Transformation of Congress

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1998 – Transformation of Congress

Known as the ‘Learneds” since it was first held in 1931 this national academic conference is renamed the “Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences” in 1998, as part of a concerted effort to become more inclusive and less elitist. Originally on a cycle whereby it slowly moved from host universities in Western to host universities in Eastern Canada over a seven-year cycle, in 2011 the event moves to a national competition, with a bidding process beginning approximately four years out. University of Ottawa is the first host university to successfully win the national bid in 2012, for Congress 2015.

Now that we call it Congress…
1998
Université d’Ottawa | University of Ottawa
1999
Université de Sherbrooke | Bishop’s University
2000
University of Alberta
2001
Université Laval
2002
University of Toronto | Ryerson Polytechnic University
2003
Dalhousie University | University of King’s College
2004
University of Manitoba
2005
University of Western Ontario
2006
York University
2007
University of Saskatchewan
2008
University of British Columbia
2009
Carleton University
2010
Concordia University
2011
University of New Brunswick | St. Thomas University
2012
Wilfrid Laurier University | University of Waterloo
2013
University of Victoria
2014
Brock University
2015
Université d’Ottawa | University of Ottawa
2016
University of Calgary
2017
Ryerson University
2018
University of Regina