Félicitations à Patricia Smart, finaliste pour les Prix littéraires du gouverneur général


La Fédération des sciences humaines félicite Patricia Smart pour sa nomination en tant que finaliste pour les Prix littéraires du gouverneur général de 2015 dans la catégorie d’Essais de langue française pour son livre, De Marie de l'Incarnation à Nelly Arcan: Se dire, se faire par l'écriture intime, publiée par Les éditions du Boréal avec l’appui du PAES.

À propos du livre : «Ce livre trouve son origine dans le désir d’explorer les expériences des femmes qui ont accompagné et rendu possibles les grands moments de l’histoire officielle du Québec, de l’...

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Together from the start: Federation and the ASPP

Jessica Clark and Matthew McKean, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The ASPP (Awards to Scholarly Publications Program) has been, in one incarnation or another, at the heart of the Federation since day one. The competitive funding program, designed to assist with the publication of scholarly books on topics in the humanities and social sciences, has supported over 6000 books since it began.

In 1940, the Aid for Publication program was established, thanks to a $5000 grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. The goal was to ensure that completed works by “competent scholars” did not go unpublished. In the early days, Aid for Publication funding supported scholarly books recommended by the Canadian...

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ASPP-Funded Books Dominate The Hill Times’ Best of 2014 List

Jessica Clark, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

On Monday, The Hill Times published its annual list of “Best 100 Books” from the past year. As usual, books funded by the Federation’s Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP) were well represented. In fact, 23 of the 100 books – almost a quarter of the list! – were supported by the ASPP.

As you might imagine, we’re absolutely chuffed that so many of the political science books we’ve supported have been recognized by The Hill Times in this way. The Federation sends a hearty “congratulations” to all the authors and publishers of these great books! Here is the list of the ASPP books that made the cut:


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Open Access and the Humanities, by Martin Paul Eve

Nour Aoude, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

When it comes to open access, it can sometimes feel like the humanities and social sciences are merely catching up to the progress made in science, technology and engineering disciplines. One of our goals at the Federation is to encourage the publishing of SSH monographs in open access. So naturally, we are very excited about the recent publication of Open Access and the Humanities: Contexts, Controversies and the Future (Cambridge University Press) by author...

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The ASPP en vedette at the Salon du livre de Montréal

Jessica Clark, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Last Friday, it was my privilege once again to attend the Salon du livre de Montréal on behalf of the Federation and the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP). The Salon is a paradise for book nerds of all persuasions, this girl included! As always, I enjoyed soaking in the bright colours of the booths, mountains of gorgeous books, and the frisson of energy that permeates the hall. After a little browsing I turned my attention to my main purpose for attending the Salon this year.

We were very fortunate to have arranged...

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ASPP-funded translation receives Governor General’s Literary Award

Jessica Clark, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to congratulate Peter Feldstein, winner of this year’s Governor General’s Literary Award for French-to-English Translation. He is recognized for his translation of Paul-Émile Borduas: A Critical Biography by François-Marc Gagnon, published by McGill-Queen’s University Press. This book was supported in part by a Translation Grant from the Federation’s...

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Parcours numériques : Le futur du livre et l’accès libre (French)

Marcello Vitali-Rosati and Michael E. Sinatra, Université de Montréal 

Avec les Presses de l’Université de Montréal, nous avons créé une collection en accès libre qui s’intitule « Parcours numériques »[1] et dont les trois premières publications sont sorties en 2014. La collection est basée sur l’idée qu’il doit y avoir une complémentarité entre l’édition papier et l’édition numérique, ces deux formes de publication présupposant différentes idées de lecture et deux approches à la réception des contenus.

Le livre papier – et l’on entend ici également le numérique homothétique (epub ou pdf) qui reproduit à l’identique le livre papier sur un support numérique – permet une lecture linéaire. Une thèse...

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Open Access and the ASPP

Jessica Clark, ASPP Coordinator and Matthew McKean, Policy Analyst

Many of our readers will already be familiar with the Federation’s recent initiative to develop an OA policy for its Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP). The ASPP is a competitive funding program that supports the publication and translation of scholarly books on topics in the humanities and social sciences.

Since last fall, the Federation has been looking at all issues related to OA and book publishing. In the spring, after a period of concerted research and informal discussions with experts and stakeholders, we released a...

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'Tis the season for book prizes!

Each year, the Federation helps scholarly books on topics in the humanities and social sciences get published through the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP). To date, the ASPP has supported the publication of over 6,000 books that have helped to enrich the social, cultural and intellectual life of Canada and the world.

It is with great delight that the Federation congratulates two authors who were funded by the ASPP last year, Miranda Campbell and Gregory Taylor, for being shortlisted for the 2014 Donner Prize. “The Donner Prize encourages and celebrates excellence in public policy writing by Canadians, on topics of great importance to Canadians” (The Donner Canadian Foundation).

Both published by McGill-Queen’s University Press, Miranda Campbell’s...

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Salon du livre de Montréal: A passion for books

Jessica Clark Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

I spent Friday and Saturday last week at the Salon du livre de Montréal. If you’ve never been to Montreal’s Salon, it’s an absolutely incredible event – the largest in Québec. Other Salons also take place across Québec every year – it’s a whole system of events that connect the public with the books and authors they love.  In Montréal, publishers, authors and readers take over the huge showroom floor at the Place Bonaventure, with thousands, possibly millions of books to browse. I’ve been before, and every time I attend I am overwhelmed by the event’s energy and enthusiasm.

I was...

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