Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

SSH News: Congress 2014 highlights, Skills for the Future, Humanités numériques 2015

This week, the Federation released a short publication featuring the many highlights from this year’s Congress at Brock University. Be sure to check it out online in either English or French!

Also this week, Skills for the Future was hosted by provincial and territorial education and labour market ministers in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. This joint symposium aimed at bringing together government, business, labour, academic leaders, and student groups to address the skills and training needs...

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Highlights from Congress 2014

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences is proud to have brought you our 83rd Congress, the largest multidisciplinary academic gathering in Canada—indeed, one of the largest such gatherings in the world. Congress 2014 will be remembered for its interdisciplinarity, for the 75 scholarly association meetings and the 5,000+ papers presented. It took place in an outstanding setting at the beautiful Brock University campus in St. Catharines, Ontario in the heart of the Niagara region.

Creating meaningful connections between researchers and the broader community is a key goal for Congress organizers, both at the Federation and at the host university. Through proactive outreach to media, government and other stakeholders, the Federation...

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Ideas can... endure!

Each year, Congress is an opportunity to create meaningful connections between researchers and the broader community. The Federation’s tagline “Ideas can...” invites us to make these connections by sharing, forming and transforming our ideas. Once written down, ideas can grow into something even greater, beyond their singular inception.

So the Federation started thinking, why don’t we (the greater “We”) write our ideas down, and see what happens!

At the Federation’s booth at the 2014 Congress Expo, we asked our visitors to consider what ideas mean to them, what ideas can achieve and what ideas can… do.

As visitors dropped in to our booth, they wrote their answers in...

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Congress Expo: First impressions last forever

Jessica Clark, with contributions from Emily Rothwell, Christina Vecchiato, and Aleks Wrobel

I still remember the first time I participated in Congress Expo. It was 2008, and I was exhibiting with the University of Ottawa Press. Congress was at the University of British Columbia that year and it was only my second time visiting Vancouver.

Needless to say, I was awed. Rows upon rows of books to peruse. Publishing colleagues from all over the country to meet. Scholars and authors to talk to.

This year, as the coordinator of the Expo I had the pleasure to meet three young publishers from Penguin Random House and Harper Collins who were all attending Congress for the first time.

After everything was over, I wondered how they found their first Congress. Here’s what they told me:

“Congress was such a great opportunity to speak with professors directly. I was surprised by how many academics took the time simply to chat...

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SSH News: Big Thinking at Congress, Genomics and Feeding the Future, Status of the humanities

Couldn't make it all the way out to St. Catharines this year? Didn't get a chance to catch every Big Thinking speaker while at Congress? Don't fret! We have high quality videos of each lecture available for viewing online. In addition to watching the videos, be sure to read the Congress blog for more Big Thinking highlights including Lise Bissonnette's thought-provoking talk on "servitude and grandeur of the university" (available only in French).

In most recent news, Genome Canada, in collaboration with Western Grains...

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SSH News: Congress 2014 blog series, 2015 Federal budget, Consultations on open access and the ASPP

The Federation’s June Communiqué was released yesterday. The following are some of the highlights from this month and last.

This year, we hired a fantastic group of writers to contribute to our 2014 Congress blog series. They attended association meetings, community programs, and special events, and provided us with some engaging and insightful chronicles of Congress. With a range of personal interests, the team managed to highlight research from across disciplines. The bloggers shared their experiences attending events like Tim Cook's Big Thinking lecture on the culture of death among Canadian soldiers in WWI, film night...

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SSH News: Congress 2014, CUVIC 2014, Engaged Scholar Journal

Well, it may be over for another year, but there’s no doubt that the 2014 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences held at Brock University in St. Catharines was a huge success! Now that the dust is (slowly) settling, it’s time to look back on the many events that happened. This year's Big Thinking lectures provided insight and entertainment for hundreds of scholars and community members, and can now all be watched online. In addition, the Career Corner series offered valuable advice for professionals in the academic field, a number of exciting...

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Servitude et grandeur universitaire

Lise Bissonnette

Ce qui suit est le discours prononcé par Lise Bissonnette dans le cadre de la causerie Voir grand « Servitude et grandeur universitaire » à la Brock University, le 26 mai 2014. La vidéo de la conférence est aussi disponible en ligne ici.

Soyons terre à terre un court instant. J’ai accepté l’invitation à présenter cette conférence alors que j’étais en immersion totale dans l’histoire culturelle et littéraire du 19ème siècle.  Je n’avais pas sitôt consenti à m’y lancer que l’organisation du congrès m’a naturellement demandé de fournir un titre et un sommaire de mes propos alors que je pensais disposer encore de plusieurs mois – nous étions au début d’octobre 2013 – avant de commencer à y travailler, selon ma bonne habitude journalistique de...

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Rising stars in the field of research technologies

Terry Soleas

Start-ups are a harbinger of the ideas that will one day dominate the fields of business. The ones that survive the initial feasibility phases have the potential to change the world, in small and grand ways. Last week we get to see two such start-ups at the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities. Two new research tools that have the potential to make the process of scholastics more accessible.

The reign of the start-up continues. These are the stories of Waterloo Innovations and MetricWire.

Waterloo Innovations: A little startup with a lot of heart!

Do you take lots of pictures? Do you wish that the process of organizing document analysis was less labour intensive?

Daniel Heidt, a co-founder of the start-up Waterloo Innovations has big aspirations for his company’s productivity software called Confero. Though Waterloo Innovations is just over a year old the ideas and programming behind...

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