Nouvelles des SH

SSH News: Canadian Museum of History plans, Humanities 2.0, and the social conditions affecting Canadians’ health


The plans for the new Canadian Museum of History have been revealed, and they point to a greater focus on issues of politics, conflict, and First Nations history than can be found in its current incarnation as the Canadian Museum of Civilization. The report outlines the museum’s plans to rebrand itself and revamp the collection’s presentation, though some are expressing apprehension about the museum’s ability to critically examine certain issues in the wake of research and curatorial staff losses .

Le Devoir has been continuing their Humanities 2.0 series, and...

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SSH News: Humanities 2.0, student career website launch, and a helpful infographic

A new summer series in Le Devoir called “Humanities 2.0” is set to explore the ever-growing field of digital humanities, asking how new technologies affect the ways we produce and disseminate knowledge.  In fact, the first article in the series features one of our recent Big Thinking speakers, Stéphane Bouchard, whose presentation “When psychotherapy meets virtual reality” took place on Parliament Hill this past March (watch it here). Bouchard’s work seeks to understand how technology can be effectively applied to treat mental health issues and disorders, and considers uses for virtual reality and telehealth in clinical cyberpsychology....

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SSH News: “The Hidden Impact”, Interrogating Access, and the Power of the Arts National Forum


Christine McKenna Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Another report about the benefits of a liberal arts degree emerged this week, this time from across the Atlantic at Oxford University, entitled "Humanities Graduates and the British Economy: The Hidden Impact". The study, which tracked the career progress of a collection of humanities graduates over a period of time, reveals that a liberal arts degree does not necessarily limit job prospects, and has increasingly led graduates to find positions in key sectors for economic growth, such as finance, media, law, and management. Though the study (a pilot project) focused only on humanities graduates from Oxford, researchers suggest the methodology may be useful in future studies of other universities or a broader spectrum of graduates. The head of Oxford’s humanities division...

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SSH News: Debating Open Access, more Heart of the Matter responses, CHA call for papers, and MusCan


Christine McKenna Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences recently published a collection of essays addressing the future of scholarly open access practices, which consider their implications for the social sciences and humanities fields and suggest a more nuanced approach to open access policy. The collection, entitled Debating Open Access, is (obviously) available for free, and can be accessed here

The debate about social sciences and humanities education in the United States still...

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SSH News: Conferences, Canadian higher ed, and “Heart of the Matter” reactions


Image courtesy of UBC Library.

Christine McKenna Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

This year’s Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences may be over, but the 2013 World Social Science Forum (WSSF) is just around the corner. Taking place in Montreal from October 13-15, the WSSF is organized by the International Social Science Council (ISSC) and expects to draw over 1,000 delegates from 80 countries to explore the theme "...

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SSH News: “The Heart of the Matter”, Canadian Studies, & Impressions of Congress 2013

Christine McKenna, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The American Academy of Arts & Sciences released a report this week entitled “The Heart of the Matter”, which examines the value of social sciences and humanities (SSH) in the pursuit of a strengthened economy and cohesive society. The report makes recommendations for improving American SSH education, and suggests that in combination with STEM disciplines (the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), a liberal arts education could promote innovation and improve understanding of the contexts in which science-based research is applied. An article in the ...

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MOOCs: The next generation of teaching and learning?

What are MOOCs? Are they good for teaching? Good for learning? On March 22, the Federation's Director of Teaching and Learning, Fernand Gervais, explored these questions and more. Looking at French MOOCs, the success of MOOCs across different institutions, and posing future challenges, Dr. Gervais made the case for what could be the next generation of teaching and learning as we move into an increasingly digital world. 

For his full powerpoint presentation, click here.

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SSH News: Senate scandals, breakfast lectures, and international research


Karen Diepeveen, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

This week was a busy one. Obama’s State of the Union address garnered plenty of reactions, including one from Danielle Allen of the Institute for Advanced Study. Her Washington Post editorial argues that the humanities are just as important as STEM classes.  

Senators here in Canada have had a busy media week – and so have several political scientists. Howard Leeson provided some background on Pamela Wallin’s spending, while Geoffrey Stevens weighed in on the...

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SSH News: Storytellers, digital humanities, and new social science journals

Yesterday, SSHRC launched its new competition for Canadian university students: Research for a better life: The Storytellers. Tell your compelling research story in three minutes or less, and you could be one of 25 finalists to win $3,000 and attend the 2013 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. After Congress, the five final winners will be invited to deliver a featured presentation at this year’s World Social Science Forum in Montreal. See full details on SSHRC’s website.

Brent Herbert-Copley, SSHRC’s vice-president, Research Capacity, wrote a compelling piece in the Globe and Mail recently, focusing on...

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