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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 for...

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First World War shaped values of Canadian children: author

Daniel Drolet
Freelancer

Susan Fisher says writing Boys and Girls in No Man’s Land: English-Canadian Children and the First World War had an unexpected personal benefit: It helped her understand the world in which her parents grew up.

Fisher, whose book has won this year’s Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences Canada Prize for Humanities for an English-language work, says both her grandfathers fought in the First World War, and their experiences had an effect on their families.

By studying how children on the home front reacted and responded to the war, she says she came to a better understanding of the values and behaviour of an entire generation.
Fisher says she became interested in the topic when she discovered, while doing research for another project, that there are quite a lot of...

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Nouvelles des sciences humaines

Milena Stanoeva
Fédération canadienne des sciences humaines

SocialScienceSpace lance une nouvelle série de podcasts appelée Social Science Bites le 10 mai. La série inclura des interviews avec des chercheurs éminents en sciences humaines, tels que Danny Dorling, Richard Sennett, Rom Harre, Stephen Pinker, Angela McRobbie et Sonia Livingstone. Son but est de rendre la recherche en sciences humaines plus accessible au public et engageante.

Impact of Social Sciences a publié trois billets notables sur l’importance de l’amélioration des façons dont on communique les résultats de...

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Deux artistes, un thème : Thomson, Riopelle et le développement d’une tradition picturale canadienne

Louise Vigneault with CFHSS president Graham Carr

Daniel Drolet

On ne voit pas immédiatement les ressemblances entre les peintres Tom Thomson et Jean-Paul Riopelle.

Même s’ils sont deux représentants majeurs de l’art moderne canadien, l’Ontarien Thomson avait un style plus figuratif que le Québécois Riopelle, artiste du Refus global né en 1923, six ans après la mort mystérieuse de Thomson.

Mais selon Louise Vigneault, auteure du nouveau livre Espace artistique et modèle pionnier : Tom Thomson et Jean-Paul Riopelle, chacun a, à sa façon contribué à refaçonner de manière significative la tradition picturale au cours des périodes qui ont marqué l’entrée du Québec et du Canada dans la modernité et la postmodernité.

Ils...

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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 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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Veronica Strong-Boag on her award-winning book

Author sees hope amid the sad stories of child welfare in Canada
By Daniel Drolet

Veronica Strong-Boag, whose work Fostering Nation? offers the first-ever comprehensive look at the history of Canada’s care of marginalized youngsters, says she was relieved to find signs of hope amid much sadness.

“When I started this work, it was depressing,” says Strong-Boag, explaining that as her research progressed, she encountered story after story of children being abused and families destroyed through encounters with the child welfare system.

“It was a relief to me – and somewhat of a surprise – that I was able to finish on a hopeful note,” says the winner of this year’s Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences Canada Prize for Social...

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