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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Alex Sévigny, director of McMaster University’s Master of Communications Management Program, presented his Big Thinking lecture, “Who's driving the story? Question period, social media, and changing political communications,” to a full house yesterday. We will be making a video of his lecture available shortly.

And keep an eye out for our next Big Thinking lecture featuring Janice Keefe of Mount Saint Vincent University, who will be talking about the challenges Canada will face as its population ages in the coming decades. Registration is now open.

Harvey Weingarten, president of the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, gave a talk at the 2012 Symposium of the Ontario Research Chairs...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Léo Charbonneau blogs this week on the recent boycott of academic publishing company Elsevier, which owns 2,000 academic journals, by researchers. The boycott was over Elsevier’s support of the Research Works Act, a US legislation proposal that would prohibit open access mandates for federal research funding. In both Canada and the US, government organizations that provide public funding for research require that the research be made publicly available. More than 7,500 researchers worldwide vowed to stop sending their research to Elsevier-owned journals, leading the company to withdraw its support for the legislation.

Charbonneau’s blog post also makes the interesting point that, although peer-reviewed journal articles are seen as the only authoritative...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Registration for our March Big Thinking lecture is now open. On March 8, Alex Sevigny of McMaster University will lecture on political communication, particularly around Question Period and social media. Over the weekend, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) held their annual meeting in Canada for the first time in about 30 years. While AAAS content is not specific to HSS disciplines, David VanderZwaag, a Canada Research Chair in Ocean Law and Governance, discussed ways in which climate change can affect Canada’s laws on shipping regulation, ocean governance and marine biodiversity protection. In another example of Canadian humanities contributions...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Two of our 2011 Big Thinkers are in the news this week. Our September Big Thinker, Evan Fraser, was featured on The Cord in an article on the effects of climate change. Kwame Anthony Appiah, a Big Thinker from our Congress 2011 line-up, was presented with the 2011 National Humanities Medal by President Obama.

Martha Nussbaum, a professor of law and ethics at the University of Chicago, gave a lecture at Stanford University on the importance of the humanities...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva

Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The short list of nominees for the Canada Prize in the Humanities and the Canada Prize in the Social Sciences has been announced. This year’s nominees feature a diverse set of topics, from post-soviet Russia to 1960s Toronto. The winners will be announced at a special award ceremony on Friday, March 30, 2012 at the Musée des beaux-arts in Montreal during CFHSS’s Annual General Meeting. The official press release and short list of nominees are available here. If you missed Jeremy de Beer’s Big Thinking lecture on innovation and intellectual property last week, a video is now available. Daniel Jelski, a professor...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

This Tuesday, we held our first Big Thinking lecture of the season. University of Ottawa law professor Jeremy de Beer discussed ways of rethinking intellectual property and how we measure innovation. In his talk, de Beer argued for a more holistic approach to innovation, one that values contributions from the social sciences and humanities and relies on a variety of measures that complement economic ones. A recap of de Beer’s talk is available on University AffairsMargin Notes blog. iPolitics also covered the event. If you have an account, you can read the article here.

An upcoming Congress Big Thinker, Thomas Homer-...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Matthew Batstone, director of Britain’s New College of the Humanities, wrote an article for The Guardian advising graduates in the humanities on ways to capitalize on their education when they are applying for jobs. One of his tips for humanities graduates is demonstrating that they are not just suited to thinking, but also to handling projects and working in an applied way.

Léo Charbonneau, of University Affairs, refutes arguments that online education will be the demise of traditional classroom lectures and universities. He argues that education is a social experience and that there is something to the heady university experience that will keep...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Inside Higher Ed featured an essay on the current debates about the usefulness of the humanities. Authors Paul Jay and Gerald Graff argue that some academics in the humanities disdain arguments about the humanities’ applicability to non-academic jobs, which ultimately sells humanities students short. Commenting on the essay, Andrew Sullivan highlights a chart of unemployment rates for all university degree holders. According to the chart, the rates for degree holders in the humanities are fairly in line with unemployment rates for other degrees.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Registration for the 2012 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, hosted by Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo from May 26 to June 2, is now open! Special early registration prices are available until April 1st, so don’t delay! Information on featured events, including Big Thinkers like Margaret Atwood, is available here.

Co-founder and director of Britain’s New College of the Humanities Matthew Batstone took to The Guardian this week to argue for the importance of the humanities to Britain’s business and political leadership, most of whom...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The winners of the second Digging into Data Challenge were announced this Tuesday. The competition, which promotes humanities and social sciences research using data-analysis, is funded by eight partners from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). A total of fourteen projects were selected for funding.

The Government of Canada announced that new and existing loans for part-time students will be interest-free during study. This measure is estimated to save part-...

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