UBC to host Canada’s largest gathering of scholars: Congress 2019

January 09, 2018

We are delighted to announce that UBC has been selected to play host to the 2019 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at our Point Grey campus between June 1 and June 7, 2019.

Jointly organized by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and the host institution, Congress is the largest interdisciplinary conference in Canada, and one of the largest in the world. The annual event brings together over 70 academic associations that represent a rich spectrum of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

The University’s theme for Congress 2019 is “Circles of Conversation,” which recognizes a need for dialogue among scholars, educators, members of the public, and activists. The conference will showcase creative critical engagements in literature, visual arts, and music, and “Circles of Conversation” will focus particular attention on productive scholarly relations with Indigenous communities.

It is with great pleasure that we introduce Dr Laura Moss, an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts and UBC Killam teaching prize winner, as the Academic Convenor for Congress 2019. Dr Moss will play a crucial role in the successful academic planning, multidisciplinary programming, and hosting of the conference. As an ambassador for Congress within UBC, Dr Moss will build support across the institution and amongst faculty, students, and the campus community. Operational co-ordination and planning will be provided by Carolina Cerna, who over the coming 16 months will be working closely with operational stakeholders to map out the logistics for hosting the week-long event.  

Hosting Congress 2019 provides an opportunity to engage and inspire the UBC community, while also providing a platform for us to showcase our excellent learning and research activities to a diverse delegation from across Canada and around the world.

"The Federation is thrilled to be working on Congress 2019 with UBC, to bring about the 88th edition of this great event,” said Federation President Guy Laforest. “Congress is an important moment in Canada each year – both as a showcase and a celebration of the scholarly and intellectual excellence, creativity and leadership in the humanities and social science community.”

Further information about Congress 2019 at UBC will be shared over the coming months. In the meantime, please submit any questions to info.Congress2019@ubc.ca

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