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Big Picture at #congressh: Ready for Congress

Gabriel Miller, Executive Director, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences brings together leading thinkers, academics, researchers, policy-makers and innovators to explore some of the world’s most challenging issues. Congress celebrates the vitality and quality of Canadian research contributions, and helps train the next generation of Canadian ideas leadership. This year’s theme “The Next 150, on Indigenous Lands" celebrates the history, legacy and achievements of the peoples and territories that make us who we are, and anticipates the boundless opportunities of the future. Organized by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, this year’s Congress is being hosted by Ryerson University in Toronto from May 27-June 2. Follow this series of Big Picture at #congressh blogs.

Get ready for Congress 2017!

Congress! This year’s will be my...

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Nunavut Arctic College Media Joins ACUP - Introducing Too Many People - Digital Archive Repatriation Project – Hunter Education Films

Guest blog by Sean Guistini

Nunavut Arctic College Media (NAC Media) is the newest member of the Association of Canadian University Presses (ACUP). NAC Media is the first scholarly press in Canada’s territories. Please visit our site to view our books and films, and download our 2017 catalogue. www.nacmedia.ca 

Too Many People
NAC Media is excited to announce the release of our newest book – Willem Rasing’s Too Many People: Contact, Disorder, Change in an Inuit Society, 1822-2015. This is a sweeping and rigorous socio-historical examination of the contact between the outside world and a group of Inuit, the Iglulingmiut, living in Canada’s Eastern Arctic. The nature of these encounters and their impact is...

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Research into Asia-Pacific truth commission shows truth and reconciliation as ongoing, activist processes

Guest blog by David Webster, Bishop’s University, @dwebsterbu

Does a truth and reconciliation process end when a truth commission hands in its final report? The experience of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s (TRC) brutal residential schools system implies that it definitely should not. The TRC’s calls to action call on settler society to do some of the heavy lifting necessary for true reconciliation.

A new research project into truth and reconciliation processes in Southeast Asia and Melanesia draws similar conclusions. We need to understand truth and reconciliation as processes – starting with a pre-TRC phase in which individuals and groups begin to call for truth-telling about a violent past,  and continuing with a post-TRC phase in which a report’s findings...

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Eight ways to dive into Digital Humanities

Guest blog by Constance Crompton Assistant Professor, Digital Humanities, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, The University of British Columbia

We've all heard that digital tools can help enhance our research, teaching, and dissemination. That said, it's not always clear how to get started. On May 27 and 28, the DHSI@Congress  will return to Congress for its fourth year. The series features eight  2.5-hour introductory workshops covering everything from augmented reality and 3D printing to DH pedagogy and DH theory and a plenary by Ryerson's Centre for Digital Humanities Director, Lorraine Janzen Kooistra.

The DHSI@Congress is built on the community model of the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of...

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Ice Blink: Navigating Northern Environmental History

Guest blog by Stephen Bocking, Trent School of the Environment, Trent University

Headlines today tell of melting ice and scrambles over resources and boundaries – signposts of an Arctic experiencing unprecedented transformation. But these accounts require historical context. Ice Blink: Navigating Northern Environmental History,  recently published by the University of Calgary Press, provides this context, exploring a century of change across the north.

Ice Blink is the product of a new generation of scholars pursuing the environmental history of northern Canada. The stories they tell concern the evolving relations between people and the northern environment throughout the twentieth century. Some of the...

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