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Nouvelles des sciences humaines

Milena Stanoeva
Fédération canadienne des sciences humaines

La semaine dernière, Phillip Kelly, de l’Université York, a présenté une causerie Voir Grand sur la mobilité sociale des enfants d’immigrants, qui a attiré beaucoup de monde. Si vous avez manqué la causerie, iPolitics  a couvert l’événement.

Affaires universitaires écrit que l’inscription au premier cycle universitaire a dépassé le million d’étudiants. Les étudiants étrangers contribuent à cette hausse. Le Globe and Mail...

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Generation Next: How are the children of immigrants faring in Canada

Alison Hebbs, Director, Policy and Communications
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

You’d think that many people take on the life-altering process of moving to a new country with a better life for their children in mind. Canada has worked hard to open its doors for families in search of a brighter future.

And how are these efforts translating? Well, in Canada, the pattern is one of upward mobility for second generation immigrants...overall. For example, the children of Chinese and South Asian immigrants outperform their parents when it comes to educational attainment and labour market outcomes. Actually, they outperform the general Canadian population too. However, as Dr. Philip Kelly, associate professor of geography at York University, explained...

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Black queer and Black Trans – Imagine Imagination Imaginary Futures

Rinaldo Walcott, University of Toronto
Guest Contributor

This entry is part of the CFHSS’s VP Equity Issues series on issues related to LGBTQI2-S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, intersex and Two-Spirited) peoples.

Over the last few years I have had the opportunity to teach, to learn from and to learn with an incredible and impressive group of Black queer and Black Trans students. These students live and work at the interstices of communities, studies and politics and in each case...

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Anti-homophobia education beyond bullying

Hélène Frohard-Dourlent, University of British Columbia
Guest Contributor

This entry is part of the CFHSS’s VP Equity Issues series on issues related to LGBTQI2-S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, intersex and Two-Spirited) peoples.

If there was any doubt that getting through high school is still difficult for queer and trans youth in Canada, Jamie Hubley’s decision to end his life last week in Ottawa is a painful reminder of that fact. Hubley’s suicide prompts us to reflect on the...

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CFHSS responds to Globe and Mail columns on higher education

Friday’s Globe and Mail published a column by Jeffrey Simpson arguing that universities are failing undergraduates. CFHSS president Graham Carr’s letter to the editor responding to the column did not make it to the Globe and Mail’s pages, but it is available here:

At its best, university education is a deeply transformative experience. Transmitting the values and practices of both liberal arts and sciences education is crucial in developing the citizenship of today and tomorrow. Increased university participation rates in recent decades is an important Canadian success story particularly as we are becoming a globally-connected knowledge society.

Yet, the perception that quality is under threat is widely shared.  There is no silver bullet to resolve the complex challenges of...

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Nouvelles des sciences humaines

Milena Stanoeva
Fédération canadienne des sciences humaines

Le groupe d’experts mené par Tom Jenkins et chargé par Ottawa d’examiner le soutien fédéral  de la recherche-développement (R-D) dans le secteur privé, a publié un rapport recommandant des changements  dans la façon dont le gouvernement finance la R-D. En particulier, le comité conseille au gouvernement de rééquilibrer la proportion de soutient direct par rapport au soutien indirect et d’accorder plus de fonds pour le démarrage de nouvelles entreprises pour promouvoir des technologies développées au Canada. Des analyses sur le rapport sont disponibles ici et ici. La FCSH se réjouit...

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Twenty Years Later for GLBTQ Youth: How Far Have We Come?

Gloria Filax, Athabasca University
Guest Contributor

This entry is part of the CFHSS’s VP Equity Issues series on issues related to LGBTQI2-S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, intersex and Two-Spirited) peoples.

My doctoral work focused on GLBTQ youth during the 1990s in Alberta, which was unique in Canada for the state-sanctioned resistance to protect the basic rights of citizens who were GLBTQ.  Even while the source and particulars of oppression in...

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Developing Intersectional Solidarities: A Plea for Queer Intersectionality

Sirma Bilge, Université de Montréal
Guest Contributor This entry is part of the CFHSS’s VP Equity Issues series on issues related to LGBTQI2-S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, intersex and Two-Spirited) peoples.

Contemporary progressive politics of protest frequently face a problem of legitimacy, authority and representation. Since at least the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, anti-racist, anti-colonial feminists and queer activists have taken issue with the politics of representation and the problem of speaking for/about others. Scholars like...

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Nouvelles des sciences humaines

Milena Stanoeva
Fédération canadienne des sciences humaines

Le débat entre la recherche et l’enseignement aux universités persiste. Le Globe and Mail a publié un éditorial poussant pour la réforme du système universitaire, particulièrement au niveau  du premier cycle. L’éditorial soutient que le système présent est sous-performant et non viable. Todd Pettigrew de MacLeans On Campus et Melonie Fullick d’Affaires universitaires contrent le dénigrement de la recherche académique dans l’éditorial. Pettigrew soutient que la recherche renforce l’enseignement et qu’on ne...

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Integrating the humanities and social sciences

Kel Morin-Parson
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

We are all aware of the problem of “silos”—that is, the tendency, in Western thought and culture in particular, to separate and isolate everything: body from mind, work from play, and, in the case of the academy, disciplines from one another. We know, at some level, that integration has tremendous benefits, but it can be surprisingly hard to put into practice.

This week, Richard Kahlenberg, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation, writes an interesting article in The Chronicle of Higher Education about higher-ed policy and the people who might most fruitfully be invited to the table when it is discussed. In particular, he reflects upon the complexity around how space is allocated at universities and to whom, arguing that philosophers would be well-equipped...

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Homophobia and beyond: Closets, cloisters and other corrective measures

Richard Sullivan, University of British Columbia
Guest contributor

This entry is part of the CFHSS’s VP Equity Issues series on issues related to LGBTQI2-S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, intersex and Two-Spirited) peoples.

The recent publicity about bullying to the point where young people were driven to their deaths got me thinking about how “anxious” the perpetrators were. A phobia is an anxiety disorder and the term homophobia has now been bandied about for at least three...

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Les titulaires des chaires de recherche du Canada dévoilées

Aujourd’hui, le Programme des chaires de recherche du Canada a annoncé l’octroi, ou le renouvellement de 253 titulaires. La Fédération canadienne des sciences humaines est heureuse de féliciter tous les bénéficiaires- notre communiqué complet est disponible ici.

Reconnu mondialement, le programme des chaires de recherche du Canada a donné au Canada une place de chef de file international en recherche, toutes disciplines confondues. À la FCSH, nous avons la chance de travailler avec plusieurs titulaires dans le cadre de notre série de causeries Voir grand. Vous trouverez plus bas des présentations de quelques-uns de de nos conférenciers Voir grand, dont les chaires ont été renouvelées aujourd’hui, Ratana Chuenpagdee, Benoît Dupont et Michael R. Byers.

Comme les titres plus bas le démontrent, le programme des CRC subventionne un large éventail de recherches. Cet...

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Coming Out: Re-engaging the Radical

Elise Chenier, Simon Fraser University
Guest Contributor This entry is part of the CFHSS’s VP Equity Issues series on issues related to LGBTQI2-S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, intersex and Two-Spirited) peoples.

Today (October 11th) is National Coming Out Day. First celebrated in 1988 to mark the one-year anniversary of the March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, National Coming Out Day has grown into a major human rights campaign for lesbian, gay, and lately,...

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Nouvelles des sciences humaines

Milena Stanoeva
Fédération canadienne des sciences humaines

Christian Paradis, le ministre de l’Industrie, a réintroduit le projet de loi visant la réforme du droit d’auteur. Le projet de loi C-11 élargit la liste des usages considérés comme une utilisation équitable. Cependant, le projet de loi content aussi des mesures anticontournement sur les verrous numériques, ce qui limiterait les façons dont les consommateurs peuvent utiliser les médias numériques, comme les DVD. Lisez la réponse de la FCSH au projet de loi C-32, le projet de loi sur la réforme des droits d’auteur déposé en 2010, ici.

L’American Historical Association a publié un éditorial dans sa publication, Perspectives, ...

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Queering the language of ‘sexual minorities’ in Canada

Alexa DeGagne, University of Alberta
Guest Contributor

This entry is part of the CFHSS’s VP Equity Issues series on issues related to LGBTQI2-S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, intersex and Two-Spirited) peoples.

The term “sexual minorities,” said to have been coined by Lars Ullerstam in the late 1960s, is now experiencing a resurrection. It is being used by Canadian government agencies, while at the same time it is gaining popularity in some of Canada’s LGB (lesbian, gay, bisexual) circles.

The return of the language of sexual minorities is...

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Women’s Status in Higher Education: Equity Matters

Elizabeth J. Allan, University of Maine
Guest contributor

he excerpt below is the Executive Summary of the ASHE’s Higher Education Report: Volume 37, Number 1, Women’s Status in Higher Education: Equity Matters, by Elizabeth J. Allan. It is from the Wiley Online Library.

Significant gains have been made in women’s access to and representation in higher education. Although they are important, focus on these improvements provides only a partial picture of gender equity and inequity. Taken alone, enrollment...

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Will history repeat itself? For the sake of food security, let’s hope not

Alison Hebbs, Director, Policy and Communications
Canadian Federation for Humanities and Social sciences

Drawing from history, economics and political science and speaking with an infectious style, Dr Evan Fraser, Canada Research Chair in Global Human Security at the University of Guelph captivated audiences all over Ottawa with his assessment of the current global food crisis. And, by all over Ottawa, we mean just that. In less than 24 hours, Dr Fraser gave generously of his time and expertise to students and the general public at the Lieutenant’s Pump, to officials, senior civil servants and heads of NGOs and NPOs on Parliament Hill on Wednesday morning (early) and to City of Ottawa representatives also on Wednesday morning (later).

And just what was the impression he left on these audiences?

That history—the dust bowl era, previous...

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