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Social scientists descend on Ottawa

May 25, 2009

The agenda includes talks about filmic elevator sex rather than revolution in the streets when thousands of social science academics gather in Ottawa this week. Regardless, concerns about research funding priorities are sure to be a hot topic of discussion at this year’s Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at Carleton University in Ottawa. The Globe and Mail reports that organizers hope this will represent an opportunity for researchers and politicians to speak directly to each other. I’m not sure if it will be a two-way conversation, but Minister of State for Science and Technology Gary Goodyear will be addressing the congress today.

Professor Nathalie Des Rosiers, president of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, has asked the government to increase SSHRC funding by $100-million, or 20%, over the next three to five years.

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