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FAQs

General Congress

Events and programs

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Fees

Registration


General Congress

Q. What is the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences?
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The Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is the convergence of over 70 scholarly associations to each hold their annual conference under one umbrella. Organized by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and hosted by a Canadian university, Congress is a place to share research and promote interdisciplinary perspectives. One of Canada’s largest academic gatherings, it also features the country’s biggest academic trade show. The Federation, the host university, scholarly associations and partners develop more than a week of presentations, workshops, panels, public lectures, cultural events and receptions. The result? Luminaries, researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and students from across Canada and abroad meet, share ideas and engage in discussions that have direct importance for Canada and the lives of Canadians.

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Q. Where will Congress 2017 be held?
A. Congress 2017 is being hosted by Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario.

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Q. What is the Congress theme?
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The Congress 2017 theme is "The Next 150, On Indigenous Lands". Find out more

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Q. What is the Congress Hub and where is it?

A. The 2017 Congress Hub will be located in the Mattamy Athletic Centre and will house the Congress Expo, the Congress Registration Desk, Information Centre, the Expo Event Spaces, Career Corner sessions, the Media Room and more! 

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Q. What is the Social Square and where is it?

A. Ryerson’s Gould Street will be transformed into the Social Square (formerly known as the Beer Tent) for Congress 2017 and will encompass local food stalls, bistro seating, entertainment, and the primary licensed bar located in the Image Arts building (IMA). More information on the Food services page.

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Q. Which associations are holding their annual conference at Congress 2017?

A. The associations listed here are participating in Congress 2017.

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Q. How do I submit a proposal for call-for-papers for Congress?

A. The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences is not responsible for calls for papers. To present at Congress, you must approach your scholarly association and inquire directly about their call-for-papers. A full list of associations participating in Congress is available here

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Q. I am a presenter. What do I need to know to prepare?
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You will need to register for Congress just like a regular attendee, but you should also confirm with the Program Chair for your association regarding available technology and room set-up. You should also consider making your presentation accessible. Consult the Info for Presenters page for more details.

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Q. Where is Congress 2018 being held?
A.  Congress 2018 will be held at the University of Regina. Information about future Congresses is available here.

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Q. Where can I find information and videos from past Congresses?
A. Please visit the Federation’s website for information about previous Congresses and links to videos, blog posts and more.

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Events and programs

Q. Where can I find out what is happening at Congress?
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See the Programs section of the website for full details on what is happening at Congress and visit the associations page to look up conference information. You can use the online calendar of open events to find a specific event, or take a look at pages such as Big Thinking and Career Corner for descriptions of these program series.

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Q. My scholarly association is holding a conference at Congress. How do I find my association’s program?
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To find your association’s program, first find your association on this page and click on the link to find details about the association’s conference, including call-for-paper deadlines, conference programs, conference organizers and open events. The programs will be posted here as they become available.

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Q. How do I use the online calendar of open events?
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The online calendar of open events lists all events that are open to all registered attendees and the general public and can be explored in many ways. For a simple search, type in a keyword such as a speaker’s name or an association’s acronym. Or, to narrow search results, filter by date, series, language or host association. When you have entered all of your search criteria, click “Search” to see the results. You can choose how the search results are displayed by clicking on a column header in the search results table to sort by that field. Click it a second time to switch between ascending and descending. Once you’ve identified an event of interest, click on its name to find out more. Click “Reset” to view all open events or to begin a new search.

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Q. In the online calendar of open events, what does “Who can attend” refer to?
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 In the online calendar of open events, the “Who can attend” field refers to the access level for the event and which registered attendees may participate or attend. If the access level is marked as “All registered Congress attendees”, then anyone who has registered for Congress may attend regardless of whether s/he has registered with the host association. If the access level is marked as “General public” then anyone may attend the session, including those who have not registered for Congress. More information on access levels can be found here

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Q. What events can I attend?
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Anyone who has registered for Congress and has paid the Congress fee may attend any event marked as being open to “All registered Congress attendees” in the online calendar of open events. Additionally, anyone who has also registered for an association conference and has paid the relevant Association conference fee may attend any session hosted by that association. Everyone, regardless of registration level, may attend events marked in the online calendar of open events as being open to the “General public”. More information on access levels can be found here

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Q. Which events are open to the general public?
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The Big Thinking series is made available to the general public at no cost, through the generous support of our sponsors. To view a list of all other events open to the public, such as Career Corner and Congress Expo, browse the online calendar of open events and click on events of interest. The access level will be specified next to the description of each event. More information on access levels can be found here

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Q. In the online calendar of open events, what does “series” refer to?
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In the online calendar of open events, “series” refers to the type of event, such as Big Thinking, Career Corner, or an association's open event.

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Q. I have some free time in between sessions. Is there anything I can do to fill my day?
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There are many events happening all the time at Congress! Check out the online calendar of open events and filter by date to see a list of events that are happening that day, including both academic and cultural events.

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Plan your trip

Q. How do I get to Ryerson University?

A. See the travel page for a list of transportation options.  There is also a Google Map for Congress 2017 that you can use to help you navigate.

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Q. What accommodations are available in Toronto?

A. A large number of residence and hotel rooms are available in the area at special Congress rates. Consulter la liste complète.

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Q.  I require accessible transportation and accommodation.  What services are available?

A. Together the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and Ryerson University are committed to improving the Congress experience for participants with disabilities and accessibility requirements. The full details about accessibility at Congress are posted here

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Q: I require child care. What are my options?

A. Together, the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and Ryerson University are committed to providing child care options for registered attendees of Congress 2017.

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Q. What can I do for leisure and entertainment in Toronto?

A. Consult the tourism page for a selection of local museums, performing arts venues, sports and outdoor activities, and tourist sites. 

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Fees

Q. What are the registration fees?

A. The registration fees are available here. The Congress fees and association conference fees vary depending on the category (regular, retired, student, unwaged). There is also a discounted early-bird rate if you register before March 31. There are also different access levels depending on the fees you pay.

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Q. What is the difference between the general Congress fees and the association conference fees?
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Review the descriptions of the Congress fees and the association conference fees.

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Q. I am presenting at Congress, do I still need to pay registration fees?
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Yes. The payment of both the Congress fee and the association conference fee is mandatory for all attendees including speakers, presenters, panelists and those chairing or attending a session.

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Q. I have already paid my association membership fee. Do I still have to pay the association’s conference fee?
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 Yes. All attendees are required to pay the association’s conference fee to attend or participate at Congress. The association conference fee is not your membership fee. The association conference fees are collected by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences on behalf of the associations at Congress. Membership fees are paid directly to your association and are not usually collected at Congress. For information about membership, contact your association directly.

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Registration

Q. When does registration open?
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Registration opens in January 2017.

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Q. When is the early-bird registration deadline?
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The early bird deadline is March 31, 2017.  The fees increase after this date.

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Q. Is there a deadline to register?
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There is no deadline to register online; you can register from January until Congress ends. However, if you register by mail or fax, the deadline to submit your form is May 15, 2017.

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Q. Where do I get my receipt and my access badge?
A. If you register online, by mail or by fax then you will receive a confirmation email as soon as your registration is processed. This email is not your official receipt. Print the confirmation email and bring it with you to the onsite Congress Registration Desk in the Congress Hub, where you can pick up your receipt along with your official access badge and registration package.

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Q. How do I register online?
A. Visit the Congress registration portal and follow the instructions.  If you registered for Congress in the past nine years (2008 to 2016), you can return to your account to register for Congress 2017.  If you have not been to Congress before, you will be prompted to create a new account.

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Q. What is my username and password?
A. If you registered for Congress in the past nine years (2008 to 2016) then you already have an account. Go to the Congress registration portal and select “I want to register for Congress 2017 and I have been to Congress in the past nine years (2008-2016)”. Then click on “Forgot your log-in information?” to have your username and password emailed to you.

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Q. I started registering for Congress 2017 but did not submit my form. How do I get back to the form to complete it?
A. Return to the Congress registration portal and click on “I want to modify my Congress 2017 registration”.  Enter your username and password to access your account, and then select “Register for Congress”.

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Q. I am having trouble registering online, what can I do?
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It could be a number of issues. Please check the following:

  • Is your registration form complete? Please ensure that all required fields, marked with an asterisk (*), are filled in.
  • Is your payment information accurate?
  • Is JavaScript enabled on your web browser, and is your browser up-to-date? You may need to update your software or try again from a different computer.

If you are still having issues, contact congress@ideas-idees.ca

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Q. I can’t find my association in the registration portal. Can you help?
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You can type a number of things in the search field during this stage of registration to bring up matching associations, but if you still can’t find your group, consult this list.

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Q. How do I verify my registration, make changes or add another association conference fee?
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Return to the Congress registration portal and click on “I want to modify my Congress 2017 registration”.  Enter your username and password to access your account, and then make the necessary changes or additions.

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Q. How do I cancel my registration and obtain a refund?
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Return to the Congress registration portal and click on “I want to modify my Congress 2017 registration”. Enter your username and password to access your account, and then click on “Refund request”. The deadline to request a refund is April 15, 2017, subject to a $20 service fee.

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Q. What is the cancellation policy?
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Cancellations are accepted until April 15, 2017, subject to a $20 service fee. Unfortunately, no refunds are possible after this date.

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Q. Can I register on site?
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Yes, you may register onsite in the Congress Hub, however we recommend that you register online first to reduce wait times at the Congress Registration Desk. (Even those who have registered online must come to the Registration desk onsite to pick up their receipt, official access badge, and registration package.) Please note that only credit cards and Interac will be accepted onsite. The hours are posted here.

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Q. Can I register by mail and by fax?
A. Yes, you may register by mail or by fax, though conditions will apply. You can find instructions on how to do so here.

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Q. Can I register by telephone?
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No, we do not accept registrations over the phone.

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Q. What are the payment options?
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The payment options are listed here.

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Q. Do I have to be a member of an association to attend the association’s conference at Congress?
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No, you do not need to be a member of an association to attend a conference at Congress, however the association conference fees are generally higher for non-members. If you wish to become a member, you should contact your association prior to registering.

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Q. How do I register as an international attendee?
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You can register in the same way as other attendees, however international attendees should confirm whether a visa is required for entry to Canada. More information is available here.

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Q. How can international attendees receive a letter of invitation to participate at Congress?
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Please contact the association which you have registered with to obtain a letter of invitation to participate. The registration confirmation email which attendees receive from the Federation is automatically generated and does not represent an invitation to attend the Congress for visa purposes. The Federation does not issue letters of invitation and cannot assist with this process. More information is available here.

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Questions? Contact us at congress@ideas-idees.ca.