Call for proposals to host a future Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 

Open to Canadian institutions members of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences 

We are currently accepting proposals to host Congress in 2024, and expressions of interest for Congress 2025, 2026 and 2027.  

Hosting Congress has many benefits. It is an unparalleled opportunity to showcase innovative and impactful research, and to unite institutions’ faculty, students, administrators and community partners around an important, campus-wide initiative. It is also a chance for universities to play a leadership role in celebrating and supporting the humanities and social sciences, and to be at the forefront of critical conversations on pressing social and racial justice issues. 

The Federation is committed to equity, diversity, inclusion, and decolonization, and has committed to hosting a future, in-person Congress with a theme centred on Black Studies in Canada, anti-Black racism, and colonialism. We strongly encourage institutions to put a proposal together around this theme, and to demonstrate this commitment during all stages of conference planning. 

Congress typically takes place in late May/early June over seven to eight days. The University of British Columbia (UBC) hosted Congress in 2019 and set a record with over 10,600 attendees from over 45 countries. Congress 2021, held virtually in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, attracted attendees from 72 countries. Congress 2022 will be held virtually from May 12 to 20, 2022. York University will host Congress 2023 on its Glendon and Keele campuses in Toronto. 

Call for proposals to host Congress 2024-2027 

For Congress 2024, the Federation asks interested institutions to submit their expression of interest and intent letter no later than April 22, 2022, following these guidelines. The guidelines will provide your institution and local tourism office with the information needed to support a host bid proposal. 

Stages for Call for Proposals  

Stage one – Submission of Expression of Interest and Intent letter by the host institution 

Stage two – Federation invites successful host institution candidates and local tourism offices to submit a full Bid Proposal (Deadlines vary dependent on hosting year) 

Stage three – Federation selects successful host institution (Deadlines vary dependent on hosting year) 

Deadlines – Stage one 

For Congress 2024: April 22, 2022 

For Congress 2025: September 23, 2022 

For Congress 2026: September 23, 2022 

For Congress 2027: September 23, 2022 


2024-27 Congress Host University Bid Guidelines (PDF) 

2024-27 Congress Host University Proposal Checklist (PDF) 

2024-27 Congress Budget Template – Please contact us via email at bid-soumission@federationhss.ca to receive the template.

Expression of Interest and Intent Letters should be sent via email to the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences at bid-soumission@federationhss.ca


Future Congress dates 

Year 

Dates 

Host 

2022 

May 12 to 20, 2022 

Virtual event 

2023 

May 26 to June 2, 2023 

York University, Toronto 

2024 

Week starting May 25 to 31 or June 1 to 7, 2024 

TBD 

2025 

Week starting May 24 to 30 or May 31 to June 6, 2025 

TBD 

2026 

Week starting May 23 to 29 or May 30 to June 5, 2026 

TBD 

2027 

Week starting May 22 to 28 or May 29 to 4, 2027 

TBD 

 

Questions or need more information? Please contact Laura Chajkowski, CMP CMM, Director of Congress and Events at bid-soumission@federationhss.ca

Past Congress partner universities 

2021 University of Alberta (virtual Congress) 

2020 Western University (cancelled due to COVID-19)  

2019 The University of British Columbia  

2018  University of Regina  

2017 Ryerson University   

2016 University of Calgary  

2015  University of Ottawa 

2014 Brock University   

2013 University of Victoria   

2012 Wilfrid Laurier University / University of Waterloo  

2011 University of New Brunswick / St. Thomas University  

2010 Concordia University  

2009 Carleton University  

2008 University of British Columbia 

2007 University of Saskatchewan  

2006 York University  

2005 University of Western Ontario  

2004 University of Manitoba  

2003 Dalhousie University / University of King’s College  

2002 University of Toronto / Ryerson Polytechnic University  

2001 Université Laval