Canada’s Largest Academic Conference Reveals Theme for 2023: Reckonings and Re-Imaginings

April 13, 2022

Ottawa & Toronto, ON, April 13, 2022 – The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and York University – joint partners in the 2023 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences (Congress 2023) – are excited to announce that the theme of the conference will be Reckonings and Re-Imaginings

As the largest academic gathering in Canada and one of the largest globally, Congress draws together as many as 70 scholarly associations from a range of humanities and social sciences disciplines. At Congress 2023, up to 10,000 attendees will present their research in person for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Reckonings and Re-Imaginings reflects diverse contributions by members of the York University community, and their close collaboration with the vision of Associate Professor Andrea Davis, Academic Convenor for Congress 2023.  

“By centering Indigenous and Black knowledges as a way of reckoning with our past and present, and re-imagining a different set of future possibilities, Congress 2023 is inviting us to reflect deeply on the role of the academy in the creation of a better world,” said Dr. Davis. “I am excited by this and look forward to an incredible gathering of thought, art and creativity as we join hands to do this important work.” 

Under this theme, Congress will honour Black and Indigenous knowledge and cultures, and centre the diverse voices and ideas of scholars, graduate students, policymakers and community members to vital conversations about the most pressing issues facing our world.  

“We are thrilled that our community will be reuniting in person at York University under the theme Reckonings and Re-Imaginings,” said Gabriel Miller, President and CEO of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. “We are ready to help re-imagine our world, and build a society that is more diverse, sustainable, democratic, and just.” 

“Building on York University’s longstanding leadership in the humanities and social sciences, we are delighted to host Congress again at our Keele and Glendon Campuses in Toronto,” said Rhonda Lenton, President and Vice-Chancellor, York University. “I am grateful to Dr. Davis for her leadership in the creation of the vision for Congress 2023 that will set the stage for a dynamic and thoughtful dialogue with academics from around the world committed to driving positive change locally and globally and strengthening our impact on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.”

Read more about the Congress 2023 theme at  



For more information, please contact: 

Camille Ferrier 
Director, Communications and Member Engagement 
Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences 
M. (613) 265-6993  

Sandra McLean 
Senior Media Relations Officer 
York University 
M. (416) 272-6317  

About Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 
Organized by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Congress is the largest academic gathering in Canada, and one of the largest in the world. Now in its 92nd year, Congress brings together approximately 70 academic associations that represent a rich spectrum of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, including literature, history, theatre, film studies, education, music, sociology, geography, social work and many others. 

About the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences 
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. For more information about the Federation, visit The Federation office is located on the traditional, unceded Algonquin territory in Ottawa. 

About York University 
York University is a modern, multi-campus, urban university located in Toronto, Ontario. Backed by a diverse group of students, faculty, staff, alumni and partners, we bring a uniquely global perspective to help solve societal challenges, drive positive change and prepare our students for success. York's fully bilingual Glendon Campus is home to Southern Ontario's Centre of Excellence for French Language and Bilingual Postsecondary Education. York’s campuses in Costa Rica and India offer students exceptional transnational learning opportunities and innovative programs. Together, we can make things right for our communities, our planet, and our future.