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Trekking Toward Awe: Nonreligion in a Complex Future project examines nonreligion and hiking

Lily Polowin, Digital Communications Officer, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

One of our goals at the Federation is to demonstrate the value and contributions of humanities and social science research. Sometimes, that value can be explained in terms of the skills that graduates gain from their education. At other times, that value is clear in the way in which the insights of our researchers can be applied by policy- and decision-makers to create a more equitable society. And lastly, often that value is shown in the humanities and social sciences’ ability to ask questions that simply can’t be approached by the hard sciences fields: questions about what it means to be human and to live in society.

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Guess who’s coming to dinner? That is, after you hire us.

Guest post by Dr. Annette Henry, Professor and David Lam Chair in Multicultural Education and the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia

Consider the following statements from search committee meetings at various universities involving racialized candidates. My purpose in sharing these statements is to raise questions about institutional commitments to hire Black faculty.

Our first candidate understands this theory the way we do, but the second candidate has another interpretation of the theory”

This example illustrates how faculty may unwittingly reproduce their own thinking by hiring people who think like them, and in which faculty members may find flimsy reasons to not hire qualified candidates under...

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Rethinking capacity: on preserving the dignity of risk

Guest post by Elizabeth C. Mohler, Ph.D Student in Occupational Science at Western University.

I recently came across an article in the Walrus titled: "When Is a Senior No Longer Capable of Making Their Own Decisions?" The article outlined what is involved in a capacity assessment, who is authorized to provide said assessments, illustrated narratives of individuals who were assessed, and the consequences associated with the assessment’s results. Capacity Assessment is the formal assessment of a person's mental capacity to make decisions about property and personal care. Under the Substitute Decisions Act, many situations require capacity assessments to be conducted by specially qualified assessors who must follow specific guidelines. 

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Saying "yes" to women experts: Informed Opinions advances women's expertise during a time of increased inequality

Lily Polowin, Digital Communications Officer at the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

You may have read the headlines: women with children have been getting pushed out of the workforce due to childcare demands during the pandemic; women have been submitting fewer articles for publication in academic journals since the start of the pandemic; and even when promoted to the second highest position in government, women’s qualifications still come under suspicion. It’s a well-established fact that global crises don’t affect everyone...

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Remarques de Gabriel Miller sur le rapprochement des francophonies canadiennes à travers la recherche et l'enseignement supérieur

 

Dans le cadre du Colloque virtuel de l’Association francopohone pour le savoir (Acfas)
Les 6 et 7 mai 2020

En vue du Sommet de rapprochement des francophonies canadiennes, qui mènera à la prochaine politique du Québec en matière de francophonie canadienne, ce colloque visait à réfléchir au rôle - actuel et futur - du milieu de la recherche et de l'enseignement supérieur dans le rapprochement des francophonies canadiennes. Gabriel Miller, Président et Chef de la direction de la Fédération des sciences humaines, nous livre ses remarques concernant le positionnement et les actions de la Fédération sur ce sujet.

Aujourd’hui, on m’a donné l’opportunité de discuter de deux questions : que fait la Fédération pour soutenir les chercheurs francophones dans un contexte minoritaire? Et que souhaitons-nous faire à l’avenir?

Je vais commencer par aborder la question numéro un : que faisons-nous déjà à l’heure...

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