Big Thinking

Big Thinking


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Upcoming Events

2017-2018 Season

The social implications of emerging technologies: Are the most important questions the least studied?
November 7, 2018
Delta Ottawa, Meeting Room 3, 101 Lyon Street, Ottawa, ON
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Click here to register for the 2018 Canadian Science Policy Conference.?

The Federation will host a Big Thinking panel at the 2018 Canadian Science Policy Conference.?

Rapid development of transformative new technologies – such as social media, artificial intelligence, and new health technologies – is creating important opportunities and challenges for governments, businesses, the research community and society at large. Too often, however, the social implications of such developments are overlooked. In this session we will explore whether the Canadian policy and research community is doing enough to understand and address the social implications of new technologies.?We will consider how multidisciplinary approaches can help us address multiple dimensions of technological change and better understand the roles of diverse actors, including the natural scientist, the philosopher, the engineer, the behavioural scientist, the historian and the policy maker.

Panel:?Jaigris Hodson, Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Royal Roads University
Eric Meslin, President and CEO, Council of Canadian Academies
Dominic Martin, Professor of Ethics, école des sciences de la gestion, Université du Québec à Montréal?
Moderator: Sonia Vani, Director of Member Engagement and Communications, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The social implications of artificial intelligence
November 14, 2018
Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Public Library Central Location, 5440 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, NS
6:30 to 8:00 pm
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The Federation will host a?Big Thinking?panel in partnership with Dalhousie University.?

This panel will explore the potential social impacts of artificial intelligence and the role humanities and social sciences will play in identifying the legal, ethical and policy issues we should start considering today.

Panel:?Ian Kerr, Canada Research Chair in Ethics, Law and Technology, University of Ottawa
Teresa Heffernan, Professor of English, Saint Mary’s University
Duncan MacIntosh, Professor and Department Chair of Philosophy, Dalhousie University
Fuyuki Kurasawa, York Research Chair in Global Digital Citizenship and Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, York University
Moderator: Gabriel Miller, Executive Director, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Past Events

Work in a warming world
Carla Lipsig-Mummé
,?Professor, Work and Labour Studies,?York University
October 3, 2018

Can Canadian work and labour help slow global warming? As its complexity, destructiveness and speed all increase, climate change has become an urgent social issue. Physical and social upheavals of climate change modify how we work, how we build, how products are transported, what we produce, where we produce it. While Canadian work is a major source of greenhouse gases, we are now identifying a role that adapting work can play. If we are serious about creating a low-carbon economy, bringing work, the workplace and labour unions “in” to the struggle is as crucial as it is timely.

This special?Big Thinking?event was offered by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences in partnership with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) in celebration of SSHRC’s 40th anniversary.

The?Big Thinking?series is made possible through the support of


See past?Big Thinking?lectures