April 2020
Nostalgia as medicine: Music and resilience during COVID-19 in Iran: In our uplifting new blog article by communications scholar and musician Siavash Rokni, the reader learns about how Iranian musicians have been coping and thriving during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis in Iran. The author traces several ways musicians are connecting with their audience using the Internet, and how they turn to the past to find resilience in the present. Read more.
Five surprising truths about language mixing: Order of Canada Member Shana Poplack explains that contrary to popular belief, multilingualism is not the exception, but the norm. And yet, this most ordinary state of affairs continues to be associated with a variety of deficits, mainly linguistic. One of the most salient and stigmatized is language "mixing'', widely considered to display laziness and ignorance, when not blamed for the deterioration of one or all of the languages involved. Read more.
My multifaceted Francophonie: Coming together to bring a language to life: In this blog article released for the Journée internationale de la francophonie, Dr. Anne-José Villeneuve of the University of Alberta celebrates ''a multifaceted Francophonie. . . where we can recognize each other's experiences. . . where we can laugh, learn, help, talk, and thrive in French.'' Read more. 
Networked bodies, AI, and our future digital lives (SOLD OUT): The latest in our Big Thinking on the Hill series is going virtual! On April 28, Dr. Isabel Pederson, Canada Research Chair in Digital Life, Media and Culture and Associate Professor at Ontario Tech University, will present an online lecture that poses the following question: Will bodies become computer platforms?   Read more.  
Congress 2020 is cancelled: As you've no doubt heard by now, Congress 2020 will not proceed this year, in any form, including online. All of us at the Federation send heartfelt thanks to the team at Western University, scholarly associations, PC's and LAC's, exhibitors, partners, sponsors, as well as our Board for their hard work and dedication over the past year. If you have not yet watched it, please have a look at Gabriel Miller's video address.
Canadian universities heed the call for help in the fight against COVID-19: A week after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called upon the postsecondary education sector to help fight against COVID-19, institutions and researchers across Canada - many of whom are members of the Federation - have stepped up in droves. Read more.
Coronavirus Pandemic is an opportunity to create affordable cities: Every crisis shows cracks in the current system and points a glaring spotlight on the inequities that were overlooked before. As rents are due at the end of each month, Canada's rising neighbourhood and income inequality is hard to ignore. Will this crisis offer an opportunity to create truly just cities? This article features comments by Howard Ramos, member and former president of the Canadian Sociological Association and member of the Canadian Population Society. Read more.
Thinking about a post-COVID-19 Québec: Once we have won "the most important collective battle of our lives," in the words of François Legault, Quebec society will face enormous challenges. The authors, past chair of the Federation Guy Laforest and Jean-Philippe Warren of Concordia, asked researchers from various backgrounds in the social sciences and humanities to give us an idea of what awaits Quebec in the near future. Read more.
Air pollution eases in four major cities as pandemic measures keep people home: Public health measures shutting down workplaces and schools to fight the COVID-19 pandemic have led to a noticeable reduction in air pollution in multiple Canadian cities known for their traffic congestion, according to satellite images shared with CBC News. This article features comment by Environmental Studies Association of Canada President Ryan Katz-Rosene. Read more. 
How the COVID-19 crisis could shape society : Humanity is measured in the crises we experience. Time itself is often referred to in its proximity to the events that define us: pre- and post-war, before 9-11 and after. And these events, besides being a marker of the passage of time, shape society in massive, far-reaching ways. This article features comments by members of the Canadian Anthropology Society including Martha Radice. Read more.
News from Western: Advanced Manufacturing pivots to face shields: Western teams across campus are supporting production of low-cost, substantively effective medical face shields that could be in hospitals for health-care workers within days if not hours. Face shields are vitally important to the global fight against COVID-19. Read more.
University of Ottawa's Faculty of Social Sciences researchers speak to the effects of COVID-19: See what experts from Criminology, Feminist and Gender Studies, Political Studies Sociological and Anthropological Studies and more are saying about the effects of the Coronavirus. Read more.
Call for submissions: Does your research touch upon the current COVID-19 pandemic? Share your perspective and write for the Federation blog! As you see in the stories above, the media is talking about researchers in the humanities and social sciences and the contributions they are making at this time of crisis. Get in touch with Lily at communications@ideas-idees.ca  to propose a blog article or to share media coverage of your work for our next Communiqué!
Historians cooking the past : A new digital project is calling on oral and public historians throughout the world to share a food memory and a recipe to document and provide comfort during these COVID-19 times. Read more.
Coronavirus is not 'the great equalizer' - race matters: Roberta K. Timothy of Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto writes about how anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism and other forms of intersectional violence impact health during this crisis. Read more.
COVID-19: updates for Canada's universities: University Affairs is publishing regular updates on the situation facing Canada's universities with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.
Deadline extended for IPIC Challenge: SSHRC has announced that due to the circumstances caused by the COVID-19, the deadline for the International Policies Ideas Challenge competition, organized in partnership with Global Affairs Canada, has been extended to Friday, May 15, 2020. Read more.
Coronavirus response proves the world can act on climate change: As scientists who have studied climate change and the psychology of decision-making, we find ourselves asking: Why do the government responses to COVID-19 and climate differ so dramatically? Read more.
Why you should ignore all that coronavirus-inspired productivity pressure: Aisha Ahmad, who teaches Political Science at the University of Toronto, has worked and lived under conditions of war, violent conflict, poverty, and disaster in many places around the world, and has advice for these troubled times. Read more.
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