septembre 2014


SSH News: Congress 2015 planning, reflecting on Jim Miller’s lecture, US-Canada academic exchange and the value of university education

Planning for Congress 2015 has begun

The planning cycle for Congress 2015 has officially begun! The Congress 2015 Planning Meeting took place September 24-25, jointly hosted by the Federation and the University of Ottawa. Program Chairs (PCs) and Local Arrangement Coordinators (LACs) from each member association attending Congress were present for a two-day meeting at uOttawa, to get planning underway and to learn how to get the most out of Congress for their associations.

Ruby Heap, Academic Convenor for Congress 2015 at uOttawa, and Jean-Marc Mangin, Executive Director of the Federation, both gave words of...

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A Vision for the SFU Centre for Dialogue

This is a transcript of the speech presented on September 16 by Shauna Sylvester, newly appointed Director of the Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University, and Executive Director of SFU Public Square. In this speech, Sylvester lays out her vision for the Centre for Dialogue.

Good afternoon.  It is great to see so many friends in the room.

I think it is ironic that a former high school debater should become the new Director of the SFU Centre for dialogue.  For those of you who know me well, it doesn’t take long for me to find the gaps in my worthy opponents arguments and go in for the jugular.  And for many years, those skills served me well.  But over 20 years of...

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Réflexions sur le B.A. en devenir

Jean-Marc Mangin, directeur général, Fédération des sciences humaines

Le B.A. canadien est en voie de se transformer sous nos yeux, sûrement mais subtilement, comme l’indique Antonia Maioni dans un éditorial publié la semaine dernière dans The Globe and Mail. Le programme de la University of Toronto dont je suis sorti diplômé il y a plus de 25 ans en est un exemple — il a conservé le même nom, mais le contenu a évolué dans des directions nouvelles et fascinantes et fait des progrès considérables pour préparer les étudiants à l’inattendu. Leslie Chan, superviseur du programme d’études du développement international à la University...

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SSH News: Op-ed by Antonia Maioni, SSHRC Impact Awards, Trudeau Fellowships, Transatlantic Science Week


Antonia Maioni: Arts graduates are best prepared for the unexpected

An op-ed by Federation president Antonia Maioni in The Globe and Mail challenges the notion of the outdated BA. Maioni reflects on the contemporary, cross-disciplinary BA which offers students a solid preparation for the future of work.

SSHRC Impact Awards

SSHRC has announced the finalists for its Impact Awards, which recognize outstanding achievements among humanities and social science research that has received SSHRC funding. The finalists fall under four award categories: Talent, Insight,...

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Beyond science, can one size of OA fit all?


This post originally appeared on on September 15, 2014.

Elizabeth Allen

The ScienceOpen team are pleased to announce some changes to facilitate the spread of Open Access publishing beyond the sciences, its traditional strong-hold. To encourage those in the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) to try OA we are:

  • Lowering our HSS publication fee until such time as more OA funds become available to this community. Needs based partial or full fee waivers are available.
  • Exploring different publication formats, not just articles
  • Actively recruiting members of the HSS community to our Editorial and Advisory Board
  • Seeking recommendations for existing OA HSS content to add to our platform

The story of how we reached this decision is the result of...

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ASPP Spotlight: Vicarious Kinks, by Ummni Khan

Professor Ummni Khan, Associate Professor in the Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University, is not one to shy away from “taboo” research topics. Her latest book, Vicarious Kinks: SM in the Socio-Legal Imaginary (University of Toronto Press), takes a closer look at the claims made about sadomasochism and its practitioners, and what this in turn says about the institutions making those claims. This ASPP-funded title certainly caught our attention, and so we turned to Professor Khan with the question: Are some topics too taboo to tackle for a researcher?

Here is Professor Khan’s response:


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SSH News: Canada tops higher education statistics, but tuition expected to increase


Canada leads in higher education spending, according to the latest study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Times Higher Education writes: “Canada overtook the US as the biggest spender on tertiary education, increasing its GDP spent from 2.6 per cent in 2009 to 2.8 per cent in 2010.”

Examinant le même rapport, Le Devoir constate que Le Canada possède un des taux les plus élevés de jeunes diplômés d’université entre 25 et 34 ans (57%). Le...

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ASPP Spotlight: Hockey, PQ: Canada's Game in Quebec's Popular Culture

By Amy J. Ransom, Associate Professor of French at Central Michigan University

Hockey is arguably the most identifiably Canadian cultural marker. We can take its national significance as a given considering that even the Prime Minister has found time in his busy schedule to write a book about the sport!

My goal in Hockey, PQ: Canada's Game in Quebec's Popular Culture (University of Toronto Press) was to convey the meaning of hockey in Francophone Quebec to the Rest of Canada. It might be argued that the love of “la game” is the only thing uniting the two solitudes, as illustrated by the popularity of the Quebec film Bon cop, bad cop (2005) across Canada.

Although regional and linguistic rivalries...

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SSH News: Back-to-school reports, opinions, and advice


Good news about employment and earnings for university grads

University education is in the spotlight as students across Canada head back to school.

A good news report from The Council of Ontario Universities (COU) confirms that university students in the province are securing well-paying jobs in their field within two years of graduating. Humanities and social science graduates fall within this trend as well. The COU report includes a survey and...

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Consultation du budget 2015: investissements dans la recherche, bourses, innovation sociale et étudiants autochtones


Karen Diepeveen, Fédération des sciences humaines

Chaque année, le Comité permanent des finances à la Chambres des communes demande aux Canadiens d’identifier leurs priorités dans le cadre du budget fédéral à venir. Pour y répondre, la Fédération fournit des recommandations se rapportant au champ des sciences humaines, en précisant comment le financement fédéral permettrait  de soutenir ces disciplines, la recherche, les érudits et  les étudiants.

L’année dernière en 2013, outre la requête d’organismes subventionnaires, la Fédération avait recommandé au gouvernement fédéral de changer la règlementation concernant Mitacs afin que les  organismes à but non lucratif puissent participer à leur programme de stages de recherche. Lorsque...

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