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Congress 2023 took place at York’s Keele and Glendon Campuses in Toronto from May 27 to June 2. Over 10,000 scholars, graduate students, and practitioners in the humanities and social sciences (HSS) gathered together and shared their research. 

The conference supported equity, diversity, inclusion, and decolonization (EDID), and, building on the first virtual Congress in 2021, featured virtual components to accommodate participants joining remotely. 

Land Acknowledgement  

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and York University are honoured to visit, and learn about, the Indigenous lands across Canada. We acknowledge the diversity of Indigenous peoples from coast to coast to coast, and we extend our respects to all First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples for their valuable contributions, past and present.    

We recognize that many Indigenous Nations have longstanding relationships with the territories upon which York University campuses are located that precede the establishment of York University. York University acknowledges its presence on the traditional territory of many Indigenous Nations. The area known as Tkaronto has been care taken by the Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and the Huron-Wendat. It is now home to many First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities. We acknowledge the current treaty holders, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. This territory is subject of the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement to peaceably share and care for the Great Lakes region. 


Reckonings and Re-Imaginings 

Drawing on the lessons of Black Lives Matter, Idle No More, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, Congress 2023 focused on new reckonings for how to live in non-hierarchical relationships that respect our human differences, while protecting the environment we depend on. 

This theme also reflected the vision of Associate Professor Andrea Davis, Academic Convenor for Congress 2023, and her collaboration with members of the York University community.  

Under the theme Reckonings and Re-Imaginings, Congress honoured Black and Indigenous knowledges and cultures, and centred the diverse voices and ideas of scholars, graduate students, policymakers and community members in vital conversations about the most pressing issues facing our world. 


  • Canadian Society of Biblical Studies (CSBS)  
  •  Association for Canadian and Québec Literatures (ACQL)  
  •  Canadian Catholic Historical Association (CCHA) 
  •  Canadian Society of Church History (CSCH) 
  •  Canadian Association for Postcolonial Studies (CAPS) 
  •  Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE)  
  •  Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education (CSSHE)  
  •  Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE) 
  •  Association des professeur.e.s de français des universités et collèges canadiens (APFUCC) 
  •  German Studies Canada (GSC)  
  •  Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science (CSHPS)  
  •  Canadian Historical Association (CHA)  
  •  Canadian Industrial Relations Association (CIRA)  
  •  Association for Canadian Jewish Studies (ACJS)  
  •  Canadian Association of Law Teachers (CALT)  
  •  Canadian Linguistic Association (CLA)  
  •  Canadian Comparative Literature Association (CCLA)  
  •  Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Mathematics (CSHPM)  
  •  Canadian Society for the Study of Names (CSSN)  
  •  Canadian Association for the Advancement of Netherlandic Studies (CAANS)  
  •  Canadian Society of Patristic Studies (CSPS)  
  •  Canadian Peace Research Association (CPRA)  
  •  Canadian Philosophical Association (CPA)  
  •  Canadian Political Science Assocation (CPSA)  
  •  Canadian Population Society (CPS) 
  •  Canadian Society for the Study of Religion (CSSR)  
  •  Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies (CSRS)  
  •  Canadian Society for the Study of Practical Ethics (CSSPE)  
  •  Canadian Association of Slavists (CAS)  
  •  Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE)  
  •  Society for Socialists Studies (SSS)  
  •  Canadian Sociological Association (CSA)  
  •  Canadian Theological Society (CTS)  
  •  Canadian Society for the History of Medicine (CSHM)  
  •  Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS)  
  •  Canadian Association for Studies in Cooperation (CASC)  
  •  Women’s and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes (WGSRF) 
  •  Canadian Association of Learned Journals (CALJ)  
  •  Canadian Communication Association (CCA)  
  • Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric (RhetCanada) 
  •  Association for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies in Canada (AASSC)  
  •  Hungarian Studies Association of Canada (HSAC)  
  •  Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing (CASDW)  
  •  Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID)  
  •  Canadian Law and Society Association (CLSA)  
  •  Canadian Society for Aesthetics (CSA)  
  •  Bibliographical Society of Canada (BSC)  
  •  Society for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture (EPTC)  
  •  Canadian Association for Translation Studies (CATS)  
  •  Film and Media Studies Association of Canada (FMSAC)  
  •  Canadian-American Theological Association (CATA) 
  •  Canadian Society of Medievalists (CSM)  
  •  Canadian Society for Digital Humanities (CSDH)  
  •  Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics (CAAL)  
  •  Association canadienne d'études francophones du XIXe siècle (ACÉF XIX) 
  •  Canadian Association for Food Studies (CAFS)  
  •  Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (ANSER)  
  •  Sexuality Studies Association (SSA)  
  •  Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL)  
  •  Canadian Association for Work and Labour Studies (CAWLS)  
  •  Indigenous Literary Studies Association (ILSA) 
  •  Black Canadian Studies Association (BCSA) 
  •  Canadian Society for the Study of Comics (CSSC)  
  •  Open/Technology in Education, Society, and Scholarship Association (OTESSA)  
  •  Canadian South Asian Studies Association (CSASA)  
  •  Association internationale d'étude des littératures et cultures de l'espace francophone (AIELCEF) 
  •  Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies  (CARFMS) | L’Association canadienne d’études sur les réfugiés et la migration forcée (ACERMF) 

Open programming

Big Thinking at Congress is the key opportunity at the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences for academics, researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to share ideas and solutions for a more innovative, progressive, and inclusive society. 

  • Thinking across differences: Decolonial, anti-racism and feminist perspectives  
    • Joyce Green, Gina Starblanket, Rinaldo Walcott (Panelists); Christina Sharpe (Moderator) 
  • Seeds of the future: Climate justice, racial justice, and Indigenous resurgence 
    • Alanis Obomsawin (Keynote speaker); Eve Tuck, Susan Blight (Moderators) 
  • Thinking across differences: Queer, Two-Spirit, and critical disability perspectives 
    • Therí Pickens, SA Smythe, Alex Wilson (Panelists); Sean Hillier (Moderator) 
  • Re-imagining Black Futures 
    • The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, 27th Governor General, Commander-in-Chief of Canada (Keynote speaker); Adelle Blackett (Moderator) 
  • Building Community and Sharing Research Online: An Introduction to - Federation for the Humanities & Social Sciences, Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) Partnership 
  • Research in the Arts: A Paradigm for Collective Imagining - York University 
  • Indigenous Focused Programs: Learning from the Wüléelham Experience - York University 
  • Mental Health, Wellness, and the Graduate Student Experience - York University 
  • Bringing your book to life: Publishing your scholarly book - in English - Federation for the Humanities & Social Sciences 
  • More than Bees and Trees: Infusing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in our Classrooms - York University 
  • Ask Me Anything: SSHRC’s Talent program—scholarships and fellowships - Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council 
  • Help! I'm the Course Instructor: What to Expect When Teaching Your First Course - York University 
  • Bring your book to life: Publishing your scholarly book - in French - Federation for the Humanities & Social Sciences 
  • Creative Communities: Activating Decolonizing Research Methodologies for Social Change - York University 
  • Centering Racial and Social Justice in your Curriculum - York University 
  • Enhancing the Visibility of your Research for Greater Recognition - York University 
  • Becoming an Inclusive University: Making Space for Indigenous and Black Scholars - York University 
  • Reckoning and Re-Imagining Research with Community: The Story of Jane and Finch - York University 
  • Publishing Scholarly Journal Articles - York University 
  • Building a Teaching Dossier and Developing a Teaching Statement, an interactive hands-on workshop - York University 
  • Research Career Satisfaction Outside of Academe - York University 
  • Navigating Your Career Transition: Insight and Advice for Black, Indigenous, and Racialized Graduate Students Searching for Careers with Purpose - Federation for the Humanities & Social Sciences, Canadian Association for Graduate Studies 
  • Knowledge Mobilization – Beyond Dissemination - York University 
  • 1969: Visualities of a Protest
  • Archival afterlives and Black lives: Critical Curating as Decolonial Practice
  • Arts@Congress Showcase
  • Bearing Witness: Hate, Harassment and Public Scholarship
  • Becoming an Inclusive University: Making Space for Indigenous and Black Scholars
  • Black Creek Walks, Talks and Dances 
  • Building a Teaching Dossier and Developing a Teaching Statement, an interactive hands-on workshop
  • Building and Animating Archives to Give Voice to Communities: A Roundtable Discussion
  • Building and Animating Archives to Give Voice to Communities: A Roundtable Discussion
  • Cartoons as Commentary and Agents of Change: the Art of Ben Wicks, 1962-2000 
  • Celebrating Black Emancipation through Carnival: the Archives of Kenneth Shah, 1956-2002 
  • Centering Racial and Social Justice in your Curriculum
  • Climate change is not the change we want! Community connection dialogue between changemakers and youth leaders for inclusive social change.
  • Creative Communities: Activating Decolonizing Research Methodologies for Social Change
  • Encounters 
  • Enhancing the Visibility of your Research for Greater Recognition
  • Film Screening Series:  By These Presents: “Purchasing” Toronto
  • Film Screening Series: Our People Will Be Healed
  • Film Screening Series: pîkopayin
  • Fireside Chat with Hon. Jean Augustine and Professor Carl James
  • Firgrove Mixed Media Oral Narratives Project 
  • Help! I'm the Course Instructor: What To Expect When Teaching Your First Course
  • Imagine Aging with Equity: Take the Cues
  • Indigenous Focused Programs: Learning from the Wüléelham Experience
  • Knowledge Mobilization – Beyond Dissemination
  • LA&PS Research Next Generation Lecture Series 
  • Longhouse 
  • Making Worlds in the Pluriverse
  • MEDIA INDIGENA Roundtable
  • Meleko Mokgosi: Imaging Imaginations 
  • Mental Health, Wellness, and the Graduate Student Experience
  • Micromobility Electric Vehicles Driving Sustainability at York University
  • More than Bees and Trees: Infusing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in our Classrooms
  • Presenting Wüléelham: Indigenous Education Programs at York
  • Protests and Pedagogy: Archival afterlives and the Sir George Williams University Affair 
  • Publishing Scholarly Journal Articles
  • Reckoning and Re-imagining Research and Pedagogy with Young People in Neo-liberal Post-Secondary Contexts
  • Reckoning and Re-Imagining Research with Community: The Story of Jane and Finch
  • Reckoning and Reimagining: Deborah Barndt’s Engaged Use of Photography 
  • Reckoning with and Re-Imagining African and Black Francophone Feminisms
  • Reckoning with and Re-Imagining Settler-Indigenous Relationships in Canada
  • Reimagining China Studies in North America: Current Conditions and Prospects Roundtable
  • Research Career Satisfaction Outside of Academe
  • Research in the Arts : A Paradigm for Collective Imagining
  • RISE Film Screening
  • Rolling Toward Collective Change: Our Greenway's E-Cargo Cycle Ride 
  • SARIT Test Track 
  • Stories of Food Sovereignty: From Earth to Tables
  • Strawberry Teaching Session
  • Teaching Against the Grain: A Gathering in Honour of Leslie Sanders
  • The Art of Scott Library 
  • The Black Canadian National Survey: Positioning Black Community Narratives at the Center of Public Sector Discussions
  • The Community Mural @ Congress 
  • The Gallery of Risk (Representing Risk) 
  • Thinking Through Corporations’ Funding of University Programs: Challenges and Possibilities
  • Understanding the UN SDGs through the lens of DEDI
  • VeRONAka and Rahyne: Identity, Naming, Relationships, and Healing Through Speculative Arts Film Spaces
  • Window on some bilingual research in the humanities at Glendon



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