About Congress

Academic Convenor

Academic Convenor

Andre MagnanIt’s a great pleasure to invite you to join us on Treaty 4 territory for Congress 2018 at the University of Regina.

Our theme, “Gathering diversities”, celebrates this region that is originally known in Cree as oskana kâ-asastêki – a gathering place for many peoples. We are excited to welcome students, scholars, and practitioners from across Canada and beyond to gather at the University of Regina for Congress 2018.

Our campus – set in beautiful Wascana park – is home to a vibrant group of learners, teachers and researchers drawn from many communities including First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities, our provincial community of settlers, newcomers and Fransaskois, and our growing community of international students and scholars.

Our campus is hard at work developing innovative academic and cultural programming for Congress 2018. Our Community Connections series will explore how scholarly knowledge can contribute to the vitality of diverse communities. Cultural Connections events will highlight Regina’s rich artistic and cultural life through performances of dance, music, theatre, and more.

We are looking forward to a week that will showcase the great diversity of ideas, disciplines, and stories that make the humanities and social sciences a vital source of thought and action in our world. It will be a week to make new connections, catch up with old friends, and exchange ideas with colleagues from far and wide.

Come experience our prairie hospitality! Gather with us.

André Magnan
Academic Convenor, Congress 2018

André Magnan is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Studies at the University of Regina. His research and teaching interests include the sociology of agrifood systems, globalization and development, and sociological theory. Dr. Magnan's research examines how social, economic, and political changes are affecting the agricultural sector and rural communities. He has written about the history and politics of grain marketing on the Canadian prairies and the financialization of farmland in Canada and Australia.