The annual Canadian Sociological Association Conferences (CSA) are held along with the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences along with over 80 humanities and social sciences societies and associations. Held each year in May/June at a Canadian university, the FHSS Congress offers attendees the opportunity to share research, to discuss mutual interests, and to network with colleagues from across Canada. It serves as an intellectual forum not only for established scholars but also for graduate students and others who are developing their skills. It has also been an ideal forum in which to develop interdisciplinary activities.

The value of presenting a paper at the Congress should not be underestimated. Giving a paper can be a confidence builder and the feedback received can benefit any research project. The Congress provides participants with the opportunity to meet scholars already well-established in their area. These individuals can also offer constructive critical commentary or even suggest possibilities for publication. Lastly, presenting a paper generates discussion which often leads to meeting people and making new contacts. The latter point is especially valuable to those who are nearing the end of their program and are beginning the job search process. Applications to prospective employers often fare better if a face-to-face contact is made and a discussion is attached to a vita.


The Canadian Sociological Association, our Research Clusters, and Congress sponsored awards are offered as part of the annual Conference.

EXPO (Book Fair)

Publishers from mainstream and alternative presses have book displays that could keep you browsing for the whole week! Discounts are common – usually around 10 to  20% and up to 50% on the last day.


The CSA strives to support member participation in the annual Conference by recognizing the diversity and barriers that may impact historically marginalized populations.

Media Exposure

The Congress’ Media department facilitate an outreach program to help get your work noticed.

Professional Development

The Canadian Sociological Association fosters  student professional development through workshops and expert panels held during our annual Conference.

Congress’ Career Corner series is led by industry experts and cover a range of topics, from publishing and communicating research, to advancing academic careers and discovering career options outside of academia.

Attending the Conference also offers you direct contact with professionals in the social sciences working for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC)

Social Events

During the Conference, the CSA provides an opportunity for students to meet other sociologists and scholars from other disciplines during a variety of events.  These events provide students with the opportunity to meet and mingle with distinguished scholars in a more relaxed atmosphere.