July 2013


ASPP: Ideas can... be published!


Christine McKenna Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Did you know that in between organizing the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences and curating our Big Thinking lecture series on Parliament Hill, we also help to get academic books published? The Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP), funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, is another key part of our efforts to promote knowledge in the humanities and social sciences in Canada.

Since its inception, the ASPP has supported the publication of over 6,000 scholarly books. Topics have spanned a huge range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, and titles have included everything from Legislated Inequality to The Donut: a Canadian History.

A lot of fascinating and valuable...

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SSH News: Humanities 2.0, student career website launch, and a helpful infographic

A new summer series in Le Devoir called “Humanities 2.0” is set to explore the ever-growing field of digital humanities, asking how new technologies affect the ways we produce and disseminate knowledge.  In fact, the first article in the series features one of our recent Big Thinking speakers, Stéphane Bouchard, whose presentation “When psychotherapy meets virtual reality” took place on Parliament Hill this past March (watch it here). Bouchard’s work seeks to understand how technology can be effectively applied to treat mental health issues and disorders, and considers uses for virtual reality and telehealth in clinical cyberpsychology....

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SSH News: “The Hidden Impact”, Interrogating Access, and the Power of the Arts National Forum


Christine McKenna Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Another report about the benefits of a liberal arts degree emerged this week, this time from across the Atlantic at Oxford University, entitled "Humanities Graduates and the British Economy: The Hidden Impact". The study, which tracked the career progress of a collection of humanities graduates over a period of time, reveals that a liberal arts degree does not necessarily limit job prospects, and has increasingly led graduates to find positions in key sectors for economic growth, such as finance, media, law, and management. Though the study (a pilot project) focused only on humanities graduates from Oxford, researchers suggest the methodology may be useful in future studies of other universities or a broader spectrum of graduates. The head of Oxford’s humanities division...

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Looking Back: Congress 2013

Text and Photos by Andrew Brough unless otherwise credited.

  Photo by Peter E. Cumming

The University of Victoria is a lush, green campus. More often than not, the local deer would join you on your morning walk to a session.

But it wasn’t just the deer that were up and about in the morning, especially during Congress. There were plenty of people arriving via bus and heading to events. The bus stop in front of the UVic Bookstore was always busy no matter the time of day.


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What Congress 2013 Meant to Me: The Final Edition

Team Media passing those long, long hours. I assure you it was a lot more work than it looks.

Its been a month since Congress ended and I don't know where to begin this long overdue post. Initially, I confess, I was at a loss for words when it came to this particular blog entry, but now, as the energy has died down and I've had some time to think, I can better summarize my experience. At a glance, Congress 2013 was Canada's largest gathering of academics, scholars, and researchers in the humanities and social sciences with 68 academic associations and some seven-thousand odd delegates. Over eight days the University of Victoria hosted, in most cases simultaneously, keynote lectures, panel presentations, meetings with policymakers, SSHRC funding workshops, and even live entertainment! So...

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SSH News: Debating Open Access, more Heart of the Matter responses, CHA call for papers, and MusCan


Christine McKenna Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences recently published a collection of essays addressing the future of scholarly open access practices, which consider their implications for the social sciences and humanities fields and suggest a more nuanced approach to open access policy. The collection, entitled Debating Open Access, is (obviously) available for free, and can be accessed here

The debate about social sciences and humanities education in the United States still...

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