December 2018
Best wishes for a joyous holiday season from the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Congress 2019 registration 
opens soon!
We can't wait to see you in Vancouver next June and registration for Congress 2019, hosted by UBC, will open mid-January. In the interim, browse the 73 association pages for a taste of what they are planning for their members and make note of their various call-for-papers deadlines. And see the fabulous array of UBC programming in the works.

Advertise at Congress
Meet your target audience and build your profile at Canada's top scholarly event of the year! Visit the Advertise at Congress  page on the event website to discover the full range of options available.
Launch of new 
Canadian research fund
This month we are getting our first competition under Canada's newest research fund. The New Frontiers in Research Fund - a tri-agency program promised in the 2018 federal budget - kicks off with a call to early-career researchers looking to pursue research that takes risks, has big potential impacts and involves multiple disciplines. Additional calls are expected throughout 2019 under this new fund, which will focus on supporting high-risk, fast-breaking, interdisciplinary and international research.
$10,000 x 2
New increased value of the Federation's two Canada Prizes in 2019 
The Federation announced this week the doubling of its Canada Prizes to $10,000 each . Federation President Guy Laforest called it " a testimony to the important impact these exceptional authors are having on Canada's literary landscape."  Two Canada Prizes are awarded annually to the best scholarly books in the humanities and social sciences (HSS) that have received funding from the Federation's Awards to Scholarly Publications Program. Two juries , each comprised of four distinguished academics representing a range of disciplines within the HSS, will select the finalists and winners in March and April 2019, respectively.
Big Thinking on AI
What are the social implications of cutting-edge technologies? We've had not one but two recent panel lectures on this fascinating topic. Watch the November 14 Big Thinking event on the social implications of artificial intelligence, held in partnership with Dalhousie University and the Halifax Public Libraries. And see the November 7 Big Thinking event on the social implications of emerging technologies, which was part of the Canadian Science Policy Conference in Ottawa. 

Big Thinking - The social implications of artificial intelligence
Big Thinking - The social implications of artificial intelligence
Big Thinking - The social implications of emerging technologies
Big Thinking - The social implications of emerging technologies
Bookmark it! blog
Many agree that regulation around reproductive technologies has been a failure, few agree on why. Find out more in this month's Bookmark it! blog by University of Guelph Assistant Professor Dave Snow, entitled Assisted Reproduction Policy in Canada: Framing, Federalism, and Failure , about government attempts to regulate the field of assisted reproduction. The Bookmark it! series brings you fresh content each month about books of significance to Canadian culture, society and research.
Are you a storyteller?
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council has launched its annual #SSHRCStorytellers challenge . Open to all post-secondary students, this nationally renowned contest asks students to show Canadians how humanities and social sciences research is positively affecting our lives, our world and our future. Submissions are being accepted until January 31, and 25 finalists will be invited to Congress 2019 to compete for a spot in the Final Five.
Data management in the research community
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council has released a Research Data Management Capacity Building Initiative that offers Connection Grants to  support the research community's development, adoption and dissemination of research data management standards, practices, tools and skills. Grant applications are being accepted periodically until August 2019.
Members' Corner 
 How to: Scholarly journals and social media
The Canadian Association of Learned Journals (CALJ) is hosting a webinar on social media strategies for scholarly journals. Join CALJ on January 16 for a 1-hour session on how to lead digital and social media marketing strategies, how to measure social media efforts and a look at the top three online tools used by journals. For additional resources, we invite you to watch the Federation's recent webinar on the Effective use of social media for associations.
Members, this is your spot!
All members of the Federation are invited to submit their latest news to  Emily Nelms , Member Relations Officer, to be featured in this Member news section of the Communiqué. Planning an event? Issuing a new report? Awarding a prize? We look forward to receiving and sharing your great news.
Upcoming events
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