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Congress comes to Regina | You’re invited | Get involved

Congress comes to Regina

Great news: For the first time ever, the Congress of the Humanities and Social Science will take place at the University of Regina, from May 26 to June 1, 2018.

What is Congress?

  • A unique event that connects scholars, students, publishers, and you, the public, to discuss big ideas that have the power to transform Canada’s future.
  • The largest multidisciplinary academic gathering in Canada — and one of the largest in the world – with about 5,000 participants and 4,000 research papers presented.
  • A seven-day event that has taken place in cities across Canada for the better part of a century – 87 years and counting!
  • An education and engagement platform to work towards reconciliation and to support the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations that relate to higher education.
  • A creative place where you meet like-minded people, scholars, and professionals with different perspectives across humanities and social sciences.

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.

Congress 2018 is hosted by the University of Regina and its theme is “Gathering diversities | mâmawinitotân nanâtohk-ayisiyiniwa." You can click here to learn more about how “education is the new buffalo.” Find out more about the university here and meet this year’s Academic Convenor, André Magnan, here.

You’re invited!

The good news is… lots of Congress programming is open to the community.

Even better news is… it’s FREE!

Whether your interests lie in history, literature, politics, poetry, sociology, media, film or fine arts, there’s bound to be something for you. From the weighty to the quirky, we have it all!

There’s a lot of excellent programming, and it can get overwhelming. Here are a few suggestions that will help you navigate what’s out there, and what’s most readily available to you, as a member of the community of Regina.

You don’t have to register for any of the programming listed below.

Calendar of open events

  • Browse the online calendar of events open to the public
  • Search by date, language, series or keyword
  • Choose 'Reconciliation event' under 'Series' and hit search to find reconciliation-themed events

Big Thinking Lectures 

  • Join us throughout the week for a series of lectures by leading scholars and public figures
  • Listen to presentations on forward-thinking research, ideas and solutions to critical questions and issues of our time
  • Meet us every day over the lunch hour – from 12:15 pm to 1:15 pm in the Riddell Centre - RC 170 University Theatre
  • All Big Thinking lectures have simultaneous translation

Find out more about this year's line-up

University programming

The University of Regina has prepared an array of events over the week to showcase the great research that takes place at the university.

Community Connections

  • Engage with researchers, students, and the public at large on issues of local, regional, or global significance.
  • Learn about University of Regina’s strengths in research, community engagement,  Indigenous scholarship, and more.
  • Find out how humanities and social sciences can contribute to the needs of diverse communities, including Indigenous communities, the Fransaskois community, LGBTQ communities, and immigrant and refugee communities.

Cultural Connections 

  • Capitalize on the opportunity to learn, reflect, network, and have fun in these events.
  • Be a part of the creative bridges between the social sciences, humanities, and the arts, all developed around the theme “Gathering diversities”
  • Explore the university’s strengths in the areas of art and technology, music, theatre, film, and visual arts, and build connections with Regina’s arts community at large

Find out more about University programming


  • Come see the largest showcase of academic books in Canada
  • Talk to publishers from across the country selling books and literary works by the best and the brightest
  • Do some shopping or attend a book signing

Find out more about Expo

Get involved   

Members of the community in Regina can also get involved by either working or volunteering during the week of Congress. Click on the links below to see more.