Institutional Growth and Change

Creating the Spaces Where I Belong: Phenomenology of an African Canadian Professor

Guest blog by Tamari Kitossa, Associate Professor, Sociology, Brock University

This essay is a modified contribution to the forthcoming collection The Nuances of Blackness in the Canadian Academy, edited by Awad Ibrahim, Tamari Kitossa, Malinda Smith and Handel K. Wright. I wish to express my appreciation to Anita Jack-Davies, Carl James, Delores Mullings and Awad Ibrahim for commentary on various stages of this paper. Errors and omissions are mine.


           Phenomenologically the lifeworld of an African Canadian professor is fraught with ambivalence,...

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Back to school 2019 - What is the media saying?

Lily Polowin, Communications Coordinator, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Since I started working for the Federation on May 31 (the first day of Congress 2019), I’ve been doing all I can to get up to date on the conversations the media is having about post-secondary education in Canada. With the rhythms of a new semester starting up, here is a summary of what makes back to school 2019 unique. Happy reading!

Equity and representation in academia are top of mind for many this back-to-school season. The Canada Research Chairs program recently updated its equity measures with ...

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Parochialism and protectionism are the enemies of enlightenment: President Deane


This article was published in McMaster Daily News on February 28, 2017.

By Dr. Patrick Deane, President and Vice-Chancellor, McMaster University

On January 27, 2017, the White House issued its now notorious Executive Order: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States. As I write this, the order has been blocked by the courts and theoretically citizens of the seven Muslim-majority countries targeted by the ban are able to enter the United States as before. A new Executive Order is said to be imminent, however, so it is reasonable to assume that in one form or another discrimination on the basis of faith or ethnicity will continue to be an element in US immigration policy under the present administration.

That the issuing of the Executive...

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Congress turns 75

2006 – Congress celebrates 75th anniversary

The Learneds/Congress has grown year over year in number of attendees as new associations and organizations begin to participate. The 1948 Learneds at the University of British Columbia included just seven organizations: Royal Society of Canada, Canadian Social Science Research Council, Humanities Research Council of Canada, Canadian Historical Association, Canadian Political Science Association, Canadian Institute for International Affairs and Canadian Association of Adult Education. Thirty years later at Congress 1978 at the University of Western Ontario, the number of participants had risen to over 2,200, with approximately 50 associations present. Celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2006 at York University, Congress draws 8,000 attendees from a total of 80 associations. These attendee and association numbers will be sustained for the next decade.

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Transformation of Congress

1998 – Transformation of Congress

Known as the ‘Learneds” since it was first held in 1931 this national academic conference is renamed the “Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences” in 1998, as part of a concerted effort to become more inclusive and less elitist. Originally on a cycle whereby it slowly moved from host universities in Western to host universities in Eastern Canada over a seven-year cycle, in 2011 the event moves to a national competition, with a bidding process beginning approximately four years out. University of Ottawa is the first host university to successfully win the national bid in 2012, for Congress 2015.

Now that we call it Congress…
Université d’Ottawa | University of Ottawa
Université de Sherbrooke | Bishop’s University
University of Alberta
Université Laval

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Building on solid foundations

2015 - Building on solid foundations

In navigating the coming years, the Federation seeks to optimize its impact as a transformative network for the humanities and social sciences community. Heading into its 2016-2020 strategic plan, the Federation proactively builds and nurtures relationships with its membership, working actively with and through them and other like minded partners in the public and private sectors to advance common goals of building an inclusive, democratic and prosperous society. 

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Evolution of our visual identity

2012 - Evolution of our visual identity 

An organization’s visual identity captures the essence of what it does, communicating this to its primary audiences. Over the years, the Federation logo undergoes a number of changes as the organization morphs and grows in size, expands in scope of work, and stays current in its visual branding. As a member-based organization representing a diverse set of 160 institutions, associations and affiliates, the Federation is fundamentally a convenor of people and the promoter of a wellspring of ideas. The Federation’s current logo shows our name flanked by three differently coloured thought bubbles—embracing the concept of ideas and thoughts, and their positive contributions to an inclusive, democratic and prosperous society. 

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Finalizing the merger

April 1996 - Amalgamation: Humanities and Social Science Federation of Canada forms

In September 1995, both federations engage in talks about restructuring the Social Science Federation of Canada (SSFC) and the Canadian Federation for the Humanities (CFH) to meet the new environment of research and academia. A joint SSFC and CFH committee recommends that the Federations merge to form a single institution. The new Humanities and Social Science Federation of Canada is officially formed on April 1, 1996. They will remain an advocate for the social sciences and humanities in Canada.

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Preparing for a merger

June 20, 1995 - Restructuring of the CFH and SSFC begins

In 1995, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council plans to eliminate core funding to both federations, including the Aid to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP) by 1998. Following years of joint committees and considering merging, the Social Science Federation of Canada (SSFC) and Canadian Federation for the Humanities (CFH) begin to seriously examine amalgamating into a unified federation to reduce costs. The SSFC and CFH create a joint committee to examine how to restructure the federations in light of funding cuts. 

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