Award to Scholarly Publications Program

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;...

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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....

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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...

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Indigenous knowledge points the way to sustainability, says author

Nancy Turner says the knowledge accumulated over thousands of years by indigenous peoples shows it’s possible to develop a sustainable approach to the use of natural resources. That knowledge, she says, allowed people to survive and thrive through climate change events as important as the end of the last ice age.

Turner, an ethnobotanist, has won the 2016 Canada Prize in the Social Sciences for her two-volume study of the knowledge of plants possessed by indigenous peoples in northwestern North America. The prize is awarded by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Entitled Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge: Ethnobotany and Ecological Wisdom of Indigenous Peoples of Northwestern North America, Turner’s book examines the relationship between people and...

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Food and Power: When the elites tell us what to eat


Food, says Caroline Durand, brings together a number of different aspects of human life, such as health, science, relations between the sexes, social relations and our relationship to nature. Food is therefore an interesting prism through which to examine humans.

In her book Nourrir la machine humaine : Nutrition et alimentation au Québec, 1860-1945, Durand paints the portrait of a society in which the people with power try to impose their values through food. The book has won the 2016 Canada Prize in the Humanities awarded by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

The period Durand studies roughly covers Quebec’ industrialisation and the massive movement of people from the countryside to the cities. At the same time, people were beginning to...

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Teens and sexy outfits: Taking a second look at the issue ‘hypersexualization’ of fashion

About a decade ago, singer Britney Spears set off a storm of controversy when teenage girls started imitating her ‘sexy’ style of dress.

Caroline Caron, a professor in the Department of Social Sciences at the Université du Québec en Outaouais, has taken a second look at the issue in a new book that attempts to deconstruct the debate – in part by hearing what teenage girls have to say about it.

Her book Vues, mais non entendues : Les adolescentes québécoises et l’hypersexualisation has won the 2016 Canada Prize in the Social Sciences.

Caron says that there never was a proper debate around the issue of teenage girls imitating Britney Spears’ style of dress, because at the time everyone seemed to agree that it was a bad thing....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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