André Magnan, Congress 2018 Academic Convener and Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Regina
Graduate students are the lifeblood of universities. Their energy and creativity help research programs thrive – so it’s vital students seize upon opportunities to publicly present their research.
On a student budget, this can be tough. But I also know that Congress is worth it.
In 2003 I attended my first Congress in Halifax as a PhD student studying sociology. While my department provided me with some funds to make the trip, I covered most of the bill myself.
Despite the costs, Congress was my first big conference presentation and was unlike anything I’d ever experienced. I met peers from across Canada, presented my research to respected scholars, received valuable feedback...
Ashley Craven, Event Planner, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
Sitting at the Toronto airport, waiting to board my connecting flight to Regina ahead of the Congress 2018 planning meetings, I was very excited. Members of the Federation team, the host university team and association organizers meet every fall for very important operational meetings to kick off the planning cycle for the upcoming Congress. It is a very exiting time.
Since I started at the Federation two years ago, the entire team has been very excited about Congress in Regina for a number of reasons. Among these are the facts that the campus is beautiful, and that both the city and the university are excited to host us. Our Congress Registrar, Donna Lelievre, who has been with the Federation over 16 years, recalls that one...
Gauri Sreenivasan, Director, Policy and Programs, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, attended the largest ever Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences that took place from May 27 to June 2 at Ryerson University, with over 10,000 in attendance. She offered remarks and awarded the 2017 Canada Prizes at a ceremony on Sunday, 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.
This was a welcome message to our community, particularly at an event celebrating excellence in humanities and...
By Gabriel Miller, Executive Director, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
Congress 2017 wrapped up on June 2, and I am still smiling from the success of the event. It was my first Congress so I wanted to share some highlights with you and take a moment to thank all those who participated.
It was an incredible week at Ryerson University, with a record-breaking number of attendees: more than 10,000 people! The depth of discussion and exchange of ideas was inspiring, and it left me with a lot to think about in the 12 months before we gather again next year in Regina.
Congress host: Ryerson University
Thank you to Ryerson University for hosting this important event and finding...
Guest blog by Caleb Snider, Congress 2017 blogger
The Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences brings together leading thinkers, academics, researchers, policy-makers, and innovators to explore some of the world’s most challenging issues. Congress celebrates the vitality and quality of Canadian research contributions and helps train the next generation of Canadian ideas leadership. This year’s theme “The Next 150, on Indigenous Lands” celebrates the history, legacy, and achievements of the peoples and territories that make us who we are, and anticipates the boundless opportunities of the future. Organized by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, this year’s Congress is being hosted by Ryerson University in Toronto from May 27–June 2. Follow this series of Big Picture at #congressh blogs.
Aja Monet began the final event of Congress 2017’s Big Thinking series by reading two of her poems with overwhelming force...