Congress: 82 years and counting!

The humanities and social sciences represent some of the oldest and broadest academic disciplines that continue to provide us with insights about humanity. The study of economics, art, history, law, philosophy, religion, among many others, represents both of our innate curiosity about the past as well as our reflective look to the future, and how we progress and address challenges.

The first Canadian assembly of humanists and social scientists was organized by The Royal Society in May 1931 and took place in Ottawa with sessions at the Chateau Laurier Hotel and the Dominion Room of the National Archives. The meeting established itself annually, and by the early 1950s, it was known as the Conference of the Learned Societies (the Learneds). Today, in its 83rd year, it is as relevant as it...


Shining the spotlight on Brock and Niagara at Congress 2014

Jane Koustas, Academic Convenor for Congress 2014, Brock University

It is my pleasure as Academic Convener for Congress 2014 to welcome you to Brock University and the Niagara region this May to explore borders without boundaries.

As host institution for this year’s gathering, we’ve been hard at work preparing a robust academic and cultural program that we hope will be as intellectually provoking as it is entertaining.

This is the made-at-Brock component of Congress 2014. Or what we like to call, “Congress Plus.”

On the academic side, we’re pleased to be hosting several interdisciplinary Canada-U.S. panels that will tackle such cross-border issues as...


Discovering Congress Expo… one exhibitor at a time

Jessica Clark, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

As the coordinator of the Congress Expo, I have the unique privilege of getting to find out which exhibitors will be taking part in the Expo one at a time. As the contracts roll in, the showroom floor fills up in my mind’s eye. I can see the colourful books lined up on the shelves and the glossy brochures fanned out on the tables. I imagine the welcoming handshakes and familiar conversations that take place in the booths of the long-time exhibitors. I see the curiosity and excitement building at the booths of new ones.

Wonderfully, this year’s Expo is going to be one of the best Congress has seen in a while. Over 50 exhibitors have registered so far...


Counting down the days to Congress 2014 at Brock University

Jack N. Lightstone, President and Vice-Chancellor, Brock University

We’re now less than 70 days away from the kick off of Congress 2014 at Brock University.

As the days get closer, we’re preparing to showcase Brock’s research and creative communities, our regional partners, and the cultural and natural heritage of Niagara.

Our University’s location in Niagara plays a key role in our identity.

We’re named after Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock, “the Hero of Upper Canada” who died in 1812 while repelling American invaders just down the road at Queenston Heights.

We were founded in 1964 in response to community activism and bolstered by local financial, moral and political support. Our privileged location in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve...


Moving beyond boundaries at Congress 2014

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, along with our sponsors, are proud to host eight top-flight speakers and thinkers as part of Congress 2014’s Big Thinking lecture series.

Our Big Thinking speakers will present forward-thinking research, ideas, and solutions from across borders and beyond “boundaries”. To top it off, all their exciting and enlightening lectures are free of charge and open to the public!

This year’s confirmed lineup includes: