About Congress

Congress Theme

From Far & Wide: The Next 150

congress-2017-3-in-1In the year of Canada’s sesquicentennial, Congress 2017 invites reflection on our past as we look to the future. This year’s theme “From Far & Wide: The Next 150” embraces the Canadian identity, including the diversity of populations and the reach of this event, both nationally and internationally. Toronto itself is a vibrant microcosm of Canada’s diversity—and Ryerson University is a metropolitan university within that microcosm, seamlessly interwoven and connected with the community.

“From Far & Wide: The Next 150” is inclusive of different ideas, geographies, cultures, countries, schools of thought and disciplines, encouraging cross-collaboration and an interdisciplinary approach. The theme plays across time, contrasting a traditional Canadian phrase with the idea of moving forward and looking ahead to the future, as a country, and as a society.

As we celebrate our history, legacy and achievements of the last 150 years, we anticipate the next 150: a time of rapid growth, changing demographics, urban challenges, new beginnings and boundless opportunities.

About Congress

The Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is the largest multidisciplinary academic gathering in Canada. 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. The 2017 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is an initiative of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and is hosted by Ryerson University.

About the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

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. For more information about the Federation, visit www.ideas-idees.ca.

About Ryerson University

Ryerson University is a leading comprehensive innovation university integrated into Toronto’s diverse urban core. At the intersection of mind & action, we’ve built a home to, and a hub for, inventive and purposeful thinkers and creators – all working to positively transform themselves, their culture, the economy, and our society. For more information, visit www.ryerson.ca.