SSH News: Congress 2014, CUVIC 2014, Engaged Scholar Journal

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Well, it may be over for another year, but there’s no doubt that the 2014 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences held at Brock University in St. Catharines was a huge success! Now that the dust is (slowly) settling, it’s time to look back on the many events that happened. This year's Big Thinking lectures provided insight and entertainment for hundreds of scholars and community members, and can now all be watched online. In addition, the Career Corner series offered valuable advice for professionals in the academic field, a number of exciting community activities were organized by Brock University, and the SSHRC Storytellers competition celebrated the impact of research on the lives of Canadians. Many of these events were captured by bloggers, whose stories are posted on the Congress 2014 Blog -- and don’t forget to check out all the photos from life at Congress on our Facebook page!

Be sure to also stay tuned for the Federation’s June Communiqué to be released next Wednesday with more news from Congress 2014. If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to sign up to receive future e-newsletters here. The Communiqué brings you the latest news about the Federation, its events, members and the latest news and information from the humanities and social sciences learning and research community in Canada.

While Congress 2014 was happening in the scenic Niagara Region of Ontario, the Community University Victoria (CUVIC) 2014 Conference was being held in the equally picturesque setting of the University of Victoria. The theme for this year was “Beyond engagement: Creating integration, innovation and impact”. According to CUVIC 2014’s organizers, “There is growing effort globally to deepen community university engagement as universities seek to enhance their potential to contribute to the public good. At the same time communities, organizations and governments seek to leverage the knowledge and capacity of universities to address community needs” (CUVIC 2014). Accordingly, the CUVIC 2014 Conference enabled community university innovation and action within the institutional, Indigenous, national and global contexts. Key highlights included keynote presentations by Bob Rae, Nancy J. Turner and Paul Lacerte.

The following is taken from the Engaged Scholar Journal:

The University of Saskatchewan has founded the first Canadian peer-reviewed scholarly Journal on community-university engagement and scholarship. The Journal’s Advisory Committee and Editorial Team are announcing the call for papers for the inaugural issue of the Journal on the topic, Building Engaged Scholarship in Canada. They invite contributions from community and university based researchers, teachers, and scholars that explore or profile the history, the development and social applications of engaged scholarship in Canada. Engaged scholarship most commonly refers to a range of collaborative research, teaching, and learning initiatives rooted in sustained community-university partnerships and pursued across various disciplines and social and cultural contexts. The inaugural issue aims to profile the best practices of community engagement as pursued by Canadian researchers at home and elsewhere, from historical and disciplinary perspectives. The deadline for proposals is August 31, 2014.


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