Organized by the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Congress is an annual “meeting of meetings” involving more than 70 academic associations whose members come together each year to share ideas, discuss current issues and enrich their research.
The associations represent a rich spectrum of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, including theatre, literature, film studies, education, history, music, sociology and geography, among others.
Congress is held in a different Canadian city each year and attracts an estimated 8,000 delegates over an eight-day period. Congress 2012 is being held in Waterloo and co-hosted by Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo, from May 26 to June 2.
While the focus is on scholarship, Congress is also known for its vibrant social and cultural offerings. Delegates benefit from networking and discussions with fellow scholars, researchers, policy-makers and practitioners, as well as from the local cultural attractions and events.
Congress also strives to engage the local community and provide a number of events and activities that are open to the general public. For example, this year’s event features a “Big Thinking” public lecture series that will include writers Margaret Atwood and Jane Urquhart, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges, and respected scholars Thomas Homer-Dixon, Janine Brodie, Sidonie Smith and Mary Eberts.
For more information, visit the Congress 2012 website.