Education

Forward thinking: Interdisciplinary programs and the adjacent possible

Michael Ullyot, Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning), Faculty of Arts, University of Calgary

When I was an undergraduate, the recruiting poster for an interdisciplinary program in the humanities asked, "What do Leonardo da Vinci and Martha Stewart have in common?" The answer: "They're both generalists."

Whatever you think of its chosen exemplars, that program is no more. All interdisciplinary programs ebb and flow with intellectual currents, as they should -- but their common aim is to imagine future fields of study, emerging from the fields between the disciplinary borders of our imagined present. So computational linguistics, for instance, arose from exchanges between linguists and computer scientists. Often...

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Join us at the Federation's Annual Conference

Mark your calendars! Registration for the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences 2014 Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting (AGM) is now open!

The Federation’s Annual Conference is open to all. It allows you to interact with the Federation’s members and engage in discussions on a range of issues in the humanities and social sciences. This year, the conference will take place in Montreal at the McGill Faculty Club on Friday, March 28, 2014. The full day event will feature panel discussions on the theme of transformations in undergraduate teaching and the future of the PhD, workshops on the future of Congress and Big Data, a Big Thinking lecture on “Borders without Boundaries”, an address from Chad Gaffield, President of Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and...

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SSH News: Congress 2014 registration, SSHRC Storytellers competition deadline, International Education Strategy, ERA Can+ info sessions, Apprenticeship harmonization, Big Thinking

It has been a full week of launches and announcements to support higher education and apprenticeship programs. Registration has opened for the 2014 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Held from May 24 to 30, 2014 at Brock University in St. Catherines, Ontario, the Congress program is continually being updated, with new and exciting programming, including Congress Expo and the Big Thinking lecture series.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has extended the deadline for its...

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SSH News: New Rhodes Scholars, Humanities around the globe, watch Ron Deibert’s Big Thinking lecture online

The 2014 class of Rhodes scholars has been announced and the list of 83 includes 11 Canadian students. The social sciences are fairly well represented among the Canadian scholars’ fields of study, with areas of interest ranging from public health to international security, social entrepreneurship, philosophy, and First Nations and public policy.

An article in the ...

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SSH News: Mitacs blog, Young Arts Entrepreneur grant, COU & CAUT reports, next Big Thinking lecture

 

Mitacs launched a new blog this week that is set to feature posts about research, innovation and funding opportunities, as well as news and other issues related to the connection of academics and industry. Their first post looks into the future of Canadian postdoctoral researchers, and is based on a recent survey carried out with the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars. Click here to read the first installment of the Mitacs blog, and perhaps leave a comment! You can also subscribe to the RSS feed to be notified of new posts.

The Michaëlle Jean Foundation has introduced a new initiative to assist young people who want to start their own arts...

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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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Preparing students for the challenges and wonders of the 21st century

 

Federation President Antonia Maioni was invited to speak at the University of Winnipeg recently as part of the school’s 100th convocation celebrations. Her address touched on the vital role universities play in our communities, and the overall value of studying the arts, humanities, and social sciences. She congratulated the University on all its accomplishments, many of which demonstrate the idea behind her speech: that a university education in the liberal arts is “A Pathway to Progress in the 21st Century”.

The University of Winnipeg’s commitment to relevant and innovative learning, Maioni said, is evident in the school’s identity as a place for students to “Discover. Achieve. Belong.” She suggested universities must continue to foster more interdisciplinary perspectives and recognize the “interdependence of various fields of academic pursuit” to realize their full...

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The Power of the Arts

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

This weekend, Carleton University and the Michaëlle Jean Foundation held the first Power of the Arts National Forum. It was a resounding success. I have rarely taken part in a conference that resonated with so much energy and hope for our country. The Forum participants, consisting of artists, researchers, community workers, students and various health professionals, developed an action plan for the following themes:

  • Physical and mental health
  • Citizenship and democratic participation
  • ...

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2013 Foundation of Endangered Languages Conference

The 2013 FEL Conference (The Seventeenth Conference of the Foundation for Endangered Languages) will be held at Carleton University, in Ottawa, the capital of Canada and headquarters of the country’s national Aboriginal organizations. The many endangered Indigenous languages across Canada make it an excellent setting for a conference that will explore collaboration, community involvement, and cross-disciplinary research on endangered languages. The conference will...

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