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Jointly organized by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and the host institution, the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 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.

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. Read the full Congress 2019 news announcement here.

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For all inquiries regarding registration, holding your association's conference at Congress, exhibiting at Expo, or general questions about Congress, please email the Federation at

For information around planning your association's annual conference at Congress, please email

For UBC staff, faculty and students looking to collaborate on UBC programming, participate in Congress initiatives, or receive internal funding, please email


With the theme “Circles of Conversation,” Congress 2019 in Vancouver will emphasize the deep, two-way relationships between the university and the communities it serves: local, provincial, national, and global. Particular attention will be focused on productive scholarly relations with Indigenous communities. The University of British Columbia sits on unceded  xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) territory and houses the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre. 

“Circles of Conversation” will open up space for dialogue, debate, and dissent, and will showcase creative critical engagements — in literature, visual arts, and music — with topics as diverse as sustainability, accessibility, global mobility, health, culture, and, of course, education. Congress 2019 will foster and encourage circles of conversation among scholars, educators, students, political leaders, and activists, so that people can speak with one another, listen, and learn together.


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