January 2014


SSH News: ASPP, Outaouais Salon du Livre, Canada Reads 2014, Annual Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference

This week, the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences was pleased and honoured to welcome Annalise Acorn as an expert in Law for the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP). Annalise Acorn is a professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta. With research interests that include the theory of the emotions in the context of conflict and justice, she has also authored a book entitled Compulsory Compassion: A Critique of Restorative Justice on the rhetoric of the restorative movement. Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the ASPP is a unique program that helps promote knowledge in the...

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Moving beyond the mic: Big Thinking speakers keep thinking big

Since the kick-off to the 2013-2014 season, three of the Federation’s Big Thinking lectures have featured a top-flight researcher who continues to make airwaves with ideas and opinions on issues affecting current policy discussions. Let’s see what they have been up to since speaking to us in Ottawa...

In October, Richard Hawkins, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy at the University of Calgary, “proposed how policy makers can - and must - start thinking very differently about innovation. He argued that Canadian policies aimed at stimulating innovation are directly at odds with what we've learned about what...

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SSH News: We Teach Ontario, Creating the Future U, Impact of the Social Sciences, Open Data for Development Challenge, Canada Council for the Arts APM, Canada-Africa Research Exchange Grants

We Teach Ontario, an initiative of the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations, highlights “the ways in which Ontario’s professors and academic librarians are connecting teaching and research to produce exceptional student learning, community engagement, and cutting-edge knowledge.” Most recently, Lisa Philips, Professor and Associate Vice-President of Research at Osgoode Hall Law School (York University) and Director of Research Policy at the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, has been featured in a We Teach Ontario video entitled “...

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Canada Prizes ceremony to be hosted by Glendon College, York University

Jessica Clark, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and York University are delighted to announce a new partnership that will see York host the 2014 Canada Prizes ceremony at its Glendon College campus in mid-town Toronto, on May 7, 2014.

We look forward to welcoming many colleagues and friends of the humanities and social sciences, particularly from the Greater Toronto Area, to join in celebrating the winners of these prestigious book awards.

Glendon was identified as a fitting site for this year’s ceremony in light of its bilingual mandate and its unique focus on education in the humanities and social sciences. The event will take place in the beautifully designed facilities of the...

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Book Launch: The Impact of the Social Sciences

With a backdrop of growing importance of achieving research “impact”, scholars at the London School of Economics (LSE) have urged social scientists to join forces across disciplines and make far better use of an “impact” agenda for social science research. The aim of their appeal has been to demonstrate the benefits of social science research to the wider economy and society. Their “shorter, better, faster, free” mantra is being echoed this week in a newly released book, The Impact of the Social Sciences: How Academics and Their Research Make a Difference.

The book’s landmark analyses are based on a three year research project studying how UK-based academic research in the social sciences achieves public policy impacts,...

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SSH News: Congress 2014 registration, SSHRC Storytellers competition deadline, International Education Strategy, ERA Can+ info sessions, Apprenticeship harmonization, Big Thinking

It has been a full week of launches and announcements to support higher education and apprenticeship programs. Registration has opened for the 2014 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Held from May 24 to 30, 2014 at Brock University in St. Catherines, Ontario, the Congress program is continually being updated, with new and exciting programming, including Congress Expo and the Big Thinking lecture series.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has extended the deadline for its...

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Registration for Congress 2014 opens today

Today is the day! Registration has opened for the 2014 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, which will be held from May 24 to 30, 2014 at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. Nestled between two Great Lakes in the heart of Ontario’s wine country, our Congress hosts offer a beautiful campus and top notch facilities.

The theme for Congress 2014 is “Borders without Boundaries” and refers to the University’s proximity to the geopolitical border with the USA and primarily to the need to think, work and create beyond traditional disciplinary, historical, cultural and social boundaries.


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SSH News: CFI national funding announcement, SSHRC Storytellers competition deadline, Grand Challenges Canada funding opportunities, and Interrogating Access conference

Research infrastructure received a $63-million boost from the Government of Canada this week. Greg Rickford, Minister of State for Science and Technology, announced the investment in support of cutting-edge research equipment, laboratories and tools that researchers need to make tomorrow's breakthroughs and to improve the lives of Canadians.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) wants your submissions for its Research for a better life: The Storytellers competition!...

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New international research opportunities from Mitacs Globalink

Mitacs Globalink

Guest blog by Mitacs

International collaborations are proving increasingly valuable to research, and universities across Canada are looking to establish worldwide linkages through the two-way mobility of talented students.

Mitacs has promoted student mobility through its Globalink program, which has been bringing top-ranked international undergraduates to Canada for research projects since 2009.

This success prompted Mitacs to explore new avenues for cross-border partnerships. We are pleased to announce the launch of the Globalink Research Award, which gives senior undergraduate and graduate students from the social sciences, humanities and STEM disciplines in...

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Congress 2014 hashtag

The 2013 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences was a huge success in terms of online engagement between attendees, the Federation, and our hosts at the University of Victoria. One of our key social media platforms was Twitter, and the #congress2013 hashtag became a valuable place to connect, share information, and discuss the ideas so abundant during the week. From June 1-8 we measured 7,600 tweets using #congress2013, and about 1,600 of those took place in just one day!

To visit #congress2013 now, however, is a different story. Currently, and even during Congress, the feed is also occupied by tweets about different events that use the same hashtag, as well as angry rants about US politics. The same applies for #congress2012, and every future Congress if we continued to use this format. All these other tweets can make...

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Copyright and the modern academic: a series of debates at Congress 2014

Copyright law is a contentious issue for Canadian academics in their roles as teachers, researchers and creators. This will be explored at Congress 2014 in a series of three debates involving some of Canada’s leading copyright experts and practitioners including: Michael Geist (Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-Commerce Law, University of Ottawa) and Glenn Rollans (Partner, Brush Education Publishing); Howard Knopf (counsel, Macera & Jarzyna), and Roanie Levy (Executive Director, Access Copyright); Sam Trosow (Western University) and others.

The debates are organised by Blayne Haggart of Brock University, in partnership with Brock...

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