Congress 2017

Congress 2017

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Congress 2017 was hosted by Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario. The theme was “The Next 150, On Indigenous Lands.”

About Ryerson University

Ryerson University

Ryerson is Canada's leader in innovative, career-focused education and a university clearly on the move. It is distinctly urban with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship; a mission to serve societal need; and a long-standing commitment to engaging its community.

Ryerson offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs. Culturally diverse and inclusive, the university is home to 38,950 students, including 2,300 master's and PhD students, nearly 2,700 faculty and staff, and more than 170,000 alumni worldwide. Research at Ryerson is on a trajectory of success and growth: externally-funded research has doubled in the past four years. The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is Canada's leading provider of university-based adult education. The university's focus on innovation and entrepreneurship is represented most distinctly by the DMZ, a place for students to collaborate and bring their digital ideas to the marketplace.

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Theme: The Next 150, On Indigenous Lands

Canada’s sesquicentennial offers an important opportunity to critically reflect on the nation’s past and seek to build a better, more inclusive and just future. Congress 2017 invites participants to acknowledge the country’s colonial past and present practices, and forge new relationships towards positive change and reconciliation. Building upon the insights, contributions and recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Congress 2017 theme “The Next 150, On Indigenous Lands” aims to mark the achievements and character of all peoples in Canada. Toronto is a vibrant microcosm of Canada’s diversity — and Ryerson University is a metropolitan university within that microcosm, committed to promoting equity, diversity and inclusive programming.

“The Next 150, On Indigenous lands” honours Canada’s rich history, a history that predates 150 years, and is inclusive of different ideas, geographies, cultures, countries, schools of thought and disciplines. The theme encourages reflection on our national identities, as well as cross-collaboration and an interdisciplinary approach to the social sciences and humanities.

As we celebrate the history, legacy and achievements of Canada in the last 150 years and those of the peoples and territories, we anticipate the next 150: a time of changing demographics, urban challenges, social justice and equality, new beginnings and boundless opportunities.

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Marco A. Fiola, Professor, Faculty of Arts was appointed academic convenor and City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam was named the inaugural city convenor. Fiola is the chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (LLC). Wong-Tam represents the Toronto Centre-Rosedale region and is an active member of the Ryerson community.

Marco A. Fiola, Academic Convenor:

As academic Convenor of Congress 2017, Fiola acted as Ryerson’s Congress ambassador. He oversaw the development of informative and inspiring programming related to the event theme "The Next 150, On Indigenous Lands", which explored and celebrated Canada’s identity, history, achievements, and future on the occasion of its 150th anniversary. Fiola also promoted Congress within our campus community, and to the local and national media.

Kristyn Wong-Tam, City Convenor:

The city convenor was a new role that Ryerson implemented for Congress. As advocates for city building and community engagement, Ryerson appointed Wong-Tam to help engage the broader community and promote activities with the municipal government.

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The following associations participated in Congress 2017:

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)
20 - Folklore Studies Association of Canada (FSAC)
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)
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)
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)
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)
105 - Canadian Communication Association (CCA)
111 - Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric (CSSR)
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 Evangelical Theological Association (CETA)
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)
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 Essentials 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 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 2017 Big Thinking lecture series was organized by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and Ryerson University, with the generous support of series sponsors.

John Ralston Saul Olivia Chow Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair

Five hundred years of building diversity: Canadian citizenship at the future’s edge
John Ralston Saul, Olivia Chow, Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Watch the video

Wade Davis

The Sacred Headwaters: The Fight to Save the Stikine, Skeena, and Nass
Wade Davis
Sunday, May 28, 2017
Watch the video

Jocelyn Létourneau Andréanne LeBrun

Timeline 150: Québec, Canada, and the weight of history
Jocelyn Létourneau, Andréanne LeBrun
Monday, May 29, 2017
Watch the video  -- In French

Tracey Lindbery Maatalii Aneraq Okalik Maria Campbell

Present and Powerful Indigenous Women
Tracey Lindberg, Maatalii Aneraq Okalik, Maria Campbell
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Video not available.


Media in the Age of Terror
Mohamed Fahmy
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Watch the video

Aja Money Desmond Cole

Black Joy: Resistance, Revolution, & Radical Love
Aja Money, Desmond Cole
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Watch the video

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With 10,014 attendees, Congress 2017 at Ryerson University in Toronto was the largest ever Congress in Federation history! This year’s Congress, which took place from May 27 to June 2, was the 86th such event and more than 5,400 papers were presented by researchers from 70 associations, in keeping with this year’s theme “The Next 150, On Indigenous Lands.”

Over 300 events were free and open to all attendees and to the general public:

  • The Big Thinking lecture series offered up leading scholars and public intellectuals each day over the lunch hour who presented resent forward-thinking research, ideas and solutions to the critical questions and issues of our time.
  • Ryerson University presented a wide range of programming, with over 70 events ranging from interdisciplinary lectures to cultural programming such as film screenings, art installations, bike tours, KAIROS blanket exercises and more.
  • More than 40 events were part of the reconciliation programming series specifically addressing how the humanities and social sciences are addressing the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
  • 42 scholarly associations delivered programming funded by the Federation via the Aid for Interdisciplinary Sessions Fund or the International Keynote Support Fund.

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, attended Congress, offered remarks and awarded the 2017 Canada Prizes at a ceremony on May 28. This was Minister Duncan’s first major occasion since taking office to speak directly to the humanities and social sciences community, and her message was clear: the humanities and social sciences are disciplines key to Canada’s long term success.

Congress 2017 generated considerable media coverage from regional and national outlets, with over 120 media stories running in 36 online, print, radio and TV outlets. Highlights include:

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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

SAGE Publishing  Mitacs Canada Foundation for Innovation

Universities Canada Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation University Affairs

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Alternatives Journal (May 31 - June 2)

Athabasca University Press (May 27 - June 2)

Between the Lines (May 27 - June 2)

Bloomsbury (May 27 - June 2)

Brunswick Books (May 27 - June 2)

Cable Public Affairs Channel (May 31 - June 2)

Canadian Association of Learned Journals (May 27 - May 30)

Canadian Evaluation Society (May 31 - June 2)

Canadian Institutes of Health Research  (May 31 - June 2)

Canadian Scholars - Women's Press (May 27 - June 2)

Concordia University Press (May 27 - June 2)

Congress 2018 / University of Regina (May 27 - June 2)

Emond Publishing (May 31 - June 2)

Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (May 27 - June 2)

Fernwood Publishing (May 27 - June 2)

HarperCollins Canada (May 27 - June 2)

Inanna Publications & Education Inc  (May 27 - May 30)

IORG Institute Of Responsible Government (May 31 - June 2)

Kanatan Aski (May 27 - June 2)

Literary Press Group (May 27 - May 30)

McGill-Queen's University Press (May 27 - June 2)

McMaster University Health Policy PhD, Global Health, Masters of Public Health (May 27 - June 2)

Mitacs (May 27 - June 2)

Mosaic, an interdisciplinary critical journal (May 27 - May 30)

Oxford University Press  (May 27 - June 2)

Pearson Canada (May 27 - June 2)

Penguin Random House Canada (May 27 - June 2)

Peter Lang Publishing  (May 31 - June 2)

Playwrights Canada Press - Talonbooks  (May 27 - May 30)

Provalis Research (May 27 - May 30)

Research Impact Canada (May 27 - June 2)

Research Matters Council of Ontario Universities (May 27 - June 2)

Routledge (May 27 - June 2)

Ryerson University (May 27 - June 2)

SAGE Publishing (May 31 - June 2)

Scholarly Book Services Inc. (May 27 - June 2)

Scholars Portal (Ontario Council of University Libraries) (May 27 - June 2)

School of Social Work, University of Windsor (May 27 - May 30)

Smart Coursepack-NCOGrenville (May 27 - June 2)

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (May 27 - June 2)

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation (May 27 - May 30)

Top Hat (May 27 - June 2)

UBC Press (May 27 - June 2)

University of Alberta Press (May 27 - June 2)

University of Calgary Press (May 27 - June 2)

University of Manitoba Press (May 27 - June 2)

University of Ottawa Press (May 27 - June 2)

University of Regina Press (May 27 - June 2)

University of Toronto Press (May 27 - June 2)

UTP Distribution (May 27 - June 2)

Wilfrid Laurier University Press (May 27 - June 2)

Wolsak and Wynn Publishers (May 27 - June 2)

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