Congress 2016

Congress 2016

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Congress 2016 was hosted by the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta. The theme was “Energizing communities.”

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About the University of Calgary

University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the University of Calgary is making tremendous progress on its journey to become one of Canada's top five research universities, where research and innovative teaching go hand in hand, and where we fully engage the communities we both serve and lead. This strategy is called Eyes High.

As a comprehensive academic and research institution, the University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. Through the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, which opened April 18, 2016, the university will take the lead in educational innovation by researching the most effective methods for engaging students, by supporting faculty to be the best teachers they can be and by providing some of the most innovative learning spaces available anywhere in North America.

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Theme: Energizing communities

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the University of Calgary, the Congress 2016 theme “Energizing communities” reflects the university’s commitment to community engagement at local, regional, national and transnational levels. This commitment is rooted in the belief that knowledge and understanding are created through associations of shared values, grounded in respect for difference and diversity among all peoples, from First Nations to new Canadians.

Universities serve not only their educational communities, but also those that support and drive fundamental questions beyond academia. As part of the host university’s leadership in connectivity, Congress 2016 will be a stimulating forum for scholarly engagement and will energize relationships across communities, leading to new connections, engagements and ultimately new ways of thinking.

Ranked the fifth most livable city in the world by The Economist in 2014, Calgary is the centre of Canada’s energy economy. A city dedicated to sustainability, Calgary has the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America, as well as its second busiest light rail system. Calgarians enjoy easy access to vast areas of protected nature reserves—local, provincial and federal—and to world-class art, architecture and cultural events.

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A message from the Academic Convenor

Bart BeatyAs the Academic Convenor of Congress 2016, I am pleased to invite you to join with the University of Calgary as we celebrate our fiftieth anniversary. With “Energizing Communities” as the theme of this year’s Congress we hope to inspire attendees to consider the myriad ways that research in the social sciences and the humanities serves as a spur for social innovation locally, nationally and internationally. We hope that you will avail yourselves of the many cultural activities taking place across campus, around the city, and across the region during Congress. We are planning an event that will celebrate all that we have accomplished in our first five decades, while also keeping our eyes on new scholarly horizons. We look forward to seeing you here in Calgary!

--Bart Beaty

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The following associations participated in Congress 2016:

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)
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)
39 - Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Mathematics (CSHPM)
41 - Canadian University Music Society (MusCan)
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)
75 - Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS)
76 - Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS)
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)
229 - Canadian Law and Society Association (CLSA)
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)
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)
299 - Canadian Game Studies Association (CGSA)
300 - Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (ANSER)
303 - Sexuality Studies Association (SSA)
304 - Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL)
305 - Canadian Association for Work and Labour Studies (CAWLS)
306 - International Association for the Study of Popular Music Canada (IASPM-Canada)
307 - Indigenous Literary Studies Association (ILSA)

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

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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 present forward-thinking research, ideas and solutions to the critical questions and issues of our time. The 2016 Big Thinking lecture series was organized by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and the University of Calgary.

Naheen Nenshi

The power to change: Leadership, community and resiliency
His Worship Naheed Nenshi
Mayor, City of Calgary, Alberta
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Watch the video

Naomi Klein

This changes everything: Capitalism vs. the climate
Naomi Klein
Award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and New York Times bestselling author
Sunday, May 29, 2016
Watch the video

Beverley McLachlin

The rule of law in a multicultural society
The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin
P.C., Chief Justice of Canada
Monday, May 30, 2016
Watch the video
@Photo copyright held by SCC; credit Roy Grogan

Chantal Hébert

Losing the thread of the conversation: Covering Canadian politics in the social media era
Chantal Hébert
Journalist, Toronto Star
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Watch the video -- In French

Leroy Little Bear

Big Thinking and rethinking: Blackfoot metaphysics 'waiting in the wings'
Leroy Little Bear
Educator, academic, author, former chair of the Native American Studies Department, University of Lethbridge, and founding Director of Harvard University’s Native American Program
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Watch the video

Jennifer Clapp

Navigating the global food fight: Trade, food security and the battle for policy space
Jennifer Clapp
Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security and Sustainability; Professor, Environment and Resource Studies Department, University of Waterloo, and Trudeau Fellow
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Watch the video

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

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Research Matters Mitacs Genome Canada

Canada Foundation for Innovation  Universities Canada  Trudeau Foundation

University Affairs

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Congress 2016