October 2015

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SSH News: October 29, 2015

Weekly digest of the most recent news from the humanities, social sciences and higher education. Un bulletin hebdomadaire des actualités les plus récentes des sciences humaines et sociales et de l’enseignement supérieur.

Humanities and Social Sciences | Les sciences humaines et sociales

Les gagnants des GG de 2015 et la meilleure littérature d’ici! | Meet the GG Winners and read the best CanLit of 2015!
28 octobre 2015 | Conseil des arts du Canada

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Shifts Happen

Douglas Peers, Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Waterloo and Director of Development on the Board of Directors of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

It is always nice to start the new academic year on a bit of a high, not always easy given enrollment challenges, coping with an election that has lasted longer than some prime ministerial terms, and being bombarded with Gradgrindingly Wente-esque rants against the value of an Arts degree. For me, the high came twice: first, the numbers of prospective students who attended the annual Ontario Universities Fair at the end of September were actually up over last year. This year just shy of 133,000 students and parents braved the traffic jams occasioned by the Jay’...

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Open for Collaboration

Jessica Clark, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Another year, another Open Access Week. Time flies when you’re having fun, right? That’s certainly been the case here at the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, where a lot has happened on our Open Access file over the past year. Particularly, we were proud to release our Open Access Policy for the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP) in April. Almost two years of work went into developing that policy, and the past six months have seen us embark on some first steps forward in implementing it.

The theme for this year’s International Open Access Week is “Open for Collaboration” and I think this theme is a perfect...

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SSH News: October 22, 2015

Weekly digest of the most recent news from the humanities, social sciences and higher education. Un bulletin hebdomadaire des actualités les plus récentes des sciences humaines et sociales et de l’enseignement supérieur.

Humanities and Social Sciences | Les sciences humaines et sociales

How science helped to swing the Canadian election
October 21, 2015 | The Guardian

Academics urge Trudeau government to act swiftly on education and research priorities
October 20, 2015...

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The complexity of poverty in Canada

Jim Silver, University of Winnipeg

This blog post marks the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on October 17. For more information about this day, go here.

Over the past 40 years poverty in Canada has become increasingly complex, racialized and often intergenerational. It is about much more than a shortage of income. It is also about poor housing, poor health, low educational outcomes, social exclusion, racism and colonialism, all of which interact with and reinforce each other, aggravating the problem. This complex poverty is often internalized, with those who experience it blaming themselves for their problems, resulting in low levels of self-esteem and self-confidence and in many cases a lack of hope for a better future. The self-blame and lack of hope—reinforced by the common “blame the victim” understanding of poverty—have the effect of...

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SSH News: October 15, 2015

Weekly digest of the most recent news from the humanities, social sciences and higher education. Un bulletin hebdomadaire des actualités les plus récentes des sciences humaines et sociales et de l’enseignement supérieur.

Humanities and Social Sciences | Les sciences humaines et sociales

The perceived disconnect between the classroom and the ‘real world’
October 14, 2015 | University Affairs

Campagne électorale : Au nom de la science
13 octobre 2015 | Le Devoir

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Congress 2016 will take a village: University of Calgary put its hosting skills on display and welcomed team from Ottawa for three days of planning meetings

Jennifer Robitaille, Communications Specialist, Faculty of Arts, University of Calgary

Planning for the 2016 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences jointly organized by the University of Calgary and the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences officially kicked off on Sept. 28, 2015.

UCalgary hosted 10 members from the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences as they descended on campus to meet and discuss all things logistics and planning with UCalgary colleagues and local representatives from over 70 scholarly associations that will attend the weeklong conference.

Congress 2016 will run from May 28 to June 3, 2016 and is organized around the theme “Energizing Communities”. Congress 2016 will see more than 8,000 attendees visit...

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Federation and DHSI partner on DH skills training

Alyssa Arbuckle, Assistant Director, Research Partnerships & Development, Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, University of Victoria

The Digital Humanities Summer Institute is an annual training opportunity hosted at the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. DHSI is the largest regular digital humanities skills training institute in the world, and has an alumni group of 3,000. It is directed by Dr. Ray Siemens and coordinated by the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab on the University of Victoria campus. In 2015, DHSI welcomed over 750 participants across 40 courses led by an instructional team of 70.

We are pleased to announce that the...

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SSH News: October 8, 2015

 

Weekly digest of the most recent news from the humanities, social sciences and higher education. Un bulletin hebdomadaire des actualités les plus récentes des sciences humaines et sociales et de l’enseignement supérieur.

Humanities and Social Sciences | Les sciences humaines et sociales

Governor General David Johnston on Arthur McDonald and why Canadians don’t win Nobels more often
October 7, 2015 | National Post

Knowledge matters in our election
October 6, 2015 | Federation Blog

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Félicitations à Patricia Smart, finaliste pour les Prix littéraires du gouverneur général

 

La Fédération des sciences humaines félicite Patricia Smart pour sa nomination en tant que finaliste pour les Prix littéraires du gouverneur général de 2015 dans la catégorie d’Essais de langue française pour son livre, De Marie de l'Incarnation à Nelly Arcan: Se dire, se faire par l'écriture intime, publiée par Les éditions du Boréal avec l’appui du PAES.

À propos du livre : «Ce livre trouve son origine dans le désir d’explorer les expériences des femmes qui ont accompagné et rendu possibles les grands moments de l’histoire officielle du Québec, de l’...

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Knowledge matters in our election

Joan Sangster, President, Canadian Historical Association and Stephen Toope, President, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Following five televised leaders’ debates in the 2015 Canadian federal election, Joan Sangster, President of the Canadian Historical Association and Stephen Toope, President of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences weigh in on the critical but often overlooked role of expert research, knowledge production and reliable evidence in shaping our understanding of the urgent political issues debated during elections.

Ah, nothing like election debates to demonstrate just how contested “facts” can be. In all five debates to date, party leaders backed up their assertions with facts, each claiming that...

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Congress 2016 – A taste of what’s to come

Camille Ferrier, Communications Officer, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

On arriving at the University of Calgary campus for the Congress 2016 Planning Meeting, I was immediately struck by the brilliant fall colours. It was Wednesday, September 30, 2015, and thousands of multicoloured leaves carpeted the beautiful grounds. Between the new EEEL building where the President's receptions will be held, the Rozsa Centre’s Eckhardt-Grammatté Hall concert venue with its incredible acoustics (where Big Thinking lecturers will be speaking), and the large and bright Jack Simpson Gymnasium where registration will take place and the Congress Expo will proudly display its new booths, I already feel this Congress will be a success. And let's not forget the Den & Black...

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