Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Talking Teaching at the Pedagogy Hub

Guest blog by Tiffany Potter, Congress 2019 Pedagogy Hub Convenor, Associate Head, Department of English Language and Literatures

Congress brings together scholars from dozens of universities, myriad disciplines, and uncountable research niches. Within this diversity, there is one thing almost all of us have in common: in our profession, we teach. Congress 2019 at UBC will recognize this shared ground with a new feature: the Pedagogy Hub. Located in the heart of Congress, next to the book Expo and registration zone on the second floor of the Nest, the Pedagogy Hub will create a physical and intellectual space for a Circle of Conversation around teaching and learning. The Hub invites crossover discussions among associations and disciplines over the course of...

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Bienvenue au Congrès 2019 à UBC!

Blogueuse invitée : Laura Moss, responsable universitaire du Congrès 2019

Je me souviens parfaitement de mon premier Congrès. C’était en 1994, à la University of Calgary. J’étais alors jeune étudiante au doctorat et terrifiée à l’idée de livrer mon premier exposé, consacré au réalisme magique dans Le dernier soupir du Maure. J’en avais des papillons dans l’estomac. En fermant les yeux, je peux revoir la salle où j’ai livré cet exposé, mais me souviens surtout des sourires d’encouragement de mes collègues étudiants et des professeurs. C’est la première fois où j’ai vraiment senti que je pourrais appartenir au milieu universitaire.

J’ai assisté à 16 autres Congrès depuis 25 ans. Les souvenirs que j’en garde sont en partie...

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Welcome to Congress 2019 at UBC!

Guest blog by Laura Moss, Academic Convenor, Congress 2019

I remember my first Congress so clearly: it took place at the University of Calgary in 1994. I was a new PhD student and I was terrified to be presenting my first conference paper. I remember the flight of butterflies I had in my stomach before giving my paper on magic realism in The Moor’s Last Sigh. If I close my eyes, I can still see the room I presented in. What I remember most clearly, however, are the encouraging smiles from my fellow students and senior faculty alike. It was the first time I really felt like I could actually belong in academia.

Over the past 25 years, I have been to 16 more Congresses. Some of my memories are academic, some are social....

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Thinking about War

Guest blog by Jonathan Chan

Reflections on the Congress 2018 Big Thinking lecture entitled Thinking about war with Margaret MacMillan, C.C. organized by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and the University of Regina.

In a country like ours, it can be easy to forget about the prevalence of war in modern society. Nonetheless, some of us walk by war memorials every day, while others may see military regalia at hockey games, for example. Famous movies, books, and video games depict war as an exciting, honourable endeavor. Margaret MacMillan examines the intersection of war and society, and shows how war is woven into so many areas of a peaceful life.

It is...

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Remembering Terry D’Angelo (1962-2018)

Nicola Katz, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Terry laughed easily, and with gusto. Her joie de vivre was sincere, and she had a knack for finding the upside even where others could not.

In fact, as it was recently pointed out by Terry’s brother-in-law, never once in the nearly year-long battle she had with cancer, did Terry ever ask “Why me?” Instead, in typical Terry style, she remained practical and got right down to the business of making the best of the situation at hand: caring for the needs of her loving family, organizing every last detail of their fundraising efforts, making time for farewells to friends and colleagues, and ultimately planning the details of one final event – her own celebration of life.

This engagement and dedication comes as no...

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That’s a wrap! Congress 2018 ends in success

Guest blog by the University of Regina communications team

From May 26 to June 1, thousands of guests made their way to the University of Regina campus for the 87th Congress of The Humanities and Social Sciences. By all accounts, the event was a tremendous success and further proof that when it comes to hosting major events, nobody does it quite like Regina.

For Academic Convenor André Magnan, the success of Congress was a direct result of community support and the many volunteers who worked tirelessly both leading up to and during the event. “People put a lot of hours into making this event a success. We heard a lot of positive feedback about our campus and the friendliness of all of our volunteers. It was a great reflection of our campus and our community.”

The week-long event, the largest of its kind in Canada, brought together academics, researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners, for a series of lively discussions and debates. A wide...

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Saskatchewan addresses absenteeism by linking health and productivity

Guest blog by Mitacs

The University of Saskatchewan’s College of Nursing supports province’s mining industry.

Robin Thurmeier, Dr. Mary Ellen Andrews, Janet Luimes, Dr. Heather Exner-Pirot, Dr. Lorna Butler and Emmy Neuls

The mining sector plays a critical role in the Saskatchewan economy — it accounts for one in every 16 jobs in the province, with a total payroll of $1.5 billion. Therefore, the health and productivity of mine employees have considerable economic and social benefits in the province, yet the impacts of physical and mental health on productivity within the industry are not yet widely understood.

Professor Lorna Butler and her team at the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Nursing and the...

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SSHRC does documentaries at Congress 2018

Guest blog by David Holton, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) @SSHRC_CRSH #SSHRCDocs

Quick, think of a great documentary film.

Got one? Whatever topic it covers, chances are, social sciences and humanities (SSH) scholars have thought about it—and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has funded research on it.

What about An Inconvenient Truth? We fund climate change research. The Maysles brothers’ Grey Gardens? SSH scholars study family dynamics and mental illness. Or Ava DuVernay’s 13th? We’ve got incarceration and social justice covered. Harlan County, USA? Roger and Me...

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Le CRSH présente des documentaires au Congrès 2018

Blogueur invité par David Holton, Le Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines (CRSH) @CRSH_SSHRC  #CRSHDocs

Pensez à un excellent documentaire.

Ça y est? Vous en avez un en tête? Peu importe duquel il s’agit, il y a de fortes chances que des chercheurs en sciences humaines aient déjà réfléchi au sujet qu’il aborde et que le Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines (CRSH) ait déjà financé des travaux de recherche sur ce sujet.

Une vérité qui dérange, dites-vous? Le CRSH finance la recherche sur les changements climatiques. Grey Gardens des frères Maysles? Des chercheurs en sciences humaines étudient les dynamiques familiales et la maladie mentale. Le 13e...

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Good Eats

Guest blog by the University of Regina communications team

Over the past several years, Regina has experienced an explosion of exciting new pubs and eateries. From popular food trucks, to fine dining featuring local fare, to hip new pubs, there’s no shortage of places to satisfy your appetite or quench your thirst.

Downtown Regina offers your biggest selection of dining opportunities. Looking for a delicious steak supper? Check out Golf’s Steak House at 1945 Victoria Avenue, or The Diplomat located at 2032 Broad Street. For those hoping to sample some tasty local fare, check out Crave Kitchen + Wine Bar, located at 1925 Victoria Avenue in the historic former site of the Assiniboia private gentleman’s club. The Capitol, located at 1843 Hamilton Street, offers an ever-changing menu of fresh menu items plus live jazz. Just down the street at 1965 Hamilton, you will find Victoria’s Tavern, a popular choice with locals. Victoria’s serves up all of your...

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