Canada Prizes

Canada Prizes

About the 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).

Celebrating the best Canadian scholarly books—not simply within a single academic discipline, but across all the disciplines of the humanities and social sciences—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.

Every year, four prizes of $2,500 are awarded:

  • Canada Prize in the Humanities
  • Canada Prize in the Social Sciences
  • Prix du Canada en sciences humaines
  • Prix du Canada en sciences sociales

The winners and finalists of the prizes provoke and inform national conversations on important topics and draw attention to the important contribution of scholarship to Canadian society.


2014 Awards Ceremony

This year’s Canada Prizes were presented at the awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at York University's Glendon College in Toronto. The awards ceremony featured keynote remarks by Michael Adams, President of Environics and a member of the jury. All four winners were in attendance.

Sponsors:

McGill-Queen's University Press

University of Calgary Press

Host:

Glendon | York University


Winners of the 2014 Canada Prizes

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Canada Prizes. This year’s winners are:

 

2014 Canada Prize in the Humanities

Sandra Djwa
Journey With No Maps: A Life of P.K. Page
McGill-Queen's University Press

Journey With No Maps: A Life of P.K. PageJury’s citation: Journey with No Maps: A Life of P.K. Page by Sandra Djwa is an engaging portrait of an intriguing woman who was not only one of Canada’s most beloved poets and painters but one who was living and creating at an important moment in Canada’s cultural history. Incorporating Page's poetry seamlessly into her life story, it manages to illuminate both the life and the art. Djwa, an eminent Canadianist herself, has had a front row seat to the creation of the entity we know as CanLit.  Journey with No Maps is the outcome of that involvement, both an intimate biography and a wide-ranging literary history.

Sandra DjwaSandra Djwa is renowned for her writing on iconic Canadian authors, such as Margaret Atwood, Leonard Cohen, Al Purdy and E.J. Pratt. In 2013 she was awarded a Governor General’s Literary Award for Journey with No Maps, which was also shortlisted for the Charles Taylor Prize for non-fiction. Her biography of poet F. R. Scott was shortlisted for the Hubert Evans B.C. Non-fiction prize (1987), and the French version of the book, translated by Florence Bernard, was a GG finalist in translation in 2002. She was awarded the Royal Society Lorne Pierce medal for Professing English (2002), her biography of poet and scholar Roy Daniells. Sandra Djwa worked with the English department at Simon Fraser University from 1968–2005. Born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, she currently lives in West Vancouver, British Columbia.

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2014 Canada Prize in the Social Sciences

David E. Smith
Across the Aisle: Opposition in Canadian Politics
University of Toronto Press

Across the Aisle: Opposition in Canadian PoliticsJury’s citation: David E. Smith has produced an elegantly-written, tightly argued and timely scholarly book on the role of the opposition in our Canadian parliamentary democracy.   This at a time when the Senate is immersed in scandal and the House of Commons is being superseded by traditional and social media, think tanks, social movements, the courts and the prime minister's executive authority.  The result: widespread public cynicism and the precipitous decline in political engagement on the part of younger Canadians. This book will help inform the growing debate on how parliamentarians, including the opposition, can be brought back into the centre of the Canadian political system as our founders intended.

David E. SmithDavid E. Smith is the author of Federalism and the Constitution of Canada, The People’s House of Commons, and many books on Canadian politics. He is currently Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

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Prix du Canada en sciences humaines 2014

Pierre Anctil
Jacob-Isaac Segal, 1896-1954 : Un poète yiddish de Montréal et son milieu
Presses de l'Université Laval

Jacob-Isaac Segal, 1896-1954 : Un poète yiddish de Montréal et son milieuJury’s citation: Thanks to a genuine enthusiasm for the subject, an unbounded curiosity, and a drive to reach farther by bringing to light forgotten moments in Quebec history, Pierre Anctil’s book is more than just a passionate and fascinating biography. Anctil shows, through the migratory and creative journey of Yiddish poet Jacob-Isaac Segal, that Montreal has been, since the turn of the twentieth century, a major hub of the intellectual and literary culture of the Jewish diaspora, at the forefront of the modernist movement. This meticulously researched biography benefits from the researcher’s knowledge of Yiddish to produce an unprecedented literary vitality. Anctil clearly demonstrates the relationship between the individual journey of a poet confronted with the material challenges of creating as a member of a minority group and the work of a community’s cultural intermediaries to create institutions and forums for debates and growth. Through Segal, we hear the story of the entire Eastern European Jewish community that arrived in Montreal, its world travels, and the many links between European, North American and Quebecois history. This book’s great triumph is the way it shines new light on the history of pluralism in Quebec.

Pierre AnctilPierre Anctil is full professor of the Department of History at the University of Ottawa, where he teaches contemporary Canadian history. He has published many books, including Fais ce que dois, 60 éditoriaux pour comprendre Le Devoir sous Henri Bourassa, 1910-1932 (Septentrion), Trajectoires juives au Québec (Presses de l’Université Laval) and, in collaboration with Howard Adelman, the edited volume Religion, Culture, and the State: Reflections on the Bouchard-Taylor Report (University of Toronto Press).

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Prix du Canada en sciences sociales 2014

Hugues Théorêt
Les chemises bleues : Adrien Arcand, journaliste antisémite canadien-français
Éditions du Septentrion

Les chemises bleues : Adrien Arcand, journaliste antisémite canadien-françaisJury’s citation: In his book Les chemises bleues, Hugues Théorêt tackles a very serious subject – the life of Adrien Arcand, an intellectual and militant anti-Semite between 1930 and 1960 – while avoiding two potential pitfalls. It would be very easy to accuse, to be offended, to condemn, but this would impede true scholarly study and make understanding impossible. Conversely, Théorêt could have offered a cold, detached examination of the facts, devoid of all sentiment, but that would risk relativizing the story, or making it mundane. A conscientious researcher, Théorêt avoids both extremes and keeps his sights firmly on history, producing a patient, nuanced, humanist, and contextualized narrative. Without a trace of sterile polemic, overinterpretation or an overly personal position, this book is an invaluable resource for understanding, from a Quebecois and Canadian perspective, a phenomenon that recurs throughout human history and that is not confined to Europe: hate speech.

Hugues ThéorêtBorn in 1969 in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Hugues Théorêt holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in history. Journalist, publicist and intergovernmental affairs advisor, he has also worked on a series of television documentaries about the history of Canada. In parallel, he edits a journal on Outaouais history and gives lectures on facism and anti-Semitism in Canada. He is currently engaged in doctoral studies in history at the University of Ottawa.

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Finalists for the 2014 Canada Prizes

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2014 Canada Prizes. This year’s finalists are:

Canada Prize in the Humanities

Canada Prize in the Social Sciences

Prix du Canada en sciences humaines

Prix du Canada en sciences sociales

The winners of the 2014 Canada Prizes will be announced at the beginning of May and the prizes, each valued at $2,500, will be presented at the awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at York University's Glendon College in Toronto. The awards ceremony will feature keynote remarks by Michael Adams, President of Environics and a member of the jury. 


2014 Canada Prizes Jury

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to announce the jury members for the 2014 Canada Prizes.

Jury members for the 2014 Canada Prize in the Humanities

Internationally recognized as an outstanding scholar of Canadian visual culture, François-Marc Gagnon is the founding director and distinguished research fellow of the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art at Concordia University. His critical edition of The Codex Canadensis and the Writings of Louis Nicolas (2011) won the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize and the 2013 Canada Prize in the Humanities. His critical biography of Paul-Émile Borduas (1978) won the Governor General's Literary Award. He is a member of the Order of Canada and was recently awarded the medal of the Académie des lettres du Québec for his body of work and his exceptional contribution to the intellectual life of Québec.

Linda Hutcheon, University Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature, University of Toronto, is a specialist in postmodern culture and critical theory, on which she has published 9 books. She is guilty of having indulged in interdisciplinary work on opera with Michael Hutcheon, M.D., Professor Emeritus of Medicine, University of Toronto, on the intersection of medical and cultural history. The recipient of major fellowships, awards, and honorary degrees, in 2000 she was elected the 117th President of the Modern Language Association of America, the third Canadian and the first Canadian woman to hold this position.

Andrew Rippin is Professor Emeritus of Islamic History at the University of Victoria. He is the author of numerous books, among which are The Qur’an and its interpretative tradition (2001) and the text-book Muslims, their religious beliefs and practices (originally published in 1990, now in its fourth edition, 2012). He is also well known for his edited volumes, among which are The Qur’an: Style and Contents (2001) and The Blackwell Companion to the Qur’an (2006). He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Jury members for the 2014 Canada Prize in the Social Sciences

Michael Adams is President of the non-profit Environics Institute for Survey Research and the Environics group of research and communications consulting companies. He is the author of six books, including Sex in the Snow: Canadian Social Values at the End of the Millennium (1997) and Fire and Ice: The United States, Canada and the Myth of Converging Values (2003), which won the Donner Prize and was selected by the Literary Review of Canada as one of the 100 most important Canadian books. He is the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Letters from Ryerson University in Toronto.

Gregory Kealey is Professor of History and former Provost and Vice-President Research of the University of New Brunswick. He is the founding editor of the journal Labour/Le Travail, as well as the author of five books and the editor of over 30 others. His most recent book, Secret Service, co-authored with Reg Whitaker and Andrew Parnaby, won the 2013 Canada Prize in the Social Sciences and received an honourable mention for the Governor General’s History Award for Scholarly Research (Sir John A. Macdonald Prize). He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Society of Canada.

Janice Gross Stein is the Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management in the Department of Political Science and the Director of the Munk School for Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and an Honorary Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2001, she delivered the CBC Massey Lecture, published as The Cult of Efficiency (2002). She was awarded the Molson Prize by the Canada Council for an outstanding contribution by a social scientist to public debate. She is the recipient of numerous Honorary Doctorates of Laws and is a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario.

Jury members for the Prix du Canada en sciences humaines 2014

Lise Bissonnette is a writer, journalist, editor, analyst and administrator. From 1990 to 1998, she ran and successfully relaunched the newspaper Le Devoir, where she had spent the majority of her carrier as a journalist. She founded the Grande Bibliothèque du Québec, and she was instrumental in its merger with the Bibliothèque nationale du Québec and the Archives nationales du Québec. She is the author of several novels and works of non-fiction. She holds nine honorary doctorates, and is an officer of the Ordre national du Québec and of the Légion d’honneur de France. She is the chair of the board of the Université du Québec à Montréal.

Thomas De Koninck is a full professor of the faculty of philosophy at the Université Laval. A renowned expert in Greek philosophy, ethics and the philosophy of education, he is the author of several books, including De la dignité humaine (1995), for which he was awarded the Prix La Bruyère by the Académie Française, and Questions ultimes (2012), which won the Canadian Philosophical Association’s Biennial Book Prize. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a member of the Order of Canada.

Michel Nareau is associate professor at Figura-UQAM and adjunct professor of the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston. In 2012, Le Quartanier published his book Double jeu. Baseball et littératures américaines, for which he won the Prix du Canada en sciences humaines. He recently edited an issue of the journal Voix et Images on the works of Michael Delisle. He is also the literary critic for Nuit blanche and the editor of the Cahiers Victor-Lévy Beaulieu.

Jury members for the Prix du Canada en sciences sociales 2014

Renée Dupuis is a bilingual lawyer and jurist. Vice-president of the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse, she is an experts in human rights, aboriginal rights and administrative law. She has acted as a lawyer for many First Nations groups in Quebec and Canada, and as a consultant on aboriginal issues to the governments of Quebec and Canada. She is the author of several volumes, articles and lectures, including the book Quel Canada pour les Autochtones? La fin de l’exclusion (2001), which won the Governor General’s Literary Award.

Xavier Gélinas is curator, Canadian political history, at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau. He served as the museum’s lead curator for the permanent exhibition Face to Face: The Canadian Personalities Hall from 2003 to 2012 and he was the curator of the temporary exhibition A Queen and her Country (2012-2013). He is the author of La droite intellectuelle québécoise et la Révolution tranquille (2007) and he co-edited, with Lucia Ferretti, Duplessis, son milieu, son époque (2010). From 2002 to 2009, he was co-editor of the journal MENS: Revue d’histoire intellectuelle et culturelle.

Nicolas Vonarx is associate professor and director of the doctoral program in community health at the faculty of nursing of the Université Laval. Trained as a nurse in France, he has a doctorate in anthropology and is interested in sickness, healing, medicine and the experiences of people confronted by major health events. He is the author of Haïti: pour ne pas oublier (2010) and Le vodou Haïtien : entre médecine, magie et religion (2012), which won the Prix du Canada en sciences sociales 2013 and the Prix Paul Vigné D’Octon 2012.

 

 

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