Congress 2015


Congress 2015: Challenges, opportunities for public sector unions facing austerity

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Austerity and precarity figured largely on the agenda at the Canadian Association of Work and Labour Studies conference this week at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Ottawa. Conversations about how to define precarious work and its impacts on workers’ lives ran through the sessions. Meanwhile, reflections on how to organize workers in a climate […]

Congress 2015: The humanities go deep, while Wente plays in the shallow end

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The annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences brought academics from across the country together in Ottawa this past week. As if on cue, the Globe and Mail published a column by Margaret Wente that took potshots at humanities and social science scholarship. While there are few in attendance at Congress who take this […]

Congress 2015: The Canadian higher education data problem

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Every year at the Canadian Society for Studies in Higher Education (CSSHE) meeting, you can count on someone – or a lot of someones – complaining about the state of higher education data in Canada. And with good reason- Canada lags behind its OECD in the amount and quality of higher ed data produced. Researchers […]

Congress 2015: Dilemmas for PhD graduates and doctoral education

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The Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences frequently offers an opportunity for reflection on the current state of an academic discipline and prescriptions for the future. The incisiveness of analysis can vary as can the questions asked. Particularly striking is this vein was a fascinating session hosted by the Canadian Society for the Study […]

Congress 2015: “Athens to the new Romes”

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Yesterday, the Governor General of Canada, David Johnston gave a lecture as part of Congress 2015‘s Big Ideas lecture series. The topic of his talk was “Education & Innovation,” but it was more of an exhortation for the assembled scholars and administrators to be innovative, rather than a prescription for how to bring innovation to […]

Congress 2015: The one-sided higher ed conversation

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There are missing voices in the public conversation around higher education, and it is hurting our ability to articulate alternative visions for the future of our universities. I’m at the annual conference of the Canadian Society for Studies in Higher Education (CSSHE) at the excellent Congress of the Social Sciences in Ottawa. As usual, it’s […]