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A look back at Congress 2011

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Last year, I had the incredible privilege of attending the 2011 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences as CFHSS’ communications co-op student. In Fredericton, I got to spend my days in the media room, in the thick of things, writing Experience Congress content, observing the frantic pace of a media relations job, meeting interesting people, and loving every minute of it.

Even though I had been on the job for less than a month when I landed in Fredericton, I was immediately swept up by the passion and dedication that goes into Congress. The newness and the rapid pace of Congress were exhilarating. It also didn’t hurt that I was completely enamoured with Fredericton’s beauty, culture and hospitality.

Aside from my experiences behind the scenes, I also really enjoyed Congress as an attendee. I found the...

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Making news at Congress 2011

Ryan Saxby Hill, Media Relations
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

If you happened to read a newspaper anywhere in Canada over the past two weeks, it’s likely that you got a taste of the research being presented at this year’s Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. When you put over 5000 of Canada’s top researchers in one place for 9 days of intellectual discussion, dialogue and debate – the media takes note. I’ve often pointed out that issues in the social sciences and humanities take up significant column inches in our national papers and Congress helps remind us that the researchers investigating these issues have something important to say. Here are some of the stories from the past few weeks that have kept us busy and motivated. These are our Congress newsmakers.

Questioning question period - Researchers Alex Sévigny and Philip Savage of McMaster...

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Discover East Coast Charm at Congress 2011

Ryan Saxby Hill Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

A team from the Federation made the short trek from Ottawa to Fredericton last week for the annual Congress planning meeting. This trip gave us a chance not only to get information out to our over 150 Program Chairs and Local Arrangements Coordinators for 2011, but we also got a taste for the maritime hospitality that Fredericton is famous for. Being an east-coaster myself, I'm a bit biased, but I can say with certainty that the team at UNB and STU and the Fredericton community are ready to put on quite a show next May. This will be the biggest event...

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Congress 2010 begins!

The 79th Congress of the Humanities is underway at Concordia University in Montreal. Over the next 8 days,  we look forward to welcoming over 9000 delegates from across Canada and around the world.

Be sure to visit our Experience Congress website to find out up-to-the-minute details about what’s happening downtown Montreal at this exciting event. Here you’ll find video and podcasts of recent lectures, in-depth blog posts, a...

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Top Five Reasons to Register for Congress 2010

Alison Faulknor, Director of Programs

Most of you reading this blog do not need convincing to attend Congress 2010 held at Concordia University in Montreal this spring (May 28th – June 4th).  Just ask one of the 8,600 people who gathered in Ottawa last year at Carleton University.

With the theme of Connected Understanding/ le savoir branché as a jumping-off point, there are many reasons why scholars - at all stages in their careers, community members and policy-makers will choose to attend. Here are five:

1)      Stimulate the Mind – In recent years, Congress has been declared a “meeting of the minds” and...

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