SSHRC will be attending the 84th Congress of the Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas) at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) from May 9 to 13. The Congress will feature a debate on the preservation of urban heritage, and a symposium on the role of social sciences and humanities in innovation.
As part of a public event on May 12, the Director of the Institut du patrimoine at UQAM, Joanne Burgess—a 2015 SSHRC Impact Award finalist and winner of the Acfas André-Laurendeauprize in 2015—will participate in a debate on the future of the Hôtel-Dieu. She will be accompanied by a number of guests involved in heritage preservation in Montreal.
This is a contemporary issue that affects every city in Canada: what should be done with old, historic buildings? Who should take care of them? Burgess and the other participants will enable in-depth consideration of the heritage value of these buildings and what they contain. The debate will also stimulate thinking on our ability to convert this public heritage by integrating it into the modern urban fabric.
Burgess will also share her knowledge during a scientific tour of the Montreal neighbourhood commonly known as the “Centre-sud”. The director and her team from the SSHRC-funded project, Montréal, plaque tournante des échanges, have planned a discovery-filled tour of this neighbourhood focused on the early years of the 20th century.
Lastly, SSHRC-funded researchers will come together for a symposium on the role of social sciences and humanities in innovation, organized by the Fonds de recherche du Québec – société et culture, in collaboration with the Centre national de la recherche scientifique from France and SSHRC. SSHRC President Ted Hewitt, together with a number of SSHRC-funded researchers, will be on hand to take part in discussions on the contributions of 21st century humanities research in a constantly changing world.
The 84th ACFAS convention will host thousands of researchers and research users from about 30 countries. Over 200 symposia and more than 3,500 scientific papers are anticipated.