Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences Bridging Communities Through Knowledge

May 26 - June 2
Making Public Knowledge, Making Knowledge Public
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Hosts Largest Humanities and Social Sciences Gathering in Canada

The Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is the largest annual academic gathering in Canada; its multidisciplinary character marks it as unique in the world.

Now in its 76th year, it is an important meeting place for new and established academics and researchers working in such diverse areas as anthropology, bibliotherapy, communication and disability studies, geography, history and philosophy of science, international development, social work, theatre research and much more.

"The Congress 2007 theme is “Bridging Communities: Making public knowledge – Making knowledge public.” Scholarly and public communities are becoming increasingly connected. All are navigating the complexities of globalization, genetic innovation, medical advances, digital culture, national identities. Our hope is that this Congress will shed light on the roles, responsibilities and intentions of humanists and social scientists in the evolving relationship between the academy and the public.
Within this over-arching theme and through various academic and cultural events on campus, Congress 2007 will place special emphasis on women, equity issues, Saskatchewan’s Aboriginal heritage, and partnerships with Aboriginal Peoples."
Peter MacKinnon
See website Congress 07

I was pleased to see one of the featured speakers at this year's Congress will be John Willinsky, Pacific Press Professor of Literacy and Technology at the University of British Columbia and author of Empire of Words: The Reign of the OED and a developer of Open Journals Systems software.

The Public Knowledge Project
Information about this presentation:

Thursday, May 31
“The Canadian Research Community and Global Citizenship: Canadian Learned Journals and Making Knowledge Public”

Canadian Association of Learned Journals (CALJ)
This panel presentation will open discussion on Canada ’s role in fostering an increased global exchange of knowledge as a public good through innovative scholarly publishing projects. The keynote address will be delivered by John Willinsky, currently the Pacific Press Professor of Literacy and Technology and Distinguished University Scholar in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia .