Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Première screening from the Lost Stories project

Ronald Rudin, Trudeau Foundation Fellow, Professor of History, Co-Director, Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, Concordia University

Screening of Thomas Widd's Lost Story
May 28, 2014 at 10:15 a.m.
International Centre 120
Brock University
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

The screening of Thomas Widd’s Lost Story marks the completion of the pilot for my Lost Stories/Histoires retrouvées project, funded since 2012 by a fellowship from the Trudeau Foundation. Multidisciplinary in conception and bilingual in production, the project is designed to collect little known stories about the Canadian past, transform them into inexpensive works of public art on appropriate sites, and document the process by way of a series of half-hour...

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Digital humanities tools, tips, and techniques at Congress

Constance Crompton, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, University of British Columbia

Ray Siemens, Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing and Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Humanities, University of Victoria

The Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI), directed by Ray Siemens (University of Victoria), is partnering with the Federation and the Canadian Society of Digital Humanities/ Société canadienne des humanités numériques (CSDH/SCHN) to bring a series of 2.5-hour workshops to the DH-curious at Congress.  The workshops, facilitated by established scholars...

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An Indigenous presence at Congress 2014

Julian Kitchen, director, Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research and Education, Brock University

The organizers of Congress 2014 have made an effort to acknowledge that Brock University is located on Aboriginal territory and to include Indigenous voices and knowledge in the program.

The formal opening to Congress will include a traditional welcoming. President Jack Lightstone will formally acknowledge that Brock University is located on the shared lands of the Original Peoples and recognize the First Nation, Métis, and Inuit peoples who are attending Congress.

On Sunday, May 25, the first day of Congress, the Big Thinking series will feature Dr. Cindy Blackstock, a distinguished scholar on the causes of disadvantage for Aboriginal...

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Congress: 82 years and counting!

The humanities and social sciences represent some of the oldest and broadest academic disciplines that continue to provide us with insights about humanity. The study of economics, art, history, law, philosophy, religion, among many others, represents both of our innate curiosity about the past as well as our reflective look to the future, and how we progress and address challenges.

The first Canadian assembly of humanists and social scientists was organized by The Royal Society in May 1931 and took place in Ottawa with sessions at the Chateau Laurier Hotel and the Dominion Room of the National Archives. The meeting established itself annually, and by the early 1950s, it was known as the Conference of the Learned Societies (the Learneds). Today, in its 83rd year, it is as relevant as it was in 1931. The...

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Shining the spotlight on Brock and Niagara at Congress 2014

Jane Koustas, Academic Convenor for Congress 2014, Brock University

It is my pleasure as Academic Convener for Congress 2014 to welcome you to Brock University and the Niagara region this May to explore borders without boundaries.

As host institution for this year’s gathering, we’ve been hard at work preparing a robust academic and cultural program that we hope will be as intellectually provoking as it is entertaining.

This is the made-at-Brock component of Congress 2014. Or what we like to call, “Congress Plus.”

On the academic side, we’re pleased to be hosting several interdisciplinary Canada-U.S. panels that will tackle such cross-border issues as the PhD surplus crisis,...

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Discovering Congress Expo… one exhibitor at a time

Jessica Clark, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

As the coordinator of the Congress Expo, I have the unique privilege of getting to find out which exhibitors will be taking part in the Expo one at a time. As the contracts roll in, the showroom floor fills up in my mind’s eye. I can see the colourful books lined up on the shelves and the glossy brochures fanned out on the tables. I imagine the welcoming handshakes and familiar conversations that take place in the booths of the long-time exhibitors. I see the curiosity and excitement building at the booths of new ones.

Wonderfully, this year’s Expo is going to be one of the best Congress has seen in a while. Over 50 exhibitors have registered so far, and the show floor...

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Counting down the days to Congress 2014 at Brock University

Jack N. Lightstone, President and Vice-Chancellor, Brock University

We’re now less than 70 days away from the kick off of Congress 2014 at Brock University.

As the days get closer, we’re preparing to showcase Brock’s research and creative communities, our regional partners, and the cultural and natural heritage of Niagara.

Our University’s location in Niagara plays a key role in our identity.

We’re named after Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock, “the Hero of Upper Canada” who died in 1812 while repelling American invaders just down the road at Queenston Heights.

We were founded in 1964 in response to community activism and bolstered by local financial, moral and political support. Our privileged location in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve also provides us with a...

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Moving beyond boundaries at Congress 2014

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, along with our sponsors, are proud to host eight top-flight speakers and thinkers as part of Congress 2014’s Big Thinking lecture series.

Our Big Thinking speakers will present forward-thinking research, ideas, and solutions from across borders and beyond “boundaries”. To top it off, all their exciting and enlightening lectures are free of charge and open to the public!

This year’s confirmed lineup includes:


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Career Corner at Congress - Not just for graduate students anymore

Eleanor Fast, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Career Corner at Congress, a well-established tradition, is expanding to include more events relevant to scholars at all stages of their careers. 

Organized in a partnership between the host university, the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and University Affairs the traditional focus has been primarily on providing information for graduate students looking for a job – but now the series has moved far beyond those beginnings and will be of interest to all Congress attendees looking to publish and market their research, improve their teaching skills, find out about new sources of funding, and consider the relevance of their skills to careers outside of academia...

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Showing the human face of the humanities - the Humanities Matter Web Series and Bus Tour

The MakerBus team, Ryan Hunt, Kim Martin, and Beth Compton

Things aren’t looking very bright for the arts and humanities at the moment. In our current age of austerity, arts and humanities budgets are easy targets for spending reductions. In both the United States and Canada, politicians seem focused on cuts. During his 2012 presidential campaign, Mitt Romney identified the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts as programs that should be “eliminated.” Even after softening his tone regarding the arts and humanities, Romney continued to advocate for harsh cuts that...

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