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Welcome to the blog for the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Posts on this site are the opinion of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Federation, its staff or its board of directors. Entries are posted in the language of the author.

Members of the university research community are invited to make guest blog submissions on issues relating to the wellbeing of the humanities and social sciences research and learning enterprise in Canada. Click here to read the Federations’ blog policy. Please contact Lily Polowin at lpolowin@ideas-idees.ca if you wish to propose a blog article. 

Guess who’s coming to dinner? That is, after you hire us.

Guest post by Dr. Annette Henry, Professor and David Lam Chair in Multicultural Education and the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia

Consider the following statements from search committee meetings at various universities involving racialized candidates. My purpose in sharing these statements is to raise questions about institutional commitments to hire Black faculty.

Our first candidate understands this theory the way we do, but the second candidate has another interpretation of the theory”

This example illustrates how faculty may unwittingly reproduce their own thinking by hiring people who think like them, and in which faculty members may find flimsy reasons to not hire qualified candidates under...

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Rethinking capacity: on preserving the dignity of risk

Guest post by Elizabeth C. Mohler, Ph.D Student in Occupational Science at Western University.

I recently came across an article in the Walrus titled: "When Is a Senior No Longer Capable of Making Their Own Decisions?" The article outlined what is involved in a capacity assessment, who is authorized to provide said assessments, illustrated narratives of individuals who were assessed, and the consequences associated with the assessment’s results. Capacity Assessment is the formal assessment of a person's mental capacity to make decisions about property and personal care. Under the Substitute Decisions Act, many situations require capacity assessments to be conducted by specially qualified assessors who must follow specific guidelines. 

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Saying "yes" to women experts: Informed Opinions advances women's expertise during a time of increased inequality

Lily Polowin, Digital Communications Officer at the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

You may have read the headlines: women with children have been getting pushed out of the workforce due to childcare demands during the pandemic; women have been submitting fewer articles for publication in academic journals since the start of the pandemic; and even when promoted to the second highest position in government, women’s qualifications still come under suspicion. It’s a well-established fact that global crises don’t affect everyone...

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Remarques de Gabriel Miller sur le rapprochement des francophonies canadiennes à travers la recherche et l'enseignement supérieur

Dans le cadre du Colloque virtuel de l’Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas)
Les 6 et 7 mai 2020

En vue du Sommet de rapprochement des francophonies canadiennes, qui mènera à la prochaine politique du Québec en matière de francophonie canadienne, ce colloque visait à réfléchir au rôle - actuel et futur - du milieu de la recherche et de l'enseignement supérieur dans le rapprochement des francophonies canadiennes. Gabriel Miller, Président et Chef de la direction de la Fédération des sciences humaines, nous livre ses remarques concernant le positionnement et les actions de la Fédération sur ce sujet.

Aujourd’hui, on m’a donné l’opportunité de discuter de deux questions : que fait la Fédération pour soutenir les chercheurs francophones dans un contexte minoritaire? Et que souhaitons-nous faire à l’avenir?

Je vais commencer par aborder la question numéro un : que faisons-nous déjà à l’heure actuelle?

De nombreuses choses me...

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Le confinement comme prétexte politique

Blogue invité par Patrick Ouadiaboutou, Enseignant chercheur et auteur, Université Marien Ngouabi,Congo Brazzaville. 

L’année 2019 s’est refermée sur une crise sanitaire d’ampleur mondiale qui augure des lendemains sombres du premier semestre 2020. En effet, commencée dans la Wuhan comme épidémie le 17 Novembre 2019, le coronavirus deviendra très vite une pandémie compte tenu de son expansion rapide sur tous les continents. Entre autres mesures prises pour endiguer ce fléau  jusqu’ici sans remède, figure le confinement des habitants en vue de stopper la chaîne de contamination. L’Afrique, un des cinq continents, n’en est pas épargné. Le Congo-Brazzaville en Afrique centrale, au pire de sa crise économique vit une nouvelle crise : la pandémie dite COVID-19. Au regard des mesures prises sur ce continent,...

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