[nfbwatlk] big conference in Victoria

Frederick Driver wt329 at victoria.tc.ca
Wed Feb 11 08:47:13 UTC 2009

We have two or three distinguished academics in the Canadian Federation of
the Blind.

Do you know any Federationists who are professors?  If so, pass this
along.  Maybe they would welcome a reason to come to Victoria in 2013.


Media Release follows:


World Scholars Head To UVic

UVic to host the 2013 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

The University of Victoria will host the largest and most respected
multi-disciplinary gathering of researchers in North America in the spring of 2013.

More than 9,000 delegates from Canada and around the world are expected to attend the 83rd annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, presenting groundbreaking research on a wide range of topics.

"The Federation is very pleased with the support the university received from the local community," says Nathalie Des Rosiers, president of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. "Universities go through a very competitive process and must demonstrate the suitability of both their facilities and of their organization to host an event of this scale. It is also a testament to the University of Victoria's ability to be a showcase of Canadian scholarship and excellence."

Organized by the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Congress has been held annually since 1931 and this is the second time UVic has won a competitive bid to host it. It secured the 2013 event, in part thanks to significant support from community leaders, its understanding of the scope and complexity of the Congress, and its clear expertise in handling large crowds. The fact that UVic's campus is accessible, compact and easy to navigate was also a factor.

"Strong programs in the humanities and social sciences are at the core of every great university, including the University of Victoria," says UVic President David Turpin. "We are celebrating our 50th anniversary in 2013 and there couldn't be a better way to mark the occasion than to welcome the Congress delegates to our campus."

The Congress will have an impact on Victoria in a number of ways. In the past, Congress has injected up to $10 million into the local economy of the host city and neighboring communities. In addition it has generated up to 20,000 room nights for the hospitality industry.

Congress 2009 will be held in Ottawa and will feature over 4,000 sessions on a variety of topics in the humanities and social sciences including sustainable communities, globalization and trade; international politics; Aboriginal peoples and Canada; gender, equity and sexuality; and culture—pop and otherwise.

Representing more than 50,000 researchers in 66 scholarly associations, 73 universities and colleges, and seven affiliates across the country, the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences is the voice of Canada's research community in these disciplines.

UVic is Vancouver Island's longest established university and is only a 20-minute drive from downtown Victoria—named as the #2 destination in Canada by Trip Advisor. The campus is known for its open green spaces, proximity to the ocean and state-of-the-art buildings.

Media Contacts:
Caitlin Kealey (Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences) at 613-238-6112 ext 351 or ckealey at fedcan.ca<javascript:location.href='mailto:'+String.fromCharCode(99,107,101,97,108,101,121,64,102,101,100,99,97,110,46,99,97)+'?'>
Maria Lironi (UVic Communications) at 250-721-6139 or lironim at uvic.ca<javascript:location.href='mailto:'+String.fromCharCode(108,105,114,111,110,105,109,64,117,118,105,99,46,99,97)+'?'>


Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences site on their

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