Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

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 91st 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 and hosted by a different Canadian university each year. The Federation, host 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.

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

The Federation is committed to a theme centred on equity, diversity, inclusion, and decolonization, and on Black and Indigenous experience and scholarship in Canada. More information coming soon.

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.


Congress Code of Conduct