Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

An architectural gem with a green lining

Monique Roy-Sole, Research Communications Officer, University of Ottawa

One of the major hubs of activity during Congress 2015 will be the Social Sciences Building, which houses the University of Ottawa’s largest faculty. Inaugurated in the fall of 2012, the modern, light-filled structure gathers the entire Faculty of Social Sciences — more than 10,000 students, 260 full-time professors and 100 staff — under one roof. For first time in the faculty’s 60-year history, its departments, schools and institute are no longer scattered all over campus.

The 15-storey tower in the heart of campus will be the site of the Big Thinking series at Congress and of several association conferences. The...

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A unique Canadian invention: 84th Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Jean-Marc Mangin and Nour Aoude, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Some things change…

It can be hard to imagine that Congress, a meeting of more than 8,000 scholars and researchers, started when a handful of Canadian learned societies began exploring the idea of hosting their annual meetings at the same place, at the same time. In fact, there is evidence of this happening as early as 1922! Early players like the Canadian Political Science Association (CPSA), the Canadian Historical Society (now the Canadian Historical Association) and the Royal Society took the lead on this through the 1930s and 40s, calling themselves the ‘Learneds’. This may sound very grand, but our best estimates suggest that the whole population of...

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What to expect at Career Corner 2015

By University Affairs staff

Come get some advice to kick-start your academic or non-academic career! Here are some sessions that we recommend you attend at this year’s Career Corner at the University of Ottawa.

How to tell your research story

When: Sunday, May 31, 2015, 13:00 - 14:30

Presenter: Shari Graydon, Informed Opinions

This workshop provides specific strategies and concrete tools to help you more effectively tell your research story in ways designed to engage a broad public audience, either directly or through the media. More information here.

See examples...

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Career Corner presenters bring a wealth of knowledge to grad students


Watch previous Career Corner presenters share tips on how to make the PhD and job-hunting experiences easier.

Congress 2014: Why grad students should have an online presence

Presenter: Amy Elder, director of Career Services at Brock University

Congress 2013: How to deal with Impostor Syndrome

Presenter: Janet Sheppard, counsellor at the University of Victoria

Congress 2013: Deciding on a career...

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Federalism as a tool to rethink our relations

Jean Leclair, Trudeau Fellow and Professor of Constitutional Law at the Université de Montréal

In Canada as elsewhere, Indigenous peoples have long been marginalized by the law. Recently, however, judicial decisions recognizing the existence of “aboriginal rights” have given certain Indigenous groups leverage in negotiating territorial agreements.

Despite these recent successes in Canadian courts, much of Canadian law still reflects the policies of subjugation of individual and collective Indigenous existence that the country applied without batting an eyelid before the 1950s.

The most difficult stumbling block in establishing relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples – an obstacle that constitutionalizing aboriginal rights has not resolved – is...

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Ne ratez pas l’Expo du Congrès!

Mara Juneau, Fédération des sciences humaines

L’Expo du Congrès vient raviver l’atmosphère déjà trépidante du Congrès. L’Expo offre des activités pour tous les goûts; vous aurez la chance de faire connaissance et d’établir des contacts avec des intellectuels de premier plan, de découvrir les plus récentes productions de l’édition savante, d’assister à des débats stimulants, des présentations, des lancements de livres et des séances de signature.

Chaque année, éditeurs et exposants convergent des quatre coins du pays pour promouvoir des créations littéraires et proposer des services spécialement choisis  pour les congressistes.

Voici nos principales raisons incitant à visiter l’Expo :

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Don't miss Congress Expo!

Mara Juneau, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Congress Expo is an added bonus to the already bustling atmosphere of Congress. Expo offers something for everyone; it is your chance to meet and network with leading scholars, explore the latest in scholarly publishing, attend thought-provoking discussions, presentations, book launches and signings.

Every year publishers and exhibitors come from all across the country to showcase literary works and services selectively chosen for Congress attendees.

Here are our top reasons to attend Expo:

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On en brasse des idées!

Caroline Milliard, gestionnaire des relations avec les médias à l’Université d’Ottawa.

La première image qu’évoque le Congrès des sciences humaines est celle d’un rassemblement monstre d’universitaires, de chercheurs et d’intellectuels de différentes disciplines qui échangent leurs idées et qui créent des partenariats exceptionnels.

Cette année, cette image prendra doublement son sens puisque le Congrès se tiendra à l’Université d’Ottawa, un carrefour par excellence d’idées et de culture.

Défier les conventions. C’est ainsi que l’Université d’Ottawa se définit. C’est un endroit où les esprits audacieux se rassemblent pour relancer le débat et faire naître des idées transformatrices.


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A mega brainstorm!

Caroline Milliard, Manager, Media Relations at the University of Ottawa

The first image evoked by the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is that of a huge gathering of academics, researchers and intellectuals from different disciplines to exchange ideas and create unique partnerships.

This year, that image will be doubly meaningful since Congress will be held at the University of Ottawa, a crossroads of ideas and culture.

Defy the conventional. This is how the University of Ottawa defines itself. It is a place where bold minds gather to redefine debates and generate transformative ideas.

But what does that mean, exactly?

Here are a few examples of innovative ideas...

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Celebrating 50 Years: our 50th birthday and our 50th Congress!


Linda Gerber, President, Canadian Sociological Association

The roots of the Canadian Sociological Association are found in the Anthropology and Sociology Chapter of the Canadian Political Science Association, which was established in 1955. By the early 1960s, Chapter members were discussing the possibility of establishing a journal and a separate association. The first issue of the Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology was published in February 1964 as the Official Journal of the Anthropology and Sociology Chapter, for it would be 1965 before the separate Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association (CSAA) was established, with headquarters at what is now Concordia University in Montreal. By 2007, sociologists and anthropologists had gone their separate...

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