January 2020
We're on the move! We are excited to announce that the Federation's office is moving to a new expanded location at 200-141 Laurier Avenue West in Ottawa as of January 27, 2020. The new office is designed as a space to celebrate our identity and our community, gather and share ideas together. More details to come!
Time to start booking for Congress! The early bird registration rates are available until March 31. See our website for instructions on   how to register. It's also the perfect time to begin thinking about accommodations and travel. Take advantage of discount codes while rooms are still available! Read more for help on how to plan your trip and follow us on Twitter and  Facebook for updates! 
There's a fund for that:  Are you looking to host an interdisciplinary session at Congress? Bringing in a keynote speaker from abroad? Presenting your graduate work at Congress for the first time? The Federation offers   three funding programs:  the Aid for Interdisciplinary Sessions Fund, the International Keynote Speaker Support Fund (deadline: January 31), and the Congress Graduate Merit Award (deadline: April 17). Talk to your scholarly association to apply.
Defamation law webinar video now online: Last fall, the Federation collaborated on a webinar with the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE) on the topic of defamation law as it relates to Canadian scholars. A complete video of the webinar is now available online. We hope it will help many in our community to adopt best practices when addressing defamation claims!
A devastating loss: As University Affairs reported, Canada's university community is stunned and in mourning as the scope of the tragedy becomes clear from the crash of a Ukraine International Airlines flight outside of Tehran on January 8. Dozens of students, professors and researchers from at least 18 universities from Victoria to Halifax have been identified among the victims. The Federation observed a minute of silence on January 15, alongside many others in the scholarly community.  Read more.
We need the liberal arts, now more than ever: In a recent episode of CBC's Ideas radio show, UBC President and Vice Chancellor (and scientist) Santa J. Ono argued that education without liberal arts is a threat to humanity. In addition to helping students develop a sense of the human condition, he argues that valorizing the liberal arts is  critical if we are to arrive at a moral foundation that will lead to sustainable peace and progress. Listen to the full episode or read the transcript.
Academica Forum 2019 Indigenous Education year in review: 2019 was a year of big questions for Indigenous education in Canada. The year saw a marked shift toward stories that asked more broadly what Indigenization means on the grander scale, and how diverse knowledges and ways of being in the world can transform education at its most foundational levels. 
Book review: Distorted Descent: White Claims to Indigenous Identity: Sasha Chabot-Gaspé reviews a new book recently released by University of Manitoba Press. Entitled Distorted Descent: White Claims to Indigenous Identity, Saint Mary's University social justice Professor Darryl Leroux's book looks into the phenomenon of French descendants in Eastern Canada who are increasingly self-identifying as Indigenous. Read more.
SSHRC Storytellers contest deadline is January 28:  Do you have a story to tell? SSHRC's Storytellers contest challenges post-secondary students to show Canadians, in three minutes (or 300 words), how social sciences and humanities research is affecting our lives, our world and our future for the better.  Enter now  - you could win $3,000! Send your story by January 28, 2020 at 5 p.m. eastern.
SSHRC Data Management grants: To help the Canadian social sciences and humanities research community better understand data management and incorporate its considerations into research practices,  SSHRC's Research Data Management Capacity Building Initiative  offers Connection Grants  to support the research community's development, adoption and dissemination of research data management standards, practices, tools and skills appropriate to their field. Upcoming deadline: February 1, 2020.
Federation welcomes new member Polytechnique Montréal! Please join the Federation in welcoming one of our newest institutional members, and Québec's largest engineering university! Curious as to what motivates an engineering school to work with Federation members? Find out more in our blog .
UWaterloo research on the difference between rationality and reasonableness: A new psychology study by Igor Grossmann at UWaterloo recently found that when it comes to making sound judgements, most people understand and distinguish that being rational is self-serving and being reasonable is fair and balanced, finds new research from the University of Waterloo. The study is the first systematic attempt to explore whether laypeople understand rationality and reasonableness at the same level as experts in economics, law, and other social scientists.  Read more.

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