February Communique

Federation news 

Study on the ASPP and the Situation of Scholarly Books in Canada

The Federation shared a newly released study that speaks to the vital role of scholarly book publishing in Canada, and explores strategies to ensure its health and relevance in the 21st century. Read the study.

New EDID Initiatives Fund for associations

The Federation launched the EDID Initiatives Fund, a new funding opportunity that will support member associations in developing initiatives that advance equity, diversity, inclusion, and decolonization (EDID). Learn more and apply.

Join our ASPP Publications Committee!

If you would like to be part of the merit review process in our prestigious Award to Scholarly Publications Program, please send an email signaling your interest to aspp-paes@federationhss.ca.

Advocacy update 

The Federation met with MP Rachel Bendayan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance and MP Daniel Blaikie, on Parliament Hill to discuss our federal budget priorities regarding increased support for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.  

Federation team member in the spotlight

Congratulations to Patrick Kabeya, the Federation’s Information and Systems Officer, for participating in this year’s Silicon Valley African Film Festival and winning the “Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition” for his film “From Patrice to Lumumba”. Learn more.

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Congress news

First Big Thinking speaker confirmed

We are excited to announce our first Big Thinking speaker for Congress 2023: The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, 27th Governor General, Commander-in-Chief of Canada. Join us for a discussion on the importance of Black histories in the Americas. Explore the event.

This Big Thinking lecture is made possible thanks to the support of SAGE Publishing.

The Big Thinking lecture series is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Events calendar

Whether you are attending Congress 2023 as part of an association conference or as a member of the public with a community pass, you are invited to a multitude of exciting open events! Explore the calendar and build your schedule.

Media opt-in opportunity

Are you a researcher presenting material at Congress 2023 that the media should know about? Through its media outreach program, the Federation actively engages with media to promote your work, giving you valuable promotion in and out of the academic community and increased visibility with the broader public. Opt in by April 22, 2023. Learn more.

Write for Congress blog

Contribute to the conversation around this year's Congress 2023 theme, Reckonings & Re-Imaginings, by writing for the Congress 2023 blog. For more information or to pitch your idea, email communications@federationhss.ca.

Indigenous protocols 

Indigenous protocols for Congress 2023 are now available. The protocols provide guiding principles for association organizers to respect and honour the protocols of host Indigenous communities in and around Tkaronto and the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt area. Learn more.

Plan your trip

Start planning your Congress experience today. Visit the Plan your trip section of the Congress website for information about accommodation, childcare, and more. Plan your trip.

Early bird registration 

Register for Congress 2023 by March 31, 2023 and enjoy a discount on Congress fees. Register now. 


Canada’s largest showcase of academic books is back for Congress 2023! Connect with leading community partners, discover outstanding literary works, and network with the best and brightest scholarly minds from across the country. Find out who's exhibiting.  

HSS Community News

When an international crisis strikes, the humanities and social sciences have a critical role to play. That’s why, right now, our scholars are helping the world make sense of what’s happening in Iran and Ukraine.

Help us enrich the conversation by sharing relevant research contributions, blogs, articles and op-eds about the Iranian protests to be included in the next Communique or on the Federation’s blog. Please reach out to communications@federationhss.ca for more information.

Calls for peace in Ukraine a year after Russia’s full-scale invasion are unrealistic – As we reach the one-year anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, politicians continue to call for peace. Read this new piece of commentary.

AI tools don’t have to be the enemy of teaching and learning – Within the classroom context, there could be ways to incorporate the use of AI tools into assessments. The educators’ task of re-thinking assessments in the context of AI will take time and work. Read more.

Rethinking university pedagogy in a world of ChatGPT – ChatGPT is an open-source chatbot that generates sophisticated writing in the genre of your choice. This new AI technology poses a significant challenge to higher education and raises academic integrity concerns. Read more. 

Canadian universities crafting ChatGPT policies as French school bans AI program – Several Canadian universities are crafting policies on ChatGPT, a new tool that is raising plagiarism concerns in the education sector. Read more.

Governments of Canada and Ontario invest more than $34.7 million in the University of Ottawa – The governments of Canada and Ontario announce important support for French-language resources and programs at the University of Ottawa. Learn more.

Inventory of community-focused knowledge mobilization practices in the Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts – The collaborative, a multi-institutional, cross-sectoral network led by McMaster University released a research on the state of community-focused knowledge mobilization practices in the Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts. Read the research.

ARC colloquium – The association pour la recherche au collegial (ARC) will be holding a colloquium in the Faculty of Social Sciences at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) on May 25. The main objective of the colloquium is to provide students in the fields of social sciences and humanities, arts and literature, with the opportunity to participate in an event dedicated to scientific communication and knowledge transfer.