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Eight ways to dive into Digital Humanities

Guest blog by Constance Crompton Assistant Professor, Digital Humanities, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, The University of British Columbia

We've all heard that digital tools can help enhance our research, teaching, and dissemination. That said, it's not always clear how to get started. On May 27 and 28, the DHSI@Congress  will return to Congress for its fourth year. The series features eight  2.5-hour introductory workshops covering everything from augmented reality and 3D printing to DH pedagogy and DH theory and a plenary by Ryerson's Centre for Digital Humanities Director, Lorraine Janzen Kooistra.

The DHSI@Congress is built on the community model of the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of...

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Ice Blink: Navigating Northern Environmental History

Guest blog by Stephen Bocking, Trent School of the Environment, Trent University

Headlines today tell of melting ice and scrambles over resources and boundaries – signposts of an Arctic experiencing unprecedented transformation. But these accounts require historical context. Ice Blink: Navigating Northern Environmental History,  recently published by the University of Calgary Press, provides this context, exploring a century of change across the north.

Ice Blink is the product of a new generation of scholars pursuing the environmental history of northern Canada. The stories they tell concern the evolving relations between people and the northern environment throughout the twentieth century. Some of the...

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Ryerson presents… An evening with Cornel West

Guest blog by Dean Pamela Sugiman, Ryerson University 

Celebrating Congress 2017, Ryerson University is pleased to present “An evening with Cornel West.”

Known for his passion, humility, grace and humour, Cornel West is one of America’s most outspoken critics on race, poverty and democracy. The Princeton University professor and civil rights activist is committed to keeping alive the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. — a legacy of truth-telling and bearing witness to love and justice. Dr. West's incisive commentary on race and justice lays at the core of the Congress 2017 theme: Canada the Next 150 On Indigenous Lands.

On the street, in prisons, churches, or lecture halls, Dr. West’s writing, speaking, and teaching mash the traditions of the black Baptist Church, progressive politics...

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Ryerson presents … five special events you will not want to miss

Guest blog by Mohamed Lachemi, President and Vice Chancellor, Ryerson University 

The Ryerson team is hard at work putting the finishing touches on what we know will be a memorable Congress for all attendees. This is the first time Ryerson University is hosting Congress and the excitement is building on campus. Beyond the...

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Keeping Ontario on the map! Exploring our transforming landscapes online

Guest blog by Kara Handren, Metadata Librarian, Scholars Portal/OCUL

Map libraries are wonderful places, whose collections support patrons in their research, education, work and private lives. However, given the quantity of maps produced during any given period, libraries often have to make decisions to preserve only those maps that are of local relevance and significance, leaving their collections incomplete. The Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) has filled in the gaps for early topographic maps of Ontario, by bringing together over 1000 maps that had previously existed across dozens of institutions. This shared digital collection has been made available online just in time for Canada’s 150th birthday!

The collection is the result of a province-wide collaboration led by the OCUL Geo Community to inventory, digitize, georeference, and provide access to these maps. It includes...

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Indigenous ways of knowing and the academy: Part 2 of 2

Guest blog by Aaron Franks, Mitacs-SSHRC Visiting Fellow in Indigenous Research and Reconciliation

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On April 26 I published a guest post on this Federation blog on Indigenous ways of knowing and the academy. Here I want to share more details of a specific gathering at Congress 2017 that will be hosted by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) (May 30 – check the program!) which SSHRC hopes will help strengthen the autonomy and standing of diverse Indigenous knowledge systems in the contemporary academy.  

Many of you reading will recognize that this effort, like so much about...

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Indigenous ways of knowing and the academy: Part 1 of 2

Guest blog by Aaron Franks, Mitacs-SSHRC Visiting Fellow in Indigenous Research and Reconciliation

Read Indigenous ways of knowing and the academy: Part 2 of 2

I had the privilege of attending a conference marking the 20th anniversary of the release of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal People (RCAP, 1996) last November. One of the participants at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) session on research and reconciliation expressed concern about the phrase “Indigenous ways of knowing.” Why single out “Indigenous,” and why qualify human logic and comprehension with the squishy phrase “ways of knowing”? This person had spent many years thinking through these issues, working hard to improve opportunities for Indigenous peoples, but I was...

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Une étudiante étrangère explore le bien-être des jeunes autochtones à l’aide des arts et de la culture

Blogue par Robyn Dugas, Spécialiste de contenu, Mitacs

Jessica Blain était une étudiante en troisième année du premier cycle de l’Université Australia à Sydney. Par un Stage de recherche Mitacs Globalink à l’Université Concordia, elle a aidé à évaluer l’impact d’un programme de théâtre communautaire sur le bien-être des jeunes d’une communauté éloignée des Premières nations du Nord de la Saskatchewan. Ses expériences lui ont démontré le potentiel qu’ont les programmes artistiques pour fournir un espace positif afin de promouvoir le développement créatif et le leadership parmi les jeunes autochtones.

Les...

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International student explores Indigenous youth wellbeing with arts and culture

Guest blog by Robyn Dugas, Content Specialist, Mitacs

Jessica Blain was a third-year undergraduate student from Australia’s University of Sydney.Through a Mitacs Globalink Research Internship at Concordia University, she helped evaluate the impact of a community-based theatre program on the wellbeing of young people in a remote First Nations community in Northern Saskatchewan. Her experiences showed her the potential for arts-based programs to provide a positive space for fostering creative development and leadership among Indigenous youth.

Participatory arts and culture activities created by and for...

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L’élaboration efficace de politiques nécessite des voix des sciences sociales et humaines

Blogue par Steve Higham, Analyste des politiques

Les décisions politiques mal éclairées ont des conséquences importantes et durables. Souvent, les critiques tiennent pour acquis que les décisions politiques négatives peuvent être évitées seulement si les décideurs sont guidés par des données et des preuves scientifiques. Toutefois, les données et les preuves ne sont pas les seuls facteurs qui éclairent le processus d’élaboration de politiques. Pour la majorité des questions, les décisions seront influencées par des considérations culturelles et politiques, avec les croyances, principes et valeurs correspondants qu’un gouvernement peut ou pas soutenir.

Ce n’est...

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