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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, entitled...

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A prescription for style

Christine McKenna Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Fashion is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when most people hear the words “health care”. Nurses may be, though, and in fact their connection with style goes far beyond those colourful, wildly-patterned scrubs. The history of nursing in Canada dates back as far as the 17th century, when French nurse Jeanne Mance settled in what would become Montreal, and founded its first hospital in 1645. The uniforms worn by nurses have continued to evolve over time, and their changes in style often correspond with changing historical contexts.

During World War I, for example, it is believed that nurses serving at the front lines found their long skirts too cumbersome for work in the muddy trenches, and began to hike them up. This trend eventually led to the hemlines of nurse uniforms being raised, and may have even influenced the flapper style of the 1920s.

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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 events include Shari...

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