The Big Thinking Podcast is the podcast of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, featuring some of the most interesting and innovative people in the humanities and social sciences in conversation about their research on important issues of our time.
Redefining the Canadian housing paradigm - Part II
35:29The intersection of climate change and housing crisis in Canada forms a pressing challenge, as extreme weather events become more frequent. Recent wildfires and events like the Saint-John River flood not only jeopardize housing structures but also contribute to displacement and homelessness. For this Big Thinking Podcast episode, Gabriel Miller is joined by Julia Woodhall-Melnik, Assistant Professor at the University of New Brunswick, to discuss the importance of resilient housing solutions.
Redefining the Canadian housing paradigm - Part I
32:53The Canadian housing crisis is more than a financial challenge; it's a societal concern with deep-seated roots. The crisis has far-reaching consequences: escalating homes prices, limited affordable housing, and the impact of the pandemic have intensified the struggle and exacerbated social inequalities.For this Big Thinking Podcast episode, Gabriel Miller is joined by Nemoy Lewis, Assistant Professor at the Toronto Metropolitan University to discuss the Canadian housing crisis.
Droit de l'intelligence artificielle : l'importance d'une régulation juste
27:24Est-ce que ChatGPT, DALL-E et Midjourney vous dit quelque chose? Ces plates-formes sont quelques exemples parmi de nombreux nouveaux logiciels d'intelligence artificielle qui voient le jour actuellement. Durant ces dernières années, l'IA a été au centre de nombreux débats et discussions, notamment dans le monde académique. Alors que l'IA commence à faire partie de nos vies professionnelles et personnelles, il est important de discuter des enjeux et risques liés à l'explosion de ces technologies et comment et pourquoi les réguler.
She-cession: unveiling the pandemic's impact on women in the workforce
34:56Historically, most recessions have been described as being "he-cessions"; most jobs lost were male dominated industries, and the women led sectors shortly followed.When the Covid-19 pandemic started, women's employment was hit especially hard by the economic slow down that followed, causing some to call it a "she-cession." But what exactly does the term mean, why did it happen, and what does it tell us about the future of our economy? For this Big Thinking Podcast episode, our host Gabriel Miller is joined by Armine Yalnizyan, the Canadian economist and writer who helped coin the term to discuss the she-cession and the broader impacts of economics crises on women.
Reconciliation as an everyday practice
29:41In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its First Report which documented the experiences of more than 6,000 witnesses who survived living in residential schools as students. Eight years later, it is important to assess what progress we've made and what work remains for us to do in our journey towards Reconciliation.For this Big Thinking Podcast episode, our host Gabriel Miller is joined by Crystal Fraser, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta, to discuss Reconciliation as an everyday practice.
L'avortement au Canada est-il un droit acquis?
27:37Bienvenue sur la page de notre balado Voir Grand, où l'on discute de quelques unes des questions les plus importantes de notre époque avec des chercheur.se.s de premier plan. Suite au renversement de l'arrêt Roe contre Wade par la Cour suprême des États-Unis l'an dernier et aux récentes interdictions de procédures d'avortement au sud de la frontière, il est légitime de se demander ce que tout cela signifie pour le Canada. Gabriel Miller donne la parole à Annie Pilote, doyenne de la Faculté des études supérieures et postdoctorales de l'Université Laval et présidente du conseil d'administration de la Fédération. Annie est notre animatrice pour cet épisode consacré à la justice reproductive, en conversation avec Marie-Laurence Raby, étudiante au doctorat en histoire à l'Université Laval.
How worried should we be about ChatGPT?
27:57Welcome to the Big Thinking Podcast, where we talk to leading researchers about their work on some of the most important and interesting questions of our time.Gabriel Miller, President and CEO of the Federation, is our host.Artificial Intelligence is on the rise, and ChatGPT is one of the most prominent examples of a new technology that is changing our lives. But what do we really know about ChatGPT and how is it affecting higher education and research? Miller is joined by Lai-Tze Fan, Assistant Professor of Technology and Social Change in the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo.
What is the future of books?
27:49Welcome to the Big Thinking Podcast, where we talk to leading researchers about their work on some of the most important and interesting questions of our time.Gabriel Miller, President and CEO of the Federation, is our host.Digital technologies are reshaping every aspect of our society, and books are no exception. But as physical objects, books have a powerful connection to us and our culture. As our world continues changing, it’s worth asking what books mean to us and to our future. Miller is joined by Claire Battershill, Assistant Professor cross-appointed in the Faculty of Information and the Department of English at the University of Toronto. Thank you to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for making this podcast possible.
From the Jheri curl to TikTok: Canada and the global business of Black beauty
28:27Welcome to the Big Thinking Podcast, where we talk to leading researchers about their work on some of the most important and interesting questions of our time.Gabriel Miller, President and CEO of the Federation, is our host.Every day we are bombarded by words and images telling us what we should find beautiful, and what we should aspire to look like. Black Canadians are subject to specific beauty ideals – but where do those expectations come from and how do they affect peoples’ lives? Miller is joined by Cheryl Thompson, Associate Professor in Performance at the Creative School of Toronto Metropolitan University and author of the book “Beauty in a Box: Detangling the Roots of Canada’s Black Beauty Culture.”
Is sport a means for Indigenous self-determination in Canada?
30:10Welcome to the Big Thinking Podcast, where we talk to leading researchers about their work on some of the most important and interesting questions of our time. Gabriel Miller, President and CEO of the Federation, is our host. Sports aren’t just fun and games, they’re a deeper part of who we are and where we come from. Today’s conversation is about Indigenous sport and its connection to self-determination and cultural regeneration.Miller is joined by Allan Downey, Associate Professor in the Department of History and Indigenous Studies at McMaster University and Janice Forsyth, Professor in Indigenous Land-Based Physical Culture and Wellness at the University of British Columbia.