Award to Scholarly Publications Program

Looking back on three centuries of shared life in North America

In revisiting the mechanisms that led to the decimation and expropriation of the peoples of North America, authors Denys Delâge, a specialist on Indigenous peoples, and Jean-Philippe Warren, a specialist on French Canadian society, paint a portrait of the meeting between Indigenous nations and European empires and the resulting clash of cultures.

It took them some twenty years to interpret a few key dimensions and...

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The Trans Generation: How Trans Kids (and Their Parents) Are Creating a Gender Revolution

Guest blog by Ann Travers, Associate Professor of Sociology at Simon Fraser University

My research with and on behalf of trans and gender nonconforming kids brings my personal experience together with my scholarship in a particularly powerful way. I was a gender nonconforming kid and experienced very harsh gender policing. I now identify as trans non-binary and wish there had been more options when I was growing up. My own experience really influenced my efforts as a parent to keep people from imposing gender categories and norms on my own children. This often felt like a losing battle, as people and institutions are relentless when it comes to dividing children into girl and boy categories and attempting to restrict the...

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Anne of Tim Hortons: Globalization and the Reshaping of Atlantic-Canadian Literature

Jennifer Andrews, Professor, University of New Brunswick

The Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP) was founded in 1941. As part of the celebrations of the ASPP’s 75th anniversary in 2016, members of the ASPP’s Academic Council as well as other noted scholars will be contributing to the Bookmark it! blog series with reflections on important books that have received ASPP funding, exploring what...

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One Child Reading: My Auto-Bibliography

Margaret Mackey, Professor, University of Alberta

When I begin explaining my book One Child Reading to people, everybody asks the same question: “How do you remember all those things you read as a child?” It’s a reasonable point to raise. In collecting as many as possible of the books and other materials I encountered as a girl, I have acquired eleven 30-inch shelves of texts from my childhood: picturebooks, series books, and stand-alone novels; school textbooks; magazines for children and adults; cookbooks; knitting patterns; sheet music; Sunday-school leaflets; DVDs of television programs and movies; audio recordings of vinyl records and radio programs; scrapbooks, diaries, and an...

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De l’ordre et de l’aventure. La poésie au Québec de 1934 à 1944

François Dumont, professeur titulaire, Université Laval


Le Prix d’auteurs pour l’édition savante (PAES) a été créé en 1941. Dans le cadre des célébrations du 75e anniversaire du programme en 2016, les membres du Conseil scientifique du PAES ainsi que d’autres érudits réputés contribueront à la série de blogues Livres à vous! en évoquant des livres marquants qui ont bénéficié d’une subvention du PAES et qui ont tenu une grande place pour leur discipline ou pour eux personnellement en tant que chercheurs, enseignants ou étudiants.

Je me souviens...

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Powerful Quebec families’ influence still felt today: author

Quebec’s social elite worked for decades to impose its values on Quebec society, and was successful to the point where even public spaces like churches, cemeteries and parks still shape our behaviour, says a McGill University historian.

Brian Young is the author of Patrician Families and the Making of Quebec: The Taschereaus and McCords, which has won the 2016 Canada Prize in the Humanities awarded by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. The book follows two prominent families over the course of 150 years, from roughly 1780 to 1930.

The Taschereaus are French and Catholic; the McCords are English-speaking and Protestant. Both families followed a similar path: they parlayed important land holdings into money and influence, and worked hard to make sure each succeeding generation...

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Many Tender Ties: Women in Fur-Trade Society, 1670-1870


Jane Errington, Professor of History, Queen’s University

The Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP) was founded in 1941. As part of the celebrations of the ASPP’s 75th anniversary in 2016, members of the ASPP’s Academic Council will be contributing to the Bookmark it! blog series with reflections on important books that have received ASPP funding, exploring what those books have meant to their discipline, or to them personally as researchers, teachers or students.

I first encountered Sylvia Van Kirk’s...

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Replacing Misandry: A Revolutionary History of Men


Paul Nathanson, retired researcher, McGill University
Katherine Young, professor emeritus, McGill University

Writing about unpopular topics is no picnic. But then, original thinking is always risky. In this book we challenge conventional notions about men and, by doing so, also conventional notions about women. But each of us comes to this project from a distinctive personal background.

As a child, Paul was the gay target of schoolyard bullies, both boys and girls in equal measure. Today, parents would sue the school board or find some other school for a bullied child. In those days, no one did that. Besides, he was too ashamed of himself even to discuss the problem with them. Given a Jewish education that...

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The Decolonizing Poetics of Indigenous Literatures


Mareike Neuhaus, Independent scholar

Can Indigenous literature written in the language of the colonizer truly be considered Indigenous? In her ASPP-funded book The Decolonizing Poetics of Indigenous Literatures Mareike Neuhaus, a specialist in North American Indigenous literatures and Canadian literature, offers a fresh approach to this question. By uncovering holophrases--or traces of ancestral languages--in the writings of Indigenous authors, Neuhaus situates these works as part of a rich and diverse collection of Indigenous literatures that, though written in English, maintain their own traditions. In the following...

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De Marie de l’Incarnation à Nelly Arcan


Patricia Smart, Carleton University

Lorsque j’ai entrepris les recherches pour ce qui allait devenir De Marie de l’Incarnation à Nelly Arcan: se dire, se faire par l’écriture intime, je me proposais d’écrire une histoire de l’autobiographie féminine au Québec, des origines à nos jours. Mais j’ai vite découvert que je me trouvais devant un territoire vaste, mais plutôt désert. Car aucune autobiographie de femme n’avait été écrite ou publiée au Québec entre 1654, l’année où Marie de l’Incarnation a rédigé sa Relation spirituelle, et 1965, la date de...

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