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Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

CFHSS president Graham Carr with 2012 winners of the Canada Prizes

If you couldn’t make it to the Canada Prize award ceremony in Montreal two weeks ago, or if you just want to relive the magic, don’t despair. We are releasing a series of short videos featuring the winning authors, starting with Veronica Strong-Boag, winner of the Canada Prize in the Social Sciences – English, who talks about her work on the history of social welfare for children and youth. You can watch the video here.

David Naylor, president of the University of Toronto,...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

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The winners of the 2012 Canada Prizes were announced today at a ceremony in Montreal's Musée des beaux-arts. Congratulations to Susan R. Fisher, Louise Vigneault, Veronica Strong-Boag and Michel Ducharme. The official press release, along with information on the winning works, is available here.

In light of the current context, Canada’s research community received some good news in the 2012 Federal Budget. Amongst a host of measures, the Economic Action Plan proposes new investments to promote research...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Record wrote about Congress earlier this week. In particular, the article discusses the trail festival, which will be held on May 25 as a way of celebrating Kitchener-Waterloo’s trails and welcoming congress-goers with live music, crafts, tours and talks. Times Higher Education featured an article on the rise of the number of...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Guardian’s Higher Education Network featured a guest article by David Phipps of Research Impact. In this first in a series of four article, Phipps explains what knowledge mobilization is and why it is important for academics to find ways beyond the academic journal to communicate their findings to the public.

The Guardian also featured an article by Matt Batstone, director of Britain’s New College of the Humanities, arguing that, contrary to popular belief, humanities graduates do very well professionally and take up leadership positions in all spheres of...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Alex Sévigny, director of McMaster University’s Master of Communications Management Program, presented his Big Thinking lecture, “Who's driving the story? Question period, social media, and changing political communications,” to a full house yesterday. We will be making a video of his lecture available shortly.

And keep an eye out for our next Big Thinking lecture featuring Janice Keefe of Mount Saint Vincent University, who will be talking about the challenges Canada will face as its population ages in the coming decades. Registration is now open.

Harvey Weingarten, president of the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, gave a talk at the 2012 Symposium of the Ontario Research Chairs...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Léo Charbonneau blogs this week on the recent boycott of academic publishing company Elsevier, which owns 2,000 academic journals, by researchers. The boycott was over Elsevier’s support of the Research Works Act, a US legislation proposal that would prohibit open access mandates for federal research funding. In both Canada and the US, government organizations that provide public funding for research require that the research be made publicly available. More than 7,500 researchers worldwide vowed to stop sending their research to Elsevier-owned journals, leading the company to withdraw its support for the legislation.

Charbonneau’s blog post also makes the interesting point that, although peer-reviewed journal articles are seen as the only authoritative...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Registration for our March Big Thinking lecture is now open. On March 8, Alex Sevigny of McMaster University will lecture on political communication, particularly around Question Period and social media. Over the weekend, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) held their annual meeting in Canada for the first time in about 30 years. While AAAS content is not specific to HSS disciplines, David VanderZwaag, a Canada Research Chair in Ocean Law and Governance, discussed ways in which climate change can affect Canada’s laws on shipping regulation, ocean governance and marine biodiversity protection. In another example of Canadian humanities contributions...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Two of our 2011 Big Thinkers are in the news this week. Our September Big Thinker, Evan Fraser, was featured on The Cord in an article on the effects of climate change. Kwame Anthony Appiah, a Big Thinker from our Congress 2011 line-up, was presented with the 2011 National Humanities Medal by President Obama.

Martha Nussbaum, a professor of law and ethics at the University of Chicago, gave a lecture at Stanford University on the importance of the humanities...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva

Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The short list of nominees for the Canada Prize in the Humanities and the Canada Prize in the Social Sciences has been announced. This year’s nominees feature a diverse set of topics, from post-soviet Russia to 1960s Toronto. The winners will be announced at a special award ceremony on Friday, March 30, 2012 at the Musée des beaux-arts in Montreal during CFHSS’s Annual General Meeting. The official press release and short list of nominees are available here. If you missed Jeremy de Beer’s Big Thinking lecture on innovation and intellectual property last week, a video is now available. Daniel Jelski, a professor...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

This Tuesday, we held our first Big Thinking lecture of the season. University of Ottawa law professor Jeremy de Beer discussed ways of rethinking intellectual property and how we measure innovation. In his talk, de Beer argued for a more holistic approach to innovation, one that values contributions from the social sciences and humanities and relies on a variety of measures that complement economic ones. A recap of de Beer’s talk is available on University AffairsMargin Notes blog. iPolitics also covered the event. If you have an account, you can read the article here.

An upcoming Congress Big Thinker, Thomas Homer-...

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