Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

The 2016 Calgary Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada: Some thoughts on the university as a community

Guy Laforest, President-Elect of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor, Departement of Political Science, Université Laval

This blog was published on Guy Laforest's website on May 25th, 2016

The University of Calgary, placed at the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, will be the host, from May 28 to June 3, 2016, of the congress of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. More than 8,000 participants, representing over 70 scholarly associations in the great family of the humanities and the social sciences will hold their annual meeting in the economic metropolis of Alberta, united around a federating topic: energizing communities. In a country as immense as Canada,...

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Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship: The Evolving Role of the Professor

By Stephen Higham, M.A. - Policy Analyst

Universities have always been essential contributors to their communities. But they are increasingly being turned to as resources to resolve pressing social and economic challenges in the communities they serve, and as important bridges between the academy and these communities.

These professors play an essential (but often underappreciated) role within in Canada’s innovation ecosystem. Not only do they produce original research, lead major projects, and contribute to the day-to-day administration of our universities, they also provide mentorship to the next generation of thinkers and entrepreneurs.

There are nearly 17,000 professors in Canada across a range of disciplines, and they are the backbone of what is arguably our greatest strength as an innovative nation: research excellence. Canada is among the...

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Arctic sovereignty & security: Conflict, cooperation or something else?

Sarah Hertz, Marketing Administrator, University of Calgary Press

The Arctic is front page news in Canada and around the world. Mixed messages from journalists, academics, and government representatives predict both conflict and cooperation in the region. On the one hand, there is talk of “a new Cold War” brewing, tied to a “race for resources” – with nations scrambling to claim the riches of this newly accessible region, producing military technology specially designed for Arctic operations. On the other hand, many observers believe this to be an era of increased cooperation between nation states, rooted in international law, with a respect for sovereign rights and responsible stewardship.

There is lively debate in Canada about what these developments mean for the future of our Arctic and the circumpolar world more generally. Although Canadians allegedly eschew conflict, competing viewpoints can clarify the issue and stimulate discussion....

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Roméo Dallaire to conclude a full day of exploring gender and sexual security with Marjorie Griffin Cohen, Kathleen Lahey and Sarelle Azuelos through a unique event during Congress 2016

By Nancy Janovicek, Annette Timm and Jennifer Robitaille

As part of the Congress 2016 exciting line-up of events, the University of Calgary will host six Interdisciplinary symposia to exhibit the university’s most compelling and leading-edge thinking and research. This article is part of a six-part series showcasing each event, all of which are open to Congress attendees and the general public.

On June 1, 2016, the Faculty of Arts will host Spaces of gender and sexual security. This truly interdisciplinary event will feature University of Calgary campus workshops and plenary sessions with tours of art and historical...

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The wounded ones: Conversations about the multiple legacies of colonialism

Peter Midgley, University of Alberta Press

Sunday, May 29 from 11 am to 12 pm
Congress 2016, Main Expo Event Space
Light refreshments provided

For countries like Canada, Namibia, Rwanda, and Palestine, the ravages of colonialism represent unresolved trauma that has been passed from generation to generation. The effects of such inter-generational trauma are often difficult to identify and broach in conversation, and raise more questions than answers.

Come and join moderator Marcello Di Cintio and our panelists as they discuss the experiences of genocide from around the world and attempt to answer some of these questions. Peter Midgley looks back at the Namibian genocide and the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), which served as a model for the Canadian TRC, while Juliane Okot Bitek discusses her work remembering the Rwanda genocide. Ghada Ageel speaks about Palestine and whether what is...

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Research methods: The right tool for each job

By Michael Todd, Social Science Communication Manager, SAGE Publishing

Some years ago, two great research traditions arose in social and behavioral science: talking to people and gathering data and numbers about people. A hybrid tradition, which goes by various names but which we’ll call ‘mixed methods,’ arose in the interstices of those qualitative and quantitative approaches.

But something else arose in those traditions: partisans of each method. The advocates of one tradition could at times have a ‘take-no-prisoners’ attitude toward practitioners of the other one—a divide that grew as the volume of data available to quants grew exponentially. This “methodological...

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We live for this – Our first Congress

Ashley Craven, Event Planner, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

In the fall of 2015, the Federation took on three new staff members to join its events team: Lindsey DenBoer, Emily Nelms and myself (Ashley Craven). We all come from varying backgrounds within the meetings and events industry, which makes us a dynamic and well-rounded team. In pairing with our Manager of Congress, Terry D’Angelo, and our Registrar, Donna LeLièvre, who has been with the Federation for over 15 years, we have come together to pore over every logistical detail for our 8,000+ expected attendees.

Our “Ideas can..." branding at the Federation couldn’t be a more accurate description of the culture here in our office in Ottawa. Our fresh ideas along with the expertise of the veterans on our team are fusing together to execute the biggest academic conference in Canada. For the three of us, this is our first Congress and we are proud to have worked behind...

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Research at the University of Windsor offers new possibilities for international student

Robyn Dugas, Communications Coordinator, Mitacs

Yashasvini Rajeswar knew from her first year at IIT Madras in India that she wanted to pursue a research opportunity in Canada. “I had previously travelled to Canada. I fell in love with the country and knew that I had to return eventually. I learned about the Mitacs Globalink Research Internship in my first year and had heard stories about it from older classmates and friends.”

Yashasvini’s degree is in development studies, so she researches topics such as globalization, gender studies and urban development. After applying for the internship, she was matched with Dr. Roy Amore in the University of Windsor’s political science department.

Their research project explores the intersection of religion and...

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