Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is Canada’s largest gathering of academics, and one of the largest in the world. It’s a place to hold critical conversations of our time, hear from a diverse set of voices, share findings, refine ideas, and build partnerships to help shape the Canada of tomorrow. Put simply, Congress is the convergence of scholarly associations, each holding their annual conference under one umbrella at a Canadian university. Every year, for over 90 years, we’ve collaborated with a partner university, participating scholarly associations, and partners to bring you inspiring presentations, panels, workshops, and cultural events.

For more information, visit https://www.federationhss.ca/en/congress/congress-2022.

Congress Code of Conduct

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences promotes research and teaching for the advancement of an inclusive, democratic and prosperous society. With a membership now comprising over 160 universities, colleges and scholarly associations, the Federation represents a diverse community of 91,000 researchers and graduate students across Canada. The Federation organizes Canada’s largest academic gathering, the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, bringing together more than 8,000 participants each year. The Federation office is located on the unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation. We extend our respect to all First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples for their valuable contributions, past and present.

For more information, visit https://www.federationhss.ca/en.

Land acknowledgement

Congress events will include participants and audience members from various ancestral homelands across Canada and, indeed, around the world. This interactive map will allow you to understand the land on which you are situated. The map was produced by Native Land Digital, an Indigenous-led not-for-profit organization. This map is not to be used as an academic or legal resource, and should be used with an understanding that areas may be incorrect to local nations and individual interpretation.

We extend our respect to all First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples for their valuable contributions, past and present.

Read the Federation’s land acknowledgement.

Congress Theme


Congress 2022 comes at an extraordinary time, as we hope to finally emerge from a global pandemic that has stolen millions of lives and disrupted the world as we knew it.

At this crucial moment, Congress invites participants to reflect on the past two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to lead challenging new conversations that can help us understand and shape our changing reality.

Congress 2022 will feature a thought-provoking mix of panels, presentations, speakers, and workshops addressing issues of social and racial injustice and other pressing challenges for Canada and the world. The Congress program will enable participants to examine and strengthen their commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Decolonizaton (EDID), and build collaborative strategies to entrench these principles in our disciplines, institutions, associations and in Congress itself.

Our theme is Transitions, and our goal is to inspire ideas, dialogue, and action. At Congress 2022, we invite members of the social sciences and humanities community to re-imagine the world we inhabit, so that together we can build a future that is more diverse, sustainable, democratic, and just.

Canadian Sociological Association Conference Theme

Igniting Change Through Sociology

The local and global developments of the past few years have revealed the deep inadequacy of our existing social structures and institutions in facing today’s challenges and for creating just, democratic, inclusive, tolerant, and flourishing societies. This has given us an opportunity to reflect on the kind of changes that can bring about those goals. The annual conference of the Canadian Sociological Association provides a forum to engage in serious dialogues about how to ignite such changes.