June 2015


Being private in public

Christine McKenna

Dr. Wendy Hui Kyong Chun is a professor and chair of Modern Media and Culture at Brown University, and her background in both Systems Design Engineering and English Literature has helped to shape a unique perspective on New Media and digital technology. She visited Congress 2015 and presented some fascinating ideas in a talk called “New media: Wonderfully creepy.”

Waiting for the event to begin, I sat chewing on the lid of my coffee cup, while absentmindedly scrolling through Twitter on my phone. As always, the muscles in my right hand remembered the subtle movements necessary to navigate between menus, screens, and applications. But rarely does my mind feel consciously engaged. I found myself checking the time on my phone, then checking again...

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The people’s playlist

Omar Mouallem

SHARCNET was funded through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s Innovation Fund. Matthew Woolhouse will be attending the 2015 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences to present “Decomposing the Human Development Index with Respect to Music” as part of a session called “Consuming Culture” at the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities conference tomorrow, Wednesday, June 3. This article originally appeared on Innovation.ca in July 2013.

This summer, music lovers will descend on music festivals around the world to listen and dance to their favourite bands. And when they do, they’ll be participating in a practice...

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Les héritiers de l'Amérique française

Gabriel Arruda

C’est en terrain connu que le sociologue Joseph-Yvon Thériault présenta sa conférence «Qu'est devenue l’Amérique française » dans le cadre des causeries Voir grand  du Congrès des sciences humaines. Titulaire de la Chaire de recherche du Canada en Mondialisation, Citoyenneté et Démocratie à l’UQAM, l’intellectuel acadien fut cependant professeur de sociologie à l’Université d’Ottawa durant une trentaine d’années. C’est donc au sein de son alma mater que le sociologue dressa le portrait de la francophonie nord-américaine dans le contexte des commémorations des 400 ans de présence française en Ontario. Loin d’être uniquement les réminiscences d’un projet colonial manqué, le français en Amérique est encore aujourd’hui...

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Bringing history into the future

Roberta Staley

Constance Crompton is project leader on a project funded through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund. She will be attending the 2015 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences to present as part of a panel called “From Documents to Data” at the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities conference tomorrow, Tuesday, June 2This article originally appeared on Innovation.ca in January 2015.

This past year, the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, or Vatican Library, famously began to digitize its vast and remarkable archive that includes the...

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Telling your research story - make it accessible!

Victoria Hawkins

We all dread the presenter who reads directly from the slides or paper in a monotone voice. Worse still is when that monotone voice uses heavy jargon that no one outside the field will understand. 

Shari Graydon says “scholars are trained to be critical and they apply that to their assessment of colleagues”. The resulting pressure encourages presenters to read from their papers “because that way they’ll get every single sentence right”.  The result is glazed-over eyes, even among the audience members who understand the content.

Graydon’s Career Corner workshop "Ideas Matter: Telling Your Research Story" focussed on the engagement of a broader audience. By choosing accessible language, using...

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Identity and dignity: Bolivia’s Minister of Decolonization talks education

Christine McKenna

As the Honorable Félix Cárdenas Aguilar stepped up to the podium, I placed over my ears a fragile pair of grey plastic headphones. As he began a lively address to the packed auditorium, a gentle female voice echoed in my ears, translating his words from Spanish and Aymara to the English I can understand. Aguilar is the Vice Minister of Decolonization in Bolivia, and he travelled all the way to the unceded Algonquin territory known as Ottawa to share with us his insights on reconciliation, education, and justice, building on the theme of reconciliation and the academy at Congress.

A member of the native Aymara...

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