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Welcome to the blog for the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Posts on this site are the opinion of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Federation, its staff or its board of directors. Entries are posted in the language of the author.

Members of the university research community are invited to make guest blog submissions on issues relating to the wellbeing of the humanities and social sciences research and learning enterprise in Canada. Click here to read the Federations’ blog policy. Please contact Lily Polowin at lpolowin@ideas-idees.ca if you wish to propose a blog article. 

In the Middle. . . Somewhat Dislocated

Guest Blog by Dr. Henry Daniel, Professor of Dance, Performance Studies and New Media Technologies, School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.

This blog draws on my performance "In the Middle...Somewhat Dislocated" from the recent BCSA Conference (Black Canadian Studies Association) at Congress 2019 at The University of British Columbia. It also touches on some of the ideas presented in my keynote paper “Decolonizing Bodies: Engaging Performance” given at the...

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Championing interdisciplinarity: Polytechnique Montréal joins the Federation!

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

Please join the Federation in welcoming one of our newest institutional members, and Québec's largest engineering university, Polytechnique Montréal! Polytechnique was officially voted in at the Federation’s first-ever virtual Annual Meeting on May 15, 2019 alongside another...

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100 volumes on understanding nationality

Guest blog by Shirley Tillotson, Professor Emeritus, Department of History, Dalhousie University, and Inglis Professor, University of King’s College

The Canadian Historical Review celebrates its 100th volume this year. It was among several new national organizations that were born in the nationalist years following the First World War. In the journal’s September issue, I looked back at the CHR's history. Being the journal of a national history has been a fine thing, but it means something different now, something more ambiguous, than it did on the CHR's previous anniversaries in 1944, 1970, and 1995.

Contributors to the CHR have usually been professional Canadianists. It’s to be expected that they would investigate the nation. This was especially so...

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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.

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

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Federation welcomes three new scholarly association members

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

Please join us in giving a warm welcome to three new Association members! Each of them was voted in by existing members at the Federation’s first-ever virtual Annual Meeting, which took place on May 15, 2019. Read on to learn more about each one — their mission, their leadership and what motivated them to join the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. [Pssst…. And next month, we’ll be introducing two new institution members who joined the Federation membership as well.]  

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