November 2011

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Congratulations to one of our Executive Committee members!

CFHSS is pleased to congratulate one of its Executive Committee members, Karen Grant, on her new appointment to Provost and Vice-President, Academic and Research of Mount Allison University’s. Currently Vice-Provost (Academic Affairs) at the University of Manitoba, Professor Grant has been a board director for the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), where she contributed to prepare a successful application for CFI funding for the Digital Content Infrastructure for the Human and Social Sciences.

We wish her continued success in her new role.

You can read Mount Alison’s release here.    

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LGBT Lessons (Not) learned: Dominant gender ideology as a basis for transphobic and homophobic violence

Gerald Walton, Lakehead University
Guest Contributors

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.

In September 2011, the Institute for Canadian Values ran an advertisement in the National Post asking that children not be “exposed” to discussions in school about LGBT issues. Children’s identities as boys and girls, the...

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The L-Word: It’s Not Getting Better For Lonely Young Lesbians

Melissa Carroll, McMaster University
Guest Contributor

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

On Friday, October 4, 2010 the lifeless bodies of 21 year-old Jeanine Blanchette and her 17 year-old girlfriend Chantal Dube were found in a wooded area behind a social services building in Orangeville, Ontario. Immediately deemed a double-suicide by police, the lesbian couple’s...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The European Union is committed to supporting research in the social sciences and humanities as part of its Horizon 2020 program. A recent speech by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, addressed the need for social sciences and humanities research in the European Union’s key areas of interest.

The University Commons published an article by Ian D. Clark, professor in the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto, outlining what Canadian universities are doing to improve undergraduate...

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Status of Women: Three reasons women aren’t in leadership positions

Curt Rice, University of Tromsø
Guest contributor

This entry is part of the CFHSS’s Equity Issues Portfolio series on the Status of Women in the Disciplines and in the Academy.

It’s true in higher education, it’s true in law firms, it’s true in hospitals (it’s even true in monarchies!): women can get far, but they can’t get all the way to the top.

In Europe, fewer than 10 percent of universities are run by women. In Fortune 500 companies, about 17 percent of lawyers are...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Last Thursday, we took our Big Thinking lecture series “on the road” to Kitchener. Barbara Crow of York University, Darin Barney of McGill University, and Kevin Tuer, Managing Director of the Canadian Digital Media Network, presented “Canadians at the Crossroads: How technology challenges us to change.” We also took the opportunity to announce seven of our Congress 2012 Big Thinkers–Margaret Atwood, Thomas Homer-Dixon, Janine Brodie, Chris Hedges, Mary Eberts, Sidonie Smith and Jane Urquhart. Our press release is available here. Statements from Wilfrid Laurier University and...

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Asylum Rights and Seeking Refuge from homophobic and transphobic persecution

Sharalyn Jordan, Simon Fraser University and Christine Morrissey, Rainbow Refugee Committee
Guest Contributors

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.

Currently no less than 76 countries criminalize same-sex sexual acts or gender variability. Many of these statutes can be traced to colonial imposition, specifically, the British penal code section 377. Direct criminalization and morality laws create the means for abuse of power by police and others...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Gustavian Weekly published a column interrogating the stigma surrounding humanities majors. The column includes interviews with undergraduate students in the humanities on how their majors are perceived. The column argues that the humanities turn out well-rounded graduates and that their bad reputation is on the decline.

The Ottawa Citizen reports that some young people are eschewing higher education altogether. The article argues that low-income Canadians tend to overestimate the costs of education, and Canadians in general tend to underestimate the returns.

Impact of Social Sciences features a...

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Articulate Silences, Racism and Settler Colonialism in LGBTQ Politics

Scott Lauria Morgensen, Queen’s 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.

Perhaps you’ve heard the idea that experiencing oppression should sensitize one group not to oppress another. It is matched by evidence to the contrary, that some oppressed people invest in oppressing other oppressed people all the time. And so we find LGBTQ movements in Canada and the United States professing the inclusion of diversity as their...

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Status of Women: A Midcareer Feminist Reflection on the Humanities

Renata Kobetts Miller, City University of New York
Guest Contributor

This entry is part of the CFHSS’s Equity Issues Portfolio series on the Status of Women in the Disciplines and in the Academy.

In an era of increasing contingency and devaluation of the humanities, we should take a moment to reconsider the meaning of activism.

It is time for midcareer feminists in the humanities to consider the legacy of their foremothers, as many of our mentors assume emerita status. Susan Gubar, one...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology, announced Wednesday that Canada will extend permanent residency to up to 1,000 international PhD students per year through Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Federal Skilled Worker Program. “Doctoral graduates play a unique role in the economy. They drive research, encourage innovation and pass on their knowledge through teaching,” said Minister Goodyear. “And quite simply, Canada needs more of them.”

Canada’s top emerging researchers in the social sciences and humanities were honoured at the 49th annual Canadian Association of Graduate Studies conference. The Social Sciences and Humanities...

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Post-Secondary Education and Queer Student Engagement in Canada

Rachael 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.

At the recent ‘We Demand: History/Sex/Activism in Canada’ conference, I was struck by the centrality of post-secondary education, and specifically university and college campuses, in the recollections of prominent queer activists. The contributors to the conference’s...

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Status of Women: Gender and the Ivory Ceiling of Service Work in the Academy

Joy Misra, Jennifer Hickes Lundquist, Elissa Holmes, Stephanie Agiomavritis, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Guest Contributors

This entry is part of the CFHSS’s Equity Issues Portfolio series on the Status of Women in the Disciplines and in the Academy.

Service work continues to pull women associate professors away from research. What can be done?

How does a successful associate professor with a distinguished publication record, a visible leadership role among women scientists on campus, and prestigious grant funding for interdisciplinary initiatives in graduate and...

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