February 2021
FEDERATION NEWS
Congress announcement: On February 11, the Federation made the commitment to waive Congress 2021 fees for Black and Indigenous students as part of a response to an open letter by the Black Canadian Studies Association. Congress 2021 community passes will also be complimentary for Black and Indigenous members of the public. Read our message to members, including a decision regarding a future Congress theme.
Save the date for Big Thinking Virtual on March 9! On March 9, 2021, Caroline Shenaz Hossein will give a lecture entitled Canada’s hidden cooperative system: The legacy of the Black Banker Ladies. Hossein is Associate Professor of Business & Society, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University and Founder of the Diverse Solidarity Economies (DISE) Collective. Register now!
Universities and the George Floyd moment: In this new blog post, University of Alberta Associate Professor Temitope Oriola discusses his decade-long collaborative research on police violence and how the recent much publicized deaths of Black citizens at the hands of police have forced universities to ask themselves hard questions. Read more. 
Researchers track the impacts of COVID-19 on Chinese Canadians and learn from their community capacity: If you look closely at our most acute social issues, you can see fault lines that have existed within our communities for generations and that have only deepened in the context of a pandemic. Since the arrival of COVID-19 in Canada, news reports about harassment and discrimination toward Chinese communities have become commonplace. Read more in the latest from our #RoleofHSS series.
Submit your #RoleofHSS vaccine research story: Does your research touch on issues related to the COVID-19 vaccine creation and/or deployment but from a social sciences perspective? We want to hear from you! Submit your research story. Stories will be considered for additional coverage via our blog or media pitching program.
CONGRESS NEWS
Ibram X Kendi to speak at Big Thinking at Congress: In case you missed the news, Ibram X Kendi, one of America’s foremost historians and leading antiracist scholars, and NYT best-selling author of How to Be an Antiracist, was announced as the second Big Thinking speaker at Congress. Read more.
HSS COMMUNITY NEWS
Foundational skills needs and what social sciences and humanities need to know: The/La Collaborative research network sought to understand the perceptions and assumptions employers makes about foundational skills are and how they are connected. They asked: What are the skills and capabilities social sciences and humanities faculties generally advertise their degrees to foster? While there is a misalignment between SSH “offer” and perceived needs, there are also opportunities for SSH to take control of the narrative around talent and re-affirm the academic mission. Read more.
Knowledge mobilization will help Canada face the next major challenge: The sharing of research knowledge among diverse groups of scholars, policy-makers, business leaders and community groups is central to our ability as a country to face the next big challenges. To nurture this type of “knowledge mobilization” system going forward, Canada must continue to ensure that research networks are collaborative and inclusive; that existing knowledge is synthesized; and that talent is constantly being cultivated. Read more.
CCA releases Degrees of Success: The Expert Panel on the Labour Market Transition of PhD Graduates: This new report from the Council of Canadian Academies highlights the lived experiences of students and recent graduates and their entries into the workforce. It details the challenges faced by PhDs as they begin their careers, key factors contributing to these challenges, and promising practices to address them. Read more.
Brock launches its first Indigenous Research Grant: In the months before she became Acting Vice-Provost, Indigenous Engagement, Robyn Bourgeois led a process that was to yield a first for Brock University’s Indigenous researchers and researchers studying Indigenous topics. The University’s first-ever Indigenous Research Grant, valued up to $7,500 per proposal, is now open for applications from Brock faculty. Read more.
Universities have thrived despite past disruptions and could grow even stronger after COVID-19: In the past century, universities have risen to occupy a central place in the knowledge economy, from fostering innovation to attracting promising international students and researchers, and being an anchor for regional and national economic development. Read more.
THE BIG PICTURE