Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Rethinking Creativity and Innovation from a Disability Studies Perspective

Caitlin Stone Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Disability is often seen as a condition that requires a solution. Growing up with a sibling living with a physical disability, I can clearly recall the long rides to numerous doctors’ appointments. For years, I watched my younger sister get prodded, poked, examined, photographed, and scanned by various medical professionals.

In the second of two equity panels on disability and culture, Tanya Titchkosky, Michael J. Prince, and Rod Michalko explored how disability studies challenges the common conception of what it means to be human. Collectively, the three presentations deconstructed ableism as a cultural concept, and challenged the audience to re-vision their understanding of ability.


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Dignity, Equality, Freedom: The Charter 30 Years On

Caitlin Stone Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

On May 28, I attended the first equity panel in the series sponsored by the Equity and Diversity Portfolio at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Later, as I re-read the pages of notes I took during the panel, I realized how many questions I had which had been left unanswered. To say that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is a complex piece of legislation is a gross understatement. Thankfully, I’ve completed some of my undergraduate course work on the Charter and I was familiar with the relevant case law that was referenced by the panelists – don’t worry, I have no intention of delving into that sort of detail here. Instead I’ll discuss my particular interest in Carissima Mathen’s analysis of equality and...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Record wrote about Congress earlier this week. In particular, the article discusses the trail festival, which will be held on May 25 as a way of celebrating Kitchener-Waterloo’s trails and welcoming congress-goers with live music, crafts, tours and talks. Times Higher Education featured an article on the rise of the number of...

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Equity matters at Congress 2011

With Congress 2011 officially launching tomorrow at the University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University in Fredericton, we're giving you a sneak preview of the Equity Issues content that will be going on throughout the week.

Under the theme "Transforming the Academy: Indigenous Education," the Federation's Equity Issues Portfolio, under the leadership of VP Equity Issues Malinda Smith, has pulled together a stellar line up of speakers and panels.

A Big Thinking lecture on May 30 with Chief Shawn Atleo starts off the programming...

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Haiti Earthquake: What we can do

A man exits a restaurant after he looked for his belongings. An earthquake rocked Port au Prince on January 12. Photo Marco Dormino/ The United Nations Development Programme on Flickr

One week later, the world has a better understanding of the scope of the earthquake in Haiti and has mobilized to provide much needed help to the local population.  Canadians from all walks of life and from every region are deeply affected by the suffering of the people of Haiti and are donating to support the work of humanitarian organizations.

One of the earthquake’s direct results is the human loss of...

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Top Five Reasons to Register for Congress 2010

Alison Faulknor, Director of Programs

Most of you reading this blog do not need convincing to attend Congress 2010 held at Concordia University in Montreal this spring (May 28th – June 4th).  Just ask one of the 8,600 people who gathered in Ottawa last year at Carleton University.

With the theme of Connected Understanding/ le savoir branché as a jumping-off point, there are many reasons why scholars - at all stages in their careers, community members and policy-makers will choose to attend. Here are five:

1)      Stimulate the Mind – In recent years, Congress has been declared a “meeting of the minds” and the “intellectual Olympics...

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