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Canadian researchers analyse the spread of Covid-19 misinformation online

As local and global information about COVID-19 continues to shift rapidly, social science and humanities researchers are investigating the nature of misinformation and conspiracy theories, methods of transmission for false information, and the impact of fake news on our behaviours and psychological well-being. 

A multidisciplinary team from the Université de Sherbrooke (UdeS), along with international partners, are compiling a macro-analysis of responses to COVID-19 related information from a broad range of sources and platforms. 

Canadian survey results compiled as part of the project show the pervasiveness of misinformation online.  

  • 38.4% believe that their government is hiding important information about COVID-19 
  • 15.0% believe that the pharmaceutical industry is involved in spreading COVID-19 
  • 52.7% of respondents were aware that they had been exposed to news about COVID-19 that proved to be false 

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Des chercheurs canadiens analysent la diffusion de la désinformation en ligne au sujet de la COVID-19

Alors que les renseignements locaux et mondiaux sur la COVID-19 continuent à évoluer rapidement, les chercheurs en sciences humaines étudient la nature des théories de la désinformation et du complot, les méthodes de transmission de renseignements faux et les répercussions des fausses nouvelles sur nos comportements et notre bien-être psychologique.

Une équipe multidisciplinaire de l’Université de Sherbrooke (UdeS), en collaboration avec des partenaires internationaux, compile une macro-analyse des réponses aux renseignements liés à la COVID-19 à partir d’un large éventail de sources et de plateformes.

Les résultats compilés d’un sondage réalisé au Canada dans le cadre du projet montrent l’omniprésence de la désinformation en ligne.

  • Parmi les personnes interrogées, 38,4 % estiment que leur gouvernement cache des renseignements importants au sujet de la COVID-19.
  • 15,0 % pensent que l’industrie pharmaceutique est impliquée dans la propagation...

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Exposure risks and mounting anxieties: researchers examine Covid-19’s impacts on workers

A certain level of risk is inherent to all work environments, but COVID-19 has created an entirely new kind of threat. How are these risks distributed across the workforce? Are certain groups unfairly burdened by their risk of infection or the negative impacts of containment measures? Canadian researchers are carefully examining the pandemic's implications for today's workforce.  

At the Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Professor Xavier St-Denis is examining the sociodemographic determinants of exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace.  Driven by significant gaps in national-level COVID-19 data, particularly population level data that would allow for comparison of...

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Forging community connections to improve food systems

 

During COVID-19, researchers across Canada have been developing projects at an unprecedented pace in order to support policy makers, public health officials, and the public at large, while health risks remain and the economic and social recovery looms ahead. Many innovative projects are relying on deep community connections and networks to learn from challenges and responses at the grassroots level.   

Highlighting grassroots food initiatives 

Within the Culinaria Research Centre, a hub for food studies at the University of Toronto, Professor Jayeeta Sharma and her research team have built a wide and ever-growing network of community partners to understand...

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Emma Donoghue: “We’re relying on the arts more than ever.”

Lily Polowin, Digital Communications Officer at the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

On Tuesday, June 2, we’re very excited to be presenting, along with the Association for College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE), the plenary Generation Gaps with renowned Irish novelist and scholar Emma Donoghue. This will be Donoghue’s very first digital lecture (apart from a Facebook Live with author Philip Pullman!) and I had the honour to interview her for the occasion.

Generation Gaps will be a talk (with short readings) about the challenges – technical, psychological, political and even ethical – raised by writing about both youth and age. It is a...

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Emma Donoghue: “We’re relying on the arts more than ever.”

Lily Polowin, Digital Communications Officer at the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

On Tuesday, June 2, the Association for College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE) will present the plenary Generation Gaps with renowned Irish novelist and scholar Emma Donoghue. This will be Donoghue’s very first digital lecture (apart from a Facebook Live with author Philip Pullman!) and I had the honour to interview her for the occasion.

Generation Gaps will be a talk (with short readings) about the challenges – technical, psychological, political and even ethical – raised by writing about both youth and age. It is a subject even more timely than usual...

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Que signifie pour vous la Journée internationale des femmes?

Lily Polowin, Coordonnatrice des communications à la Fédération des sciences humaines

La Fédération compte actuellement 18 membres du personnel, dont 14 femmes. Faire partie d'une équipe de femmes fortes m'inspire chaque jour, et c'est pour cela qu'en cette Journée internationale des femmes, j'ai voulu interroger mes collègues afin de connaître les pensées valorisantes qui florissent en elles. J'ai demandé a mes collègues si elles souhaitaient répondre à la question suivante : Que signifie pour vous la Journée internationale des femmes? Voici les réponses que j'ai reçues. Bonne lecture, et bonne Journée internationale des femmes!

Lamis El-Zein, Executive Assistant:

International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate girls and women all over the word, and to honour...

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What does International Women's Day mean to you? Federation staff perspectives.

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

The Federation currently has 18 staff members, 14 of which are women. Being part of a team of strong women inspires me daily, and so this International Women’s Day, I wanted to probe my colleagues to see what empowering thoughts were blooming within. I asked staff if they’d be interested in answering this question: What does International Women’s Day mean to you? Here are the answers I received. Enjoy, and Happy International Women’s Day!

Lamis El-Zein, Executive Assistant:

International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate girls and women all over the word, and to honour those who...

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Faire valoir l'interdisciplinarité : Polytechnique Montréal se joint à la Fédération!

Lily Polowin, Coordonnatrice des communications, Fédération des sciences humaines

Veuillez vous joindre à la Fédération pour accueillir chaleureusement l’un de ses nouveaux membres : Polytechnique Montréal, la plus grande université d’ingénierie au Québec! L’adhésion de Polytechnique a été acceptée lors d’un vote officiel durant la toute première Réunion annuelle virtuelle de la Fédération, le 15 mai 2019, tout comme celle d’un autre établissement montréalais, HEC Montréal.

Oui, vous avez bien lu : une école d’ingénierie et une école de commerce se sont jointes à la Fédération des sciences humaines! Pour connaître les motifs qui ont incité ces établissements à collaborer avec nous, poursuivez votre lecture. J’ai moi-...

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Remembering Terry D’Angelo (1962-2018)

Nicola Katz, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Terry laughed easily, and with gusto. Her joie de vivre was sincere, and she had a knack for finding the upside even where others could not.

In fact, as it was recently pointed out by Terry’s brother-in-law, never once in the nearly year-long battle she had with cancer, did Terry ever ask “Why me?” Instead, in typical Terry style, she remained practical and got right down to the business of making the best of the situation at hand: caring for the needs of her loving family, organizing every last detail of their fundraising efforts, making time for farewells to friends and colleagues, and ultimately planning the details of one final event – her own celebration of life.

This engagement and dedication comes as no...

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