Congress 2019 is a meeting of meetings comprised of 73 different scholarly associations holding their own annual conferences, making it the largest academic gathering in Canada. In addition, a large number of events are opened to all attendees, including the general public. The Congress program is two-fold:

Just pick and choose and make time in your agenda to broaden your horizons!

Association closed programming

Association conferences

Access level: association conferences are only open to those who pay that association’s conference fee. Registration and badge are required.

Each scholarly association officially hosting its annual conference at Congress puts together its own conference program, a detailed schedule of all the sessions and events planned for their members to attend. Program information for each association’s conference is posted online as it becomes available. Find out what your and other associations are doing and get involved.

Congress open programming

Association open events

Access level: association open events are complimentary and open to all registered attendees and the general public. Registration and badge are required.

Many associations choose to make some of their sessions open to a wider audience, in order to feature work being done in their discipline or to encourage interdisciplinary discussions. Meet with scholars from other fields and gain a truly interdisciplinary experience at Congress! You can browse the online calendar of open events for a listing of association open events:

  • Filter results by choosing a specific association from the Host organization field or search by keyword
  • Narrow your results by fields such as Date, Series or Language

Federation programming

Access level: Federation events are complimentary and open to all registered attendees and the general public. Registration and badge are required.

  • Big Thinking: Hear leading scholars and public figures from around the globe present forward-thinking research, ideas and solutions to the critical questions and issues of our time.
  • Career Corner: Partake in a professional development workshop series and learn about career advancement, teaching techniques, lesson planning, publishing research and careers beyond academia.
  • Congress Expo: Visit Canada's largest academic trade show featuring 50+ exhibitors, book launches, book signings, career presentations and networking receptions
  • Featured events: Browse a number of special events organized by the Federation and its partners.

The University of British Columbia programming

Access level: University events are complimentary and open to all registered attendees and the general public, President's Receptions excepted (see below). Registration and badge are required. 

  • Circles of Conversations:  Discover this series showcasing The University of British Columbia’s research, with special emphasis on creative engagements with contemporary issues and on art as an important form of engaged scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. Toggle the Series column to sort by UBC exhibitions, UBC performances, UBC featured talks, UBC workshops and UBC Indigenous programs.
  • Pedagogy Hub: Unique to Congress 2019, this will be a dedicated space for in-depth discussions about the complexity of teaching, mainly in postsecondary environments.
  • President’s Receptions: Organized by the host university, these receptions are a long-standing Congress tradition and an excellent networking opportunity. To find your association’s assigned date, please view your association page. Please note the receptions are open to members of officially participating associations only, and closed to the public.

Reconciliation programming

Access level: Reconciliation events are complimentary and open to all registered attendees and the general public. Registration and badge are required.

Building on the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, the Federation has adopted the Touchstones of Hope Principles and Processes to guide its work on reconciliation.  Our focus is on the crucial role that post-secondary education, the humanities and social sciences will play in the process of research, understanding and action towards reconciliation.

Associations are encouraged to partner amongst themselves and with the Federation to open sessions with a focus on reconciliation to all Congress attendees.

Browse all reconciliation programming at Congress by choosing 'Reconciliation event' in the calendar of events.

See the FAQ page for more information.