May 24 – May 30, 2021
A message from Jane Koustas, the Academic Convenor
As the Academic Convenor of Congress 2014, it is my great pleasure to welcome you to Brock University and to the Niagara region to explore borders without boundaries. Located within the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve, Brock is surrounded by vineyards and farmland, historic and tourist landmarks, including Niagara Falls, and is conveniently located to the major urban centers of Toronto and Buffalo. The cities of St. Catharines and Niagara Falls offer many opportunities for fine dining, shopping, leisure and entertainment. Join us to honour Brock’s 50th anniversary as we celebrate scholarship and creativity in the academy and the community, as well as across traditional disciplinary boundaries and geo-political borders, and as we create new spaces, real and virtual, in which we demonstrate that “ideas can”.
- Jane Koustas
Theme: Borders without Boundaries
Brock University welcomes the opportunity to host Congress May 24 to 30, 2014 in conjunction with the celebration of the University’s 50th anniversary. The year 2014 marks as well the anniversaries of the end of the War of 1812 and of the beginning of World War I, both defining moments in Canada’s growth to nationhood. “Borders without Boundaries” invites reflection on the links between the academy and the community, the mediation of boundaries in a virtual world, the development of the new conceptions of rural and urban spaces, and the place and definition of friends, citizens and peoples in our social, academic and politically defined communities. The theme 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. Located within an important viticulture region and in the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve as well as on the historic site of the War of 1812 and of the last station of the Underground Railroad, Brock will celebrate its historical and environmental heritage. Congress 2014 showcases the potential of the academy to challenge, redefine and reconfigure borders and boundaries through transdisciplinary research, engagement, imagination and service.
University of Ottawa
May 30 – June 6, 2021
The locations for Congress 2016 and Congress 2017 are currently under consideration. An announcement will be made in Fall 2013.