About Congress

About Congress

About Congress

Unrivaled in scope and impact, the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is the convergence of over 70 scholarly associations, each holding their annual conference under one umbrella. Now in its 90th 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 over 8,000 attendees, Congress is organized by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences in partnership with different Canadian university each year. The Federation, partner 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 2021 is organized in partnership with the University of Alberta in Edmonton. The theme for this year’s Congress is “Northen Relations".

Land acknowledgement

The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages, and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit, and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.

About the 2021 logo

The Congress 2021 logo concept idea stems from its theme Northern Relations. The ribbons of light are representative of Northern lights, but also suggest sound waves, a symphony of voices, perspectives, ideas, communities and cultures coming together in harmony. The dots within the light ribbons suggest stars and constellations. Bears, a common University of Alberta symbol, are the other main feature of the logo. The bear cub follows in the footsteps of its mother; they are moving together in the same direction, communicating the concept of leading by example and being aware of the generational impact of our actions.

Past and future Congresses

Information about past and future Congresses can be found on the Federation's website.