Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Research at the University of Windsor offers new possibilities for international student

Robyn Dugas, Communications Coordinator, Mitacs

Yashasvini Rajeswar knew from her first year at IIT Madras in India that she wanted to pursue a research opportunity in Canada. “I had previously travelled to Canada. I fell in love with the country and knew that I had to return eventually. I learned about the Mitacs Globalink Research Internship in my first year and had heard stories about it from older classmates and friends.”

Yashasvini’s degree is in development studies, so she researches topics such as globalization, gender studies and urban development. After applying for the internship, she was matched with Dr. Roy Amore in the University of Windsor’s political science department.

Their research project explores the intersection of religion and...

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Manager’s welcome to the Hotel Alma

Amy Turner-Keller, General Manager, Hotel Alma & Seasonal Residence

When the University of Calgary was chosen to host the 2016 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, we made sure to attend the preceding Congresses at Brock University and at the University of Ottawa to learn all we could. It's now our turn; we've taken what we've learned, added our own blend of Calgary hospitality, and created what we hope to be an outstanding experience.

As a proud ambassador of both the university and of Calgary, let me be the first to welcome you to our campus and to our city. We couldn't be prouder of both!

With over 8,000 attendees ready to make the most of Congress, preparations are being undertaken all over campus. From an...

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Panel Discussion - The role and future of community associations: to discuss the importance of community associations and the role they play in our daily lives

By Brian Conger Urban Policy Program, The School of Public Policy, University of Calgary and Jyoti Gondek, Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies, Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary

As part of the Congress 2016 exciting line-up of events, the University of Calgary will host six Interdisciplinary symposia to exhibit the university’s most compelling and leading-edge thinking and research. This article is part of a six-part series showcasing each event, all of which are open to Congress attendees and the general public.

On Thursday, June 2, 2016 The School of Public Policy’s Urban Policy Program, in partnership with the Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies at the Haskayne School of...

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New to Congress Expo, the Expo Passport

By Ashley Craven, Event Planner at the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Formerly known as the Book Fair, our Congress trade show has changed a lot over the past several years. Now known simply as Expo and housed in the Congress Hub, it features over 50 exhibitors that are looking to connect with the attendees at Congress. This year, we have introduced the Expo Passport for our attendees to have the opportunity to win great prizes while they visit our exciting Congress Expo exhibitors.

The Expo Passport will be attached to the outside of the Congress Guide that you will pick up at registration. Keep this with you whenever you are headed to Expo in the Congress Hub. Whether it be to grab a quick snack or refuel on coffee at the Thinking Cup Café, check out the...

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Faculty of Environmental Design embraces Congress 2016 theme of “Energizing Communities” through full-day tour of Calgary

Jennifer Robitaille, Communications Specialist, Faculty of Arts, University of Calgary

As part of the Congress 2016 exciting line-up of events, the University of Calgary will host six Interdisciplinary symposia to exhibit the university’s most compelling and leading-edge thinking and research. This article is part of a six-part series showcasing each event, all of which are open to Congress attendees and the general public.

On May 30, 2016, the Faculty of Environmental Design (EVDS) will host Energizing by design: Examining how design-based research is transforming the built environment. This unique, off-campus event is a full-day, multi-...

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Getting radically interdisciplinary with the sciences

Natalie Brender, National Director, Genomics in Society, Genome Canada

 

More visibly than ever, advocates for the humanities and social sciences (HSS) are making the case that their fields must be considered not just on par with, but actually as partners with, the natural sciences in contributing to societal goods. The new federal environment is propitious, with the government’s announced reviews of science policy and innovation policy, as well as a commitment to evidence-based policymaking. These developments offer a new receptiveness to the notion that the natural sciences are most productive when combined with HSS insights.

There are also signs that the natural sciences are becoming more aware of the benefits of getting radically interdisciplinary—meaning not just chemists talking...

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Rethinking graduate education to access greater career opportunities

By Veronica Vincent

As part of the Congress 2016 exciting line-up of events, the University of Calgary will host six Interdisciplinary symposia to exhibit the university’s most compelling and leading-edge thinking and research. This article is part of a six-part series showcasing each event, all of which are open to Congress attendees and the general public.

The University of Calgary’s Faculty of Graduate Studies has taken bold steps over the past few years to enrich the graduate student experience and has made new headway in preparing students for work, not just in academic professions, but also for the private and public sectors.

On May 31, 2016, the Faculty will host an Interdisciplinary symposium called Mobilizing Graduate Students for Diverse...

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10 Ways to Use Digital Humanities to Enhance Your Research, Teaching and Dissemination: June 2 and 3 at Congress

Constance Crompton, Assistant Professor, Digital Humanities and English, Department of Critical Studies | Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies

The DHSI@Congress returns for a third year with eight hands-on workshops and two plenary talks that introduce Digital Humanities (DH) techniques, tools  and methods. Developed for faculty, students, and staff who are curious about DH, but would like a hand getting started, the series features 2.5-hour workshops on topics from project management to DH pedagogy, from theoretical issues to command line 101 (and more!). If you have ever wondered how to create your own multimedia digital exhibits, trace stylistic shifts in a novel, share files with collaborators, or integrate DH into the...

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The Faculty of Nursing’s symposium will take a fresh, multidisciplinary approach to compassion during Congress 2016

As part of the Congress 2016 exciting line-up of events, the University of Calgary will host six Interdisciplinary symposia to exhibit the university’s most compelling and leading-edge thinking and research. This article is part of a six-part series showcasing each event, all of which are open to Congress attendees and the general public.

On Sunday May 29, the Faculty of Nursing will host an Interdisciplinary symposium on compassion called Compassion under Contemporary Conditions: Keynote with Margaret Atwood; panels with scholars and community leaders. Why compassion and why now?  Glad you asked!   Symposium leads Graham McCaffrey (RN PhD) and Shane Sinclair (BA, MDiv, PhD) answer all your burning questions.

Q: So why compassion and why now?

McCaffrey: Compassion has become a subject of interest...

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Philosophy researchers bring their perspectives to partners’ research challenges

 

Robyn Dugas, Communications Coordinator, Mitacs

Mitacs and the University of Waterloo’s Department of Philosophy have partnered on an initiative that sees graduate and postdoctoral researchers using philosophical approaches in their collaborations with regional partners.

The collaboration emerged following a 2014 internship between Teresa Branch-Smith, a philosophy PhD candidate at the university, and Philip Beesley Architects. Together, they examined philosophical constructions of life and living as applied to “near-living” architecture. The project’s success demonstrated the potential for collaborations between philosophers and...

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