Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Registration for Congress 2014 opens today

Today is the day! Registration has opened for the 2014 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, which will be held from May 24 to 30, 2014 at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. Nestled between two Great Lakes in the heart of Ontario’s wine country, our Congress hosts offer a beautiful campus and top notch facilities.

The theme for Congress 2014 is “Borders without Boundaries” and refers to the University’s proximity to the geopolitical border with the USA and primarily to the need to think, work and create beyond traditional disciplinary, historical, cultural and social boundaries.


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Congress 2014 hashtag

The 2013 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences was a huge success in terms of online engagement between attendees, the Federation, and our hosts at the University of Victoria. One of our key social media platforms was Twitter, and the #congress2013 hashtag became a valuable place to connect, share information, and discuss the ideas so abundant during the week. From June 1-8 we measured 7,600 tweets using #congress2013, and about 1,600 of those took place in just one day!

To visit #congress2013 now, however, is a different story. Currently, and even during Congress, the feed is also occupied by tweets about different events that use the same hashtag, as well as angry rants about US politics. The same applies for #congress2012, and every future Congress if we continued to use this format. All these other tweets can make...

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Copyright and the modern academic: a series of debates at Congress 2014

Copyright law is a contentious issue for Canadian academics in their roles as teachers, researchers and creators. This will be explored at Congress 2014 in a series of three debates involving some of Canada’s leading copyright experts and practitioners including: Michael Geist (Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-Commerce Law, University of Ottawa) and Glenn Rollans (Partner, Brush Education Publishing); Howard Knopf (counsel, Macera & Jarzyna), and Roanie Levy (Executive Director, Access Copyright); Sam Trosow (Western University) and others.

The debates are organised by Blayne Haggart of Brock University, in partnership with Brock...

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Past Big Thinking speaker now "Immortal"

Jessica Clark, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

On December 12th, everyone here at the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences was very excited to learn that Dany Laferrière had been named to the Académie française. He is the first Canadian to join this illustrious group, whose members are known as the "Immortals."

I was especially thrilled to hear this news. It was my good fortune to have worked with Mr. Laferrière in the lead up to Congress 2013 at the University of Victoria, where he gave a lecture as part of the Federation's Big Thinking series. His lecture was titled Je vis comme j'écris (I write as I live, in English). It was the only Big Thinking lecture I was able to attend...

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Ideas can… build relationships

Eleanor Fast, Director of Policy and Programming, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Federation’s Programming team is delighted to announce that Genome Canada will be coming to Congress 2014 with an exciting interdisciplinary event on the topic of Feeding the Future

As part of Genome Canada’s series GPS: Where Genomics, Public Policy and Society Meet , the session will facilitate a dialogue between researchers, policy-makers and other stakeholders interested in GE3LS (Genomics and its Ethical, Economic, Environmental, Legal and Social aspects), science policy and genomic-based innovations.  The event will take place on the morning of Wednesday, May 28th. Further details coming soon on the Congress website...

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Eyes High: Congress 2016 at the University of Calgary

Jean-Marc Mangin, Executive Director
Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences announced last Friday at the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) annual meeting in Banff that the University of Calgary has been awarded Congress 2016.  The announcement was warmly welcomed by a national audience of over 150 RSC fellows. 

The announcement came after a yearlong process which saw the Federation receiving and reviewing strong bids from across the country. The University of Calgary presented a bid that offered the full package -- a vision for Congress that will celebrate its 50th anniversary...

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SSH News: Big Thinking registration ends today, ASPP Open Access policy, GG award winner, new Canada Research Chairs, and the location announcement for Congress 2016!


Register now for next week’s Big Thinking lecture on Parliament Hill – there are only a few spots left! The event will see Ron Deibert, director of the Munk School of Global Affairs' Citizen Lab, discuss how recent revelations in cyber surveillance are likely to make matters worse – at least in the short term – for a free, open and secure Internet. Click here for details.

The Federation has recently begun a new undertaking to develop an Open Access policy for the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP), a publicly-funded supporter of scholarly books in the humanities and social sciences, which has helped to get more than 6,000 works published since its inception. This project is a major multi-year initiative that will involve a public consultation period and a...

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SSH News: the Fate of the Humanities, Senator Elizabeth Warren’s support for research funding, #SSHRCStorytellers, and Big Thinking with Ron Deibert


A new series in the New York Times this week addressed “The Fate of the Humanities”, an issue that has been widely debated in the United States since the release of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Heart of the Matter report this past June. The New York Times has published a number of articles and op-eds about studying the humanities in recent months, and this latest installment sees six different members of the higher-ed community discuss a range of considerations for the state of the discipline.

But what about the social sciences? Science Magazine...

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SSHRC’s “Research for a Better Life: the Storytellers” contest is back!

Why is it important to support social sciences and humanities research? What issues are being studied, and how do they affect our lives?  Why does it matter?

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) recently launched the second edition of Research for a Better Life: the Storytellers, a competition aimed at highlighting the tangible results and practical applications of research in the humanities and social sciences. The contest, which opened on November 1st and runs until January 15th, was developed by SSHRC to get people excited about research, encourage young scholars, and investigate ways of connecting researchers with broader audiences. Students from across the...

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Digital Humanities Summer Institute registration is open


Submitted by the DHSI

Registration for the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (June 2-6th 2014, University of Victoria) is now open. This year, 27 courses ranging from old favourites to exciting first-time ventures will be on offer. There will also be a weeklong training workshop, as well as morning and afternoon colloquia, lunchtime unconferences, and keynote lectures led by Aimée Morrison (University of Waterloo) and Alex Gil (Columbia University).  Tuition scholarships are available for students, and members of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences can register at a discounted cost of $300.00 for students and $650.00 for non...

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