SSH News: Storytellers, digital humanities, and new social science journals

Yesterday, SSHRC launched its new competition for Canadian university students: Research for a better life: The Storytellers. Tell your compelling research story in three minutes or less, and you could be one of 25 finalists to win $3,000 and attend the 2013 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. After Congress, the five final winners will be invited to deliver a featured presentation at this year’s World Social Science Forum in Montreal. See full details on SSHRC’s website.

Brent Herbert-Copley, SSHRC’s vice-president, Research Capacity, wrote a compelling piece in the Globe and Mail recently, focusing on...

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Productivity and the Atlantic Provinces: 2012 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Highlights

Milena Stanoeva Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

“Productivity” is a word that gets thrown around a lot, especially in times of economic uncertainty.  Governments, financial institutions and media commentators are all concerned with measuring, increasing and stimulating Canada’s productivity. But what does the concept of productivity actually mean beyond a gross domestic product (GDP)? Karen Foster, one of this year’s Banting Postdoctoral Fellows, will tackle this question during her research at Saint Mary’s University. The title of her post-doctoral research project is “Beyond the numbers:  the meaning and measure of productivity in Canada.”

An east-coast native, Foster will specifically look at “moments of government intervention in working and earning in Atlantic Canada,” which has historically been...

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Crossing borders in North America and Europe: 2012 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Highlights

Milena Stanoeva Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Over the past decade, border crossing has become a national security concern of growing importance, with states increasingly turning to surveillance technologies, databases and smart IDs to control migration flows. Criticism about the increased securitization of borders is generally levelled at states, which, according to 2012 Banting Postdoctoral Fellow Martin Geiger, ignores a major player in migration management – industry.

Geiger will be carrying out his research project, titled “Smart new border world: Information technologies and security industries in the management of human cross-border mobility in North America and Europe,” at Carleton University, where he was a visiting scholar last year. Geiger was born in Germany...

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News from the social sciences and humanities: Graduate students, university funding and academic publishing

Milena Stanoeva Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Last week, Federation president Graham Carr, wrote an op-ed for the Globe and Mail on the importance of preparing graduate students for life outside of university. His recommendations include teaching graduate students professional skills, increasing internationalization and making graduate program requirements more flexible. Read the whole article here.

Le Devoir published an article by Robert Lacroix that presents an interesting take on the issue of the underfunding of Canada’s universities, and specifically the situation in Quebec, where the issue of tuition fees is particularly fraught.

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La construction de martyrs au Moyen-Orient: Bourses postdoctorales Banting 2012

Daniel Drolet Journaliste indépendant

Laure Guirguis, née d’une mère française et d’un père égyptien chrétien, parle l’arabe et a régulièrement séjourné en Égypte depuis son enfance.

Titulaire d’un DEA (Master 2) en philosophie, elle n’avait pas songé à concentrer ses efforts sur le problème copte lorsqu’elle a commencé son doctorat sur les transformations de la scène politique égyptienne. Son directeur de recherche lui a signalé l’actualité de ce sujet pour sa thèse de doctorat en études politiques à l’École des hautes études en sciences sociales à Paris.

Elle a vécu en Égypte de 2005 à 2010,  et a donc pu observer de près la fin du régime de Hosni Moubarak. Aujourd’hui elle est installée à Montréal. Récipiendaire d’une Bourse Banting du gouvernement canadien pour des études postdoctorales, elle mettra à...

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News from the social sciences and humanities: Canada Research Chairs, academic stars and the decline of the liberal arts

Milena Stanoeva Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Last week, the federal government announced a new round of funding for the Canada Research Chairs program. The government is investing $121.6M in the program. CFHSS’s official statement on the announcement is here.

We are launching a new blog series called Research Stars, where we will profile researchers in the social sciences and humanities. Heather Walmsley, one of this year’s Banting Postdoctoral Fellows, was the first researcher to be profiled for her work on the transnational human egg...

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Canada and the transnational human egg trade: 2012 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship highlights

Milena Stanoeva Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Heather WalmsleyWith innovations like babies with three genetic parents, what is reality in the field of reproductive technology today seems like it would have been science fiction mere decades ago. And while reproductive technology has helped thousands of couples with reproductive issues, same sex couples and single parents start families, policy and research around the field is lagging. One area of concern that remains largely unaddressed is the international human egg trade and its implications for women on both sides of the transaction.

This issue will be the subject of Heather Walmsley’s research, entitled “Canada and the transnational human egg trade:  implications for women's agency and global social...

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EREID 2013 - Sustainability Research in the Social and Human Sciences : Why ? How ? For whom ?


Researchers in the Social and Human Sciences (SHS) investigating the sustainability of our modes of collective organization are faced with fundamental questions. Dialogue between the various disciplines within the SHS is unavoidable, as is exchange with researchers in the life sciences. Even if there currently exists a general consensus on the reality of a multidimensional ecological crisis (radical climate change, depletion of resources, loss of biodiversity…), the positioning of the social sciences researcher is more controversial. The aim of this conference is to give researchers in all areas of SHS (management sciences, economics, sociology, the philosophy of science, political science, law, psychology…) the opportunity to dialogue on these questions:  what position should they adopt on the issue of sustainability? What is their role and what mission should they assign themselves?

Conference website :...

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Putting the humanities, arts and social sciences into S&T

Released yesterday, the second iteration of The State of Science and Technology in Canada report is great news for the humanities, arts and social sciences (HASS) community.

And here’s why: in 2010, the Minister of Industry asked the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) to explore how Canada was faring in all fields in which research is conducted in this country. And, as the report revealed, the expert panel concluded that Canada’s S&T community—including the HASS disciplines—is “healthy and growing, in both output and impact,” and is met with high international regard.

That’s not all—the report also found six research fields in which Canada excels. Here’s where the HASS community is clearly highlighted: clinical medicine, historical studies, information and communication technologies (ICT), physics and astronomy, psychology and cognitive...

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RSC Annual General Meeting: Celebrating 130 Years Spanning Three Centuries

Join us as we celebrate 130 years of: promoting Canadian research and scholarly accomplishment in both of Canada’s official languages; recognizing academic and artistic excellence; and advising governments, NGOs and the Canadian public, on matters of public importance. Three days of scholarly programming have been organized to interest Fellows, as well as their families and friends.

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