General Congress

Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is Canada’s largest gathering of academics, and one of the largest in the world. It’s a place to hold critical conversations of our time, hear from a diverse set of voices, share findings, refine ideas, and build partnerships to help share the Canada of tomorrow. Go to the About Congress page to learn more.    

May 12 to 20, 2022 – Congress 2022 will take place virtually. 

The Congress 2022 theme is "Transitions."

More details on the Congress 2022 page.

Congress 2022 will take place virtually. 

Visit the Igniting Change page and read the Federation Action Plan for more information. Updates on how we’re making Congress more accessible can be found on the Accessibility page. You can also read our website accessibility statement.

Participating associations can be found here. Don’t forget that you are welcome to attend any association conference(s) that sparks your interest, regardless of your membership status, by paying the applicable conference fee. Participating associations are listed on the Association conferences page.  

Congress 2023 will be held at York University. Read the announcement and meet the leadership team

Future Congress hosts and locations will be announced starting in 2022.

Check out the Resource hub or the Blog to rediscover the research presented at past Congresses. 

If you are interested in supporting this year’s Congress, feel free to contact us at expo@federationhss.ca. Visit the Expo page to download our prospectus for a variety of opportunities. Our team is excited to connect with you to customize an option that works best for you!

Congress policies

We work actively to foster a diverse, welcoming, and inclusive global community of scholars and practitioners, and are therefore dedicated to the creation of a safe, respectful, and collegial experience for all attendees of Congress.

Read our Code of Conduct

Yes, your information is secure.

Read our Privacy Policy

Cyberbullying is real, and seven per cent of Canadians experience it personally, according to Statistics Canada. If you are the victim of online harassment or bullying, there are resources available to you, and Congress organizers encourage you to use them. See the Royal Canadian Mounted Police website resources or the Government of Canada site on How to prevent cyberbullying.

Presenting at Congress

To present at Congress, please approach your scholarly association and inquire directly about their call-for-papers process. Browse the list of associations participating in Congress.

Information for presenters, including tips to make your conference more accessible, will be available on this website in early 2022. You can also reach out to your association’s Program Chair for assistance.

Yes, the payment of both the Congress fee and the association conference fee is mandatory for all attendees including presenter, speakers, panelists, organizers, and those moderating/chairing or attending a session. Read more about the fees.

Programs and events

Go to the Program page to discover the full suite of open programming, including the Big Thinking lecture series. In this section of the website, you’ll also be able to browse the calendar of open events (coming soon).

Be sure to subscribe to our monthly Communiqué, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram for Congress updates and speaker announcements.

You can find your association’s program from the Associations conference page. Select your association to find details about your association’s conference, including call-for-paper deadlines, conference programs, conference organizers and open events. Draft and final versions of programs will be posted there as they become available in spring of 2022.

The calendar of open events (coming soon) lists all open programming, including the Big Thinking series, and associations’ open sessions. You can attend these events, regardless of your registration category. 

Here’s a list of calendar features: 

  • Events are listed in chronological order from today’s date. You can control whether 10, 50, 100 or all events are listed per page. 
  • For a simple search, type in a keyword such as a speaker’s name or date.
  • To narrow search results, filter by series or theme, language or host association.
  • When you have entered all of your search criteria, click “Search” to see the results.
  • Click “Reset” to clear your search criteria or to begin a new search. 
  • You can click on the event title or host organization to learn more about each.

You can attend all open Congress programming regardless of your registration category. These events are listed in the calendar of open events (coming soon). If you’ve paid to attend an association conference, you also have access to this association’s sessions. Find out more about categories of registration.

All the events listed in the calendar of open events (coming soon) are open to the public. Members of the public must purchase a community pass to access Congress open events. Find out more about categories of registration.


Learn more about registration fees on the Register page.

The Congress fees and association conference fees vary depending on your registration category (regular, retired, student, unwaged, etc.) and the date upon which you register.

To receive the best discount, register with the early bird rate before March 31. Rates increase on April 1 (regular rate).

For 2022, we are offering complimentary access for Black and Indigenous students. If you are attending an association conference at Congress and are a student who self-identifies as Black or Indigenous, your Congress fee is waived. Contact your association for your unique registration link.

Please note, a complimentary Congress fee does not waive your association conference fee. Check with your association to see if they are waiving your association conference fee or offering a fee discount.  If you are purchasing a community pass to attend open events only and you self-identify as Black or Indigenous, your community pass is complimentary. 

Questions? Contact congress@federationhss.ca.  

Yes. The association conference fee is not your membership fee.

All attendees are required to pay the association’s conference fee to attend or participate at Congress. The association conference fees are collected by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences on behalf of the associations for Congress.

Membership fees are paid directly to your association. For information about your association’s membership, contact your association directly.


Registration opens in early January 2022 and closes on June 3, 2022.

The early bird deadline is March 31, 2022. Rates increase on April 1 (regular rate).

Visit the Register page and follow the instructions. When you register, a user account will automatically be created for you. The email address that you use to register will be your username and you will  be prompted to create a password. If you are registering a group of attendees, you’ll need a unique email address for each attendee.

If you have registered for any event organized by the Federation since 2019, you can use your email address and password associated with your profile you provided the last time you registered for an event or completed a form. If you’ve forgotten your password, select the “reset password” link and you’ll receive an email to reset your password.

You should receive an email from the registration system with a link to return to your “incomplete registration form”. If you haven’t received this email, just select “Start a New Registration” and begin again.

Before connecting with us, please complete the following steps:

  • Ensure that all required fields on the form, marked with a red asterick (*), are filled in. You must provide a response to these fields to proceed to the next page of the form and to complete and submit your form.
  • Make sure that credit card payment information is entered correctly. If you receive an error, verify with your bank whether your card allows online payments.
  • Check that JavaScript is enabled on your web browser and that your browser is up-to-date. It is recommended that you use Google Chrome for the best user experience.  

If you are still experiencing issues, contact congress@federationhss.ca.  

Go to the Register page, click the Register button, then once redirected click “Modify your existing registration” or click on the link in your confirmation email. Enter your email address (username) and the password you created to access your registration, and then make the necessary changes or additions.

Go to the Register page, click the Register button, then once redirected click “ Modify your existing registration”. Enter your username and password to access your account, and then click on “Refund request” from the navigation bar.

We accept cancellations up until April 15, 2022, subject to a $45 administration fee. Unfortunately, no refunds are possible after this date. 

Online registration is the only method of registration for Congress 2022, as the Federation office remains closed to visitors and staff continue to work from home. If you have any questions about this process, please contact congress@federationhss.ca.

Visa, Visa Debit, MasterCard, MasterCard Debit and AMEX credits cards are all acceptable online payment methods.

No, you do not need to be a member of an association to attend an association conference at Congress, but you will need to pay their conference fee. The association conference fees are generally higher for non-members. If you wish to become a member, you should contact the association prior to registering.

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