Researchers to address issues affecting those who are at the margins of
VICTORIA, BC, May 31, 2013 /CNW/ - Today marks the kick-off of the 2013
Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. This year's Congress,
hosted by the University of Victoria and organized by the Federation
for the Humanities and Social Sciences, includes more than 7,000
delegates from nearly 70 associations in Canada's largest
interdisciplinary academic gathering.
The Congress brings together scholars, students, policy-makers and
leaders involved in a broad spectrum of disciplines including political
science, literature,, sociology and education.
The 2013 Congress theme "@ the edge" " not only reflects the University
of Victoria's geographical position in Canada and on the Pacific Rim,
but, as well, the need to integrate the periphery both institutionally
and socially," says Andrew Rippin, Congress 2013 Academic Convenor.
"Key issues include the social challenges of inequality, the need for
inclusivity and the acceptance of diversity."
"We're living in uncertain times that present important social and
economic risks that affect all of us, and especially the most
vulnerable living at the "edge." Congress presents an opportunity to
discuss these issues head-on, to bring new ideas and findings and to
stimulate public debate", said Antonia Maioni, President of the
Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Congress consists of eight days of meetings, panel presentations,
keynote speeches, and more than 4,500 academics who will present their
latest work and research at more than 2,500 events. Beyond the academic
focus, a wide array of performances, celebrations and exhibits will be
free and open to the public.
"Congress is a highlight of UVic's 50th anniversary year," says
Catherine Mateer, Congress 2013 chair and associate vice-president,
academic planning. "We look forward to welcoming delegates to share
their research and build relationships, and members of the public to
enjoy the performances, lectures and displays."
Big Thinking Lectures
The Big Thinking lectures take place throughout the Congress, and will include such
noted speakers as:
Louise Arbour, President of the International Crisis Group
Dany Laferrière, well known novelist and recipient of the Grand Prix du
livre de Montréal
Margaret McCain, former Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick and Chair
of the Margaret & Wallace McCain Family Foundation
Ben Levin, former deputy Education Minister and Canada Research Chair in
Education Leadership and Policy at the Ontario Institute for Studies in
Education, University of Toronto
Judith Heumann, the Special Advisor for International Disability Rights
at the U.S. Department of State
Daniel Weinstock, a well-known Canadian political philosopher at McGill
and a Trudeau Foundation fellow
Joy Kogawa, critically acclaimed novelist and writer-in-residence at the
University of Toronto
Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, President of the Canadian Council of Child and
Doug Saunders, award-winning author at the Globe and Mail
George Dyson, author and historian of technology
About the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences
Organized by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences,
Congress is the largest interdisciplinary conference in Canada.
Described as a "conference of conferences," Congress involves nearly 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, political science,
, social work, and many others. For more information, go to www.congress2013.ca.
About the University of Victoria
The University of Victoria is one of Canada's leading research
universities and provides innovative programs and real-life learning
experiences for 20,000 students in a welcoming and diverse West Coast
environment. UVic is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2012-2013 and
was recently ranked #11 globally and first in Canada among universities
less than 50 years old.
SOURCE: Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
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