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Today marks the kick-off of the 2012 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. This year’s Congress, hosted jointly by the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University, includes more than 7,000 delegates from nearly 70 associations in Canada’s largest and most significant interdisciplinary academic gathering.
Medieval Studies will be well-represented, with the Canadian Society of Medievalists holding three days of sessions. Cynthia Neville from Dalhousie University will be giving a plenary paper on “The Quality of Scottish Mercy: Royal Letters of Remission in Medieval Scotland,” while past society President Anna Smol will speak on “Beowulf and Boyology: the Processes of Medievalism.”
Medieval and pre-modern papers will also be delivered in sessions organized by the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies, the Canadian Society for Italian Studies and the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine.
Organized by the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Congress brings together scholars, students, policy-makers and leaders involved in a broad spectrum of disciplines including literature, theatre, sociology, education, and population studies.
The 2012 Congress is the first time in its 81-year history that the event has been held in Waterloo. This year’s theme, which changes year to year, is “Crossroads: Scholarship for an Uncertain World.”
“The vibrant scholarly community in Kitchener-Waterloo was a perfect fit for the Congress,” said Graham Carr, president of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. “The commitment to research, knowledge and collaboration demonstrated by the region is reflective of the interdisciplinary, collaborative nature of Congress.”
Hosted by Congress academic co-convenors Eleanor Ty (Wilfrid Laurier University) and James Skidmore (University of Waterloo), Congress 2012 is a working meeting for Canada’s academics, scholars and researchers – providing opportunities to share knowledge, solidify partnerships and create linkages between the university and other sectors. Over the course of eight days of meetings, panel presentations and keynote speeches, thousands will present their latest works and research at more than 2,500 events.
Medievalists.net will be attending the 2012 Congress. Check back with us over the following weeks to read about some of the events and papers presented during the congress.