About Congress

Unrivaled in scope and impact, the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is known simply as “Congress.” Now in its 82nd year, this singular, flagship event is much more than Canada’s largest gathering of scholars across disciplines. Organized by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Congress brings together academics, researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners to share findings, refine ideas, and build partnerships that will help shape the Canada of tomorrow.

Typically spanning eight days in late May and early June, Congress is home for nearly 70 scholarly association meetings and attracts an average of 6,000 attendees. Developed in partnership with a different host university each year, Congress programming is open to attendees, academics and non-academic audiences. From theatre research, literature studies and education to history, sociology and communications, Congress represents a unique showcase of scholarly excellence, creativity, and leadership.

Congress 2013 is being hosted by the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia. The theme for this year’s Congress is “@ the edge.”

The Federation wishes to sincerely thank Congress Chair, Dr. Catherine Mateer, Congress Vice-Chair, Jim Dunsdon and Dr. Andrew Rippin, the Academic Convenor of Congress 2013, for their vision and leadership, as well as the University of Victoria for making it possible to hold this important scholarly gathering.

See the schedule of meetings for Congress 2013.

Future Congress dates

Congress 2014
Brock University
May 24 to May 30, 2021
Theme: Borders without Boundaries

Congress 2015
University of Ottawa
May 30 to June 5, 2021

Congress 2016
University of Calgary
May 28 to June 3, 2021

About the University of Victoria

The University of Victoria, one of Canada’s leading universities, is a rich and supportive learning community for students and faculty alike. Widely recognized for leadership in research, inspired teaching and community engagement, UVic provides innovative undergraduate and graduate programs and real-life learning experiences in a diverse and welcoming West Coast environment.

Situated on traditional Coast and Straits Salish territory, the University of Victoria is recognized for its commitment to and expertise in innovative programs and initiatives that support Aboriginal students and communities.

About the Federation

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences is the national voice and public policy advocate for Canada’s scholars, students and practitioners in the humanities and social sciences.

The Federation is a not-for-profit charitable organization with a mandate to:

  • Promote the value of research and learning in the humanities and social sciences
  • Support the dissemination of knowledge to the public and the public policy community
  • Provide a range of services to individual members and member institutions

The Federation works closely with many partners, including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, other federal research-granting agencies, postsecondary groups and organizations with a stake in Canadian R&D and innovation.

For more information, please go to www.ideas-idees.ca.