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Innovation for the nation

 

Christine McKenna Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The 2013-2014 season of Big Thinking kicked off on October 3rd with Dr. Richard Hawkins, Professor at the University of Calgary and Fellow of the Institute for Science Society and Policy (ISSP) at the University of Ottawa. While prorogation meant this month’s lecture couldn’t be held at the usual venue on Parliament Hill, the alternative location at HUB Ottawa – a collaborative working space designed to promote social innovation – provided an environment that nicely matched the theme of Hawkins’ address: “Whither innovation? Moving beyond the buzzword.”

Does Canada really understand what...

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The Governor General’s Literary Awards recognize ASPP-funded books

 

Jessica Clark Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to congratulate authors Sandra Djwa and Dominique Perron for qualifying as finalists for this year’s Governor General’s Literary Awards. Djwa’s book, Journey with No Maps: A Life of P.K. Page, published by McGill-Queen’s University Press, is a finalist in the English Non-Fiction category, and Perron’s book, L’Alberta autophage : Identités, mythes et discours du pétrole dans l’Ouest canadien, published by University of Calgary Press, is a finalist in the French Non-Fiction category.

The publication of both books was supported by the Federation’s Awards to Scholarly Publications Program.

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SSH News: Power of the Arts, SSHRC webinars, and Bibliographical Society of Canada call for proposals

 

Christine McKenna Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Can you believe it’s already the end of September? That was fast. The Power of the Arts National Forum is already upon us, and if you aren’t able to make it down to Carleton University you can still watch the plenary sessions live online. Federation President Antonia Maioni is providing a keynote on the last day of the conference, this Sunday, between 3 and 5 pm. You can also follow the action on Twitter.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council is hosting a series of webinars on October 2nd and 3rd to provide...

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SSH News: AUCC’s UniversityWorks, support for humanities research at McGill, and upcoming events

The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) launched a new website on Tuesday that features short videos highlighting how positive university experiences can lead to rewarding careers in the future. The website, called UniversityWorks, includes testimonials by graduates from across the country, each reflecting on their personal university experience and how it has impacted their transition into the world of work. Some of the topics discussed so far include internships, studying abroad, and the opportunities created by pursuing an arts degree, and AUCC is inviting other Canadian graduates to submit videos sharing their own stories.

McGill University has received...

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SSH News: Imagining Canada’s Future, Big Thinking with Richard Hawkins, and the Power of the Arts National Forum

Christine McKenna Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has released the results of their Imagining Canada’s Future initiative, which includes six future challenge areas likely to emerge as Canada moves through the next few decades in an evolving global context. Following a cross-Canada consultation period launched in 2011, the six challenges were designated as areas in which SSHRC believes it can and should make a difference with help from the Canadian social sciences and humanities research community. Visit their...

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SSH News: CIBC report responses, volunteer at the World Social Science Forum, and the Royal Society of Canada names new fellows and award winners

 

Last week saw the release of a report from CIBC about the current state of employment prospects for university graduates. Since then, discussions about the value of a university education have ramped up across the Canadian media, with many questioning the practicality of studying in disciplines associated with the liberal arts. In response, an article in the ...

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The 2013 Canada Prize winner videos are now online!

Publishers are currently submitting their nominations for the 2014 Canada Prizes, the Federation’s annual award to the best scholarly books in the humanities and social sciences that have received funding from the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program. Each year we feature the winning authors in a series of short videos, where they discuss their award-winning works and the fascinating research that went into them. Below are the official videos highlighting the winners of the 2013 Canada Prizes.

Listen to Canada Prize in the Humanities winner François-Marc Gagnon describe a piece of early Canadian art:

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What’s the big idea? – Micah Anshan’s new role for drug users

Christine McKenna Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

In 1956, William S. Burroughs sent a letter to the British Journal of Addiction with an article enclosed, which described his experiences using a broad collection of drugs and the symptoms of withdrawal from each. Of the common tendency to use the word addiction “to indicate anything one is used to or wants,” he suggests that “so misapplied, the term loses any useful precision of meaning.” Burroughs, a seminal figure of the 1950s Beat movement, appears in this letter to call for an understanding of “real addiction” as experienced by a “real addict”.

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SSH News: University arts program woes, “Designing Healthy Campus Communities”, and the Global Young Academy calls for new members

 

Christine McKenna Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The University of Prince Edward Island has seen its enrolment of students into arts programs drop 22% for this September, and registrar Kathy Kielly suggests the arts decline is part of a nationwide trend. Similarly, the University of Alberta has chosen to suspend admission into 20 arts programs due to low student enrolment, an adjustment related to its budget cuts of $84 million over the next 3 years. Maybe the humanities in Canada are not as safe as we thought.

A collaboration between the...

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