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SSH News: Imagining Canada’s Future, Big Thinking with Richard Hawkins, and the Power of the Arts National Forum

Christine McKenna Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has released the results of their Imagining Canada’s Future initiative, which includes six future challenge areas likely to emerge as Canada moves through the next few decades in an evolving global context. Following a cross-Canada consultation period launched in 2011, the six challenges were designated as areas in which SSHRC believes it can and should make a difference with help from the Canadian social sciences and humanities research community. Visit their...

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SSH News: CIBC report responses, volunteer at the World Social Science Forum, and the Royal Society of Canada names new fellows and award winners

 

Last week saw the release of a report from CIBC about the current state of employment prospects for university graduates. Since then, discussions about the value of a university education have ramped up across the Canadian media, with many questioning the practicality of studying in disciplines associated with the liberal arts. In response, an article in the ...

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SSH News: CIBC report, call for papers for Sexuality, Human Rights, and Public Policy conference, and the official website for Congress 2014

 

Earlier this week the CIBC released a report suggesting that Canadian postsecondary students are widely choosing to enter fields of study that are not compatible with today’s high-demand areas of employment. Consequently, the report argues that Canada is experiencing an excess supply of post-secondary graduates whose skills do not reflect the needs of the contemporary labour market. The implications of the report have been discussed in a...

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Liberal arts education: good for your mind and your wallet

 

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

With the excitement, anticipation and promise of a new academic year inevitably come questions about the long-term value of a degree.

Recently, Benjamin Tal and Emanuella Enenajor at CIBC World Markets attempted to quantify the long-term economic value of post-secondary education, concluding that “Canada is experiencing an excess supply of post-secondary graduates,” and that students are making unprofitable decisions by choosing in vast numbers to study in the humanities and social sciences.

A discussion on the value of education is always welcome. Taking Tal and Enenajor’s numbers at face value, their conclusions are very much open to debate and, I will argue, not based on their own evidence.

But before entering into the discussion at all, let’s...

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SSH News: University arts program woes, “Designing Healthy Campus Communities”, and the Global Young Academy calls for new members

 

Christine McKenna Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The University of Prince Edward Island has seen its enrolment of students into arts programs drop 22% for this September, and registrar Kathy Kielly suggests the arts decline is part of a nationwide trend. Similarly, the University of Alberta has chosen to suspend admission into 20 arts programs due to low student enrolment, an adjustment related to its budget cuts of $84 million over the next 3 years. Maybe the humanities in Canada are not as safe as we thought.

A collaboration between the...

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SSH News: Upcoming conference submissions, and the humanities get some time in the spotlight on the Colbert Report

 

The next deadline to submit a proposal for the Ninth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences is September 9th, 2013. This call for proposals not only pertains to paper presentations, but also to posters, exhibits, workshops, and interactive sessions. The forum aims to discuss approaches to knowledge creation in the social sciences with an emphasis on interdisciplinary practices, so research may cover a variety of themes and ideas. Be sure to keep an eye on the conference website, as proposals are called for and reviewed on a monthly basis. The Ninth...

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Eligibility criteria for CIHR Foundation Scheme live pilot competitions released

 

Christine McKenna Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) have recently undertaken a number of steps to reform and improve their Open Suite of Programs and peer review process for funding Canadian health-focused research.  At the Federation’s recommendation in the spring of 2012, CIHR developed a Humanities and Social Sciences Advisory Group comprised of Canadian scholars from across these disciplines. After soliciting feedback from this group and the broader the research community on the preliminary program reform outline, CIHR has developed a new system for their investigator-driven grants process that will reorganize the suite into two new schemes:

“The Foundation Scheme is designed to provide long-term support to research leaders at any career stage with demonstrated track records of success, including new/early career investigators with...

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SSH News: Building Better Lives & Communities, Research Ethics Panel appointments, and the 2013 Massey Lectures

 

The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) is set to host a half-day symposium called Building Better Lives & Communities, where a variety of international experts will engage with ideas about identity, groups, and the pursuit of happiness. Through a series of TED-style presentations, panel discussions, and audience Q&A periods, the forum will consider three different themes relating to social change and community wellbeing: “The challenges to group identity”, “The pitfalls of imperfect decision-making”, and “The power of positive social experience”. With researchers weighing in from a range of academic fields, the symposium will facilitate an interdisciplinary conversation about some valuable studies in social science. Building Better Lives and Communities will take place on September...

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SSH News: Canadian Museum of History plans, Humanities 2.0, and the social conditions affecting Canadians’ health

 

The plans for the new Canadian Museum of History have been revealed, and they point to a greater focus on issues of politics, conflict, and First Nations history than can be found in its current incarnation as the Canadian Museum of Civilization. The report outlines the museum’s plans to rebrand itself and revamp the collection’s presentation, though some are expressing apprehension about the museum’s ability to critically examine certain issues in the wake of research and curatorial staff losses .

Le Devoir has been continuing their Humanities 2.0 series, and...

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