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Congress comes to Vancouver

The Congress of the Humanities and Social Science took place at The University of British Columbia, from June 1 to 7, 2019.

What is Congress?

  • A unique event that connects scholars, students, publishers, and you, the public, to discuss big ideas that have the power to transform Canada’s future.
  • The largest multidisciplinary academic gathering in Canada — and one of the largest in the world – with about 5,000 participants and 4,000 research papers presented.
  • A seven-day event that has taken place in cities across Canada for the better part of a century – 88 years and counting!
  • An education and engagement platform to work towards reconciliation and to support the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations that relate to higher education.
  • A creative place where you meet like-minded people, scholars, and professionals with different perspectives across humanities and social sciences.

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.

Congress 2019 is hosted by The University of British Columbia and its theme is “Circles of Conversation."

You’re invited!

The good news is… lots of Congress programming is open to the community.

Even better news is… it’s complimentary!

Whether your interests lie in history, literature, politics, poetry, sociology, media, film or fine arts, there’s bound to be something for you. From the weighty to the quirky, we have it all!

There’s a lot of excellent programming, and it can get overwhelming. Here are a few suggestions that will help you navigate what’s out there, and what’s most readily available to you, as a member of the community of Vancouver.

Browse the calendar of open events or visit the following program pages: 

Community Pass

These events are complimentary, but members of the public are required to register their attendance and obtain a Community Pass to attend them.

Attendance to all open events is on a first-come, first-served basis.

IMPORTANT: You can only obtain a Community Pass if you are attending events that are listed as “Open Events.” If you are attending an association’s conference, you will have to register for Congress 2019 and for your association’s conference.

To register online

You can register in advance online and then pick up your name badge at the Registration Desk  in the Congress Hub located in the Nest’s Great Hall.

When completing the form, under “Open Events” click on “Yes, I will be attending open events only” and then under “Select your association conference” from the drop down menu, select #9102 – HSSOE and complete the form.

This is the secure link to register as a Community Participant:

To register on site

To register on site at Congress, go to the Onsite Registration Desk in the Congress Hub located in the Nest's Great Hall to register and receive a Community Pass.

Onsite registration hours

Visit the Registration Desk in the Congress Hub to pick up your name badge, regardless of whether you registered online or on site. The Congress Hub will be located in the Nest's Great Hall. The hours of operation are:

May 31 – 10:00 to 17:00
June 1 - 6 – 7:30 to 17:00
June 7 – 7:30 to 12:00

If you have any questions, please contact

Get involved   

Members of the community in Vancouver can also get involved by either working or volunteering during the week of Congress.