Congress 2014

Congress 2014

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Congress 2014 was hosted by Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. The theme was “Borders without Boundaries.”

About Brock University

Brock University

Brock University sits on the crest of the Niagara Escarpment in southern Ontario, nestled between two Great Lakes in the heart of Ontario’s grape and wine country. With seven faculties, more than 18,000 students, 12 Canada Research Chairs and nearly 600 professors, Brock is a dynamic centre of research and learning excellence. It buzzes with life, every day welcoming visitors to Ontario’s Niagara Peninsula. Brock, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014, is one of a handful of universities to be situated in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

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Theme: Borders without Boundaries

Brock University welcomes the opportunity to host Congress May 24 to 30, 2014 in conjunction with the celebration of the University’s 50th anniversary. The year 2014 marks as well the anniversaries of the end of the War of 1812 and of the beginning of World War I, both defining moments in Canada’s growth to nationhood. “Borders without Boundaries” invites reflection on the links between the academy and the community, the mediation of boundaries in a virtual world, the development of the new conceptions of rural and urban spaces, and the place and definition of friends, citizens and peoples in our social, academic and politically defined communities. The theme refers to the University’s proximity to the geopolitical border with the USA and primarily to the need to think, work and create beyond traditional disciplinary, historical, cultural and social boundaries. Located within an important viticulture region and in the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve as well as on the historic site of the War of 1812 and of the last station of the Underground Railroad, Brock will celebrate its historical and environmental heritage. Congress 2014 showcases the potential of the academy to challenge, redefine and reconfigure borders and boundaries through transdisciplinary research, engagement, imagination and service.

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A message from the Academic Convenor

Jane KoustasAs the Academic Convenor of Congress 2014, it is my great pleasure to welcome you to Brock University and to the Niagara region to explore borders without boundaries. Located within the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve, Brock is surrounded by vineyards and farmland, historic and tourist landmarks, including Niagara Falls, and is conveniently located to the major urban centers of Toronto and Buffalo. The cities of St. Catharines and Niagara Falls offer many opportunities for fine dining, shopping, leisure and entertainment. Join us to honour Brock’s 50th anniversary as we celebrate scholarship and creativity in the academy and the community, as well as across traditional disciplinary boundaries and geo-political borders, and as we create new spaces, real and virtual, in which we demonstrate that “ideas can”.

- Jane Koustas

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The following associations participated in Congress 2014:

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)
31 - Canadian Industrial Relations Association (CIRA)
33 - Canadian Society for Italian Studies (CSIS)
34 - Association for Canadian Jewish Studies (ACJS)
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)
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)
150 - Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG)
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)
211 - Finno-Ugric Studies Association of Canada (FUSAC)
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)
251 - Canadian Applied Literature Association (CALA)
255 - Canadian Society for Digital Humanities (CSDH)
256 - Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics (CAAL)
257 - Canadian Jacques Maritain Association (CJMA)
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)
296 - Canadian Cartographic Association (CCA)
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)

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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 can present forward-thinking research, ideas and solutions to the critical questions and issues of our time. The 2014 Big Thinking lecture series was organized by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and Brock University.

The following Big Thinking lectures took place at Congress 2014 -- be sure to watch the videos by following the links below:

Lyse Doucet

Borders without boundaries: Whose stories are ours?
Lyse Doucet
Saturday, May 24, 2014

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Cindy Blackstock

Children’s voices have power: Ending inequalities affecting First Nations children and families
Cindy Blackstock
Sunday, May 25, 2014

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Tim Cook

The borders between life and death: Stories of the supernatural and uncanny among Canada’s Great War soldiers
Tim Cook
Monday, May 26, 2014

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Lise Bissonnette

“Servitude and Grandeur” of the University
Lise Bissonnette
Monday, May 26, 2014

This video is available in French only.

Watch the video

David Plotz

Fast, cheap, and out of control: How the Internet has made journalism better than it's ever been
David Plotz
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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Catherine Dauvergne

The end of settler societies and the new politics of immigration
Catherine Dauvergne
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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Benjamin Barber

If Mayors ruled the world: Is the city democracy’s best hope?
Benjamin Barber
Thursday, May 29, 2014

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Lawrence Hill

Blood: The Stuff of Life
Lawrence Hill
Thursday, May 29, 2014

Watch the video

Congress 2014 Equity Session

Combattre l’homophobie ambiante dans les écoles, les sports et la société
Watch the video


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Media releases

Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Brock University hosts Canada's largest academic conference - Web / .pdf
  • Media Advisory: Curiosity Shop comes to St. Catharines - Web / .pdf
  • Making work-integrated learning a reality at colleges and universities - Web / .pdf

Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • Masculinity as now defined is 'set up to fail', says academic - Web / .pdf
  • Honing in on homophobia in schools and sports - Web / .pdf
  • Dead celebrities the 'saints' of today's consumer culture - Web / .pdf

Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • Entitled students likely to become entitled workers, says study - Web / .pdf
  • Strong demand for electronic resources in Canada's Aboriginal languages - Web / .pdf
  • Radical changes in the offing for doctoral studies in the humanities - Web / .pdf
  • Retirees who need the work less likely to find post-retirement jobs - Web / .pdf

Monday, May 26, 2014

  • Study shows link between attitudes toward anglophones and perceived strength of French - Web / .pdf
  • First generation of working women enters retirement - Web / .pdf
  • Websites targeting potential immigrants to Ontario misleading, says researcher - Web / .pdf
  • Toy companies creating apps that market to babies - Web / .pdf

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • Vancouver sex workers improve their lives by being organized - Web / .pdf

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • Calgary mayor making stop at Brock tomorrow for Congress panel - Web / .pdf
  • Media Advisory: Curiosity Shop comes to Brock University - Web / .pdf
  • Change of attitude needed to re-engage youth in the political process - Web / .pdf
  • Debate on euthanasia a ‘dialogue of the deaf’ - Web / .pdf

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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 Genome Canada Council of Canadian Academies

Mitacs Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada Canada Foundation for Innovation

University Affairs Royal Society of Canada Trudeau Foundation


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Congress 2014