Canada Prizes

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 winning books 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

2016 Canada Prizes

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Jury
Call for submissions


Latest news

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to announce the jury members for the 2016 Canada Prizes.

The finalists will be announced in early March and the winners will be announced in early April. The winners will be celebrated at an awards ceremony to be held at the 2016 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

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2016 Canada Prizes jury

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to announce the jury members for the 2016 Canada Prizes.

Jury members for the 2016 Canada Prize in the Humanities

Bronwyn Drainie is a cultural journalist who has worked widely in Canadian broadcasting, newspapers and magazines. In the 1970s she hosted CBC-Radio’s “Sunday Morning”, in the 80s and 90s she had a cultural affairs column in the Globe and Mail, and from 2003 to 2015 she was the editor of the Literary Review of Canada.

Stephen Henighan is Professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Guelph. He has published extensively on the literatures of Spanish America, Lusophone Africa and English Canada. His recent books include A Report on the Afterlife of Culture, A Green Reef: The Impact of Climate Change and Sandino's Nation: Ernesto Cardenal and Sergio Ramírez Writing Nicaragua, 1940-2012, for which he was named a finalist for the 2015 Canada Prize in the Humanities.

Ronald Rudin is a Professor of History and Co-Director of the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling at Concordia University. The author of numerous books, most recently the award-winning Remembering and Forgetting in Acadie, he has also been recognized for his documentary films and multimedia websites. Academic Convenor for the 2010 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, his research has been supported by a fellowship from the Trudeau Foundation. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Jury members for the 2016 Canada Prize in the Social Sciences

Michael Asch is a professor of anthropology at the University of Victoria and a professor emeritus at the University of Alberta. In 2001, his contributions to the field of applied anthropology were honoured by Canadian Anthropology Society with the Weaver-Tremblay award. He has served as President of the Canadian Anthropological Society, Senior Research Associate for Anthropology on the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples and as Director of the Dene/Metis Mapping Project. He is currently a member of the board of advisors of Smithsonian Folkways Records.  He is the author of many books, including Home and Native Land, Aboriginal and Treaty Rights in Canada and, most recently, On Being Here to Stay, for which he won the 2015 Canada Prize in the Social Sciences.

Joseph Heath is Professor in the Department of Philosophy and the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto. A fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Trudeau Foundation, Heath is the author of several books, both popular and academic. His most recent, Morality, Competition and the Firm, is a collection of papers on business ethics and the normative foundations of market economies. He is also the author of Enlightenment 2.0, which won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing in 2015.

Linda Kealey is Professor Emerita of the Department of History at the University of New Brunswick. Her most recent research and publications have focused on health care history in Canada and particularly the role of women as nurses, as well as the experiences of domestic servants in 20th century Newfoundland. Previous research included Canadian women’s work and women’s involvement in labour and socialist politics in the twentieth century. It also reflects her involvement in the women’s movement since the late 1960s. She was also the Academic Convenor of the 2011 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Jury members for the Prix du Canada en sciences humaines 2016

Yves Frenette is professor and holder of the Canada Research Chair Migrations, transferts et communautés francophones at the Université de Saint-Boniface. Frenette is the author of two books and more than one hundred chapters and articles, in addition to having edited or co-edited fifteen books. His historical atlas La francophonie nord-américaine (co-edited with Étienne Rivard and Marc-Saint-Hilaire) won the Institut d'histoire de l'Amérique française's Prix de l’Assemblée nationale du Québec. Frenette is also a member of the Royal Society of Canada.

Yan Hamel is a professor at TÉLUQ (Université du Québec) where he develops multimedia distance learning courses on Québec culture and literature. He is the author of La bataille des mémoires. La Seconde Guerre mondiale et le roman français and L’Amérique selon Sartre, for which he won the 2015 Prix du Canada en sciences humaines. Yan Hamel was president of the North American Sartre Society and is a member of the board of directors of the Groupe d’études sartriennes.

Monique Régimbald-Zeiber lives and works in Montreal. She was a professor of the school of visual and media arts at the Université du Québec à Montréal from 1992 to 2012. She was Vice-Dean of Research and Creation of the faculty of arts at UQAM from 2010-2013. An artist, over the past twenty years she has developed an approach that questions the construction of the gaze and of history, particularly as it relates to women. Her works are part of many collections, including those of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and the gallery at UQAM. In 1996, she founded with Louise Déry, director of the UQAM gallery, the publishing house Éditions «les petits carnets».

Jury members for the Prix du Canada en sciences sociales 2016

Daniel Béland holds the Canada Research Chair in Public Policy at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan. A specialist of fiscal and social policy, he has published 14 books and more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals. From 2010 to 2013 he was Co-Chair (Social Sciences) of the Academic Council of the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program.

Founding member and director of Équiterre, Steven Guilbeault is involved in environmental issues, particularly those that relate to climate change. Over the past twenty years he has worked for Greenpeace Canada, Greenpeace International, Deloitte and Touche, as well as reporting for many news outlets. In 2009 he published his first book, Alerte! Le Québec à l’heure des changements climatiques, about his experience of international climate negotiations. In 2012, the Université de Montréal awarded him the Médaille de l’Université for his career achievements. His second book, Le prochain virage, written with François Tanguay, was published in 2014.

Dominique Perron is a retired professor of Québec studies at the University of Calgary, where she taught from 1990 to 2015.  She is the author of Le nouveau roman de l’énergie nationale : Analyse des discours promotionnels d’Hydro-Québec de 1964 à 1997, which was shortlisted for the Prix Raymond-Klibansky in 2006. Her most recent book L’Alberta Autophage : Identités, mythes et discours du pétrole dans l’Ouest canadien, was a finalist for the 2013 Governor General's Prize for Non-Fiction and won the 2015 Prix du Canada en sciences sociales.

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Call for Submissions

Eligibility and Submission Process

Books eligible for the 2016 Canada Prizes received funding from the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP) between August 1, 2014 and July 31, 2015. A list of eligible books is available here.

The publishers of these books have been contacted via email and asked to nominate books of their choice. They may nominate a specified number of books from their list of eligible titles.

A book may only be nominated for one prize. The publisher must indicate in a cover letter the prize for which prize each book is being nominated.

Nominations must be received by September 25, 2015. Publishers must send three (3) copies of each nominated book, along with a cover letter, to the Federation by this date.

A jury of prominent public intellectuals, distinguished scholars and past winners is established annually by the Federation for each prize. All nominated titles will be forwarded to the appropriate jury, who will select the finalists and the winner based on the Prizes’ purpose to recognize books that make an exceptional contribution to scholarship, are engagingly written, and enrich the social, cultural and intellectual life of Canada.

Questions? Email aspp-paes@ideas-idees.ca

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