Congress 2013

Congress 2013

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Congress 2013 was hosted by the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia on June 1 - 8, 2013. The theme for this year’s Congress was “@ the edge.”

The Federation wishes to sincerely thank Congress Chair, Dr. Catherine Mateer, Congress Vice-Chair, Jim Dunsdon and Dr. Andrew Rippin, the Academic Convenor of Congress 2013, for their vision and leadership, as well as the University of Victoria for making it possible to hold this important scholarly gathering.


About the University of Victoria

University of Victoria

The University of Victoria, one of Canada’s leading universities, is a rich and supportive learning community for students and faculty alike. Widely recognized for leadership in research, inspired teaching and community engagement, UVic provides innovative undergraduate and graduate programs and real-life learning experiences in a diverse and welcoming West Coast environment.

Situated on traditional Coast and Straits Salish territory, the University of Victoria is recognized for its commitment to and expertise in innovative programs and initiatives that support Aboriginal students and communities.

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Congress 2013 theme

The theme of “@ the edge” reflects the University of Victoria’s geographical position in Canada and on the Pacific Rim, as well as the need to centre the periphery both institutionally and socially, testing the boundaries of disciplines, promoting innovative thinking, seeking relevance to both local and global communities, and committing to engaged scholarship and knowledge mobilization. “@ the edge” focuses on the key social challenges of inequality, the need for inclusivity, and the acceptance of diversity; those are challenges that demand intentional solutions that will address the marginalization of those at the edges of society through the tools provided by creative interdisciplinary research activities in the humanities and social sciences.

Whether the voices stem from the world of advanced ideas, people who are socially marginalized through economics or health factors, people who are physically distant from centres of power and influence, or Indigenous peoples whose languages and cultures are endangered, this year’s theme wishes to ensure that those voices “@ the edge” are heard.

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A message from the Academic Convenor

Andrew RippinAs Congress 2013 draws ever closer, the faculty and staff at the University of Victoria are starting to really feel the buzz. The whole university is fully immersed in designing ways to profile our research, our facilities and our region for the benefit of the 7,000 attendees we anticipate greeting. As Academic Convenor for the event, I have been delighted to see so many of my colleagues step forward to take responsibility for local arrangements on behalf of the 70 societies who will gather here over the week in June.

Being Academic Convenor for Congress certainly has given me a different view of the depth and breadth of the humanities and social sciences across Canada. Traditional institutional structures tend to limit the definition of those categories: at the University of Victoria for example, our faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences encompass only a modest portion of the disciplines represented at Congress; the reality is that seven of our nine faculties find themselves involved to some extent in the event. Such a gathering is thus interdisciplinary in a way that is far beyond what we would normally even conceive. This makes Congress a very special event!

I look forward to welcoming my colleagues from across the country and around the globe to Victoria in June. I am certain that you will find the experience of Congress here memorable: we are making every effort to make sure that is the case.

 - Andrew Rippin

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Associations

The following associations participated in Congress 2013:

6 - Canadian Society of Biblical Studies (CSBS)
7 - Association for Canadian and Québec Literatures (ACQL)
8 - Canadian Catholic Historical Association (CCHA)
9 - Canadian Society of Church History (CSCH)
12 - Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (CACLALS)
15 - Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE)
16 - Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education (CSSHE)
19 - Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE)
21 - Association des professeur.e.s de français des universités et collèges canadiens (APFUCC)
23 - Canadian Association of University Teachers of German (CAUTG)
24 - Canadian Association of Hispanists (CAH)
25 - Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science (CSHPS)
26 - Canadian Historical Association (CHA)
33 - Canadian Society for Italian Studies (CSIS)
34 - Association for Canadian Jewish Studies (ACJS)
36 - Canadian Association of Law Teachers (CALT)
37 - Canadian Linguistic Association (CLA)
38 - Canadian Comparative Literature Association (CCLA)
41 - Canadian University Music Society (CUMS)
42 - Canadian Society for the Study of Names (CSSN)
43 - Canadian Association for the Advancement of Netherlandic Studies (CAANS)
45 - Canadian Society of Patristic Studies (CSPS)
46 - Canadian Peace Research Association (CPRA)
47 - Canadian Philosophical Association (CPA)
48 - Canadian Political Science Association (CPSA)
49 - Canadian Population Society (CPS)
50 - Canadian Society for the Study of Religion (CSSR)
51 - Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies (CSRS)
53 - Canadian Society for the Study of Practical Ethics (CSSPE)
56 - Canadian Association of Slavists (CAS)
57 - Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE)
58 - Society for Socialist Studies (SSS)
59 - Canadian Sociological Association (CSA)
64 - Canadian Association for Theatre Research (CATR)
65 - Canadian Theological Society (CTS)
68 - Canadian Association for Information Science (CAIS)
70 - Canadian Society for the History of Medicine (CSHM)
92 - Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC)
96 - Women’s and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes (WGSRF)
98 - Canadian Association of Learned Journals (CALJ)
103 - Canadian Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (CAML)
105 - Canadian Communication Association (CCA)
111 - Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric (CSSR)
201 - Association for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies in Canada (AASSC)
207 - Canadian Association of Chairs of English (CACE)
210 - Hungarian Studies Association of Canada (HSAC)
215 - Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing (CASDW)
217 - Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (CASAE)
225 - Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID)
231 - Canadian Society for Aesthetics (CSA)
238 - Bibliographical Society of Canada (BSC)
239 - Society for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture (EPTC)
240 - Canadian Association for Translation Studies (CATS)
242 - Film Studies Association of Canada (FSAC)
246 - Canadian-American Theological Association (CATA)
249 - Canadian Society of Medievalists (CSM)
251 - Canadian Applied Literature Association (CALA)
255 - Canadian Society for Digital Humanities (CSDH)
256 - Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics (CAAL)
257 - Canadian Jacques Maritain Association (CJMA)
259 - Environmental Studies Association of Canada (ESAC)
276 - Association canadienne d'études francophones du XIXe siècle (ACÉF XIX)
293 - Canadian Disability Studies Association (CDSA)
295 - Canadian Association for the Study of Book Culture (CASBC)
297 - Canadian Association for Food Studies (CAFS)
299 - Canadian Game Studies Association (CGSA)
300 - Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (ANSER)
303 - Sexuality Studies Association (SSA)

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Events

Download the Congress Guide (PDF) for a listing of events that were open to all attendees.

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Videos

Big Thinking

The Big Thinking lecture series is held throughout Congress and is open to all attendees and members of the public. This series brings together leading scholars and public figures who can present forward-thinking research, ideas and solutions to the critical questions and issues of our time. The 2013 Big Thinking lecture series was organized by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and the University of Victoria.

Lousie Arbour

Over the edge: Deadly conflict in an interconnected world
Louise Arbour
Saturday, June 1, 2013

Watch the video

Dany Laferrière

I write as I live
Dany Laferrière
Sunday, June 2, 2013

Watch the video - This video is available in French only.

Margaret Norrie McCain

Getting it right from the start
Margaret McCain
Sunday, June 2, 2013

Watch the video

Joy Kogawa

On the Edge of Always
Joy Kogawa
Monday, June 3, 2013

Watch the video

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond

Listening to the marginalized to address inequality
Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond
Monday, June 3, 2013

Watch the video

Doug Sanders

The Myth of the Muslim Tide
Doug Saunders
Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Watch the video, part 1 of 3
Watch the video, part 2 of 3
Watch the video, part 3 of 3

Daniel Weinstock

So, are you still a philosopher?
Daniel Weinstock
Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Watch the video - This video is in English and French.

George Dyson

The first five kilobytes are the hardest
George Dyson
Thursday, June 6, 2013

Watch the video, part 1 of 3
Watch the video, part 2 of 3
Watch the video, part 3 of 3

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Media releases

Friday, May 31, 2013

  • University of Victoria hosts Canada's largest academic conference - Web / .pdf
  • Over the edge: Deadly conflict in an interconnected world – Louise Arbour to speak at Congress 2013 - Web / .pdf

Saturday, June 1, 2013

  • J’écris comme je vis: Dany Laferrière to speak at Congress 2013 -  Web / .pdf
  • Getting it right from the start - Margaret McCain to speak at Congress 2013 - Web / .pdf
  • Teachers unprepared to deal with mental health issues among students - Web / .pdf

Sunday, June 2, 2013

  • Getting young adults to recognize the warning signs for partner violence - Web / .pdf
  • Oil sands shape public relations battle for Alberta - Web / .pdf
  • Listening to the marginalized to address inequality - Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond to speak at Congress 2013 - Web / .pdf
  • On the Edge of Always: Joy Kogawa to speak at Congress 2013 - Web / .pdf

Monday, June 3, 2013

  • Political mobilization and Quebec’s ‘Maple Spring’ - Web / .pdf
  • The Myth of the Muslim Tide - Doug Saunders to speak at Congress 2013 - Web / .pdf
  • So, are you still a philosopher? - Daniel Weinstock to speak at Congress 2013 - Web / .pdf
  • Teachers respond differently to pre-kindergarten boys and girls - Web / .pdf

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

  • Researcher proposes new system of ridings for Aboriginals and Francophones outside Quebec - Web / .pdf
  • Cyberbullying at university a major issue for women - Web / .pdf
  • 2013 Molson Prize Presentation - Web / .pdf

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

  • The first five kilobytes are the hardest - George Dyson to speak at Congress 2013 - Web / .pdf
  • Justin Trudeau working to fashion a brand independent of his father - Web / .pdf
  • Local politics gets in the way of efficient urban development - Web / .pdf

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

  • Congress 2013 delivers big ideas - Web / .pdf

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Sponsors

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences gratefully acknowledges the support of the following partners:

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada Canada Foundation for Innovation

Royal Society of Canada

Trudeau Foundation Centre for Global Studies

 

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Exhibitors

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