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The 2016 Calgary Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada : some Thoughts on the University as a Community

Guy Laforest, Professor, Departement of Political Science, Université Laval

This blog was published on Guy Laforest's website on May 25th, 2016

The University of Calgary, placed at the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, will be the host, from May 28 to June 3, 2016, of the congress of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (http://www.ideas-idees.ca/). More than 8,000 participants, representing over 70 scholarly associations in the great family of the humanities and the social sciences will hold their annual meeting in the economic metropolis of Alberta, united around a federating topic: energizing communities. In a country as immense as Canada, these meetings enable scholars and intellectuals to fraternize for a couple of days with their colleagues, to imagine new paths towards collaboration while taking the pulse of their...

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Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship: The Evolving Role of the Professor

By Stephen Higham, M.A. - Policy Analyst

Universities have always been essential contributors to their communities. But they are increasingly being turned to as resources to resolve pressing social and economic challenges in the communities they serve, and as important bridges between the academy and these communities.

These professors play an essential (but often underappreciated) role within in Canada’s innovation ecosystem. Not only do they produce original research, lead major projects, and contribute to the day-to-day administration of our universities, they also provide mentorship to the next generation of thinkers and entrepreneurs.

There are nearly 17,000 professors in Canada across a range of disciplines, and they are the backbone of what is arguably our greatest strength as an innovative nation: research excellence. Canada is among the...

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Arctic sovereignty & security: Conflict, cooperation or something else?

Sarah Hertz, Marketing Administrator, University of Calgary Press

The Arctic is front page news in Canada and around the world. Mixed messages from journalists, academics, and government representatives predict both conflict and cooperation in the region. On the one hand, there is talk of “a new Cold War” brewing, tied to a “race for resources” – with nations scrambling to claim the riches of this newly accessible region, producing military technology specially designed for Arctic operations. On the other hand, many observers believe this to be an era of increased cooperation between nation states, rooted in international law, with a respect for sovereign rights and responsible stewardship.

There is lively debate in Canada about what these developments mean for the future of our Arctic and the circumpolar world more generally. Although Canadians allegedly eschew conflict, competing viewpoints can clarify the issue and stimulate discussion....

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