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ASPP titles win big at Congress 2010

Kel Morin-Parsons, Manager of ASPP One of the many wonderful things about Congress is the awarding of a number of book prizes.  With such a critical mass of scholars present, what better place to recognise scholarly accomplishment?  The University of Toronto Press blogs here about a number of its authors who won or received honourable mentions for prizes at Congress 2010.  I’m pleased to say that virtually all of the titles mentioned were supported by the Aid to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP).  Candida Rifkind, Sheryl Hamilton, Beatrice Craig (a double winner), Becki Ross, Royden Loewen and Gerald Friesen, Kristen Good, Eric Mills, Bryan Palmer and Lara Campbell all received ASPP grants in...

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Fedcan's Big Thinking lecture is the place to be!

The team here at the Federation was gushing a bit with pride this week when the Ottawa Citizen listed our Big Thinking lecture series as one of the top five places for MP-spotting in the capital. We're in pretty good company with Hy's Steakhouse, D'Arcy McGee's pub and Mamma Teresa Ristorante. Perhaps if we could find a way to combine New York Strip steak, pints of Guinness, fresh pasta and an engaging lecture on social sciences and humanities research we'd have a truly un-stoppable formula.

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Congratulations to Holberg Prize Winner

Canadian humanities researchers have yet again proven their ability to compete internationally, with the Holberg International Memorial Prize being awarded to a Canadian for the second year in a row.  Natalie Zemon Davis from the University of Toronto has won the prestigious $785,000 prize, a portion of which she plans to donate to research libraries, according to the Globe and Mail.

When asked to comment on the prize, Noreen Golfman, president of the Federation stated, “Often it takes validation from outside – whether it's Hollywood or Norway – before we're allowed to celebrate our own. It's a huge deal and a great, great honour in an area that people seem to think of as increasingly marginal.”

This is truly an example of the excellence and innovation inherent in our community.

You can read the full story from the Globe and Mail online...

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Fedcan on Budget 2010

Photo gracieuseté de slightly-less-random sur Flickr

Rendu public la semaine dernière,le budget fédéral a été comme un feu de paille à en juger par la couverture dans les médias nationaux. Si la Fédération est satisfaite de constater que du financement est prévu pour le CRSH, il reste cependant à s’assurer que le gouvernement fédéral reconnaîtra la valeur de nos disciplines dans la mise en œuvre du budget.

La présidente de la Fédération, Noreen Golfman, a offert les commentaires suivants sur le budget de cette année :

« Compte tenu du contexte économique actuel, nous considérons ce budget comme un vote de confiance à l’endroit de la collectivité de recherche universitaire et en sa capacité de contribuer à l’innovation canadienne et rendre le pays davantage concurrentiel. Aujourd’hui, la recherche est par nature interdisciplinaire...

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Fedcan on Budget 2010

Ryan Saxby Hill, Media Relations

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The federal budget was released last week to much (but seemingly unsustainable) attention from the national press. Generally, the Federation was pleased that SSHRC was supported in the funding announcements and will continue to work with the Federal government to ensure that these announcements are implemented in a way that recognizes the value of our disciplines.

Federation president Noreen Golfman provided the following comments on this year’s budget:

“Viewed within the larger economic context...

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Canadian scholars in solidarity with Chile

Malinda S. Smith, vice-president (Equity)
CFHSS

Perhaps the epic poem, La Araucana, said it best:  “Chile, province fertile and marked / in the famed region of Antarctica / by remote nations respected / for its strength, nobility, and power.”

Chile is a land known for its Nobel Prize-winning poets Gabriela Mistral (Lucila Godoy Alayago) and Pablo Neruda, world-renowned novelists including Francisco Núñez de Pineda y Bascuñán, Ariel Dorfman, Isabel Allende and Luis Sepúlveda, painters such as Nemesio Antunez and Roberto Matta, and musicians that include the likes of Inti-Illumani and Quilapayún. We also know it for its resilience, after surviving decades of dictatorship and disappearances.

On 27 February 2010, Chile became known for something else:...

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