décembre 2015


Government's research agenda incomplete without attention to the human sciences


This op-ed was published in RE$EARCH MONEY on December 21, 2015.

Jean-Marc Mangin, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

We've now had nearly two months to watch a new national government find its feet and flesh out its major science policies. While there have been some important and welcome announcements, we should be careful to address potential blind spots—particularly relating to the human-focused research—that could seriously limit future innovation and prosperity in Canada if ignored.

We have heard how our new government is fulfilling its commitment to restore the long-form census — arguably the single greatest contribution the new...

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De Marie de l’Incarnation à Nelly Arcan


Patricia Smart, Carleton University

Lorsque j’ai entrepris les recherches pour ce qui allait devenir De Marie de l’Incarnation à Nelly Arcan: se dire, se faire par l’écriture intime, je me proposais d’écrire une histoire de l’autobiographie féminine au Québec, des origines à nos jours. Mais j’ai vite découvert que je me trouvais devant un territoire vaste, mais plutôt désert. Car aucune autobiographie de femme n’avait été écrite ou publiée au Québec entre 1654, l’année où Marie de l’Incarnation a rédigé sa Relation spirituelle, et 1965, la date de...

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Fresh Air and New Hope for Canada and Human Rights


John Packer, Director, Human Rights Research and Education Centre, University of Ottawa

Ce billet de blogue a été préparé à l'occasion de la Journée des droits de l'homme 2015.

There is a palpable sense of relief within the human rights community following the federal election results of October 19th.  Notwithstanding some commitments and investments in selected matters like religious freedom and LGBTQ rights, the past decade has been one of substantial damage to human rights in Canada, and our generally positive reputation abroad (if not always fully merited) took a broad and deep hit.   

With the new majority Government in Ottawa, Canada claims to be “back” – not least in terms of a...

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SSH News: December 10, 2015

Weekly digest of the most recent news from the humanities, social sciences and higher education. Un bulletin hebdomadaire des actualités les plus récentes des sciences humaines et sociales et de l’enseignement supérieur.

Humanities and Social Sciences | Les sciences humaines et sociales

Expectations run high for new government at science policy conference
December 9, 2015 | University Affairs

Can social science still be used as a foundation for public policy? On improving the reliability of...

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Donald Creighton: A Life in History

Donald Wright, University of New Brunswick

I first "met" Donald Creighton when, as an undergraduate, I was assigned a couple of chapters from his two-volume biography of Sir John A. Macdonald. Instantly hooked by his ability to transport readers back in time, I knew that I was in the presence of someone pretty special. As a graduate student at McGill and Ottawa, I continued to read his books not for what he wrote, but for how he wrote it, because by then I also knew that on most subjects he was out to lunch.

A subject on which he was especially out to lunch was Quebec and in 1995 I gave my first paper at the annual meeting of the Canadian Historical Association entitled "Donald Creighton and...

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