Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children – “When violence becomes entertaining”

August 31, 2011

When violence becomes entertaining
Recapturing childhood and adolescence from the toxic influence of media

October 20 – 21, 2011

Faculty of Education
The University of Western Ontario
London, ON

We are all bombarded by media at home, at school, at work, in the car… Media is pervasive and a team approach is clearly the best strategy to help young people be critical of what they see and hear and help them make choices which are appropriate.

When Violence Becomes Entertaining is a forum that provides an opportunity for teachers to be joined by parents, trustees, administrators, support staff, psychologists, social workers, guidance counsellors and others with a particular interest in the impact of violent media on children and adolescents.

Leading experts in the field will discuss current issues and strategies in the area of media violence. Dr. Charles Tator and Roy Macgregor will participate on a panel discussion on the promotion of violence in sports.  Dr. Craig Anderson, a Leading US researcher will outline the impact media violence has on youth.  S/Sgt. Robyn MacEachern from the OPP will outline emerging trends in cyber bullying and texting and its impacts for parents and youth.  A live interactive theatre performance and small group workshops will also help develop positive and practical solutions.

The conference is hosted by major provincial networks of trustees, educators, parents and students.

See program for more information.

For online registration please go to http://www.crvawc.ca/section-events/index.htm  Registration is now OPEN!

For more information please contact Maria Callaghan at mcallag@uwo.ca


European Framework – Opportunities – Information session

August 25, 2011

ERA-CAN Public Information Session
Research and Mobility Opportunities within
the European Framework FP7

GUEST SPEAKER: Garth Williams, Director, ERA-Can

Opportunities for Canadians: EU Research & Mobility Funding

September 8th, 2011

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

WSS 2130 Student Services Building,
David S. H. Chu International Student Centre

ERA-CAN encourages and facilitates Canadian researchers to collaborate with European researchers under the Seventh Framework Programme. For additional information about ERA-CAN, please visit: http://www.era-can.ca/en/

For more information, and to RSVP, contact Hana Bokshi at hbokshi2@uwo.ca by Friday, September 2nd, 2011

SSHRC Insight Grant – Information Session

August 24, 2011

SSHRC Insight Grant – Information Session



Karen Kueneman
Research Officer

Tuesday, August 30
10:00 am

Room 1092
Faculty of Education Building

This will be an informal session to share with those of you who intend to apply to the SSHRC Insight Grant this fall (or to the Insight Development Grant in February or to either of these in the future) the differences between the old Standard Grant and the new Insight Grant competition and how the grants will be adjudicated.   If you have time to look over the application instructions ahead of time, please bring your questions.

Please RSVP to kueneman@uwo.ca by Monday, Aug 29 at 9:30 a.m. if you plan to attend  – Refreshments will be served.

Come Together: Digital Collaboration in the Academy and Beyond – Conference

August 22, 2011

Come Together: Digital Collaboration in the Academy and Beyond seeks to explore the relationship between digital technology and academic, activist and artistic collaborations. The focus is on how these collaborations come into being, what challenges they present, and how they are reshaping both the academy and the world at large. While we welcome all papers on the topic of digital collaboration, we are especially interested in those that examine the ways in which technology enables work across disciplinary, geographic, cultural and/or other boundaries, those that identify and/or propose solutions to the barriers that still need to be overcome, and those that offer frameworks for innovative forms of digital collaboration.

In addition to traditional 20-minute papers, we also welcome proposals for round tables, workshops and non-traditional modes of information sharing such as online presentations and discussion. We are pleased to receive proposals from all interested individuals, regardless of affiliation.

Potential topics include:

  • Digital collaboration between activists, writers, academics, artists, journalists etc.
  • The impact of digital media on pedagogy and learning at universities and beyond
  • The consequences of listservs, blogs, message boards and other forms of digital communication
  • Modes of thought or artistic expression that become (im)possible through digital collaboration
  • Copyright law and its effect on online collaboration, and vice versa
  • The Internet as a tool for coordinating or suppressing social, political and cultural activity
  • The “digital divide,” its consequences, and/or how it can be overcome
  • The economy of digital collaboration, or Wikinomics

Individuals interested in presenting 20-minute papers should submit abstracts of up to 300 words, and individuals or groups interested in proposing a roundtable, workshop or non-traditional session should submit a 500 word proposal outlining the format and intended aims of the session. All proposals should be emailed to cometogether2012@gmail.com by September 25, 2011. The conference will be hosted at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario on May 11-13th, 2012.

For further information, please check the website at cometogether2012.wordpress.com , or follow us on twitter @cometogether12.

Responsible Conduct of Research – Consultation on draft Framework

August 22, 2011

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) (the Agencies) have officially launched a consultation on the draft Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research. 

The consultation document was developed by the Agencies, in collaboration with the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), and will be available online for input from August 15 until September 30.


The Agencies invite institutions, associations, organizations and individuals to provide input on the draft Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research by visiting the NSERC Web site.

Institutional and organizational representatives are asked to consult their researchers and membership and report on the collective perspective.  Individuals may also respond independently.

Responses should be sent electronically to consultation@nserc-crsng.gc.ca.

Provide your written comments and feedback according to the following sections of the Framework:

  • Responsibilities of Researchers
  • Breaches of Agency Policies by Researchers
  • Responsibilities of Institutions
  • Breaches of Agency Policies by Institutions
  • Responsibilities of the Agencies

Please note that the consultation document is accessible online until September 30, at which time the consultation period ends.

 For more information, please contact consultation@nserc-crsng.gc.ca or consult Frequently Asked Questions.


August 18, 2011

SSHRC has launched a new Digital Economy priority.   Applicants for SSHRC funding are encouraged to consider this priority area when developing their proposals and considering opportunities for partnerships. See the description here.

Potential Lines of Inquiry

SSHRC has drawn on the knowledge synthesis papers and input to the government’s national consultation on the digital economy to identify the potential lines of inquiry that are most relevant to Canada. Applicants are encouraged to consider these lines of inquiry when developing their proposals and considering opportunities for partnerships. However, potential lines of inquiry are provided to raise awareness of critical issues that require research, and not to constrain creativity.

The following lines of inquiry reflect the research interests of academics; policy-makers and regulatory agencies at all levels of government; business and industry stakeholders; educators; social advocacy groups; the legal community; and private citizens. Opportunities for collaboration exist for researchers and federal government departments with a special interest in one or more of these topics.

  1. Capacity to innovate using digital technologies
  2. Building a world-class digital infrastructure
  3. Growing the information and communications technology industry
  4. Creating Canada’s digital content advantage
  5. Building digital skills for tomorrow
  6. Research in the digital era

Applicants whose proposals are relevant to this Digital Economy priority area are invited to indicate this in their applications.

Current opportunities are:

  1. Partnership Development Grants (through the Insight and Connection programs)
  2. Partnership Grants (through the Insight and Connection programs)
  3. Insight Development Grants
  4. Insight Grants

SSHRC – Revisions to Guidelines for Subject Matter Eligibility

August 18, 2011

Minor revisions to the guidelines on Subject Matter Eligibility have been posted on the SSHRC web site to provide further clarification to applicants regarding the eligibility of health-related research. Specifically, the revisions provide additional examples of eligible and ineligible topics based on the experience of the past competition year.

The revised guidelines can be found here.

SSHRC staff continue to work with colleagues at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to provide the best possible advice to applicants on where and how to apply, and to recommend suitable peer reviewers to adjudicate social science and humanities proposals submitted to CIHR. SSHRC and CIHR are also committed to improving coordination between the agencies with regard to fellowship and scholarship applications.

The number of proposals deemed ineligible at SSHRC in the past competition year has fallen significantly; a reflection of the research community’s efforts to adapt to the new guidelines which came into effect in 2009.

SSHRC welcomes feedback on ways in which it can further assist social sciences and humanities researchers and students in dealing with this important transition, and availing themselves of the full range of federal funding opportunities.