December 2011

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

On December 8, Lou Hammond Ketilson, from the University of Saskatchewan, presented a Big Thinking lecture on the economic impact of credit unions. If you missed Professor Hammond Ketilson’s lecture, it’s now available on video. Professor Hammond Ketilson was also interviewed by The Western Producer.

A report commissioned by the New College of Humanities, a British for-profit college opening next year, indicates that sixty percent of UK leaders in fields such as business and politics have degrees in the humanities, social sciences or arts. The report challenges perceptions that there are few career opportunities for students...

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Disorders of Sex Development: De-Queering the ‘I’ in LGBTQI2-S

Catherine Clune-Taylor, 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.

In 1993 activist Cheryl Chase founded the Intersex Society of North America (ISNA), kick-starting what would come to be known as the intersex rights movement. Since then, the word intersex has become more controversial, more contested and more divisive than ever before. First used in 1917 by biologist Richard...

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Desiring and Doing Equity: The Triangle Program for LGBTIQ2S Youth

Doreen Fumia, Ryerson 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.

I would like to add to the Equity Matters discussions about queer equity in public education with some thoughts that have surfaced from an ethnographic study I recently conducted. The study is based on the Toronto District School Board’s (TDSB) Triangle Program, Canada’s only publicly...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

André Grace, a professor of education at the University of Alberta, is being honoured with the Killam Professorship this year for his work directing the University of Alberta’s Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services, which educates youth in the community about the importance of inclusiveness of LGBTQI2-S people. Grace is working to develop different initiatives that can make communities and schools safer for LGBTQI2-S kids.

The Harvard Gazette published an article profiling Digital Humanities scholar Jeffrey Schnapp. Schnapp, who is a professor of Romance languages and literature, uses the Internet and digital technologies to create bridges between disciplines...

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The Note-taker: Innovative assistive technology enables blind scholars to take notes

Michael J. Astrauskas, Arizona State University
Guest contributor

This entry is part of the CFHSS’s VP Equity Issues series on diversity, creativity and innovation / diversité, innovation et créativité

To see a whiteboard at the front of the class, students with severe visual impairment typically use a monocular for far-sight viewing. This provides a greatly magnified but a very narrow field of view of the board. In addition to the monocular, they might need to use their glasses for note-taking (i.e. near-sight viewing). As these students take notes in class, they must repeatedly switch back and...

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CFHSS congratulates members of its board on their new appointments

Here at CFHSS we are very proud of the excellence and expertise among our Board of Directors. The members of our board show tremendous leadership at their institutions, and that translates into strong leadership of CFHSS as well.

We are, therefore, pleased to congratulate CFHSS president Graham Carr on being named the Interim Vice-President of Research and Graduate Studies at Concordia University. For more information on the announcement you can read the Concordia release here.

Graham’s new position follows the recent appointment of Karen Grant, our Vice-President Research Policy, to the post of Provost and Vice-President, Academic and Research at Mount Allison University, and the appointment of Noreen Golfman, our Past-President, to a position on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Graduate...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Our last Big Thinking lecture of the fall season was held this morning on Parliament Hill. Professor Lou Hammond Ketilson of the University of Saskatchewan, presented to a full house on the importance of credit unions and caisses populaires to communities across Canada. The video will be up on our website shortly. Many thanks to everyone who attended and we look forward to seeing you again in January for our next season of lectures.

On Tuesday, December 6, the Networks of Centres of Excellent (NCE) Secretariat launched a competition to find a home for a Canada-India Research Centre of Excellence. The successful applicant will be granted $15 million over five years to create partnerships to accelerate the exchange of research knowledge on a key area of interest to both countries. Read the details of the...

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Conversion Therapy Fantasies and Religious Opposition to LGBTQ-inclusive Education

Catherine Taylor, University of Winnipeg
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.

As we look towards International Human Rights Day on 10 December, I share the frustration of many students, parents, and educators that as a nation we often stand timidly by while LGBTQ young people are being hurt in hostile school cultures, citing our...

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Remembering December 6: Linking Structural and Interpersonal Violence in LGBTQ Lives

Janice Ristock, University of Manitoba
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.

December 6th, today, marks the national day of remembrance and action on violence against women. It is the anniversary of the 1989 l’École Polytechnique de Montréal massacre where fourteen women were singled out and murdered by Marc...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Government of Canada has launched a competition for 10 new Canada Excellence Research Chairs. CFHSS is pleased that the new competition includes three Chairs in fields that are relevant to the digital economy, as well as four Chairs open to all areas of inquiry, including the social sciences and humanities.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has launched a new consultation for the renewal of its Talent program, which supports graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. SSHRC is...

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Trans Trouble: Structural and ‘Administrative En-gendering’ as the Academic-Corporate Complex

Bobby Noble, York 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.

As I sit down to draft this blog entry, Dean Spade’s important book Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Practice and the Limits of Law literally lands at my door. I’ve been thinking for a while now about the relationship between what Spade calls...

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