June 2017
Minister Duncan attends Congress

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science attended the largest ever Congress in history, with over 10,000 in attendance, seizing this first opportunity since taking office to speak directly to the humanities and social sciences community. See Executive Director Gabriel Miller's blog   about Congress highlights and the Minister's message that the humanities and social sciences are disciplines key to Canada's long term success.
Federation news & events
Thank you for coming to the biggest Congress ever!
Congress 2017 welcomed a record-breaking 10,014 attendees from May 27 to June 2 in Toronto. Relive Canada's largest academic gathering by checking out our Facebook photo albums, blog, Big Thinking videos, #congressh Twitter conversations and National Post " Oh, the Humanities" series. The Federation sends heartfelt thanks to Ryerson University and team for being such wonderful hosts! 
Big Thinking at Congress 2017

Big Thinking  was a big success again this year thanks to our great host university, speakers, supporters and attendees. If you missed our  high-profile academics and public figures,  be sure to watch the  videos  and  check out  the preliminary 2018 line up for Congress 2018 at the University of Regina! More information about  Big Thinking  on the Hill starting in fall 2017  here .
Congress 2018 website is live!

The University of Regina partners with the Federation to bring you the next edition of Congress under the theme "Gathering diversities", evoking the idea of bringing people together in the spirit of building community. Check out the newly launched Congress 2018 website! #SeeYouInRegina.
Federation welcomes new President-Elect and three new board members

Following its May 28 Annual General Meeting in Toronto during Congress, the Federation welcomed Guy Laforest as President, Sandra Lapointe as Director, Associations, Claudia Malacrida as Director, Research Policy and David Sylvester as Director, Institutions. Stephen Toope assumed the role of Past President and was thanked for his remarkable service to the organization.
Federation releases new ASPP Report 2016-2017

The Federation is pleased to present the report on the activities of the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program's 2016-2017 program year. Access the full report by clicking here .   
Bookmark it! blog

The Bookmark it! blog series profiles books of significance to Canadian culture, society and research. Read the latest blog in the series, on  Exhibiting Nation: Multicultural Nationalism (and Its Limits) in Canada's Museums by Caitlin Gordon-Walker about how three nationally recognized museums celebrate who we are as a people and a nation.  
Member news
Attention GA reps
Thank you to all Federation members who participated at the Federation's 2017 Annual General Meeting, which took place at Ryerson University during Congress 2017. Please remember to fill out your  association form or your  institution form to update your organization's contact information. 
Lauréat des Prix de l'APFUCC 2017
L'Association des Professeur.e.s de français des universités et des collèges canadiens has awarded its Prix du meilleur livre to Alex Gagnon for his book La communauté du dehors : Imaginaire social et crimes célèbres au Québec. He has also won other awards for his book, including the Gabrielle Roy Prize from The Association for Canadian and Québec Literatures. Click here to learn more.  
From Far and Wide: German Studies in Canada
Following the Canadian Association of University
 Teachers of German's (CAUTG) 2017 annual meeting at Ryerson University, CAUTG is producing a conference volume to represent their academic and strategic discussions regarding the past, present and future of German Studies, or "Germanistik." More information on CAUTG's request for contributions to this volume exploring historical and ongoing institutional and political challenges can be found here.
Highlights from the HSS community
New Quebec research and innovation strategy
The Quebec government has released an ambitious five-year research and innovation strategy that aims to make the province one of the top performing regions in the world for research, partly by increasing funding for provincial research grants. L'Association fracophone pour la savoir (Acfas) welcomed the new strategy, particularly its attention to the need for balance between different forms of research. More information here.

Final Five SSHRC Storytellers
After 25 inspiring three-minute presentations, the 2017 Final Five Storytellers were announced on site at Congress 2017. How is Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) -funded research improving our lives and our world? Click  here  to see the excitement as SSHRC celebrates this year's winners!
Connection Grants: Next deadline August 1
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Connection Grants support events and outreach activities geared toward short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives within the humanities and social sciences. The grants are typically valued at $7,000 to $50,000 over one year. See if you're eligible and details about the application process here !
International Policy Ideas Challenge finalists announced

Global Affairs Canada and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council have announced the finalists for the second round of the International Policy Ideas Challenge. Ten projects were selected featuring policy ideas from Canadian graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and civil society researchers on such topics as environmental sustainability, trade and equality. 
Budget 2018 pre-budget consultation 

The Federation is preparing to participate in the federal pre-Budget consultation process, which is expected to officially begin this summer. If you have input for the Federation or if your association or institution will be submitting a brief, please contact us at federation@ideas-idees.ca. Stay tuned to learn more about the Federation's activities and opportunities to participate. See our 2017 pre-Budget submission here.
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