Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (CATTW)
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS)
Knowledge from the Social and Human Sciences to the Public: Perceptions,
Practices, and Perspectives
of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, UC 142
June 1, 2005
Welcome to the Website of the Special Interdisciplinary Conference on
knowledge communication in the Social and Human Sciences, organized by
the Canadian Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (CATTW)
in partnership with the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social
Sciences (CFHSS) .
Join us on June 1, 2005, at the Congress of the Humanities and Social
Sciences to share, discuss, and reflect on ways of engaging the public
in social and human science research. While research in the social and
human sciences is vital to building a civil society in Canada and beyond,
its stakeholders--citizens, policymakers, community organizations, and
others--are often unaware of the results and benefits of this research.
This special conference, therefore, is designed to bring researchers,
representatives of community and government organizations, and practitioners
from diverse disciplines and social sectors together to share their approaches
to engaging stakeholders in social and human science research.
The overall goal of the conference is to facilitate communication between
social and human science researchers and the stakeholders of their research
in order to maximize the benefits of social and human science research
for society. With this goal in mind, the conference presents two
keynote presentations and four
sessions showcasing the roles of media, collaboration, partnerships,
networks, and civic engagement in knowledge making and sharing in the
social and human sciences.
Within these sessions, presenters address these and other themes to facilitate
communication between researchers and stakeholders:
- How has the impact of research in the social and human sciences been
communicated to stakeholders so far?
- What particular practices of communication, collaboration, and interactive
engagement characterize processes of research communication in the social
and human sciences?
- How do these practices vary across different social and human sciences?
- How can these practices be facilitated? What are the main challenges?
- How can the impact of research in the social and human sciences be
demonstrated to the public?
- How can information be effectively communicated to heterogeneous audiences?
- How can emerging technologies and in particular open and interactive
spaces such as Weblogs and Wikis be used to facilitate public engagement
in the social and human sciences?
- How do professional communicators and researchers in professional
communication best participate in and add value to the knowledge-making
cycle in a knowledge society?
- What opportunities for civic engagement in the knowledge society do
professional communication researchers need to pursue?