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Jennifer Welsh addresses the crisis of liberal democracy in ‘The Decline of the West’

Guest blog by André Magnan, Congress 2018 Convenor, University of Regina

This is a Congress 2018 blog about event #1235. Click here to find out more about it.

In recent weeks, the governments of the U.K., Canada, the U.S. and other Western countries have expelled dozens of Russian diplomats from their capital cities. This diplomatic rebuke has come in response to the poisoning of a former Russian double agent on British soil, a crime the U.K. blames on the Russian state. Add to this the on-going fallout from Russian interference into the 2016 American election, and it seems that relations between Russia and the West have hit their lowest point since the end of the Cold War.

Do these events suggest the dawn of the Cold War 2.0, or an even more complex and multi-sided era of geopolitical rivalry? What are the prospects for liberal democracy in such a world? What can be done...

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Decolonizing and strengthening Indigenous research: International perspectives

Guest blog by Dina Guth, PhD, Program Officer, Research Grants & Partnerships Division, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

This is a Congress 2018 blog about event #1212. Click here to find out more about it.

How does the research community act on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) call to strengthen Indigenous knowledge and teaching methods at post-secondary institutions? The social sciences and humanities must lead the way in engaging and learning from different perspectives to respond to this question.  

For Congress 2018, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has gathered a panel of leading international scholars to explore strengthening Indigenous research and research training through a global lens. Come hear how...

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Eat Local, Taste Global: How Ethnocultural Food Reaches our Tables

Guest blog by Glen C. Filson, Professor Emeritus, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, University of Guelph and Bamidele Adekunle, Adjunct Professor, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, University of Guelph

When questions emerged about a decade ago regarding whether — and to what extent —Toronto’s immigrant communities could access their preferred vegetables, our multiethnic team sought empirical answers. We interviewed 250 vegetable buyers each from the Greater Toronto Area’s largest ethnic groups — South Asian, Chinese and Afro-Caribbean Canadians — to determine their 10 preferred vegetables, such as okra, callaloo, bok choy, and bitter melon. They also told us...

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Indigenous knowledge at the heart of Cultural Connections programming

Communications team, University of Regina

We’ve all experienced it. Call it “session fatigue” – that moment you realize that, as compelling as the topic may be, your mind and body need a break from paper presentations. Thankfully, Congress includes plenty of innovative cultural programming that will provide such a break. The Cultural Connections series will give attendees an opportunity to learn, reflect, network, and be entertained through events that creatively bridge the social sciences, humanities, and the arts and build on the Congress theme, “Gathering diversities.”

These events will showcase the University’s strengths in the areas of art and technology, music, theatre, film, and visual arts, and build connections with Regina’s arts...

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Lyne Sauvageau takes on Acfas presidency

Guy Laforest, President, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Federation wholeheartedly congratulates Lyne Sauvageau on her election to the presidency of the Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas).

In her role as Vice-President, Academic and Research at the Université du Québec since November 2011, Lyne Sauvageau has made significant contributions to developing and expanding teaching and research capacity within the Université du Québec network. She is also Chair of the Alliance of Canadian Comprehensive Research Universities and serves on the Boards of both the Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organizations (CIRANO) and the Érudit scientific committee. Her appointment to the Acfas presidency will further broaden her already tremendous impact on the humanities and...

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