March 2015


Linking Climate Action and Research


Jean-Marc Mangin, Executive Director, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Last week at a conference in Montreal, a group of more than 60 scholars from across disciplines and regions of the country released a major report: Acting on Climate Change: Solutions from Canadian Scholars. The report from this eminent group of researchers illuminates a pathway to a low carbon Canada that emerged from extensive and  rigorous discussions. These scholars have identified 10 key policy orientations that would help Canada meet the defining challenge of our times, including a unanimous recommendation for putting a price on...

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Congress is for the young ones too!


Accessible and affordable child minding options are a key part of Congress.

Following on the successful child minding options available at Congress 2014, we are committed to providing convenient childcare options for registered attendees of Congress 2015.

Two child minding services will be available. Both services are bilingual and will operate from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on each day of Congress (May 30 to June 5). If you will require child minding services during Congress, be sure to pre-register your children before May 14.

Child minding (6 months to 5...

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Global sustainable development goals have potential to drive change in Canada

Shannon Kindornay, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University

There is no question that 2015 is a year for change both within Canada and abroad. As noted by Julia Sánchez, President-CEO, Canadian Council for International Co-operation, in her blog on Canada’s engagement with global social justice, not only are Canadians facing an election year in 2015, but changes are afoot on the global stage. This year, governments will negotiate a set of universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the United Nations to replace the Millennium Development Goals that will expire at the end of 2015. These goals will apply to all countries...

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Canada can learn from the UK’s “The Business of People” report

Nour Aoude, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Released by the UK’s Campaign for Social Science  on February 24, 2015, “The Business of People” report underscores the critical role that social science research should play in the that country’s science and innovation strategy. The report’s release comes two months after the UK government’s December 2014 announcement of its science and innovation policy. While the policy clarifies that “science” is used to encompass “the...

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Curious about the Digital Humanities? Test out DH Methods with Hands-on Workshops at Congress

Constance Crompton, Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities and English, Department of Critical Studies, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, UBC Okanagan

Ray Siemens, Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing and Distinguished Professor, Department of English, Faculty of Humanities, University of Victoria

Graduate student Alex Christie tests out a 3D printer.  Image courtesy of Alex Christie and Jentery Sayers.

Whether you are planning a new project or course, or thinking about refreshing an old one, there is a pleasure in testing out new methodologies—just as you might sample buffet fare before you decide which dish you would like to commit to for dinner.  The...

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Caring Across Boundaries at Congress

Andrea Auger, Reconciliation and Research Manager, First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada

The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society (the Caring Society) is thrilled to be a part of the 2015 Congress for the Humanities and Social Sciences. We invite attendees to see the “Caring Across Boundaries” photo exhibition that brings viewers closer to the lived realities and aspirations of three First Nations communities: Attawapiskat First Nation (Ontario), Carrier Sekani Nations (British Columbia) and Tobique First Nation (New Brunswick). Seen through the lens of internationally renowned photographer Liam Sharp, members of the First Nations invite people to take positive steps towards reconciliation and a future of wellbeing for First Nations and all children and youth in Canada.

Here is a sneak-peak at some of...

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Les femmes et le terrorisme

Nathalie Des Rosiers, Université d’Ottawa

Partout dans le monde, on s’efforce d’inventer des solutions juridiques pour mettre fin au terrorisme.   Le Canda ne fait pas exception : un projet de loi propose des détentions préventives,  un partage d’information entre agences et un mandat au service de renseignements « d’agir » pour prévenir des attaques.  Le public est prêt à accepter ces mesures sans précédent parce qu’ils ont peur de ces attaques féroces imprévisibles qu’on voit sur YouTube et à la télé.

La violence faite aux femmes, la disparition ou le meurtre d’une...

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On the Move at Congress 2015

Dr. Barb Neis, Project Director & Danielle Devereaux, Communications and Outreach Coordinator, On the Move Partnership

The On the Move Partnership is thrilled to be partnering with CBC Ideas and the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences to present: “On the Move: Temporary Foreign Worker Policy in Canada.” This public event will take place during 2015 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, on the evening of June 2nd at the University of Ottawa.  

On the Move is a seven-year...

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Leading Research Universities in a Competitive World

Robert Lacroix and Louis Maheu, Université de Montréal

The Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP) has funded the recent publication of Les grandes universités de recherche : Institutions autonomes dans un environnement concurrentiel, a book by Robert Lacroix and Louis Maheu (published by Presses de l'Université de Montréal). The book is also available in English, under the title Leading Research Universities in a Competitive World (published by McGill-Queen's University Press). The...

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