Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

On the Move at Congress 2015

Dr. Barb Neis, Project Director & Danielle Devereaux, Communications and Outreach Coordinator, On the Move Partnership

The On the Move Partnership is thrilled to be partnering with CBC Ideas and the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences to present: “On the Move: Temporary Foreign Worker Policy in Canada.” This public event will take place during 2015 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, on the evening of June 2nd at the University of Ottawa.  

On the Move is a seven-year SSHRC-funded programme of research happening in Canada investigating the spectrum of employment-related geographical mobility from daily commutes to prolonged absences and extended...

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Congress for everyone: Big Thinking, Congress Expo, Career Corner, Interdisciplinary symposia and more

Nour Aoude, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Congress is a community of learning and exchanging ideas. Even if you are not an association member, you are invited to take part in Congress and benefit from the diverse opportunities for personal and professional enrichment on offer:


Big Thinking lecture series
Hear leading scholars and public figures from around the globe present forward-thinking research, ideas and solutions to the critical questions and issues of our time. ...

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Ottawa is...

Nour Aoude, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The backdrop to Congress 2015 is none other than the nation's capital, Ottawa. Whether you are returning or visiting for the first time, I encourage you to take the opportunity to discover what Ottawa has to offer. For me, this begins with world-class galleries, museums, theatres, food, outdoor recreation and nightlife. But Ottawa's real treasure is its people—among the most educated in Canada, Ottawans combine the sophistication of the big city with the laid-back familiarity of a small community. They know their city's hidden cultural treasures, and are happy to show you around. So throw aside outdated descriptors like stodgy, pretentious, and boring, and check out a few more apt words to describe Ottawa in the great video below, made by our friends at Ottawa Tourism...

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Call for volunteers!

Live an unforgettable experience in the heart of the national capital: this is what awaits some 350 volunteers that the University of Ottawa and the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences hope to recruit for the 2015 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, an event of international calibre. From May 30 to June 5, the University of Ottawa campus will be abuzz with over 8000 Congress attendees, who will enjoy a great stay thanks to volunteers who will help them settle into residences, find their way around campus, register for events, and provide catering and audio-visual support. The success of Congress 2015 depends on their invaluable support.

In return, volunteers will be at the centre of the largest interdisciplinary gathering...

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"The Nuances of Blackness and/in the Canadian Academy" – A tool for engaging with equity pedagogy in the graduate classroom

Author: Dolana Mogadime, Associate Professor, Brock University

Over the past few years, I have used the Federation for the Humanities and Social Science’s Equity Matters blog series as a teaching tool for my graduate level courses in education.  The Federation’s blog is an excellent mechanism for community building and knowledge exchange.  It provides scholars who are committed to theoretical and critical research with a wealth of public, open access materials to share with students. These materials, in the form of panel presentations, online discussions and posts, provide a way for students to step into equity conversations and engage with them.

"The Nuances of Blackness and/in...

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Planning my trip to Congress 2015

Mara Juneau, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

I am really excited to attend Congress 2015, hosted in the heart of the nation’s capital, where everything is centralized and convenient!

Okay, I’m registered. Now what?

First, I need to find a place to rest my head! Having reviewed the Congress 2015 website, I know that the majority of Congress hotels are less than 1.5 km away from the University of Ottawa campus, where Congress will take place. This makes getting around very simple. I love simple (don’t misread this for laziness--I’m just efficient!) Besides, what better way to begin and end a beautiful spring day in Ottawa than passing over the...

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Register now for Congress 2015!


Folks, the time has come!

Register today and become one of more than 8000 attendees expected to join the 2015 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, taking place May 30 to June 5, 2015 on the beautiful and bilingual campus of the University of Ottawa, in the heart of the nation’s capital.

Don’t dilly-dally!

Register by March 31 to benefit from early bird Congress rates, cheaper flights and more hotel options. With the return of warm weather in May and June, Ottawa will be bustling with festivals and tourists, here to enjoy Canada's lovely capital. Numerous events and conferences will be taking place simultaneously in this vibrant city. 

Booking your...

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An Easy, Inexpensive Solution for Simultaneous Translation

Kate Mulcrone, Convene magazine

This article originally appeared in Convene, magazine of the Professional Convention Management Association.

As associations continue to grow their international membership, simultaneous translation at events is moving from a nice-to-have to a must-have feature — even as translation can be expensive and a logistical headache. But Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences Manager of Congress Terry D’Angelo has found a simple, low-cost solution.

Because her organization is headquartered in Ottawa, in bilingual Canada, simultaneous...

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Congress-Inspired Development


Daniel Heidt, Co-Founder, Waterloo Innovations

The 2014 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences was a terrific opportunity for start-up companies, like Waterloo Innovations, to showcase their products. Most academics at Congress were unfamiliar with our product, Confero. For readers who may have missed our booth, Confero uses QR codes to automate the process of organizing hundreds or thousands of research photographs into neat file directories and multi-page pdfs. For $25 it can reduce hours of manually sorting research photographs into minutes of keyboard time.

Congress provided Waterloo Innovations with an unparalleled opportunity to solicit feedback from academics, and we are currently in the process of integrating these comments into Confero 2.0. New features will include a single-...

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The “SSH” is part of “S&T”

Our mission at the Federation is to promote the value of research and learning in the social sciences and humanities (SSH). Often we’re asked, don’t you feel  excluded when people  talk about “science and technology (S&T)” or “science” as a catch-phrase for all research? Of course we’d like a greater focus on the value of the SSH in conversations about research, and that’s something the secretariat works on in our discussions with policy makers. But the basic answer to the question is no, we do not feel excluded.   Today, “S&T” is increasingly defined to include the arts, humanities and social sciences, as well as the natural and health sciences and engineering. We know that SSH research in Canada is world-class, and believe that collaboration between the SSH and organizations in the natural and health sciences and engineering makes all research stronger.  

This type of interdisciplinary collaboration and understanding is something the Federation actively promotes....

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