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News from the social sciences and humanities: Death of Evidence, copyright and funding cuts

 

Milena Stanoeva Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

On Tuesday, thousands of scientists descended on Parliament Hill to hold a mock funeral for the death of evidence. They were protesting funding cuts to important research programs, as well as the Harper government’s limitations on the ability of government-funded scientists to speak to the public. You can read our summary of the protest here, as well as Léo Charbonneau’s analysis of the event over at Margin Notes.

Smaro Kamboureli, Canada Research Chair in Critical Studies in...

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No science, no evidence, no truth, no democracy: Canada’s science community speaks out

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Around a thousand members of Canada’s science community held a memorial service today for evidence-based decision-making on Parliament Hill.  Supported by the Council of Canadians, the “Death of Evidence” protest, which included a procession through downtown Ottawa and “eulogies” delivered by scientists from across the country, was in response to cuts to important research programs, like the Experimental Lakes Area, the end of the mandatory long-form census, as well as the Harper government’s policy of limiting government-funded researchers’ ability to speak publicly about their research.

Many of the speakers emphasized the importance of scientific research to sound policy-making and...

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News from the social sciences and humanities: Mr. Congress, smoking and funding announcements

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

It has been a week of good news for students and scholars in the humanities and social sciences. Inside Higher Ed reported that arts graduates in the United States are generally employed (only 4% of the graduates surveyed reported being unemployed and looking for work) and satisfied with their education and their career path. The original report is available here.

The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology,...

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News from the social sciences and humanities: OECD, copyright and comic book heroes

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

In its latest Economic Survey of Canada, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) outlined several recommendations for Canada to boost innovation and improve the quality and accessibility of higher education. Margin Notes has a brief summary of the OECD’s recommendations, including reducing financial barriers for low-income students and encouraging differentiation between institutions focusing on teaching and those that engage in research.

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Library and Archives Canada Preservation CentreThe Tyee has a detailed breakdown of the effects that budget cuts will have on the operation of Library and Archives Canada, including shorter hours, fewer support staff, and the elimination of key services. Read the full list here.

The Council of Ontario Universities has launched Research Matters, a website dedicated to highlighting the work of Ontario’s research community. Check out the innovative research projects featured on the site and submit your own story at ...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

CFHSS president Graham Carr issued a response to Margaret Wente’s column in the Globe and Mail attacking the value of a degree in the humanities and social sciences. You can read more responses from some of our member institutions here.

Vivek Wadhwa of the Washington Post...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Statistics Canada is facing significant budget cuts and staff layoffs that critics worry will result in the quality of data produced by the agency being compromised. Léo Charbonneau of University Affairs reports that two programs that have already been discontinued are the University and Colleges Academic Staff System, which analyzes data on university faculty in Canada, as well as the Education Matters publication, whose last issue was released this month. On the other hand, Alex Usher of Higher Education Strategy Associates points out that cuts are not to Statistics Canada’s analytical capacity but...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Governor GeneralWith Congress only three weeks away, excitement is mounting. Yesterday, we announced the addition of Governor General David Johnson to the Congress Big Thinking line-up. The Governor General will deliver the opening keynote on May 26. The announcement was covered by The Record.

Alex Usher wrote a blog post on the need for university faculty to be able to counsel their students on careers outside of the academy for Higher Education Strategy...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Susan R. Fisher

The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada has signed a new licensing agreement with Access Copyright. University Affairs published an analysis of the agreement.

The Chilliwack Progress published a profile of Canada Prize in the humanities winner Susan R. Fisher. Fisher won the prize...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

SocialScienceSpace is launching a new podcast series called Social Science Bites on May 10. The series will feature interviews with prominent social scientists, including Danny Dorling, Richard Sennett, Rom Harre, Stephen Pinker, Angela McRobbie and Sonia Livingstone, with an aim to make social science research more publicly accessible and engaging.

Impact of Social Sciences published several notable blog posts on the importance of improving the ways in which we communicate research findings. Melissa Terras...

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