Finalists for Canada Prizes announced

March 6, 2017

OTTAWA, March 6, 2017 – The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2017 Canada Prizes. The Canada Prizes are awarded annually to the best scholarly books in the humanities and social sciences that have received funding from the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP).

The Canada Prizes are awarded to books that make an exceptional contribution to scholarship, are engagingly written, and enrich the social, cultural and intellectual life of Canada. There are two $5000 prizes, one each for French and English scholarship.

“The humanities and social sciences are ever-present in our daily lives. The scholarly works of these 10 exceptional finalists demonstrate the richness and diversity of talent dedicated to pursuing deeper understanding of who we are as individuals and as a country,” said Stephen J. Toope, President of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. “The Federation congratulates these finalists and is honoured to play a role in promoting their work to the Canadian public.”

This year’s finalists are:

Canada Prize in the Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Emilie CameronFar Off Metal River: Inuit Lands, Settler Stories, and the Making of the Contemporary Arctic (University of British Columbia Press)
  • Gerhard J. Ens and Joseph SawchukFrom New Peoples to New Nations: Aspects of Métis History and Identity from the Eighteenth to Twenty-First Centuries (University of Toronto Press)
  • Sean MillsA Place in the Sun: Haiti, Haitians, and the Remaking of Quebec (McGill-Queen’s University Press)
  • Arthur J. RayAboriginal Rights Claims and the Making and Remaking of History (McGill-Queen’s University Press)
  • Donald WrightDonald Creighton: A Life in History (University of Toronto Press)

Prix du Canada en sciences humaines et sociales

  • Mylène BédardÉcrire en temps d'insurrections : Pratiques épistolaires et usages de la presse chez les femmes patriotes (1830-1840) (Presses de l’Université de Montréal)
  • Amélie BourbeauTechniciens de l'organisation sociale. La réorganisation de l'assistance catholique privée à Montréal (1930-1974) (McGill-Queen’s University Press)
  • Marie-France LabrecqueLa migration saisonnière des Mayas du Yucatan au Canada. La dialectique de la mobilité (Presses de l’Université Laval)
  • Guillaume PinsonLa culture médiatique francophone en Europe et en Amérique du Nord : De 1760 à la veille de la Seconde Guerre mondiale (Presses de l’Université Laval)
  • Ania WroblewskiLa vie des autres : Sophie Calle et Annie Ernaux, artistes hors-la-loi (Presses de l’Université de Montréal)

The two winners of the 2017 Canada Prizes will be announced on April 10 and will be presented at an awards ceremony to be held during the 2017 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at Ryerson University.


About the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
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