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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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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Matthew Batstone, director of Britain’s New College of the Humanities, wrote an article for The Guardian advising graduates in the humanities on ways to capitalize on their education when they are applying for jobs. One of his tips for humanities graduates is demonstrating that they are not just suited to thinking, but also to handling projects and working in an applied way.

Léo Charbonneau, of University Affairs, refutes arguments that online education will be the demise of traditional classroom lectures and universities. He argues that education is a social experience and that there is something to the heady university experience that will keep...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Inside Higher Ed featured an essay on the current debates about the usefulness of the humanities. Authors Paul Jay and Gerald Graff argue that some academics in the humanities disdain arguments about the humanities’ applicability to non-academic jobs, which ultimately sells humanities students short. Commenting on the essay, Andrew Sullivan highlights a chart of unemployment rates for all university degree holders. According to the chart, the rates for degree holders in the humanities are fairly in line with unemployment rates for other degrees.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Registration for the 2012 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, hosted by Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo from May 26 to June 2, is now open! Special early registration prices are available until April 1st, so don’t delay! Information on featured events, including Big Thinkers like Margaret Atwood, is available here.

Co-founder and director of Britain’s New College of the Humanities Matthew Batstone took to The Guardian this week to argue for the importance of the humanities to Britain’s business and political leadership, most of whom...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The winners of the second Digging into Data Challenge were announced this Tuesday. The competition, which promotes humanities and social sciences research using data-analysis, is funded by eight partners from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). A total of fourteen projects were selected for funding.

The Government of Canada announced that new and existing loans for part-time students will be interest-free during study. This measure is estimated to save part-...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

On December 8, Lou Hammond Ketilson, from the University of Saskatchewan, presented a Big Thinking lecture on the economic impact of credit unions. If you missed Professor Hammond Ketilson’s lecture, it’s now available on video. Professor Hammond Ketilson was also interviewed by The Western Producer.

A report commissioned by the New College of Humanities, a British for-profit college opening next year, indicates that sixty percent of UK leaders in fields such as business and politics have degrees in the humanities, social sciences or arts. The report challenges perceptions that there are few career opportunities for students...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

André Grace, a professor of education at the University of Alberta, is being honoured with the Killam Professorship this year for his work directing the University of Alberta’s Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services, which educates youth in the community about the importance of inclusiveness of LGBTQI2-S people. Grace is working to develop different initiatives that can make communities and schools safer for LGBTQI2-S kids.

The Harvard Gazette published an article profiling Digital Humanities scholar Jeffrey Schnapp. Schnapp, who is a professor of Romance languages and literature, uses the Internet and digital technologies to create bridges between disciplines...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Our last Big Thinking lecture of the fall season was held this morning on Parliament Hill. Professor Lou Hammond Ketilson of the University of Saskatchewan, presented to a full house on the importance of credit unions and caisses populaires to communities across Canada. The video will be up on our website shortly. Many thanks to everyone who attended and we look forward to seeing you again in January for our next season of lectures.

On Tuesday, December 6, the Networks of Centres of Excellent (NCE) Secretariat launched a competition to find a home for a Canada-India Research Centre of Excellence. The successful applicant will be granted $15 million over five years to create partnerships to accelerate the exchange of research knowledge on a key area of interest to both countries. Read the details of the...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Government of Canada has launched a competition for 10 new Canada Excellence Research Chairs. CFHSS is pleased that the new competition includes three Chairs in fields that are relevant to the digital economy, as well as four Chairs open to all areas of inquiry, including the social sciences and humanities.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has launched a new consultation for the renewal of its Talent program, which supports graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. SSHRC is...

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News from the social sciences and humanities

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The European Union is committed to supporting research in the social sciences and humanities as part of its Horizon 2020 program. A recent speech by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, addressed the need for social sciences and humanities research in the European Union’s key areas of interest.

The University Commons published an article by Ian D. Clark, professor in the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto, outlining what Canadian universities are doing to improve undergraduate...

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