November 2019
Co ngress 2020 ramping up: The buzz for Congress 2020 has already begun! Some scholarly associations are issuing deadlines to submit conference presentation material, while over here at the Federation, we're getting ready to start a nationwide marketing blast to prospective attendees. Don't forget to follow @ideas-idees on Twitter for daily updates!
ndigenous knowledge informing public policy:  The Canadian Science Policy Conference is taking place in Ottawa from November 13-15, and the Federation is proud to present, along with Genome BC, a panel entitled  The Influence of Indigenous Knowledge on Policy and Practice ,  featuring six panelists from various disciplines and institutions. Stay tuned for a post-event blog!
SSHRC Storytellers contest now live! Do you have a story to tell? S SHRC'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!
Ontario post-secondary participation improvement: A study on post-secondary participation and household income has found promising results for the province of Ontario. The study found that thanks to policy efforts at both federal and provincial levels, Ontario was one of the provinces to achieve a substantial improvement in the past 20 years in terms of postsecondary participation among students from lower income families.
A deepened understanding of reconciliation: Algoma University was the locale for the fifth annual Building Reconciliation forum in October. Co-hosted with Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, Cape Breton University, Nipissing University and UNBC, the forum featured a discussion on how reconciliation, in post-secondary institutions, must move beyond the recruitment of Indigenous students . Instead, true reconciliation requires an "education of the hearts" of senior university administrators.
CSA Mentorship program beginning in 2020: Next year, the Canadian Sociology Association (CSA) will be piloting a mentorship program for Black, Indigenous and Racialized graduate students following a study on equity by CAUT whose title, "Underrepresented and underpaid," describes the findings regarding career outcomes for students belonging to these groups. For more information on how CSA is aiming to support the next generation of scholars, or to apply,  read on!
On the evolution of history as a discipline: In our latest blog, "100 volumes on understanding nationality," written to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Historical Review, historian Shirley Tillotson takes the reader through the changes she has witnessed in the study of Canadian history. The field has expanded from one that remained within national borders to a more complicated view that builds from a "politically-inflected appreciation of human diversity." Read more on our website!
A marriage of art and science: McMaster University's Livelab is the only venue of its kind in the world. It is both a concert hall and a laboratory, and is used by psychologists, engineers and clinical researchers alongside musicians and media artists to study the human experience of music performance and listening. Read on to learn more about this fascinating example of interdisciplinarity!

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