Speaker at the 2013 conference at The University of Victoria. Photo courtesy: Congress 2013 of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Ryerson wins bid to host 2017 humanities conference

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By Ramisha Farooq

Canada’s largest academic conference is coming to campus.

Ryerson University will host the 2017 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Canada’s largest interdisciplinary conference for over 9,000 Canadian scholars, researchers and policy makers.

The conference typically brings together top academics to share findings, refine ideas, and build partnerships in order to develop a more progressive Canada.

“Ryerson is proud to host the 2017 Congress, and we look forward to welcoming scholars to our campus experience,” said President Sheldon Levy, in a press release.

“I want to thank our partners, particularly Tourism Toronto, for supporting our bid, and the Faculty of Arts for its leadership in bringing the nation’s academic discourse to the heart of our city.”

Ryerson’s  updated facilities, such as new Student Learning Centre and Image Arts Building, will be offered as lecture facilities for conference delegates.

“We are excited about championing the Humanities and Social Sciences at Ryerson,” Jean-Paul Boudreau, dean of the faculty of arts, said. “We look forward to delivering Congress in new ways, by centrally involving digital media to communicate research and by engaging our international research community.”

Boudreau along with other faculty of arts staff played a big role in putting together a successful bid for the 2017 conference, put together by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

As the seven day event will take place during Canada’a 150th anniversary, the conference hopes to link research ideas of its scholars to the ideas of nationhood, diversity and imagination.

It will run from May 27 to June 2, 2017.

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