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The countdown is on!

Christine McKenna Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Congress 2013 is now less than one month away! And after a bit of a blogging hiatus, we are returning with a host of exciting updates. It’s been a busy few months here at the Federation, but this year’s Congress is shaping up to be a spectacular time. Our Big Thinking lecture series includes a great collection of speakers, and the University of Victoria has organized a range of exciting events for Congress attendees and the general public. As we get closer and closer to the big week, we’ll be featuring a variety of Congress events and highlights here on the blog – so check back frequently for interesting news and behind the scenes insights.

To catch up on our recent activity, here’s a look at some of the hard work that goes into organizing Congress each year…

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A look back at Congress 2012

Milena Stanoeva Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

There are now less than 200 days left until Congress 2013 (not that we’re counting down, or anything). To mark the occasion, we decided to round up some of our favourite blog posts and videos from Congress 2012, which took place at Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo.

As always, the Big Thinking lectures were key moments at Congress 2012. Attendees saw speeches by luminaries like Margaret Atwood, Governor General David Johnston and Chris Hedges. Other stand-out...

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Congress 2013 @ the edge

Milena Stanoeva
Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

at the edge - a la fine pointeWhat does it mean to be “@ the edge”? With the 2013 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences taking place in coastal Victoria, BC, the theme seems to suggest itself.

However, “@ the edge” is also a call to expand discussion and welcome marginalized voices, including those of people who are socially marginalized through economics or health factors, people who are physically distant from centres of power and influence, and indigenous peoples whose languages and cultures are endangered. It is a call for the social sciences and humanities to focus on issues of inclusivity, marginalization and diversity and offer innovative solutions. It is a call to test the boundaries of disciplines and take a leap into uncharted...

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Inclusive Innovation: what is the role of rural and remote regions in the knowledge economy?

Governments the world over have launched ambitious national innovation strategies, designed to use scientific and technological developments to produce economic growth and address social challenges. Canada has been one of the most aggressive on this front, supporting a wide range of measures designed to promote commercialization and job creation. Globally, these policies have strengthened urban economies, but have had much smaller impacts on rural and remote regions.  In Canada, northern, rural and Aboriginal communities have yet to feel the full benefit of scientific and technological initiatives. Our innovation outputs as a whole continue to lag internationally. 

How do we address this innovation deficit, while also encouraging creative regional development? Join Ken Coates, Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation, as he explores how...

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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...

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