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Transforming our relationship with members: Launching Strategic Plan 2016-2020

Jean-Marc Mangin, Executive Director, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Read Strategic Plan 2016-2020.

Many in the academic community view strategic planning with some degree of skepticism. Either full of motherhood statements and/or written in bureaucratese, many critics do not observe significantly altered organizational behavior and performance from the adoption of strategic plans. The Federation has just completed the execution of its 2011-2015 strategic plan. What has changed? How did we do when compared with our goals? Pretty well, I would venture to say: out of 17 strategic goals, the key operational objectives...

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The challenge of reconciliation in one moment

Peter Severinson, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

For me, the most exciting, challenging and inspiring moment at the Federation’s Annual Conference last week came from a young woman who spoke from the floor. We had just heard a moving and thought-provoking talk from Wab Kinew, the acclaimed writer, journalist and musician who is now serving as Associate Vice-President of Indigenous Affairs at the University of Winnipeg. He spoke about the challenges our colleges and universities face in helping to advance reconciliation with Aboriginal peoples. We then enjoyed a panel discussion on the same subject, featuring leaders from different backgrounds in the higher-education sector,...

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Federation and DHSI partner on DH skills training

Alyssa Arbuckle, Assistant Director, Research Partnerships & Development, Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, University of Victoria

The Digital Humanities Summer Institute is an annual training opportunity hosted at the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. DHSI is the largest regular digital humanities skills training institute in the world, and has an alumni group of 3,000. It is directed by Dr. Ray Siemens and coordinated by the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab on the University of Victoria campus. In 2015, DHSI welcomed over 750 participants across 40 courses led by an instructional team of 70.

We are pleased to announce that the...

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Unpacking 75 years of Federation history

 

Robert Blades and Thomas Berton, Carleton University

How on earth does one distill hundreds of archival boxes containing letters, meeting minutes, conference notes, photographs, surveys, legal documents, and even the occasional poem into a succinct historical timeline of the Federation from 1940 to the present day? This is exactly the question we explored during this past summer of 2015. First, who are we? We are two Masters of Public History students from Carleton University in Ottawa. Thomas is doing research on board games and Rob studies relationships between sound and memory. In May we began to pour over hundreds of archival boxes from the Federation’s genesis as two separate research councils —one for the humanities and another for...

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Results for the Federation’s Board of Directors elections

Véronique Mallet, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The results are in!

This election marks a change in the Federation presidency. After completing her two-year term as President, Antonia Maioni will hold the position of Past-President until March 2016 and Stephen Toope ends his term as President-Elect and will be President of the Board until March 2017.

Six positions on the Board of Directors of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences...

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Nominations are open for the Federation’s Board of Directors

Véronique Mallet, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Nominations open today, Tuesday, January 6, 2015 for seven positions on the Board of Directors of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. The open positions are:

  • Director, Research Policy
  • Director, Research Dissemination
  • Director, Institutions (2 positions)
  • Director, Associations (2 positions)

Please note that the Board of Directors will also nominate a Treasurer, as per the Federation’s Governance Policy. If you are interested in this position and would like you candidacy to be considered, please contact Véronique Mallet.

Nominations can be made by current General Assembly...

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‘Measuring’ the impact of Social Sciences and Humanities

Simone Tulumello, Post-doc research fellow in Planning and Geography at the ULisboa, Institute of Social Sciences

Ideas can… is the website of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, a non-profit charitable organization with a mandate to (from the website): promote the value of research and learning in the humanities and social sciences; support the dissemination of knowledge to the public and the public policy community; provide a range of services to individual members and member institutions.

The Federation has recently launched an ambitious project that aims at developing metrics for measuring the impacts of Social Sciences and Humanities within and beyond academe....

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Welcoming Gauri Sreenivasan, new Director of Policy and Programs

Jean-Marc Mangin, Executive Director, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

I am very pleased to introduce Gauri Sreenivasan as our new Director of Policy and Programs. Gauri brings nearly 25 years of policy and programming experience, most recently as the Director of Parliamentary Affairs in the Official Opposition Leader`s Office.  Gauri also worked for 15 years at the Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC) as a senior analyst and team coordinator. Gauri has a deep understanding of the legislative and policy making process, including the complexities of the interactions between research, policy stakeholders, and decision makers across a wide range of issues-- both domestic and global...

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Our President-Elect asks universities to evolve, not transform radically

Jean-Marc Mangin, Executive Director, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

“I love you, please change.”

These words succinctly capture Stephen Toope’s message to Canadian universities in his rich, nuanced and compelling October 2014 report for Taking Action for Canada: Jobs and Skills for the 21st Century. An initiative of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, Taking Action for Canada seeks to bring together educators, governments and businesses to develop solutions and best practices for keeping the next generation of Canadian workers engaged. 

Toope, a scholar of international law, is President-Elect of the Federation. He has also served as President of the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation, President of the...

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