Federation News

Highlights from the federal budget

The federal budget was announced earlier today. 

“The investments announced today —and taken together, they are significant and represent the largest increase in funding through the granting councils in a decade— will lead to crucial research advances to address challenges to Canadian society, as well as equip graduates with the critical thinking and creative skills needed to contribute to the knowledge society," stated Antonia Maioni, President of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Read the Federation's media release here.


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Canada’s Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy

Eleanor Fast, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The world of ideas moves quickly so the Federation was eager to respond when the government asked for input to inform a refresh the 2007 S&T Strategy.  Our submission responded to the three areas highlighted in the government’s consultation document: business innovation, developing innovative and entrepreneurial people, and research excellence. 

We hope you will read our full submission, available ...

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Join us at the Federation's Annual Conference

Mark your calendars! Registration for the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences 2014 Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting (AGM) is now open!

The Federation’s Annual Conference is open to all. It allows you to interact with the Federation’s members and engage in discussions on a range of issues in the humanities and social sciences. This year, the conference will take place in Montreal at the McGill Faculty Club on Friday, March 28, 2014. The full day event will feature panel discussions on the theme of transformations in undergraduate teaching and the future of the PhD, workshops on the future of Congress and Big Data, a Big Thinking lecture on “Borders without Boundaries”, an address from Chad Gaffield, President of Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and...

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Incubating innovation and ingenuity at CSPC


Eleanor Fast, Director of Policy and Programming
Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Federation took part in the Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC) held in Toronto last week. Founded in 2008 by a group of professionals from across industry, academia and government, the CSPC is an annual gathering of minds that aims to address current and emerging issues in Canadian science policy. The forum brings together scholars and stakeholders from across the country to engage in dialogue and encourage action around science, technology and innovation policy issues.

The theme of the event was “Incubating Innovation and Ingenuity,” and sessions were held on a range of topics such as understanding innovation, changes in graduate studies and research training, science communication and the science-policy interface...

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Preparing students for the challenges and wonders of the 21st century


Federation President Antonia Maioni was invited to speak at the University of Winnipeg recently as part of the school’s 100th convocation celebrations. Her address touched on the vital role universities play in our communities, and the overall value of studying the arts, humanities, and social sciences. She congratulated the University on all its accomplishments, many of which demonstrate the idea behind her speech: that a university education in the liberal arts is “A Pathway to Progress in the 21st Century”.

The University of Winnipeg’s commitment to relevant and innovative learning, Maioni said, is evident in the school’s identity as a place for students to “Discover. Achieve. Belong.” She suggested universities must continue to foster more interdisciplinary perspectives and recognize the “interdependence of various fields of academic pursuit” to realize their full...

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Minds mingling at the 2013 World Social Science Forum


Eleanor Fast, Director of Policy & Programming, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Over a thousand people gathered in Montreal this past weekend for the World Social Science Forum, which brought together social science researchers from 80 countries to address the theme of “Social Transformations in the Digital Age”. Sessions took place on a diverse range of topics – from cyber politics to the role of digital games in aging well – and there was palpable energy and excitement in the air as scholars from around the world exchanged views and ideas with one another.   

The conference program also included a number of...

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L’actualité challenges stereotypes about students in the arts, humanities and social sciences

Milena Stanoeva Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The November issue of L’actualité takes a look at Quebec’s job market, the future of employment in the province, and the benefits of a postsecondary education. Among the series of articles, the issue features a piece by Isabelle Grégoire on the social sciences, arts and humanities, and the employment prospects of graduates in those disciplines. Our president, Graham Carr, is quoted in the article, which seeks to challenge stereotypes that arose during the “printemps québécois” about students in the social sciences and humanities.

The Quebec student movement tended to be made up of, and headed by, social sciences and humanities students. Grégoire notes that commentators seized on this fact to call the...

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Ideas can...transform

Alison Hebbs, Director of Policy and Communications
Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

A new idea excites its creator(s), leads to debate, and sparks discovery that drives people forward. Ideas give us hope, earn respect for those who went before us, and help us build a better place for those who will come. People with ideas enhance their communities, share knowledge with others and build connections for the future. Ideas are about being human and caring about the world.

And, ideas have changed us. You may not even know us (the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences), but you know the people we represent: 85,000 students, scholars and researchers in the humanities, arts and social sciences. They study everything from...

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