December 2020
Let’s stay connected: Best wishes for good health & happiness in 2021! The Federation's virtual office will be closed from December 24 to January 3, inclusive.  See you next year!
“Can hiking experiences prompt changes in one’s worldview?” In honour of International Mountain Day, our Digital Communications Officer, Lily Polowin, spoke to the team at the Trekking Towards Awe research project, which examines how hiking changes people's understanding of their relationship to each other, nature and non-human animals. Trekking Towards Awe is part of the Nonreligion in a Complex Future project. Read the blog.  
Read the first article in our Role of HSS in the fight against Covid-19 series! In the spring and summer, we received over 120 submissions to our Role of HSS project and are excited to finally launch the blog series that tells stories about how the humanities and social sciences are contributing to the pandemic response. The first article is about how Canadian researchers are analysing the spread of COVID-19 misinformation online. New articles will be released every month in 2021. Read more and follow #roleofHSS.  
Congress 2021 registration opens in early January! Forty-seven associations, thousands of attendees…join us at the first virtual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences! Whether you are a member of a scholarly association or not, there will be something for you. Visit the registration page early January to book your spot.   
Share your research story with the entire Congress community: The Federation is currently taking submissions for the Congress 2021 blog on topics related to the 2021 theme of Northern Relations, as well as the 2020 theme of Bridging Divides: Confronting Colonialism and Anti-Black Racism. Email Lily Polowin if you want to contribute. 
Exhibit at Congress Expo: Congress 2021 Expo is the largest virtual showcase of academic books in Canada! In addition to scholarly publishers and exhibitors, Expo is a hub for book launches and signings, and panel presentations. Do you know anyone who wants to exhibit at our first ever virtual Congress? We want to hear from you – email 
There’s a fund for that: Are you interested in bringing an international speaker to your association’s conference this year? Collaborating with another scholarly association to co-host a session? Or are you a graduate student interested in presenting at Congress? There’s a fund for that! Visit the Congress website to learn more. 
StFX faculty elected to international board serving the worldwide community of digital humanists: Two faculty members, religious studies professor Dr. Ken Penner and English professor and Canada Research Chair in Digital Humanities Dr. Laura Estill, were recently elected to international positions for The Text Encoding Initiative (TEI), a consortium that collectively develops and maintains a standard for the representation of texts in digital form. Read more.  
Saskatchewan student probes mystery surrounding medieval manuscript: A University of Saskatchewan graduate student is playing detective to better understand the use and function of a medieval Latin manuscript housed in the University Library – and she may be the first person in the world to have cracked the case. Read more. 
New course available to students, public, examines language around Indigenization and reconciliation: A new course offered by the University of Lethbridge, and available to students and community members alike, examines the language around Indigenization and reconciliation and creates a safe space for a conversation sorely needed by all communities. Read more.  
Concordia University will allow students to opt for pass/fail grading: Concordia University has announced that it will allow students to replace their final grade with a “pass” or “fail” for one of their courses in the fall semester to help its student community during this remote session. Read more. 
University of Manitoba students will need Indigenous Content requirement for their BA: The University of Manitoba Senate passed a motion on November 4 to modify graduation requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degrees in the Faculty of Arts to include an Indigenous Content requirement effective next September 1. Read more.  
Government of Canada honours Canada's top social sciences and humanities researchers: Annual SSHRC Impact Awards celebrate greatest talent in Canada's social sciences and humanities research community. Read more. 
Why we should incorporate Indigenous ways of knowing into our education: “My father is a residential school survivor,” explains Mona Tolley, an Algonquin Anishinabekwe teacher from the Kitigan Zibi First Nation and curriculum developer for the Cree School Board. Read more.
SSHRC funding for the prevention of violent radicalization: Professor Élise Bourgeois-Guérin, from the Department of Social Sciences, Humanities, Letters and Communication at Université TÉLUQ, received a two-year grant of $72,857 from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s (SSHRC) Insight Development Grants program. Read more (in French only).
Federal Research Funding Integrated Calendar: Canada’s federal research funding agencies – the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) – together with the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), have created an integrated calendar of agency and interagency funding opportunities. Read more.  
Royal Society of Canada releases Joint Statement on Languages: The RSC is proud to be part of this international initiative on “The Importance of Languages in a Global Context” and to join fellow academies in upholding the importance of languages and language education around the world. Read more. 
A rich blend of disciplines: Driven by industry, encouraged by funders and embraced by researchers and students, multidisciplinary programs are increasingly common across all specialties. Read more (in French only).
Imagining the university of the future: Québec's university network was recently the focus of consultations seeking to map out the university of the future. Although views differ on the chances of success, everyone agrees on the relevance of thinking about the future of institutions that are facing numerous major challenges. Read more (in French only).
Twenty-one racialized Canadians who could help the Order of Canada look more like Canada: Earlier this week, the BlackNorth Initiative made a point that seemingly too few people had realized: the 114 people named to the Order of Canada this year were overwhelmingly white and men. The organization sent a letter to Gov. Gen. Julie Payette, whose office hands out the awards, calling for change. Read more. 
Wright: How the humanities prepare students for an ever-changing information economy: There is a proliferation of humanities grads in business, product management, consulting, web-based innovation and especially marketing. It's not clear universities need more red tape from the province to help them get such jobs. Read more. 
Canada must embrace new digital developments in scholarly publishing. The 21st century has delivered instantaneous, inexpensive, media-rich publication and communications engagement around the world. Suddenly information and, more broadly, the knowledge economy, are opening new paths to social good and human betterment. How well is Canada positioned to take advantage of these developments? Read more.