ASPP and Canada Prizes
Awards to Scholarly Publications Program
The Federation is the administrator of the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP), a competitive funding program designed to assist with the publication of scholarly books. Under the program’s mandate to support books of advanced scholarship in the humanities and social sciences that make an important contribution to knowledge, the ASPP contributes 1.5 million dollars to the dissemination of Canadian research annually and has supported the publication of over 7,000 books.
The Federation supports Open Access and has established a policy to actively promote and facilitate Open Access publishing of ASPP-funded books. The policy, adopted as of April 1, 2015, is based on the following principles:
- The Federation supports Open Access; and
- A dynamic Canadian scholarly publishing sector continues to be of utmost importance to the dissemination of Canadian research.
The policy states that the Federation will actively promote and facilitate Open Access publishing of ASPP-funded books.
You missed meeting publishers in person last spring during Expo at Congress? You had time to work on a manuscript during the pandemic and now you want to know what your next steps should be? You want to learn more about funding available to publish scholarly monographs in the HSS?
Join us for a virtual panel hosted by the Federation in collaboration with the Association of Canadian University Presses (ACUP).
Publishing a scholarly book is a critical career achievement for scholars in the humanities and social sciences, and is often required for tenure and promotion. Come and hear from acquiring editors and marketing specialists from some of Canada’s top scholarly presses, who will offer their valuable advice for getting your book published and into bookstores, libraries and classrooms.
Josée Dallaire, Program Officer, ASPP, Federation for the Humanities and Social Science
Glenn Bergen, Managing Editor, University of Manitoba Press
Jonathan Crago, Editor in Chief, McGill-Queen’s University Press
Cathie Crooks, Associate Director / Manager Planning & Operations, University of Alberta Press
Date & Time: Friday, Feb 12 2021 12:00 to 1:30 PM (Eastern)
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.
Canada Prize in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Wendy Wickwire, At the Bridge: James Teit and an Anthropology of Belonging (UBC Press)
Prix du Canada en sciences humaines et sociales
Michel Bouchard, Guillaume Marcotte, and Sébastien Malette. Les Bois-Brûlés de l’Outaouais: une étude ethnoculturelle des Métis de la Gatineau. (Presses de l’Université Laval)
This year’s finalists are:
Canada Prize in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Edward Anthony Koning, Immigration & the Politics of Welfare Exclusion: Selective Solidarity in Western Democracies (U of T Press)
Kent McNeil, Flawed Precedent: The St. Catherine’s Case and Aboriginal Title (UBC Press)
Raymond B. Blake & Melvin Baker, Where Once They Stood: Newfoundland’s Rocky Road towards Confederation (U of Regina Press)
- Andrea Katherine Medovarski, Settling Down and Settling Up: The Second Generation in Black Canadian and Black British Women’s Writing (U of T Press)
Prix du Canada en sciences humaines et sociales
Vincent Charles Lambert and Karine Cellard. Espaces critiques: écrire sur la littérature et les autres arts au Québec (1920-1960) (Presses de l’Université Laval)
Isabelle Kirouac Massicotte. Des mines littéraires: l’imaginaire minier dans les littératures de l’Abitibi et du Nord de l’Ontario. (Éditions Prise de parole)
Dave Noël. Montcalm, général américain. (Éditions du Boréal)
- Thierry Nootens. Genre, patrimoine et droit civil: les femmes mariées de la bourgeoisie québécoise en procès, 1900-1930. ( McGill-Queen’s University Press)
The Federation entrusts the selection of the Canada Prizes to a jury selected from past Canada Prizes winners, including prominent scholars and university leaders.
The jurors for the 2020 Canada Prize (English prize) are:
Professor of Political Science
University of Waterloo
Department of History
The University of British Columbia
Senior Advisor Equity Diversity and Inclusion
Professor of History
Wilfrid Laurier University
Office of the Provost and Vice President (Academic)
The jurors for the Prix du Canada 2020 (French prize) are:
Marion Froger (Chair)
Professeure agrégée, Département d'histoire de l'art et d'études cinématographiques, Université de Montréal
Directrice, revue Intermédialités
Nathalie Des Rosiers
UOttawa Faculty of Law
Principal of Massey College, University of Toronto
Professeur, Département de sciences humaines, arts et communication
Thomas De Koninck
Membre de l’Ordre du Canada, et de la Société Royale du Canada
Membre correspondant de l’Institut (Académie des Sciences morales et politiques), et Officier de l’Ordre des Palmes académiques de France
Professeur émérite, Faculté de philosophie, Université Laval
Titulaire de la Chaire « La philosophie dans le monde actuel »
What are the Canada Prizes?
The Canada Prizes are awarded annually to books in the humanities and social sciences that have received funding from the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP.) Finalists and winners are chosen by an independent jury of scholars. The winning books make an exceptional contribution to scholarship, are engagingly written, and enrich the social, cultural and intellectual life of Canada.
What books are eligible?
All eligible books have received funding from the Federation’s Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP), which provides financial support for the publication and translation of books of advanced scholarship in the humanities and social sciences that make an important contribution to knowledge.
How many prizes are awarded?
Every year, two prizes are awarded:
- Canada Prize in the Humanities and Social Sciences (English)
- Prix du Canada en sciences humaines et sociales (French)
How are winners selected?
Eligible books are first nominated by their publishers. Then two independent juries, one Anglophone and one Francophone, each assess about 45 nominated books before selecting finalists and winners.
Who are the jurors?
Juries are composed of four members, typically including past winners and finalists and other respected scholars and academic leaders. Jurors are selected from disciplines across the humanities and social sciences. The Federation strives to achieve gender equity and balance among regions and institutions; and to support diversity and, whenever possible, ensure participation by Black, Indigenous, and other racialized scholars.
Where can I find a list of past Canada Prizes winners?
A complete list of past winners is available here: www.ideas-idees.ca/events/canada-prizes/archives
Prix du Canada 2020
Winner: Michel Bouchard, Sébastien Malette et Guillaume Marcotte, Les Bois-Brûlés de l'Outaouais - Une étude ethnoculturelle des Métis de la Gatineau (Presses de l’Université Laval)
Who selected the Prix du Canada 2020?
The Prix du Canada 2020 was selected by an independent jury of prominent Francophone scholars.
While noting the book’s controversial subject matter, the jury called it “a thorough investigation” and said its findings were “extremely enlightening.”
According to the Jury:
The study of the Métis of western Quebec by authors Bouchard, Malette and Marcotte is an extremely thorough investigation into a little-known “Métis identity phenomenon.” It relates the untold story of the Bois-Brûlés of the Gatineau Valley who have ties of kinship with the Red River and Great Lakes Métis (whose history is known), sharing the same lifestyle and culture, a similar sense of belonging and a common awareness of identity. The authors acknowledge that the subject is controversial, but the findings of their ethnohistorical investigation are extremely enlightening with respect to several distinctive aspects of this community: a syncretic culture that combines elements borrowed from Indigenous and European cultures; an intergenerationally fluid identity; and transmission of a cultural identity that is unconnected to a notion of ethnic “purity,” based on a specific social structure (associated with the fur trade) and land occupancy (hunting practices), kinship ties, political demands, and noted clusters (around missions or in response to stated borders).
The authors' analysis of the documentary sources was painstaking. Their conceptual framework is carefully defined, and each stage is based on a transparent methodology. The challenge was a sizable one: reconstructing the full presence of a historical community in the Maniwaki area whose invisible existence could only be traced by cross-referencing some often stigmatizing statements, reports from a variety of sources, correspondence, frequently exclusionary policies, spoken memories and genealogical research. An exemplary and meticulous work.
Another reviewer said: “There have been sharp debates about Métis identity in many parts of Canada. Bois-Brûlés enters this field through its strong scholarly commitment to archival and ethnographic evidence. It adds further nuance and subtlety to these debates and sheds significant light on a contested field.”(John Borrows, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law, University of Victoria Law School
Source: www.ubcpress.ca/bois-brules )
Following the jury’s decision, we have spoken with scholars who have deep concerns and criticisms with this book, including Métis scholars. We have gained a much greater appreciation of the concerns about Indigenous self-identification, and we commit to learning more about them and to making sure that the views of Indigenous peoples are effectively represented in all our activities going forward, including the Canada Prizes. We welcome opportunities to better understand and discuss those perspectives.
Does the Federation endorse the claims made by the authors of the book?
No, it does not. The prizewinner was selected by an independent jury of francophone scholars, and the views expressed by the authors are their own.
Prior to continuing plans for next year’s prize, we will fully review the program and make all necessary changes to support reconciliation, better address anti-Black racism, and more fully imbed the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion in the Canada Prize – Prix du Canada. Read our statement.
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