Giving voice to the humanities and social sciences across Canada

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences promotes research and teaching for the advancement of an inclusive, democratic, and prosperous society.

With a membership now comprising over 160 universities, colleges, and scholarly associations, the Federation represents a diverse community of 91,000 researchers and graduate students across Canada. The Federation organizes Canada’s largest academic gathering, the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, bringing together more than 8,000 participants each year. 


Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences has been our flagship event for 90 years, bringing together our community of scholars under one umbrella each year. Want to know what it's all about?

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The role of HSS

Our scholars’ contributions are essential, and that’s why we are putting a spotlight on them in demonstrating the role and impact of HSS disciplines.

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Our Resource hub includes thousands of blog posts, articles, videos, and other resources relevant to the HSS community.

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Your membership with us

Federation membership gives you the power to think, speak, and engage from platforms of national and international significance to the humanities and social sciences.

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What is the Scholarly Book Awards?

The Scholarly Book Awards (ASPP), a key Federation activity, funds scholarly books in Canada that make an important contribution to the humanities and social sciences. 

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Artificial Intelligence law: the importance of fair regulation

← Big Thinking Podcast homepage ​​ Next episode → Description | About the guest | Transcript | Follow us Description Does ChatGPT, DALL-E and Midjourney ring a bell? These platforms are just a few examples of the many new artificial intelligence...

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Putting the Humanities to Work for Canadians' Health

COVID-19 has been a stark reminder that understanding a novel pathogen is essential but insufficient to protect us from disease. Biomedical and technical solutions are necessary, but they do not prevent or resolve misinformation, vaccine hesitancy...

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