- About the University of Regina
- Congress 2018 Theme
Congress 2017 was hosted by The University of Regina in Regina, Saskatchewan. The theme was “Gathering diversities.”
Author James Pitsula calls the University of Regina a “child of the 1960s.” Informed by the spirit of student power and rebellion that permeated that decade, the University transformed itself from a junior college to what Pitsula called the “radical campus,” defined by its zealous commitment to liberal education and academic freedom.
Today, the University of Regina maintains that maverick spirit by supporting new ideas and innovations that are advancing the humanities and social sciences.
According to Maclean’s, the University of Regina has “established itself as an institution that thinks outside the box.”
Together with its Federated College partners – Campion College, Luther College and the First Nations University of Canada – the University of Regina is pushing the bounds of knowledge and pioneering new ways of thinking about the world. It has:
Ranked as the top Canadian comprehensive university in terms of the Normalized Citation Index, the pre-eminent measure of research quality published by Thomson Reuters InCites (2004 - 2014)
Received the top ranking in Canada for the number of international research collaborations (Research Infosource Inc., 2014)
- Ranked in the Top 200 by Times Higher Education in the best Young Universities category among institutions worldwide under 50 years old or younger (2017)
Growing diversity is at the heart of these successes. Since 2009, the University of Regina has increased its international student population by 122 percent and its Indigenous student population by 84 percent. In addition, the University has the highest percentage nation-wide of graduate students from outside Canada (Maclean’s University Rankings, 2016). This diversity has made the University stronger by opening it up to a world of ideas.
The University’s main campus is situated on Treaty Four land and nestled in Canada’s largest urban park, Wascana. A short distance away is Regina’s thriving downtown area with all of its art galleries, museums, theater productions, live music, sports venues, lively pubs, and attractions such as the Saskatchewan Science Centre and the Regina Farmer’s Market. Labelled recently by the Globe and Mail as the “Okanagan of craft beer,” Regina offers the perfect blend of hospitality and urban energy that make it an ideally suited place to live, work and play.
For more information, please visit www.uregina.ca.
“Gathering diversities” reflects the University of Regina’s dynamic growth in post-secondary education and research, welcoming peoples from within Saskatchewan, across Canada and around the world. This theme honours the history of the area as a traditional place of gathering, evoked in Regina’s original name, Wascana, or oskana kâ-asastêki – where the bones are gathered, referring to the region’s heritage as rich buffalo hunting grounds for a multitude of Plains cultures. Today, at the University of Regina, and arguably for people everywhere in Canada, education is our new buffalo.
‘Gathering’ evokes the idea of bringing people together in the spirit of building community. Diversity, in turn, is what has allowed Saskatchewan to thrive even in times of economic adversity, emerging as a national leader in resource development, population growth, social progress and Indigenous education. The way forward for Canada and for all Canadians is to continue gathering diversities. Congress 2018 at the University of Regina will add momentum to this endeavour.
André Magnan, Academic Convenor
André Magnan is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Studies at the University of Regina. His research and teaching interests include the sociology of agrifood systems, globalization and development, and sociological theory. Dr. Magnan's research examines how social, economic, and political changes are affecting the agricultural sector and rural communities. He has written about the history and politics of grain marketing on the Canadian prairies and the financialization of farmland in Canada and Australia.
- 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)
- 37 - Canadian Linguistic Association (CLA)
- 38 - Canadian Comparative Literature Association (CCLA)
- 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)
- 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 (RhetCanada)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 309 - Black Canadian Studies Association (BCSA)
- 310 - Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA)
- 501 - Canadian Association for Leisure Studies (CALS)
The Big Thinking lecture series is held throughout Congress and 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 2018 Big Thinking lecture series is organized by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and the University of Regina, with the generous support of series sponsors.
On the Front Lines: Indigenous women and climate change
Thinking about war
Diversity and reconciliation
Gender in Canada: Are we really making progress?
The responsabilities of scholars in public debate: Challenging intuitive ethical considerations
Leadership and sustainable peace-building
Download the Congress Essentials Guide(PDF) for a listing of events that were open to all attendees.
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.
The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences gratefully acknowledges the support of the following partners:
- Athabasca University Press (May 26 - June 1)
- Between the Lines (May 26 - June 1)
- Broadview Press (May 26 - May 29)
- Brunswick Books (May 26 - June 1)
- Cambridge University Press (May 26 - June 1)
- Canadian Association of Learned Journals (CALJ) (May 26 - May 29)
- Canadian Coursepacks (May 26 - June 1)
- Canadian Journal of Native Studies (May 26 - June 1)
- Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW) (May 30 - June 1)
- Canadian Scholars (May 26 - June 1)
- Concordia University Press (May 26 - June 1)
- Elections Canada (May 30 - June 1)
- Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (May 26 - June 1)
- Fernwood Publishing (May 26 - June 1)
- HarperCollins Canada (May 26 - June 1)
- Inanna Publications & Education Inc. (May 26 - June 1)
- Ingram Academic Services (May 26 - June 1)
- Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (May 30 - June 1)
- Kanatan Aski (May 26 - June 1)
- Literary Press Group (May 26 - May 29)
- McGill-Queen's University Press (May 26 - June 1)
- McMaster Indigenous Research Institute (May 30 - June 1)
- Mitacs (May 26 - June 1)
- Mosaic, an interdisciplinary critical journal (May 26 - May 29)
- Moving Images Distribution (May 26 - June 1)
- National Film Board of Canada (May 30 - June 1)
- Oxford University Press Canada (May 26 - June 1)
- Parasource Marketing & Distribution (May 26 - May 29)
- Penguin Random House Canada (May 26 - June 1)
- Research Impact Canada (May 26 - June 1)
- Sage Publishing (May 30 - June 1)
- SaskBooks (May 26 - June 1)
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (May 26 - June 1)
- Talonbooks / Playwrights Canada Press (May 26 - May 29)
- The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (May 30 - June 1)
- The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation (May 26 - May 29)
- UBC Press (May 26 - June 1)
- University Affairs (May 26 - May 29)
- University of Alberta Press (May 26 - June 1)
- University of Calgary Press (May 26 - June 1)
- University of Manitoba Press (May 26 - June 1)
- University of Ottawa Press (May 26 - June 1)
- University of Regina Bookstore (May 26 - June 1)
- University of Regina Press (May 26 - June 1)
- University of Toronto Press & UTP Distribution (May 26 - June 1)
- U.S. University Presses (May 26 - June 1)
- Wilfrid Laurier University Press (May 26 - June 1)
- Wolsak and Wynn & ARP Books (May 26 - June 1)
- Women's Press (May 26 - June 1)