of university presses, and another with Canada Prize winner Alex Gagnon about his book on famous crimes in Québec.
- Congress 2018 - University of Regina
- 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