October 2011

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Last week, Phillip Kelly of York University presented a very well-attended Big Thinking lecture on the social mobility of second-generation immigrants. If you missed the lecture, iPolitics has the scoop on Dr. Kelly’s research.

University Affairs reports that undergraduate enrolment in Canada has surpassed the one million mark. Part of this increase is due to international students. As the Globe and Mail reports,...

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Generation Next: How are the children of immigrants faring in Canada

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

You’d think that many people take on the life-altering process of moving to a new country with a better life for their children in mind. Canada has worked hard to open its doors for families in search of a brighter future.

And how are these efforts translating? Well, in Canada, the pattern is one of upward mobility for second generation immigrants...overall. For example, the children of Chinese and South Asian immigrants outperform their parents when it comes to educational attainment and labour market outcomes. Actually, they outperform the general Canadian population too. However, as Dr. Philip Kelly, associate professor of geography at York University, explained...

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Black queer and Black Trans – Imagine Imagination Imaginary Futures

Rinaldo Walcott, University of Toronto
Guest Contributor

This entry is part of the CFHSS’s VP Equity Issues series on issues related to LGBTQI2-S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, intersex and Two-Spirited) peoples.

Over the last few years I have had the opportunity to teach, to learn from and to learn with an incredible and impressive group of Black queer and Black Trans students. These students live and work at the interstices of communities, studies and politics and in each case...

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Anti-homophobia education beyond bullying

Hélène Frohard-Dourlent, University of British Columbia
Guest Contributor

This entry is part of the CFHSS’s VP Equity Issues series on issues related to LGBTQI2-S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, intersex and Two-Spirited) peoples.

If there was any doubt that getting through high school is still difficult for queer and trans youth in Canada, Jamie Hubley’s decision to end his life last week in Ottawa is a painful reminder of that fact. Hubley’s suicide prompts us to reflect on the...

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CFHSS responds to Globe and Mail columns on higher education

Friday’s Globe and Mail published a column by Jeffrey Simpson arguing that universities are failing undergraduates. CFHSS president Graham Carr’s letter to the editor responding to the column did not make it to the Globe and Mail’s pages, but it is available here:

At its best, university education is a deeply transformative experience. Transmitting the values and practices of both liberal arts and sciences education is crucial in developing the citizenship of today and tomorrow. Increased university participation rates in recent decades is an important Canadian success story particularly as we are becoming a globally-connected knowledge society.

Yet, the perception that quality is under threat is widely shared.  There is no silver bullet to resolve the complex challenges of...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Tom Jenkins-led expert panel on research and development in the private sector has released a report calling for changes to the government’s funding scheme for business innovation. Specifically, the report advises the government to rebalance the proportion of direct to indirect support it provides and allocate more money for start-ups to promote the implementation of Canadian-developed technology. Analysis of the report is available here and here. CFHSS is pleased with the report’s emphasis on...

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Twenty Years Later for GLBTQ Youth: How Far Have We Come?

Gloria Filax, Athabasca University
Guest Contributor

This entry is part of the CFHSS’s VP Equity Issues series on issues related to LGBTQI2-S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, intersex and Two-Spirited) peoples.

My doctoral work focused on GLBTQ youth during the 1990s in Alberta, which was unique in Canada for the state-sanctioned resistance to protect the basic rights of citizens who were GLBTQ.  Even while the source and particulars of oppression in...

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Developing Intersectional Solidarities: A Plea for Queer Intersectionality

Sirma Bilge, Université de Montréal
Guest Contributor This entry is part of the CFHSS’s VP Equity Issues series on issues related to LGBTQI2-S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, intersex and Two-Spirited) peoples.

Contemporary progressive politics of protest frequently face a problem of legitimacy, authority and representation. Since at least the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, anti-racist, anti-colonial feminists and queer activists have taken issue with the politics of representation and the problem of speaking for/about others. Scholars like...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The debate over research versus teaching in universities continues. The Globe and Mail published an editorial urging for university reform, especially at the undergraduate level. The editorial argues that the current university system is underperforming and unsustainable. Both Todd Pettigrew of MacLeans On Campus and Melonie Fullick of University Affairs take issue with the editorial’s attack on research. Pettigrew argues that research strengthens teaching and that research should not...

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Integrating the humanities and social sciences

Kel Morin-Parson
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

We are all aware of the problem of “silos”—that is, the tendency, in Western thought and culture in particular, to separate and isolate everything: body from mind, work from play, and, in the case of the academy, disciplines from one another. We know, at some level, that integration has tremendous benefits, but it can be surprisingly hard to put into practice.

This week, Richard Kahlenberg, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation, writes an interesting article in The Chronicle of Higher Education about higher-ed policy and the people who might most fruitfully be invited to the table when it is discussed. In particular, he reflects upon the complexity around how space is allocated at universities and to whom, arguing that philosophers would be well-equipped...

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Homophobia and beyond: Closets, cloisters and other corrective measures

Richard Sullivan, University of British Columbia
Guest contributor

This entry is part of the CFHSS’s VP Equity Issues series on issues related to LGBTQI2-S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, intersex and Two-Spirited) peoples.

The recent publicity about bullying to the point where young people were driven to their deaths got me thinking about how “anxious” the perpetrators were. A phobia is an anxiety disorder and the term homophobia has now been bandied about for at least three...

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Canada Research Chairs announced

Today the Canada Research Chairs Program announced 253 newly awarded or renewed chairholders. The Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to congratulate all recipients – our full release can be found here.

Globally recognized, the Canada Research Chairs program has established Canada as a world leader in research across disciplines. Here at CFHSS, we have had the pleasure of working with several chairholders as part of our Big Thinking lecture series. Below you will find presentations from some of our Big Thinking speakers whose chairs were renewed today: Ratana Chuenpagdee, Benoît Dupont and Michael R. Byers.

As the titles below indicate, the CRC program funds a wide variety of research. This important program highlights the ways in which innovative research impacts our diverse society and ever-changing world.

Check out our Big Thinking lectures:...

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Coming Out: Re-engaging the Radical

Elise Chenier, Simon Fraser University
Guest Contributor This entry is part of the CFHSS’s VP Equity Issues series on issues related to LGBTQI2-S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, intersex and Two-Spirited) peoples.

Today (October 11th) is National Coming Out Day. First celebrated in 1988 to mark the one-year anniversary of the March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, National Coming Out Day has grown into a major human rights campaign for lesbian, gay, and lately,...

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News from the Social Sciences and Humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Industry Minister Christian Paradis reintroduced the copyright reform bill. Bill C-11 expands the list of uses that fall under fair dealing, although it also contains an anti-circumvention provision against digital locks, limiting how consumers can use digital media, like DVDs. Read CFHSS’s response to Bill C-32, the 2010 copyright reform act, here.

In a recent column in its publication, Perspectives, The American Historical Association urged history departments to encourage PhD students to pursue a career outside of the academe. They argue that history PhD...

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Queering the language of ‘sexual minorities’ in Canada

Alexa DeGagne, University of Alberta
Guest Contributor

This entry is part of the CFHSS’s VP Equity Issues series on issues related to LGBTQI2-S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, intersex and Two-Spirited) peoples.

The term “sexual minorities,” said to have been coined by Lars Ullerstam in the late 1960s, is now experiencing a resurrection. It is being used by Canadian government agencies, while at the same time it is gaining popularity in some of Canada’s LGB (lesbian, gay, bisexual) circles.

The return of the language of sexual minorities is...

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Women’s Status in Higher Education: Equity Matters

Elizabeth J. Allan, University of Maine
Guest contributor

he excerpt below is the Executive Summary of the ASHE’s Higher Education Report: Volume 37, Number 1, Women’s Status in Higher Education: Equity Matters, by Elizabeth J. Allan. It is from the Wiley Online Library.

Significant gains have been made in women’s access to and representation in higher education. Although they are important, focus on these improvements provides only a partial picture of gender equity and inequity. Taken alone, enrollment...

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Will history repeat itself? For the sake of food security, let’s hope not

Alison Hebbs, Director, Policy and Communications
Canadian Federation for Humanities and Social sciences

Drawing from history, economics and political science and speaking with an infectious style, Dr Evan Fraser, Canada Research Chair in Global Human Security at the University of Guelph captivated audiences all over Ottawa with his assessment of the current global food crisis. And, by all over Ottawa, we mean just that. In less than 24 hours, Dr Fraser gave generously of his time and expertise to students and the general public at the Lieutenant’s Pump, to officials, senior civil servants and heads of NGOs and NPOs on Parliament Hill on Wednesday morning (early) and to City of Ottawa representatives also on Wednesday morning (later).

And just what was the impression he left on these audiences?

That history—the dust bowl era, previous...

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