Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Introducing the Trans-Atlantic Platform

In October 2013, a consortium of major funders of social sciences and humanities research joined forces to launch the Trans-Atlantic Platform for the Social Sciences and Humanities (T-AP). The funders came from three continents—North America, South America and Europe—and set up T-AP with the prime objective of facilitating transatlantic research collaboration among researchers, funders and other stakeholders.

Thus far, T-AP activities have revolved around the scoping work needed to move forward with its international research cooperation agenda, among which are learning about the various funding models and processes T-AP members use, what their peer review systems are like, and how they finance awards.

T-AP has also undertaken an inventory of the transatlantic research projects being undertaken by the various...

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Crossing Borders, Crossing Boundaries

 

Paul Davidson, President of Universities Canada

As President of Universities Canada, I always look forward to participating in Congress, and I congratulate the organizers on their formidable work in assembling one of ‎    the largest multidisciplinary academic conferences in the world. At Congress, I am continually reminded of how today’s researchers are thinking in connected and interdisciplinary ways, which is one of the great strengths of the social sciences and humanities. Many of this year’s Interdisciplinary symposia events examine issues with truly global impact, such as climate change, children’s rights, artificial intelligence, and international policy....

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The urgency of embracing multinational federalism in uncertain times

 

Alain-G. Gagnon, MSRC, 2010 Trudeau fellow, and Canada Research Chair in Quebec and Canadian Studies at UQAM.

On June 4, 2015, Trudeau fellow Jean Leclair will give a Big Thinking lecture—“Imagining Canada in a disenchanted world”—in which he will reflect on one way that federalism might reframe our relationships with Canada’s Indigenous peoples (read more in this blog post by Jean Leclair). Might there be other ways in which federalism can help us conceptualize relationships with minority peoples?

Ours is an era where identity-related demands have multiplied in contexts of national pluralism....

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The push and pull of open government

Thom Kearney, Government of Canada – Open Government Secretariat

The 2015 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is happening at a watershed moment for Open Government in Canada. In November 2014, the Government of Canada released its Action Plan on Open Government 2014-16, a series of commitments to sustain a more transparent and accountable government. More recently, the third International Open Data Conference, hosted by the Government of Canada, the World Bank, and the International Development Research Centre, took place on May 29, 2015, in Ottawa.

At its core, Open Government is about giving Canadians free access to more public...

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Discover the capital during Congress 2015

By Erika Hansen, Office of the Vice-President Academic and Provost, University of Ottawa

There is no shortage of things to see and do in Ottawa, whether it’s your first time in the nation’s capital or a repeat visit. To help you decide what to do in your spare time during Congress, we have compiled a list of some of our favourite activities on our What’s on in Ottawa page. See what piques your interest, be it touring the iconic Parliament buildings, visiting a local brewery, or urban rafting on the Ottawa River! Don’t forget that, as a Congress attendee, you are entitled to discounted visits to certain attractions, tours and restaurants through the Delegate...

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The contemporary challenges of francophone communities in Canada

Simon Langlois, President of the Academy of Social Sciences of the Royal Society of Canada

As part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Academy of Social Sciences of the Royal Society of Canada is hosting a Big Thinking presentation by Joseph Yvon Thériault on the topic of contemporary challenges of francophone communities in Canada, specifically in Quebec and in minority settings. The Academy brings together the best social science experts in Canada, specifically in law...

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SSHRC Scholarships and Fellowships 101 at Congress

SSHRC Staff

We in SSHRC’s Research Training Portfolio know that applying for a SSHRC award can be challenging. You spend all that time developing a great research question, pulling together all of your supporting documents, and getting feedback on your proposal from colleagues and peers to create something great.

This is why we’ve prepared an information session on SSHRC funding as part of Career Corner at Congress.

Join us on Wednesday, June 3 at 10:30 a.m. in the Congress Hub—East Expo Event Space for SSHRC Scholarships and Fellowships 101. There, program officers will walk you...

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An architectural gem with a green lining

Monique Roy-Sole, Research Communications Officer, University of Ottawa

One of the major hubs of activity during Congress 2015 will be the Social Sciences Building, which houses the University of Ottawa’s largest faculty. Inaugurated in the fall of 2012, the modern, light-filled structure gathers the entire Faculty of Social Sciences — more than 10,000 students, 260 full-time professors and 100 staff — under one roof. For first time in the faculty’s 60-year history, its departments, schools and institute are no longer scattered all over campus.

The 15-storey tower in the heart of campus will be the site of the Big Thinking series at Congress and of several association conferences. The Beer Tent will be located...

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A unique Canadian invention: 84th Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Jean-Marc Mangin and Nour Aoude, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Some things change…

It can be hard to imagine that Congress, a meeting of more than 8,000 scholars and researchers, started when a handful of Canadian learned societies began exploring the idea of hosting their annual meetings at the same place, at the same time. In fact, there is evidence of this happening as early as 1922. Early players like the Canadian Political Science Association (CPSA), the Canadian Historical Society (now the Canadian Historical Association) and the Royal Society took the lead on this through the 1930s and 40s, calling themselves the ‘Learneds’. This may sound very grand, but our best estimates suggest that the whole population of humanists and social...

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