About Congress

About Congress

About Congress

Unrivaled in scope and impact, the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is the convergence of over 70 scholarly associations, each holding their annual conference under one umbrella. Now in its 87th year, this flagship event is much more than Canada’s largest gathering of scholars. Congress brings together academics, researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners to share findings, refine ideas, and build partnerships that will help shape the Canada of tomorrow.

Typically spanning seven days in late May and early June, and attracting over 8,000 attendees, Congress is organized by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and hosted by a different Canadian university each year. The Federation, host university, scholarly associations and partners develop a full week of presentations, workshops, panels, public lectures, cultural events and receptions. It also features Canada’s largest academic trade show. The result? Luminaries, researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and students from across Canada and abroad meet, share ideas and engage in discussions that have direct importance for Canada and the lives of Canadians.

Congress programming is open to attendees, academics and non-academic audiences. From theatre research, literature studies and history to education, sociology and communications, Congress represents a unique showcase of scholarly excellence, creativity, and leadership.

Congress 2018 is being hosted by the University of Regina in Regina, Saskatchewan. The theme for this year’s Congress is “Gathering diversities | mâmawinitotân nanâtohk-ayisiyiniwa".

Land acknowledgement

We would like to acknowledge that the land on which we gather to hold the 2018 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is Treaty 4 land, the territories of the Nêhiyawak, Anihšināpēk, Dakota, Lakota, and Nakoda nations, and the homeland of the Métis.

We give thanks to the host Indigenous communities in Regina, as we bear the collective responsibility to honour and respect their protocols and homes, and to meaningfully engage with their knowledges in this Congress and beyond.

About the University of Regina

Author James Pitsula calls the University of Regina a “child of the 1960s.” Informed by the spirit of student power and rebellion that permeated that decade, the University transformed itself from a junior college to what Pitsula called the “radical campus,” defined by its zealous commitment to liberal education and academic freedom.

Today, the University of Regina maintains that maverick spirit by supporting new ideas and innovations that are advancing the humanities and social sciences.  According to Maclean’s, the University of Regina has “established itself as an institution that thinks outside the box.”

Together with its Federated College partners – Campion College, Luther College and the First Nations University of Canada – the University of Regina is pushing the bounds of knowledge and pioneering new ways of thinking about the world. It has:

  • Ranked as the top Canadian comprehensive university in terms of the Normalized Citation Index, the pre-eminent measure of research quality published by Thomson Reuters InCites (2004 - 2014)
  • Received the top ranking in Canada for the number of international research collaborations (Research Infosource Inc., 2014)
  • Ranked in the Top 200 by Times Higher Education in the best Young Universities category among institutions worldwide under 50 years old or younger (2017)

Growing diversity is at the heart of these successes. Since 2009, the University of Regina has increased its international student population by 122 percent and its Indigenous student population by 84 percent. In addition, the University has the highest percentage nation-wide of graduate students from outside Canada (Maclean’s University Rankings, 2016). This diversity has made the University stronger by opening it up to a world of ideas.

The University’s main campus is situated on Treaty Four land and nestled in Canada’s largest urban park, Wascana. A short distance away is Regina’s thriving downtown area with all of its art galleries, museums, theater productions, live music, sports venues, lively pubs, and attractions such as the Saskatchewan Science Centre and the Regina Farmer’s Market. Labelled recently by the Globe and Mail as the “Okanagan of craft beer,” Regina offers the perfect blend of hospitality and urban energy that make it an ideally suited place to live, work and play.  

For more information, please visit www.uregina.ca.

About the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences promotes research and teaching for the advancement of an inclusive, democratic and prosperous society. With a membership now comprising over 160 universities, colleges and scholarly associations, the Federation represents a diverse community of 91,000 researchers and graduate students across Canada. The Federation organizes Canada’s largest academic gathering, the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, bringing together more than 8,000 participants each year. 

For more information about the Federation, visit www.ideas-idees.ca.