Federation News

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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New Working Paper: Finding New Ways to Maximize HSS Research Impact

 

Matthew McKean, Policy Analyst, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences has been hard at work on an ambitious research impact project. Our new working paper, entitled “The Impacts of Humanities and Social Science Research,” launches today at Concordia University in Montreal at the “Mobilizing Knowledge for Social Innovation” colloquium, organized by the Fonds de recherche du Québec, as part of the prestigious Entretiens Jacques Cartier.

Why, you ask, should we worry about defining research impact and why should we attempt to measure it?  Because in this era of...

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Reflections on the Changing BA

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

The Canadian BA is surely but subtly transforming before our very eyes, as Antonia Maioni points out in a thoughtful op-ed in The Globe and Mail this week. The program from which I graduated at the University of Toronto more than 25 years ago is a case in point—it has maintained the same name but its curriculum has evolved in fascinating new directions and is making great strides toward preparing students for the unexpected. Leslie Chan, Program Supervisor for the International Development Studies program at the University of...

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Pre-budget 2015 submission: Investments in research, scholarships, social innovation and Aboriginal students

 

Karen Diepeveen, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Each year, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance asks Canadians to identify their priorities for the upcoming federal budget. In response, the Federation puts forward recommendations pertaining to the social science and humanities community, noting ways in which federal funding could bolster these disciplines, research, scholars and students.

Last year in 2013, in addition to ask for the granting councils, the Federation recommended the federal government change the regulations for Mitacs to allow not-for-profits to participate in their internship program. When Budget 2014 was announced, this recommendation was adopted, with...

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Open Access and the ASPP: Consultations on the draft policy

By Karen Diepeveen

The last few years have seen a lot of buzz around Open Access: its benefits, challenges, opportunities and obstacles. The granting councils have begun exploring Open Access for journals. For the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, one of the biggest questions has emerged around Open Access and monographs.

The Federation’s Awards to Scholarly Publications Program  has existed for many years. As the Open Access discussion has progressed, the ASPP has been linked to more and more questions about what – if any – Open Access policy should exist.

And so, in October 2013, the Federation embarked on a multi-year project to develop an Open Access policy for the ASPP. The initial...

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The “SSH” is part of “S&T”

Our mission at the Federation is to promote the value of research and learning in the social sciences and humanities (SSH). Often we’re asked, don’t you feel  excluded when people  talk about “science and technology (S&T)” or “science” as a catch-phrase for all research? Of course we’d like a greater focus on the value of the SSH in conversations about research, and that’s something the secretariat works on in our discussions with policy makers. But the basic answer to the question is no, we do not feel excluded.   Today, “S&T” is increasingly defined to include the arts, humanities and social sciences, as well as the natural and health sciences and engineering. We know that SSH research in Canada is world-class, and believe that collaboration between the SSH and organizations in the natural and health sciences and engineering makes all research stronger.  

This type of interdisciplinary collaboration and understanding is something the Federation actively promotes....

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Canadian archeology loses a champion

Nicola Katz, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Canada has lost a gem of an archeologist this month with the passing of Dr. Priscilla Renouf. A pioneer in her field for over thirty years, she conducted research in Labrador, Arctic Norway and Greenland, with a particular focus Port au Choix in northwestern Newfoundland. Holding a BA and MA from Memorial University, and a PhD from Cambridge University, she was Canada Research Chair in North Atlantic Archaeology at Memorial University, where she has taught since 1981.  Among her many achievements, she was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and 1992-1993 recipient of the President's Award for Outstanding Research.

Dr. Renouf was exemplary in her interdisciplinary, holistic and innovative approach to her work. Her talent lay in the...

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SSH News: Contributions of social scientists, Federation’s 2014 Annual Conference, 2014 Canada Prizes finalists

Last Friday, Chad Gaffield, president of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), spoke at Carleton University about whether social scientists have an obligation to solve society’s problems. In a subsequent article about the event, “Contemplating the Contribution of Social Scientists”, Susan Hickman remarks that Gaffield suggested that “we live in “a profound period of change,” [and] went on to say we still have much to learn about human thought and behaviour and it’s essential that researchers collaborate and inter-...

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2014 Annual Conference to be live streamed

Only days away! The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences will be hosting its 2014 Annual Conference at the McGill Faculty Club on Friday, March 28. Can’t make it to the Conference? Good news: you can still catch the day’s events.

The Federation will stream live throughout the Conference here.

The full day event will include panel discussions on the themes of transformations in undergraduate teaching and the future of the PhD. The event also includes workshops on the future of Congress and Big Data, a Big Thinking lecture on "Borders without Boundaries" by Kevin Kee of Brock University, an address by Chad Gaffield, President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and the announcement of the...

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