November 2013

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SSH News: Canada’s “marriage gap” and Big Thinking, Federation president’s letter to the editor, SSHRC and Mitacs partner up, and CIHR Synapse award nominations

 

In an op-ed in the Globe and Mail this week, columnist Margaret Wente describes “the inequality we don’t talk about” as that which has resulted from Canada’s “marriage gap” – with increased divorce rates and fewer people getting married in the first place, the changing dynamics of Canadian families are, according to Wente, more than coincidentally related to stagnating household incomes and greater class divides. So is less marriage creating more inequality in Canada? Wente suggests that “if we’re really interested in the roots of inequality, ignoring it is a big mistake.”

On December 10th in Ottawa, Céline Le Bourdais of McGill University will present “Cohabitation: an alternative or substitute for marriage?” in our final Big...

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Salon du livre de Montréal: A passion for books

Jessica Clark Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

I spent Friday and Saturday last week at the Salon du livre de Montréal. If you’ve never been to Montreal’s Salon, it’s an absolutely incredible event – the largest in Québec. Other Salons also take place across Québec every year – it’s a whole system of events that connect the public with the books and authors they love.  In Montréal, publishers, authors and readers take over the huge showroom floor at the Place Bonaventure, with thousands, possibly millions of books to browse. I’ve been before, and every time I attend I am overwhelmed by the event’s energy and enthusiasm.

I was...

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Incubating innovation and ingenuity at CSPC

 

Eleanor Fast, Director of Policy and Programming
Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Federation took part in the Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC) held in Toronto last week. Founded in 2008 by a group of professionals from across industry, academia and government, the CSPC is an annual gathering of minds that aims to address current and emerging issues in Canadian science policy. The forum brings together scholars and stakeholders from across the country to engage in dialogue and encourage action around science, technology and innovation policy issues.

The theme of the event was “Incubating Innovation and Ingenuity,” and sessions were held on a range of topics such as understanding innovation, changes in graduate studies and research training, science communication and the science-policy interface...

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SSH News: Mitacs blog, Young Arts Entrepreneur grant, COU & CAUT reports, next Big Thinking lecture

 

Mitacs launched a new blog this week that is set to feature posts about research, innovation and funding opportunities, as well as news and other issues related to the connection of academics and industry. Their first post looks into the future of Canadian postdoctoral researchers, and is based on a recent survey carried out with the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars. Click here to read the first installment of the Mitacs blog, and perhaps leave a comment! You can also subscribe to the RSS feed to be notified of new posts.

The Michaëlle Jean Foundation has introduced a new initiative to assist young people who want to start their own arts...

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Eyes High: Congress 2016 at the University of Calgary

Jean-Marc Mangin, Executive Director
Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences announced last Friday at the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) annual meeting in Banff that the University of Calgary has been awarded Congress 2016.  The announcement was warmly welcomed by a national audience of over 150 RSC fellows. 

The announcement came after a yearlong process which saw the Federation receiving and reviewing strong bids from across the country. The University of Calgary presented a bid that offered the full package -- a vision for Congress that will...

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Happy World Philosophy Day!

Christine McKenna Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Did you know today is World Philosophy Day? Introduced in 2002 by UNESCO, World Philosophy Day is marked each year on the third Thursday of November by a range of activities organized by governments, public institutions and organizations, associations, universities, and “everyone, everywhere, who cares about philosophy.”

The idea is to promote “free, reasoned and informed thinking on the major challenges of our time,” and to encourage people from around the world to share their philosophies, exchange ideas, and “inspire a public debate between intellectuals and civil society.”

This year’s theme is “...

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The Power of Ideas at Rideau Hall

 

Eleanor Fast, Director of Policy and Programming
Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Federation attended the Killam Prize Symposium at Rideau Hall yesterday. The event brought together the five 2013 Killam Prize winners for a fascinating exploration of the different themes of research represented by each, and was expertly moderated by Paul Kennedy, the host of Ideas on CBC. This year’s winners are: Lorne Babiuk of the University of Alberta in the health sciences category; John McGarry of Queen’s University for social sciences; Witold Pedrycz of...

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SSH News: Big Thinking registration ends today, ASPP Open Access policy, GG award winner, new Canada Research Chairs, and the location announcement for Congress 2016!

 

Register now for next week’s Big Thinking lecture on Parliament Hill – there are only a few spots left! The event will see Ron Deibert, director of the Munk School of Global Affairs' Citizen Lab, discuss how recent revelations in cyber surveillance are likely to make matters worse – at least in the short term – for a free, open and secure Internet. Click here for details.

The Federation has recently begun a new undertaking to develop an Open Access policy for the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP), a publicly-funded supporter of scholarly books in the humanities and social sciences, which has helped to get more than 6,000 works published since its inception. This project is a major multi-year initiative that will involve a public consultation period and a...

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ASPP-funded book receives Governor General’s Literary Award

 

Jessica Clark Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences is happy to congratulate Sandra Djwa, winner of this year’s Governor General’s Literary Award in the English Non-Fiction category. She is recognized for her book, Journey with No Maps: A Life of P.K. Page, published by McGill-Queen’s University Press. Its publication was supported by a grant from the Federation’s Awards to Scholarly Publications Program.

The GG’s award committee had this to say about...

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The 2014 Canada Prize Juries, a Good (Scholarly) Book and a Cup of Tea

Jessica Clark Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

As autumn turns into winter, with the days getting shorter and the nights longer, I find myself spending more time curled up with a cup of tea and a good book.

That’s precisely what the jurors of this year’s Canada Prizes have been doing since mid-October, when they received the nominees for the 2014 awards.

Made up of past winners, respected scholars and public intellectuals, the Canada Prize juries have the enviable task of choosing the best scholarly books in the humanities and social sciences that have received funding from the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP) in the past year.

This year’s juries are:

Canada Prize...

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SSH News: the Fate of the Humanities, Senator Elizabeth Warren’s support for research funding, #SSHRCStorytellers, and Big Thinking with Ron Deibert

 

A new series in the New York Times this week addressed “The Fate of the Humanities”, an issue that has been widely debated in the United States since the release of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Heart of the Matter report this past June. The New York Times has published a number of articles and op-eds about studying the humanities in recent months, and this latest installment sees six different members of the higher-ed community discuss a range of considerations for the state of the discipline.

But what about the social sciences? Science Magazine...

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SSHRC’s “Research for a Better Life: the Storytellers” contest is back!

Why is it important to support social sciences and humanities research? What issues are being studied, and how do they affect our lives?  Why does it matter?

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) recently launched the second edition of Research for a Better Life: the Storytellers, a competition aimed at highlighting the tangible results and practical applications of research in the humanities and social sciences. The contest, which opened on November 1st and runs until January 15th, was developed by SSHRC to get people excited about research, encourage young scholars, and investigate ways of connecting researchers with broader audiences...

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