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Congress comes to London, Ontario | Get involved

Congress comes to London, Ontario

The Congress of the Humanities and Social Science is taking place at Western University, from May 30 to June 5, 2020.

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.
  • A seven-day event that has taken place in cities across Canada for the better part of a century – 89 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 2020 is hosted by Western University and its theme is “Bridging Divides: Confronting Colonialism and Anti-Black Racism."

If you are a member of the public and/or are attending open events only, you need to register in late May and receive a Community Participant badge which must be worn.  Find out more (coming soon)


Get involved   

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