Congrès des sciences humaines

Philosophy researchers bring their perspectives to partners’ research challenges


Robyn Dugas, Communications Coordinator, Mitacs

Mitacs and the University of Waterloo’s Department of Philosophy have partnered on an initiative that sees graduate and postdoctoral researchers using philosophical approaches in their collaborations with regional partners.

The collaboration emerged following a 2014 internship between Teresa Branch-Smith, a philosophy PhD candidate at the university, and Philip Beesley Architects. Together, they examined philosophical constructions of life and living as applied to “near-living” architecture. The project’s success demonstrated the potential for collaborations between philosophers and...

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Access to Social Justice symposium will explore social justice issues in Calgary

By Natalie Dawes and Alison Abel

Law and Social Work faculties aim to develop policies and action plans that will make real improvements in access to social justice. Top speakers include Thomas Cromwell, a Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, and more—read on!

As part of Congress 2016 exciting line-up of events, the University of Calgary will host six Interdisciplinary symposia to exhibit the university’s most compelling and leading-edge thinking and research. This article is part of a six-part series showcasing each event, all of which are open to Congress attendees and the general public.

On May 28, the Faculties of Law and Social Work will...

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Registration for Congress 2016 officially opens

Canada's largest annual academic gathering an excellent venue for sharing ideas, building partnerships

Jennifer Robitaille, Communications Specialist, University of Calgary

Registration for the 2016 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is officially open. From May 28 to June 3, the University of Calgary will host 70 academic associations that will each hold annual conferences during the week with a total of over 8,000 attendees.

UToday met with Bart Beaty, academic convenor for Congress 2016 and professor of English, who is a self-described “Congress geek.”

Beaty was a first-time Congress attendee as a student volunteer in 1993 and has a nearly perfect, two-decade Congress attendance record. He let us know what the 8,000 attendees can expect from Congress 2016 from what...

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Congress 2016 will take a village: University of Calgary put its hosting skills on display and welcomed team from Ottawa for three days of planning meetings

Jennifer Robitaille, Communications Specialist, Faculty of Arts, University of Calgary

Planning for the 2016 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences jointly organized by the University of Calgary and the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences officially kicked off on Sept. 28, 2015.

UCalgary hosted 10 members from the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences as they descended on campus to meet and discuss all things logistics and planning with UCalgary colleagues and local representatives from over 70 scholarly associations that will attend the weeklong conference.

Congress 2016 will run from May 28 to June 3, 2016 and is organized around the theme “Energizing Communities”. Congress 2016 will see more than 8,000 attendees visit UCalgary for the largest annual...

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Congress 2016 – A taste of what’s to come

Camille Ferrier, Communications Officer, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

On arriving at the University of Calgary campus for the Congress 2016 Planning Meeting, I was immediately struck by the brilliant fall colours. It was Wednesday, September 30, 2015, and thousands of multicoloured leaves carpeted the beautiful grounds. Between the new EEEL building where the President's receptions will be held, the Rozsa Centre’s Eckhardt-Grammatté Hall concert venue with its incredible acoustics (where Big Thinking lecturers will be speaking), and the large and bright Jack Simpson Gymnasium where registration will take place and the Congress Expo will proudly display its new booths, I already feel this Congress will be a success. And let's not forget the Den & Black Lounge, where attendees...

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The Utility of History: Perspectives on International Development

Victoria Hawkins, student blogger at Congress 2015

Don’t say history doesn’t have the power to change the future. At Congress 2015, Historians of Humanitarian Aid held a panel on the "utility of history" in today’s development in the Global South. Jill Campbell-Miller of St. Mary’s University (pictured) presented a case study of Canadian bi-lateral assistance to India in the 1950 to illustrate how the history of development practice is important and useful for both scholars and practitioners of international development today.

Campbell-Miller argued that at the very least, history can have an effect on institutional memory, the collective understanding of an institution’s past. That understanding could potentially contribute to better judgements in the...

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Roundtable: Working in Public History

Victoria Hawkins, student blogger at Congress 2015

The work of public historians can take many different forms, some quite unexpected. A roundtable discussion at Congress 2015 focused on the different roles that public historians take in their work. Jennifer Anderson of Library and Archives Canada acted as moderator of the discussion. Anderson is currently working on assignment at the Canadian Museum of History and offered insight into the role of both archives and museums in shaping public memory.

As a relatively new field, Public History has many unexpected applications in both the public and private sectors.The panel of speakers represented the various roles of public historians, from freelance and contract work for museums and other cultural institutions to various...

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Reconciling multiculturalism

Christine McKenna, student blogger at Congress 2015

Canada is often viewed as a diverse, welcoming nation comprised of immigrants from around the world, a reputation built on the embracing of “multiculturalism” as an approach to immigration and citizenship. Emerging as a policy framework in 1971, the concept of multiculturalism in Canada has since shifted and evolved, and many now wonder about the term’s relevance to our society, both today and in the future. In a panel presented by the Canadian Sociological Association, scholars gathered to discuss what multiculturalism is, where it came from, and what it implies in a contemporary context. 

“The future of multiculturalism: sociological perspectives” was moderated by Carl James,...

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When big data meets the soul of culture: innovation for the future

Victoria Hawkins, student blogger at Congress 2015

The digital age is rapidly changing how scholars produce, share, analyze and preserve ideas. At Monday’s interdisciplinary symposium at Congress 2015, the changing nature of scholarly research with technology was the topic of discussion.

One of the event’s hot topics was the preservation of the past, facilitated by Fabien Lengellé, Corporate Secretary of Library and Archives Canada (LAC). Lengellé outlined the recent digital projects undertaken by the LAC in efforts to relate to the Digital Humanities domain. Lengellé’s presentation sparked some lively questioning about the choice of which archival materials to digitize and the difficulty of prioritizing certain records. In response, Lengellé said that of LAC’s holdings,...

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Technological Unemployment and the Future of Work

Ashley Stewart, student blogger at Congress 2015

What world can we imagine in 20, 30, even 50 years in the future? How rapid will technology advance and how do we develop policy to match the speed of development? How many times will my job description change? What do we do when machine intelligence surpasses human intelligence? These are just a few of the many questions that I have after the "Technological Unemployment and Future of Work" interdisciplinary symposium at Congress 2015.

I sat down for the symposium intrigued about the topic, but didn’t fathom the scope of what I would learn. It is both fascinating and terrifying the scenarios presented about what technology could possibly bring to society and what that means for our lives. Trying to comprehend...

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