Research and Programs

Promoting gender equality in universities

February 12, 1990 - Federations promote gender fairness in universities

On February 12, 1990 the Social Science Federation of Canada in conjunction with the Canadian Federation for the Humanities adopts several motions concerning “Women in Universities.” The motions are adopted in part as a response to the murder of 14 women at the École Polytechnique de Montréal just a few months prior. Following the task force on sex bias in research, a task force on gender fairness is proposed to combat sexism on the publication side of research. They also promote “Women in Universities” as the 1991 Learneds meetings theme. 

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Investigating interdisciplinary programs

June 1989 - Task Force on the Interdisciplinary Programs and Activities (TIPA)

In January 1988, the Canadian Federation for the Humanities establishes a task force to study interdisciplinarity in relation to the Aid to Scholarly Publications Program. In particular, the task force examines issues with Women’s Studies. In June 1989, the task force releases a final report which helps define interdisciplinarity in the humanities and social sciences. TIPA argues that many disciplinary-specific projects cannot receive appropriate funding since they lack subcommittees. TIPA thus influences SSHRC’s formal recognition of Women’s Studies. 

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Researching ethics

May 20, 1988 - CFH proposal for an Applied Ethics Project 

The Canadian Federation for the Humanities (CFH) applies to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for an Applied Ethics Project in three major areas: biomedical ethics, business ethics and environmental ethics. The application is created under the new Networks of Centres of Excellence Program. SSHRC grants the program one-time funding in May 1988.

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Administrative reform at the ASPP

1984 – Administrative reform at the ASPP

This year, both federations hold a Joint Task Force on the Aid to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP). The report they publish is the third report on the program in just four years, there having been reports done by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) in 1980 and 1983. The issues are clear: the ASPP has grown a great deal in the past 10 years, subsidizing a yearly average of 135 books as of 1983 and employing eight permanent staff. SSHRC worries that funds are not being used as efficiently as possible. Their plan for the coming 1985-1986 fiscal year is that public funds will only be provided to the program for book subsidies, with all administrative costs falling to the federations. Given this new state of affairs, the Joint Task Force argues that funds will have to be found from various new sources and that the transparency of the program will have to increase in...

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Updating historical statistics

1983 - SSFC publishes revised version of Historical Statistics of Canada

In 1975, the Social Science Federation of Canada and Statistics Canada undertake a joint project to revise and publish a second version of the 1965 Historical Statistics of Canada. The original publishing date is set for 1977, but on April 12, 1977 the SSFC pushes the finish date to 1978. Historical Statistics of Canada is not published until 1983.

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Addressing sexism in academia

1982 - June 1988: Women’s issues and sex bias

The Social Science Federation of Canada (SSFC) establishes a task force to study sex bias in research. The SSFC studies a variety of issues affecting women in Canadian research. The goal of the task force is to eliminate sex bias in research and to monitor sexism both within and outside of the federation. The task force influences the creation of a Women’s Issues Network, which advocates for, among many issues, recognition of Women’s Studies, appropriate funding for research, and the elimination of sexist language in research. 

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Establishing a Canadian Academic Centre in Rome

1979 - CFH Establishes Canadian Academic Centre in Italy

In 1976, the Humanities Research Council of Canada (HRCC) meets to discuss establishing a Canadian Academic Centre in Italy. A great number of Canadian scholars already visit Italy regularly for research in a variety of fields, such as the Classics, Renaissance Studies and Fine Art. The HRCC, shortly to become the Canadian Federation for the Humanities (CFH), decides to establish a centre to help scholars visiting Italy find lodging and resources and to connect them with the Italian scholarly community. The CFH approves funding for the centre in April 1978, and by 1979 the centre is established in Rome. In 1980, to alleviate funding constraints the centre merges into the larger Canadian Mediterranean Institute (CMI), including the Canadian Archaeological Institute at Athens (CAIA), and the Society for the Study of Egyptian...

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Saving unpublished manuscripts

December 11, 1978 - CFH and SSFC Occasional Monograph Series

Sometimes, manuscripts supported by the Aid to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP) fall through the cracks. Authors have three years after receiving a grant to find a publisher, but for a variety of reasons, that is not always possible. In order to prevent valuable research from going unpublished, the federations—the Canadian Federation for the Humanities (CFH) and the Social Science Federation of Canada (SSFC)—decide to start an Occasional Monograph Series in 1978. The idea is that the federations will take on the responsibly of publishing a small print-run of manuscripts that were rejected by publishers but are still seen as worthwhile scholarly works by the staff of the ASPP.

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Social science database in peril

December 11, 1978 - SocScan funding critical

Executive Director Designate John Trent petitions the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to fund the SocScan project. The Social Science Federation of Canada (SSFC) uses $100,000 to fund SocScan, but needs further support to sustain the project. If the board cannot allocate funds, they will be forced to terminate the project. The SSFC believes they have sufficiently gotten “SocScan off the ground” and with the appropriate resources it will pay for itself as an information service for the social science community. In February 1979, SSHRC refuses to further fund SocScan. The program survives in July 1980 when Ed Hannis of Western takes control of the database. 

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Issues in scholarly publishing

1976 - Both councils have discussions surrounding issues in scholarly publishing and the ASPP

Throughout its history, the Aid to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP) faces several critical issues. As a joint granting body for scholarly publications, the ASPP reacts in many ways to changes in the Humanities Research Council of Canada and Social Science Research Council of Canada. For instance, translating books between French and English is a necessary focal point for the councils. Funding is a continuing issue for the ASPP. By the 1980s, the federations lobby to protect their funding, specifically for the ASPP which is an important service for the academic community. In 1990, the program is further troubled by the federal reduction to the Postal Subsidy Program which aids in distribution costs. In 1991, when the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) cut the prospective ASPP budget, the federations petition...

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