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Open Access Symposium: Where we are, where we're going, how we'll get there

Karen Diepeveen
Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

One of the best parts of Congress is the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary conversations - not just about research, but about the future of the social science and humanities disciplines. This year, we're continuing conversations around Open Access at a half-day symposium, organized by Michael Eberle Sinatra of the Université de Montréal. Two panels will serve as starting points for discussions around where we are, where we're going, and how we're going to get there - delving deep into the world of Canadian and global approaches to open access.

It all kicks off Monday, June 3, at 9:00am in Room 150 of the McKinnon Building. The full program has just been released:

9.00am: Welcome by Ray Siemens and Michael E. Sinatra
9.05-9.30: Andrea Whiteley (Calgary) on international...

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Aboriginal events at Congress

Christine McKenna Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The University of Victoria is located on traditional Coast Salish territory, and strives to ensure a strong relationship with Aboriginal students and communities. As the hosts of Congress 2013, their commitment to supporting Indigenous perspectives has shone through in this year’s lineup of cultural programming.

During the week of Congress, a number of special events are set to take place which deal with issues related to Aboriginal experiences and culture. Various activities have been organized by the University of Victoria, the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as a range of different associations and scholars. For anyone interested in learning about Indigenous issues in Canada, here is a round-up of this year’s related events open to Congress attendees and the general public:

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Career advice for academia and beyond

Christine McKenna Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Interested in learning how to publish and market your scholarly work? Looking for tips on writing fellowship proposals and awards applications? Seeking some insight into teaching and community engagement? If you’re looking for advice, you can find it at Congress 2013. This year’s Career Corner series, jointly presented by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, University Affairs magazine and the University of Victoria, will host 19 different professional development workshops from June 2nd to 7th, providing Congress attendees with a free opportunity to learn about life and careers as an academic.

Though the program has been a part of Congress for many years, Career Corner has recently become a more prominent element of the conference as the participation of our host institutions in its organization has grown. According...

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Storytellers @ Congress

Christine McKenna Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

“The social sciences and humanities touch every facet of our lives,” says Ursula Gobel, Director of Communications for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). That is why research in these fields is so important – and why spreading the word about research is a positive step toward affecting change in society. To demonstrate how social sciences and humanities research is impacting our lives, SSHRC created Research for a Better Life: The Storytellers, a competition aimed at promoting some of the valuable research going on at post-secondary institutions across Canada.

Launched this year in January, the inaugural contest invited students from across the country to submit a digital presentation describing a SSHRC-funded research project, whether conducted by the...

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Louise Arbour to speak at Congress 2013

Christine McKenna Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Over the years, our Big Thinking lecture series at Congress has boasted some highly influential speakers, and this year we are proud to present Louise Arbour, one of Canada’s most highly renowned legal figures. Formerly serving as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, as well as Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, Ms. Arbour is now President of the International Crisis Group, an independent not-for-profit organization committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict. Her talk,...

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