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 ASPP?

The Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (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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Latest resources

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Five tips on turning your dissertation into a book

By Eric J. Van Giessen, PhD Student in Sociology at York University Many graduate students dream of extending their research reach to a broader audience by turning their dissertations into a book. As part of Congress 2023’s Career Corner series...

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Say the Name: An Inquiry into Nominal Space

Kimberly Duong, Criminology Honours Major, 4th year at York University What is a monument, a name, but a standing memory? An artifact, an identity marker to make tangible the truth of the past? Are certain statues nothing but a reminder of our...

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