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Catch up on your Big Thinking this summer

Summer is a great time to catch up on that reading list that eludes you the rest of the year - be it refreshing your memory of Kant or devouring the latest Stieg Larsson thriller. This final month of summer would also be a great time to catch up on the Big Thinking lectures you might have missed at this year's Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. We've uploaded many of the lectures to the Experience Congress website. You can download the MP3 or listen directly from the website. While you're there, why not poke around the other great video, audio...

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Social Sciences and Humanities Key to Digital Economy

Daniel Paul O’Donnell, Federation member and Co-President of the Society for the Digital Humanities wrote an op ed piece in the Edmonton Journal this week discussing the role that the humanities and social sciences have in the development of Canada’s digital economy. According to O’Donnell, “What makes the new digital economy so exciting and so different from what came before is the emphasis it places on problems humanists and social scientists have always studied: organization and communication; finding the balance between the group and the individual; and producing, disseminating and sharing cultural work.”

O’Donnell’s comments are timely given that the government’s digital economy consultation has just closed. As a country we need to ensure that perspectives from across the full spectrum of disciplines are able to contribute to innovation...

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Good news for a new generation of talent

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The Federal government yesterday announced enhanced support for Canada’s next generation of scholars. SSHRC, CIHR and NSERC will jointly administer the new Banting Posdoctoral Fellowship program which will provide $70 000 annually for two years to support high-level post-doctoral research. The Federation is pleased that the new fellowship will be allocated equally between the three granting agencies, as it is the case for the Vanier Postgraduate Scholarships.  Many people and groups have advocated for such support and the creation of the fellowship is in line with our message that Canada needs to mobilize the best talent in every discipline to address today’s...

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ASPP titles win big at Congress 2010

Kel Morin-Parsons, Manager of ASPP One of the many wonderful things about Congress is the awarding of a number of book prizes.  With such a critical mass of scholars present, what better place to recognise scholarly accomplishment?  The University of Toronto Press blogs here about a number of its authors who won or received honourable mentions for prizes at Congress 2010.  I’m pleased to say that virtually all of the titles mentioned were supported by the Aid to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP).  Candida Rifkind, Sheryl Hamilton, Beatrice Craig (a double winner), Becki Ross, Royden Loewen and Gerald Friesen, Kristen Good, Eric Mills, Bryan Palmer and Lara Campbell all received ASPP grants in...

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Fedcan's Big Thinking lecture is the place to be!

The team here at the Federation was gushing a bit with pride this week when the Ottawa Citizen listed our Big Thinking lecture series as one of the top five places for MP-spotting in the capital. We're in pretty good company with Hy's Steakhouse, D'Arcy McGee's pub and Mamma Teresa Ristorante. Perhaps if we could find a way to combine New York Strip steak, pints of Guinness, fresh pasta and an engaging lecture on social sciences and humanities research we'd have a truly un-stoppable formula.

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