Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

"Why do I keep coming to Congress?"

This week will be Patricia Roy’s 46th year attending the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Her speech at our media kick-off event on Friday – which included remarks from UVic president David Turpin, Federation president Antonia Maioni, Academic Convenor Andrew Rippin, and Congress Chair Catherine Mateer – offers a wonderful glimpse into the opportunities and excitement surrounding Congress that have continued to grow over the years:

I hasten to point out that I was a fairly young student when I attended my first Congress, or as it was then known, the Learneds. I have attended almost every year since. In 1965, the meetings were much smaller. To cite an example, the Canadian Historical Association, one of the larger groups at the Congress, then only had two or three simultaneous sessions....

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Aboriginal events at Congress

Christine McKenna Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The University of Victoria is located on traditional Coast Salish territory, and strives to ensure a strong relationship with Aboriginal students and communities. As the hosts of Congress 2013, their commitment to supporting Indigenous perspectives has shone through in this year’s lineup of cultural programming.

During the week of Congress, a number of special events are set to take place which deal with issues related to Aboriginal experiences and culture. Various activities have been organized by the University of Victoria, the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as a range of different associations and scholars. For anyone interested in learning about Indigenous issues in Canada, here is a round-up of this year’s related events open to Congress attendees and the general public:

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Career advice for academia and beyond

Christine McKenna Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Interested in learning how to publish and market your scholarly work? Looking for tips on writing fellowship proposals and awards applications? Seeking some insight into teaching and community engagement? If you’re looking for advice, you can find it at Congress 2013. This year’s Career Corner series, jointly presented by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, University Affairs magazine and the University of Victoria, will host 19 different professional development workshops from June 2nd to 7th, providing Congress attendees with a free opportunity to learn about life and careers as an academic.

Though the program has been a part of Congress for many years, Career Corner has recently become a more prominent element of the conference as the participation of our host institutions in its organization has grown. According...

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Storytellers @ Congress

Christine McKenna Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

“The social sciences and humanities touch every facet of our lives,” says Ursula Gobel, Director of Communications for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). That is why research in these fields is so important – and why spreading the word about research is a positive step toward affecting change in society. To demonstrate how social sciences and humanities research is impacting our lives, SSHRC created Research for a Better Life: The Storytellers, a competition aimed at promoting some of the valuable research going on at post-secondary institutions across Canada.

Launched this year in January, the inaugural contest invited students from across the country to submit a digital presentation describing a SSHRC-funded research project, whether conducted by the...

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Louise Arbour to speak at Congress 2013

Christine McKenna Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Over the years, our Big Thinking lecture series at Congress has boasted some highly influential speakers, and this year we are proud to present Louise Arbour, one of Canada’s most highly renowned legal figures. Formerly serving as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, as well as Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, Ms. Arbour is now President of the International Crisis Group, an independent not-for-profit organization committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict. Her talk, entitled...

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A prescription for style

Christine McKenna Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Fashion is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when most people hear the words “health care”. Nurses may be, though, and in fact their connection with style goes far beyond those colourful, wildly-patterned scrubs. The history of nursing in Canada dates back as far as the 17th century, when French nurse Jeanne Mance settled in what would become Montreal, and founded its first hospital in 1645. The uniforms worn by nurses have continued to evolve over time, and their changes in style often correspond with changing historical contexts.

During World War I, for example, it is believed that nurses serving at the front lines found their long skirts too cumbersome for work in the muddy trenches, and began to hike them up. This trend eventually led to the hemlines of nurse uniforms being raised, and may have even influenced the flapper style of the 1920s.

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The countdown is on!

Christine McKenna Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Congress 2013 is now less than one month away! And after a bit of a blogging hiatus, we are returning with a host of exciting updates. It’s been a busy few months here at the Federation, but this year’s Congress is shaping up to be a spectacular time. Our Big Thinking lecture series includes a great collection of speakers, and the University of Victoria has organized a range of exciting events for Congress attendees and the general public. As we get closer and closer to the big week, we’ll be featuring a variety of Congress events and highlights here on the blog – so check back frequently for interesting news and behind the scenes insights.

To catch up on our recent activity, here’s a look at some of the hard work that goes into organizing Congress each year…

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SSH News: Storytellers, digital humanities, and new social science journals

Yesterday, SSHRC launched its new competition for Canadian university students: Research for a better life: The Storytellers. Tell your compelling research story in three minutes or less, and you could be one of 25 finalists to win $3,000 and attend the 2013 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. After Congress, the five final winners will be invited to deliver a featured presentation at this year’s World Social Science Forum in Montreal. See full details on SSHRC’s website.

Brent Herbert-Copley, SSHRC’s vice-president, Research Capacity, wrote a compelling piece in the Globe and Mail recently, focusing on...

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News in the SSH: Congress 2014 curtain-raiser, jobs for Humanities grads, and a new social science research lab opens

 

Karen Diepeveen, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Today in Montreal, Graham Bell, president-elect of the Royal Society of Canada, announced that in conjunction with Congress 2014 host Brock University, the Federation will present a Big Thinking lecture featuring Dr. Kevin Kee at the RSC’s AGM in Banff on November 15, 2013. In his lecture “Borders without Boundaries,” Kevin will discuss how we can harness technology to push the boundaries of teaching, bring the past to life and foster academic—private sector partnerships.  

It has been a week of launches across the country – in Hamilton, the Faculty of Humanities and the McMaster Humanities Society celebrated the opening of the Humanities Target Learning & Experiential Education Centre. A...

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A look back at Congress 2012

Milena Stanoeva Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

There are now less than 200 days left until Congress 2013 (not that we’re counting down, or anything). To mark the occasion, we decided to round up some of our favourite blog posts and videos from Congress 2012, which took place at Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo.

As always, the Big Thinking lectures were key moments at Congress 2012. Attendees saw speeches by luminaries like Margaret Atwood, Governor General David Johnston and Chris Hedges. Other stand-out events include Shari...

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