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Media Release: Changes to the Canada Prizes announced and 2017 nominations open

 

OTTAWA, August 10, 2016 – The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to announce changes to the Canada Prizes in 2017. Having just celebrated the 25th anniversary of these prestigious prizes, the number of prizes will change from four to two, and the value of each prize will double. 

In 2017, two prizes of $5,000 will be awarded:

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

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 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.

“These changes are a reflection of the inherent interdisciplinarity of the humanities and social sciences and will support the cross-pollination between our disciplines that is integral to understanding who we are as a society,” said Stephen J. Toope, President of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

The call for nominations for the 2017 Canada Prizes is now open, and will close on September 30, 2016. Publishers have been contacted directly with an invitation to nominate their eligible books. The juries will be announced in the fall and a long list will be shared publicly in early 2017. The finalists and winners will be announced in spring 2017, and an awards ceremony will be held during the 2017 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at Ryerson University.

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About the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences promotes research and teaching for the advancement of an inclusive, democratic and prosperous society. With a membership now comprising over 160 universities, colleges and scholarly associations, the Federation represents a diverse community of 91,000 researchers and graduate students across Canada. The Federation organizes Canada’s largest academic gathering, the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, bringing together more than 8,000 participants each year. For more information about the Federation, visit www.ideas-idees.ca.

Media inquiries
Nicola Katz
Communications Manager
Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
Cell: 613-282-3489
nkatz@ideas-idees.ca