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Congress 2017 looks ahead at the next 150

Ryerson to host Canada’s largest academic gathering May 27 to June 2
May 16, 2017
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Photo: More than 9,000 academics will be in attendance at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2017.

From May 27 to June 2, Ryerson University will be home to Canada’s largest academic gathering. The Faculty of Arts is hosting the external,Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2017, an annual week-long event of the external,Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences that brings together academics, researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners. Seventy scholarly associations will hold their annual conferences at the event.

This year’s Congress is the first hosted by Ryerson, with the event putting emphasis on Indigenous issues. The event is themed “The Next 150, On Indigenous Land,” in recognition both of the 150th anniversary of Canada’s federation, and the insights from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

This theme will be explored in an external,Indigenous tepee art installation at Pitman Hall, organized by FCAD’s new Indigenous Communication and Design Network. A external,talk by Leanne Simpson will explore Indigenous resurgence and nationhood through story, song and video.Three path-breaking Indigenous women (Tracey Lindberg, Maatalii Aneraq Okalik, and Maria Campbell) will share their experiences at external,Present and Powerful Indigenous Women.

Ryerson president Mohamed Lachemi will introduce external,Open Borders, Open Minds: Academia in an Age of Growing Isolationism. This public discussion will explore the role of the humanities and social sciences in addressing the implications of closing borders for scholarship, teaching and democracy.

Ryerson and Congress will be host to high-profile, influential guests. The legendary writer and philosopher external,Cornel West will share his thoughts on race, democracy, justice, and love in the Trump era. In addition, a series of Ryersonians in Conversation events will bring prominent Ryerson scholars to discuss critical issues of the day: photojournalist external,Peter Bregg, journalist and professor external,Kamal al-Solaylee, and journalists external,April Lindgren, Jon Corbett and Jaigris Hodson.

In a time of uncertainty, Congress will explore the issues facing journalists. In external,Media in the Age of Terror, former Al Jazeera English Bureau Chief Mohamed Fahmy will discuss his 2013 wrongful imprisonment, and how press freedoms can be threatened by states. At external,Black Joy: Resistance, Revolution, and Radical Love, poet and human rights advocate Aja Monet will discuss the nature of Black identity with writer and activist Desmond Cole.

Ryerson-hosted events will include external,Ryersonia, a dance/music/spoken word show by students from the School of Performance that will explore the nature of home. external,150 Years of Language in Toronto will be exhibited at the Mattamy Athletic Centre. A panel of distinguished visiting professors will discuss the realities of racism at external,Debunking National Narratives: Bigotry Unpacked. Ryerson is also collaborating with the Canadian Labour Congress on an external,interactive refugee hut installation, a multimedia experience that simulates the refugee experience.

Congress is also a time for innovation. external,DMZ tours will showcase Canada’s leading business incubator for tech startups. Meanwhile, FCAD’s groundbreaking creative research will be on display at the external,Creative Innovation Hub.

Congress 2017 is projected to be one of the largest Congresses yet, with more than 8,000 delegates already registered. It will also have the most volunteers, with almost 700 students and staff (beating the previous record of 350).

This will be the first Congress to have a wayfinding app. Ryerson: Congress 2017 Maps is a Google Maps-powered app to help visitors navigate the event. It includes floorplans, drop pin identification, and full-time alerts. The app is available on the iTunes App Store and Google Play, and on the Faculty of Arts external,website.

For more information on Congress 2017, visit the Faculty of Arts.