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An Indigenous presence at Congress 2014

Julian Kitchen, director, Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research and Education, Brock University

The organizers of Congress 2014 have made an effort to acknowledge that Brock University is located on Aboriginal territory and to include Indigenous voices and knowledge in the program.

The formal opening to Congress will include a traditional welcoming. President Jack Lightstone will formally acknowledge that Brock University is located on the shared lands of the Original Peoples and recognize the First Nation, Métis, and Inuit peoples who are attending Congress.

On Sunday, May 25, the first day of Congress, the Big Thinking series will feature Dr. Cindy Blackstock, a distinguished scholar on the causes of disadvantage for Aboriginal...

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Shining the spotlight on Brock and Niagara at Congress 2014

Jane Koustas, Academic Convenor for Congress 2014, Brock University

It is my pleasure as Academic Convener for Congress 2014 to welcome you to Brock University and the Niagara region this May to explore borders without boundaries.

As host institution for this year’s gathering, we’ve been hard at work preparing a robust academic and cultural program that we hope will be as intellectually provoking as it is entertaining.

This is the made-at-Brock component of Congress 2014. Or what we like to call, “Congress Plus.”

On the academic side, we’re pleased to be hosting several interdisciplinary Canada-U.S. panels that will tackle such cross-border issues as the PhD surplus crisis,...

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Discovering Congress Expo… one exhibitor at a time

Jessica Clark, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

As the coordinator of the Congress Expo, I have the unique privilege of getting to find out which exhibitors will be taking part in the Expo one at a time. As the contracts roll in, the showroom floor fills up in my mind’s eye. I can see the colourful books lined up on the shelves and the glossy brochures fanned out on the tables. I imagine the welcoming handshakes and familiar conversations that take place in the booths of the long-time exhibitors. I see the curiosity and excitement building at the booths of new ones.

Wonderfully, this year’s Expo is going to be one of the best Congress has seen in a while. Over 50 exhibitors have registered so far, and the show floor...

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Registration for Congress 2014 opens today

Today is the day! Registration has opened for the 2014 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, which will be held from May 24 to 30, 2014 at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. Nestled between two Great Lakes in the heart of Ontario’s wine country, our Congress hosts offer a beautiful campus and top notch facilities.

The theme for Congress 2014 is “Borders without Boundaries” and 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.

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Congress 2014 hashtag

The 2013 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences was a huge success in terms of online engagement between attendees, the Federation, and our hosts at the University of Victoria. One of our key social media platforms was Twitter, and the #congress2013 hashtag became a valuable place to connect, share information, and discuss the ideas so abundant during the week. From June 1-8 we measured 7,600 tweets using #congress2013, and about 1,600 of those took place in just one day!

To visit #congress2013 now, however, is a different story. Currently, and even during Congress, the feed is also occupied by tweets about different events that use the same hashtag, as well as angry rants about US politics. The same applies for #congress2012, and every future Congress if we continued to use this format. All these other tweets can make...

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