The future of research dissemination: Events at Congress 2014

Karen Diepeveen, Policy Analyst, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The issue of open access and research dissemination is one that sparks many conversations across our fields. What is the future of scholarly work in this digital age? How – or should – scholars adapt? What kind of impact will these new models have on publishing?

The Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences provides an ideal backdrop for these questions to be discussed and debated, with more than 8,000 scholars, publishers, readers and researchers gathering together. In that spirit, we have compiled a list of events open to all Congress delegates that will explore the relationship between research and open access, dissemination, publishing and use.

Copyright and the Modern Academic Debate Series - The “...

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Crossing over silos in genomics research

Karine Morin, Director, National GE3LS Program, Genome Canada

Silos, to many delegates who will attend Congress 2014, refer to insular thinking. To a few, they may evoke Canada’s agricultural tradition. It would seem unlikely that an exploration of the figurative term as well the literal one could happen at once during a session of Congress, but under the theme Borders without Boundaries, such an opportunity may not be so farfetched. In fact, considering how few life scientists will be traveling to Brock University to discuss advances in genomics, it may well seem more implausible that Genome Canada would participate in this year’s event. Yet those curious to learn how genomic research and innovation and the social sciences and humanities intersect should stop by our booth or attend one or both sessions sponsored by Genome Canada.


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Catch the Top 25

People-focused research matters. How you tell its story is just as important.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) launched its second-annual Storytellers challenge this past November, asking postsecondary students from across the country to demonstrate—in three minutes or 300 words—how a SSHRC-funded research project at their institution is making a difference in the lives of Canadians.


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An Indigenous presence at Congress 2014

Julian Kitchen, director, Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research and Education, Brock University

The organizers of Congress 2014 have made an effort to acknowledge that Brock University is located on Aboriginal territory and to include Indigenous voices and knowledge in the program.

The formal opening to Congress will include a traditional welcoming. President Jack Lightstone will formally acknowledge that Brock University is located on the shared lands of the Original Peoples and recognize the First Nation, Métis, and Inuit peoples who are attending Congress.

On Sunday, May 25, the first day of Congress, the Big Thinking series will feature Dr. Cindy Blackstock, a distinguished scholar on the causes of disadvantage for Aboriginal...

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Shining the spotlight on Brock and Niagara at Congress 2014

Jane Koustas, Academic Convenor for Congress 2014, Brock University

It is my pleasure as Academic Convener for Congress 2014 to welcome you to Brock University and the Niagara region this May to explore borders without boundaries.

As host institution for this year’s gathering, we’ve been hard at work preparing a robust academic and cultural program that we hope will be as intellectually provoking as it is entertaining.

This is the made-at-Brock component of Congress 2014. Or what we like to call, “Congress Plus.”

On the academic side, we’re pleased to be hosting several interdisciplinary Canada-U.S. panels that will tackle such cross-border issues as the PhD surplus crisis,...

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