History

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Welcome to the 75th anniversary page for the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Here, you will learn about the beginnings of the Federation, which started as two small research councils meant to support Canadian scholars in the humanities and social sciences and later merged to become the current Federation.

 

The Federation ran a 75th anniversary history quiz initiative from November 2015 to November 2016. Click here to see the questions, answers and winners! 

Interactive timeline: History of the Federation

Try our interactive digital timeline! Scroll through our 75 year history with left/right buttons or drag the dates under the timeline with your mouse. Hover over bubbles to see key moments in our history, and click on bubbles to view archival materials and detailed explanations. Click on archival images to enlarge or shrink.

Timeline

Early in their existence, the Humanities Research Council of Canada (HRC) and the Canadian Social Science Research Council (CSSRC) were non-governmental institutions created by the academic communities in these disciplines. The councils were focused on funding research, connecting scholars and pursuing independent large-scale studies of their own. On the timeline, you will see some examples of those research projects and programs.

As the Canadian government began establishing its own bodies to support research, first in the form of the Canada Council and then in the form of the Social Science and Humanities Research Council, the two original councils—the HRC and the CSSRC—shifted towards becoming representatives for academic associations and universities. While certain programs, such as the Aid to Scholarly Publications Program, were still core to their operations, the councils now focused more on being a voice for the Canadian humanities and social science communities, and there was some evolution in their names.

Eventually, in 1996, what by then had become the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and the Social Science Federation of Canada merged. Today, the joint organization is the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, comprised of over 160 institutional, association and  affiliate members, and representing over 85,000 Canadian scholars. The Federation remains the principal voice of the social science and humanities community, with a wide array of programming and policy work.

Peruse the interactive digital timeline to view highlights of our first 75 years, and visit the rest of the site to see how to engage with us now and into the future.

Presidents of the Federation, 1997- present

Stephen Toope

Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

2015-present

Antonia Maioni

Political Science, McGill University

2013 – 2015

Graham Carr

Concordia University

2010 – 2013

Nathalie DesRosiers

Université d’Ottawa       

2008 – 2010

Noreen Golfman

English, Memorial University of Newfoundland

2006 – 2008

Don Fisher

Educational Studies, University of British Columbia

2004 – 2006

Doug Owram

History, University of Alberta   

2002 – 2004

Patricia Clements

English, University of Alberta

2000 – 2002

Louise Forsyth

Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Saskatchewan

1998 – 2000

Chad Gaffield

History, University of Ottawa

1996 – 1998

John Scott

Philosophy, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador                  

and

Greg Kealey

History, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador

1995 – 1996 

Executive Directors of the Federation, 1997- present

Christine Tausig Ford

Interim Executive Director, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

October 2016-February 2017

 

Jean-Marc Mangin

Executive Director, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

2009-October 2016

 

Jody Ciufo 

Executive Director, Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences 

2006-2009 

Paul Ledwell

Executive Director, Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

2001-2006 

Louise Robert

Executive Director, Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

1998-2001 

Marcel Lauzière

Founding Executive Director, Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada

1996-1998