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Philosophy researchers bring their perspectives to partners’ research challenges

 

Robyn Dugas, Communications Coordinator, Mitacs

Mitacs and the University of Waterloo’s Department of Philosophy have partnered on an initiative that sees graduate and postdoctoral researchers using philosophical approaches in their collaborations with regional partners.

The collaboration emerged following a 2014 internship between Teresa Branch-Smith, a philosophy PhD candidate at the university, and Philip Beesley Architects. Together, they examined philosophical constructions of life and living as applied to “near-living” architecture. The project’s success demonstrated the potential for collaborations between philosophers and...

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Congress 2016 will take a village: University of Calgary put its hosting skills on display and welcomed team from Ottawa for three days of planning meetings

Jennifer Robitaille, Communications Specialist, Faculty of Arts, University of Calgary

Planning for the 2016 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences jointly organized by the University of Calgary and the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences officially kicked off on Sept. 28, 2015.

UCalgary hosted 10 members from the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences as they descended on campus to meet and discuss all things logistics and planning with UCalgary colleagues and local representatives from over 70 scholarly associations that will attend the weeklong conference.

Congress 2016 will run from May 28 to June 3, 2016 and is organized around the theme “Energizing Communities”. Congress 2016 will see more than 8,000 attendees visit UCalgary for the largest annual...

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Congress 2016 – A taste of what’s to come

Camille Ferrier, Communications Officer, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

On arriving at the University of Calgary campus for the Congress 2016 Planning Meeting, I was immediately struck by the brilliant fall colours. It was Wednesday, September 30, 2015, and thousands of multicoloured leaves carpeted the beautiful grounds. Between the new EEEL building where the President's receptions will be held, the Rozsa Centre’s Eckhardt-Grammatté Hall concert venue with its incredible acoustics (where Big Thinking lecturers will be speaking), and the large and bright Jack Simpson Gymnasium where registration will take place and the Congress Expo will proudly display its new booths, I already feel this Congress will be a success. And let's not forget the Den & Black Lounge, where attendees...

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The Utility of History: Perspectives on International Development

Victoria Hawkins, student blogger at Congress 2015

Don’t say history doesn’t have the power to change the future. At Congress 2015, Historians of Humanitarian Aid held a panel on the "utility of history" in today’s development in the Global South. Jill Campbell-Miller of St. Mary’s University (pictured) presented a case study of Canadian bi-lateral assistance to India in the 1950 to illustrate how the history of development practice is important and useful for both scholars and practitioners of international development today.

Campbell-Miller argued that at the very least, history can have an effect on institutional memory, the collective understanding of an institution’s past. That understanding could potentially contribute to better judgements in the...

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Roundtable: Working in Public History

Victoria Hawkins, student blogger at Congress 2015

The work of public historians can take many different forms, some quite unexpected. A roundtable discussion at Congress 2015 focused on the different roles that public historians take in their work. Jennifer Anderson of Library and Archives Canada acted as moderator of the discussion. Anderson is currently working on assignment at the Canadian Museum of History and offered insight into the role of both archives and museums in shaping public memory.

As a relatively new field, Public History has many unexpected applications in both the public and private sectors.The panel of speakers represented the various roles of public historians, from freelance and contract work for museums and other cultural institutions to various...

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