Differently Abled: The Brave New World of Techno/Cyborg Sports and Culture

Caitlin Stone Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

In my opinion, what makes disability studies such a unique discipline is its emphasis on storytelling and the experience of disability. As one of the few academic disciplines which values the intimate personal stories of individuals and the collective (much like Women’s Studies and History to name a few), disability studies can inform academic work in an enriched way that theory alone cannot.

This unique aspect of disability studies was beautifully illustrated by Roxanne Mykitiuk and Eliza Chandler in their digital storytelling project, which they presented during the first of two panels on equity and disability that took place at Congress 2012. Accompanied by presentations from Jennifer Rowsell and...


Rethinking Creativity and Innovation from a Disability Studies Perspective

Caitlin Stone Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Disability is often seen as a condition that requires a solution. Growing up with a sibling living with a physical disability, I can clearly recall the long rides to numerous doctors’ appointments. For years, I watched my younger sister get prodded, poked, examined, photographed, and scanned by various medical professionals.

In the second of two equity panels on disability and culture, Tanya Titchkosky, Michael J. Prince, and Rod Michalko explored how disability studies challenges the common conception of what it means to be human. Collectively, the three presentations deconstructed ableism as a cultural concept, and challenged the audience to re-vision their understanding of ability.



CFHSS recognizes Kitchener-Waterloo's hospitality during Congress 2012

Jean-Marc Mangin Executive Director, Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The 2012 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences was a resounding success, with over 7,400 attendees from across the country and the world. From the “Animate the Trail” festival to the Uptown Celebration at Connectent, the hospitality of the Kitchener-Waterloo community was key in making attendees feel welcomed. We cannot overstate how important community involvement was to the success of Congress.

Starting with Minister Goodyear’s $70M funding announcement for the social sciences and humanities at the opening reception and the Governor General’s address on opening day through to the...


A look back at Congress 2011

Milena Stanoeva
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Last year, I had the incredible privilege of attending the 2011 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences as CFHSS’ communications co-op student. In Fredericton, I got to spend my days in the media room, in the thick of things, writing Experience Congress content, observing the frantic pace of a media relations job, meeting interesting people, and loving every minute of it.

Even though I had been on the job for less than a month when I landed in Fredericton, I was immediately swept up by the passion and dedication that goes into Congress. The newness and the rapid pace of Congress were exhilarating. It also didn’t hurt that I was completely enamoured with Fredericton’s beauty, culture and hospitality.

Aside from my experiences behind the scenes, I also really enjoyed Congress as an attendee. I found the...


Making news at Congress 2011

Ryan Saxby Hill, Media Relations
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

If you happened to read a newspaper anywhere in Canada over the past two weeks, it’s likely that you got a taste of the research being presented at this year’s Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. When you put over 5000 of Canada’s top researchers in one place for 9 days of intellectual discussion, dialogue and debate – the media takes note. I’ve often pointed out that issues in the social sciences and humanities take up significant column inches in our national papers and Congress helps remind us that the researchers investigating these issues have something important to say. Here are some of the stories from the past few weeks that have kept us busy and motivated. These are our Congress newsmakers.

Questioning question period - Researchers Alex Sévigny and Philip Savage of McMaster...