Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Helping seniors in the suburbs

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Theresa Garvin, a University of Alberta geographer, is looking at how to improve the quality of life of Alberta's elderly suburban population:

Theresa Garvin will be attending the 2014 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences to participate in a panel, “Researching Environmental Health in Canada – Is That the Death Knell I Hear or the Sound of Opportunity Knocking?as part of the Canadian...

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Lyse Doucet - Working in a savage reality

Doug Junke

Lyse Doucet, veteran BBC reporter, presenter and chief international correspondent has seen man at his worst.  It wasn’t pretty. She shared a tiny slice of that with the Congress 2014 Big Thinking audience Saturday afternoon.

It wasn’t for the weak-kneed.

The Bathurst, N.B. native and Queen’s University graduate has captured a Peabody Award, a David Bloom Award and several honorary doctorates for a spectacular 30-year journalism career that has in recent years centred on the world’s hotspots: Libya, Syria, Afghanistan.

“This is Canada’s biggest gathering of scholars across all disciplines …. big ideas, big brains,” Doucet said.

So, it was a good time to talk about places so...

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When science and art collide

Artists and researchers collaborate on an innovative look at biomedical science

Omar Mouallem, Canada Foundation for Innovation

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They’ve both served as Canada Research Chair council members, co-edited two books together and grown up in the same house in Mystic, Connecticut, but you’d be hard pressed to find a pair of siblings with more contrasting viewpoints on science than artist/art professor Sean Caulfield and legal scholar Timothy Caulfield.

“I’m more concrete,” says Timothy, a Canada Research Chair in Health Law...

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MakerBus Magic

Jessica Dixon

Many of my formitive years were spent in front of the television set watching a show that allowed me to learn about the world I live in. The MakerBus reminds me that it will never be a normal field trip. Kim Martin, Ryan Hunt and Beth Compton have poured their combined efforts into one magic bus in order to bring the ‘why’ into the conversation. I was privileged to make their acquaintances and ask about the bus that has everyone talking.

“We all know that the humanities are important," they each agreed; “we want people to think about how they are, and what that means to them.”

Having purchased a bus in 2013 with the help of the London (Ontario) community, this...

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More than just a cardboard box

Using this cheap and lightweight material, researchers are helping parents design custom adaptations for their children with special needs

Malorie Bertrand, Canada Foundation for Innovation

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The powerful allure of cardboard for children is well known to any parent who has witnessed their child’s delight at putting a box on his or her head — rather than playing with the expensive gift that was in said box. So it should come as no surprise that this sturdy paper product has found its way into the hands of researchers who use it...

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Promises fulfilled

Looking at the legacy of thousands of black slaves who fled to Canada in the 1800s

Laura Czekaj, Canada Foundation for Innovation

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In the 19th century, the feet of former American black slaves wore a path from captivity to the southern Ontario settlements they saw as places of freedom and deliverance, a land of promises fulfilled.

The journey of thousands of fugitive slaves and free North American blacks along the Underground Railroad created communities in areas such as Chatham-Kent County, where powerful ideologies of...

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Social sciences and humanities themes run deep in Council of Canadian Academies research

Jeff Junke, Coordinator, Social Media and Communications, Council of Canadian Academies

The social sciences and humanities are an important cornerstone of Canada’s research strength. The Council knows this all too well thanks to its report, The State of Science and Technology in Canada, 2012, which identified three of Canada’s six fields of research strength as social sciences and humanities disciplines (historical studies, psychology and cognitive science, and visual and performing arts). More than ever before, these various and wide ranging disciplines are key to understanding many challenges in Canadian science, research, and policy.

The Council has been engaged in the social sciences and humanities since its inception. With a broad definition of “science” that includes the natural, social, and physical sciences, as well as engineering, the...

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A transdisciplinary space for social justice at Congress 2014

Rachel Hirsch, Projects Facilitator, Social Justice Research Institute, Brock University
Jeffrey Sinibaldi, Media Relations Manager, Marketing and Communications, Brock University

At Congress 2014, Brock’s Social Justice Research Institute (SJRI) will be creating a transdisciplinary space to foster dialogue and galvanize colleagues from the social sciences and humanities around themes of social justice.

A key priority for the newly created institute is to break down boundaries and connect the threads of social justice scholarship taking place across various disciplines. To do this at Congress, SJRI is helping to promote the social justice events of 21 academic and community organizations, including co-sponsoring 11 high profile events.

SJRI was established Fall 2013 as a leader in advanced transdisciplinary social justice scholarship,...

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The future of research dissemination: Events at Congress 2014

Karen Diepeveen, Policy Analyst, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The issue of open access and research dissemination is one that sparks many conversations across our fields. What is the future of scholarly work in this digital age? How – or should – scholars adapt? What kind of impact will these new models have on publishing?

The Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences provides an ideal backdrop for these questions to be discussed and debated, with more than 8,000 scholars, publishers, readers and researchers gathering together. In that spirit, we have compiled a list of events open to all Congress delegates that will explore the relationship between research and open access, dissemination, publishing and use.

Copyright and the Modern Academic Debate Series - The “...

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Rethinking water, the stuff of life, through art at Congress

Stuart Reid, director/curator, Rodman Hall Art Centre, Brock University

As hosts of Congress 2014, all of us at Brock have been busy preparing an engaging and thought-provoking “Congress Plus” program for both our out-of-town and local guests.

As part of this made-at-Brock academic and cultural line up, Rodman Hall Art Centre is pleased to present The Source: Rethinking Water Through Contemporary Art, which will debut during Congress at our University.  

Echoing the theme of this year’s gathering, “Borders Without Boundaries,” water, of course, defines the boundaries between nations and peoples. But, in the greater scheme of things, water also erases and wipes away those differences.

Water is the elemental source of life....

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