December 2012


A Personal Account of Integrating the Federation Blog while Teaching Diverse University Students

Dolana Mogadime, Brock University, Member of the Federation’s Equity and Diversity Steering Committee

One cannot help but notice when walking through the corridor of a university setting that the student body attending Canadian institutions is becoming increasing diverse. As such, university professors have an ethical responsibility to respond in relation to both curriculum resources and teaching approaches in ways that engage learners where they are. The concept of intersectionality (Shields, 2008) provides theoretical insights into how social categories (e.g. race, class, gender, sexuality) operate in everyday life experiences along the axes of both oppression and domination. For the past ten years I’ve been teaching graduate level courses in both Curriculum Studies and the Social and Cultural...

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The Hill Times recognizes ASPP-funded books in Top 100 list

Last week, the Hill Times published its list of Top 100 Best Political, Government, Public Policy and Canadian History Books in 2012. Of the 100 books on the list, 23 are ASPP-funded books, including two which were selected in the Editors’ 25 Picks (a full list of ASPP-funded books included in the Top 100 list is available below). Congratulations to all the ASPP authors and publishers whose books were included in the Hill Times’ Top 100!

The Awards to Scholarly Publications Prize supports the publication and translation of scholarly books in the humanities and social sciences. Up to 180 publication subsidies and five translation subsidies are awarded each year. To date, the ASPP has supported the publication of over 6,000 books.

The Hill Times’ Top 100 list also included Doug Saunders’ latest...

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News from the social sciences and humanities: Summits on Higher Education, MOOCs and royal babies

Milena Stanoeva Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Over the past several weeks, the Parti Quebecois held its pre-Summit on Higher Education panels to discuss funding for the province’s universities. Upon taking office in September, the PQ announced that it will continue the province’s tuition freeze, cancelling the tuition hikes that launched student protests across the province last spring. The PQ promised to hold three pre-summits leading to a main Summit on Higher Education in February to discuss the $32M funding shortage that the province’s universities are facing with the cancellation of the tuition hikes. The issue was compounded by last week’s...

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Disability in the Canadian Academy

James Deaville, Carleton University, Member of the Federation’s Equity and Diversity Steering Committee

According to the revised version of the Ontarians with Disabilities Act from 2005 (originally drafted in 2001),

“disability” means,

(a) any degree of physical disability, infirmity, malformation or disfigurement that is caused by bodily injury, birth defect or illness and, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, includes diabetes mellitus, epilepsy, a brain injury, any degree of paralysis, amputation, lack of physical co-ordination, blindness or visual impediment, deafness or hearing impediment, muteness or speech impediment, or physical reliance on a guide dog or other animal or on a wheelchair or other remedial...

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What we talk about when we talk about reconciliation

Ashok Mathur, Thompson Rivers University, Member of the Federation’s Equity and Diversity Steering Committee

As the momentum grows around the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools, with upcoming national events in 2013 in both Montreal and Vancouver, there is a concurrent, critical, and necessarily contemplative tone rising from various quarters. There was a time, not that long ago in the leadup to the striking of the current TRC, when Aboriginal advocates and their allies were clear in their demand for reconciliation now. But now that we have had the opportunity to see what the act of reconciliation looks like (and perhaps more importantly, what it does not resemble) there is a chorus of voices questioning, first, is that all there is? and second, is this the...

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