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Congress 2012

Events and programs

Online registration

Learn more about Congress fees

Congress 2012

Q. What is the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences?
A. The Congress of the Humanities and social sciences is Canada’s largest multidisciplinary annual conference. Along with its trade show, it is a meeting of meetings. CFHSS, host universities, almost 80 academic 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. Which associations are meeting at Congress 2012?
A. The Schedule of Meetings has a complete list of associations and the dates for each meeting.

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Events and programs

To help you plan your time at Congress, this website has an easy-to-use tool that allows you to create your own schedule of events. Go to congress2012.ca and click on Events and Programs. You can browse the program by date, by association, by series (such as Big Thinking or Career Corner) or by searching for specific terms.

Q. What is the difference between “events” and “programs”?
A. “Events” are the sessions that you can browse and search through on the Events and programs page. Events may be hosted by one or more associations, and are always open to all registered Congress delegates. Events that are part of the Big Thinking series are also open to the general public at no cost, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors.

“Programs” refers to the separate conference programs for each association that is meeting at Congress 2012. To attend sessions listed in these programs, you must be a Congress delegate registered for that association. To access the programs, select your association from the drop-down menu on the Events and programs page. Any open events being hosted by the association will be listed first, and underneath those there is information about the association’s program. Click on the programs box to expand that section and you will see a link to the PDF version of the program.

For more assistance on the difference betweens “Events” and “Programs” please visit our Information Office in the Athletic Complex.

How do I use the “My Schedule” feature?
Each time you find a session of interest, click on the title for more information. You will see an option to “Add to My Schedule.” Any sessions you add will appear in a list when you click on My Schedule. You can then print this list, email it or add the sessions to your e-calendar.

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Online registration

Q. How do I register online?
A. Click here to access the online registration system. If you registered in the past (since 2008), click on “Returning to Congress? Log-in now”. You can use the same username and password, click on “Register for Congress” and complete the form. If you have never registered for Congress, go to “New to Congress” and create a new username and password and complete the form.

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Q. What is my username and password?
A. If you registered in the past (since 2008), go to the online registration system and click on “Forgot your log-in information?”. If you are unable to retrieve your username and password, send an email to congress@fedcan.ca.

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Q. How do I verify my registration, make changes or add another association meeting fee?
A. Return to the online registration system and click on “Already registered for 2012? Log-in now” and enter your username and password and make the necessary changes or additions to your account.

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Q. How do I cancel my registration and obtain a refund?
A. Return to the online registration system and click on “Already registered for 2012? Log-in now” and enter your username and password. Click on “Refund request” or send an email to congress@fedcan.ca.

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

  • Â Is your registration form complete?
  • Â Have you entered in the exact association meeting fee amount and is your payment information accurate?
  • Â Have you updated your browser? If it is a browser issue, your computer may have to be updated or you may have to register from another computer.

If the problem persists, send an email to congress@fedcan.ca.

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Learn more about Congress fees

Q. What are the Congress fees?
A. The Congress fees are available here. The Congress fees and association meeting fees vary depending on the category (retired, student, unwaged, post-doctoral fellow or regular delegate). There are also early, late and on-site fees.

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

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Q. What is the difference between the general Congress registration fees and the association meeting fees?
A. The Congress registration fees go toward the costs associated with planning and organizing the Congress. The association meeting fees are collected by the CFHSS on behalf of the associations, and go toward the costs associated with planning their meetings or sessions at Congress.

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Q. I have already paid my association membership fee. Do I still have to pay the association’s meeting fee?
A. All attendees are required to pay the association’s meeting fee to attend or participate at Congress. The meeting fee is not your membership fee. The meeting fees are collected by the CFHSS on behalf of the associations at Congress. Membership fees are paid directly to your association and are not usually collected at Congress. Contact your association concerning your membership fees. For information on your membership status, contact your association directly. You can find association contact information here.

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Q. Do I have to be a member of an association to participate at Congress?
A. You can register for the Congress as a non-member of an association to attend sessions. However, if you are presenting at Congress or if you wish to become a member, you should contact your association prior to registering.

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Q. What is the benefit of registering before March 31?
A. Congress fees increase as of April 1 and again on-site. The information is available here.

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Q. What is the cancellation policy?
A. Cancellations will be accepted until April 15, 2012, subject to a $20 processing fee. No refunds will be possible after this date.

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 If you cannot find the information you need, please email congress@fedcan.ca.