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!

Friday, November 15, 2013


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 review of international best practices. Visit our Open Access page for more information and keep an eye out for continuing updates on this project.

Speaking of the ASPP, one of the books we funded in 2012 just won a Governor General’s Literary Award! Sandra Djwa’s Journey with No Maps: A Life of P.K. Page, published by the McGill-Queen’s University Press, was named the winner of the award for the English Non-Fiction category this past Wednesday. The Vancouver Sun also published an article about Djwa and her winning work.

The Government of Canada has announced new funding for Canadian universities through the Canada Research Chairs program. $108.9 million will support 135 newly awarded and renewed Canada Research Chairs across 41 Canadian postsecondary institutions. An additional $6.4 million for research infrastructure from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) was also announced.

Exciting news! The Federation is pleased to announce that the University of Calgary has been selected to host the 2016 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Set to take place from May 28-June 3, Congress 2016 is expected to attract more than 8,000 delegates to Calgary to engage with and discuss research from a wide range of disciplines. Congress 2016 will also correspond with the University of Calgary’s 50th birthday celebrations, so it’s bound to be a good time. Click here to read what University of Calgary President Elizabeth Cannon and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi had to say about today’s announcement.


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