Academic panel examines the economic value of social innovation for Canada

June 1, 2015

Advocating for the social sciences and humanities: Differing lessons from Canada, the UK and the US

OTTAWA, June 1, 2015 - The media are invited to attend an international panel session featuring Felice Levine, Executive Director, American Educational Research Association, Chad Gaffield, Professor of History, University of Ottawa and Past-President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and (by pre-taped video) James Wilson, Professor of Science and Democracy, University of Sussex and Chair of the UK Campaign for Social Science. The panel will be moderated by Stephen Toope, Director of University of Toronto’s Munk School of Foreign Affairs and President of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

WHAT: Panel discussion on the urgency for advocating for the humanities and social sciences in Canada, the US and the UK

WHEN: Wednesday, June 3, from 14:00 to 15:00

WHERE: University of Ottawa, Congress Hub (Montpetit Hall) – East Expo Event Space

The panelists will draw upon their country-specific expertise to discuss how national research funding agendas should prioritize people-centred social innovation over the still dominant 20th century technological innovation paradigm. This panel will address head-on the question of the economic value of a broad-based humanities or social science degree, and is co-hosted by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and SAGE Publications.


About the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Organized by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Congress is the largest interdisciplinary conference in Canada, and one of the largest in the world. Now in its 84th year, Congress brings together 70+ academic associations that represent a rich spectrum of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, including literature, history, theatre, film studies, education, music, sociology, geography, social work and many others. Congress 2015 is hosted by the University of Ottawa. For more information, visit

About the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences promotes research, learning and an understanding of the contributions made by the humanities and the social sciences towards a free and democratic society. Established in 1940, with a membership now comprising 160+ universities, colleges and scholarly associations, the Federation represents a diverse community of 85,000 researchers and graduate students across Canada. The Federation organizes Canada’s largest academic gathering, the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, bringing together more than 8,000 participants each year. For more information about the Federation, visit

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