About Congress

About Congress

Unrivaled in scope and impact, the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is the convergence of approximately 70 scholarly associations, each holding their annual conference under one umbrella.  Now in its 84th year, this flagship event is much more than Canada’s largest gathering of scholars. 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 seven days in late May and early June, and attracting an average of 8,000 attendees, 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. It also features Canada’s largest academic trade show. The result? Luminaries, researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and students from across Canada and abroad meet, share ideas and engage in discussions that have direct importance for Canada and the lives of Canadians.

Congress programming is open to attendees, academics and non-academic audiences. From theatre research, literature studies and history to education, sociology and communications, Congress represents a unique showcase of scholarly excellence, creativity, and leadership.

Congress 2015 is being hosted by the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario. The theme for this year’s Congress is “Capital Ideas.”

About the University of Ottawa

Located in the heart of the nation’s capital with ready access to national institutions, the University of Ottawa is the worlds’ largest bilingual university (English-French). With more than 40,000 students and close to 1,300 professors, it is at the cutting edge of Canadian and international research, while providing an outstanding student experience at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Ranked seventh among Canada’s most research-intensive universities, it attracts top scholars and researchers and forges links with innovators the world over. The University of Ottawa is committed to excellence in four strategic areas: the student experience, research, international endeavours and bilingualism. It is a crossroads of cultures and disciplines where researchers work together to find creative solutions to today’s challenges.

For more information, please go to www.uottawa.ca.

About the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences promotes research, learning and an understanding of the contributions made by the humanities and the social sciences towards a free and democratic society. Established in 1940, with a membership now comprising 160+ universities, colleges and scholarly associations, the Federation represents a diverse community of 85,000 researchers and graduate students across Canada. The Federation organizes Canada’s largest academic gathering, the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, bringing together more than 8,000 participants each year.

For more information about the Federation, visit www.ideas-idees.ca.