About Congress

Unrivaled in scope and impact, the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is known simply as “Congress.” Now in its 82nd year, this singular, flagship event is much more than Canada’s largest gathering of scholars across disciplines. Organized by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, 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, Congress is home for nearly 70 scholarly association meetings and attracts an average of 6,000 attendees. Developed in partnership with a different host university each year, Congress programming is open to attendees, academics and non-academic audiences. From theatre research, literature studies and education to history, sociology and communications, Congress represents a unique showcase of scholarly excellence, creativity, and leadership.