ASPP and Canada Prizes

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 poilcy, 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.

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.

2018 Canada Prizes

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Jury members
Call for Nominations

Latest news

The winners of the 2018 Canada Prizes have been announced! See the list of this year’s winners below and find out more in our media kit.

The winners were honored during the 2018 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Regina at a special event on Tuesday, May 29.

Watch the video of the Canada Prizes 2018 Awards Ceremony or watch the interview video with winner Elsbeth Heaman and the interview video with winner Alex Gagnon.

See media coverage of the winners on CBC Books and in University Affairs magazine and listen to Alex Gagnon talk about his winning book on Radio-Canada.    

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2018 Canada Prizes Winners

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Canada Prizes.

This year’s winners are:

Canada Prize in the Humanities and Social Sciences

E.A. Heaman
Tax, Order, and Good Government: A New Political History of Canada, 1867-1917
McGill-Queen’s University Press

Jury’s citation: In Tax, Order and Good Government: A New Political History of Canada, 1867-1917, Elsbeth Heaman provides a path-breaking history of Canadian taxation from Confederation up until the introduction of the progressive income tax. With wonderfully detailed examples and stories, she shows how battles over taxation were embroiled in broader struggles over poverty and the inequitable distribution of wealth. Her fascinating and engagingly written book shows that taxation is where political, social, economic, and cultural history intersect. All Canadians interested in the history and growth of the nation will want to read this meticulously researched and captivating analysis.


Elsbeth Heaman studied history at the University of Victoria, McGill University, and the University of Toronto. She has worked at Imperial College, Queen’s University, and, since 2003, at McGill, where she is associate professor of history and classical studies, and the current director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada. Heaman works broadly on topics of social, political, and medical history. Recent books, A Short History of the State in Canada (UTP 2015) and Tax, Order, and Good Government: A New Political History, 1867-1917 (MQUP 2017), both write state formation, political economy, and social history more squarely into classic Canadian political history. She is beginning new work on consent and civilization.

Photo: Owen Egan

Read more about this book on our blog.

Prix du Canada en sciences humaines et sociales

Alex Gagnon
La communauté du dehors. Imaginaire social et crimes célèbres au Québec (XIXe-XXe siècle)
Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal

Jury’s citation: Magnificently written, rigorous, and relevant to our media age, La communauté du dehors. Imaginaire social et crimes célèbres au Québec (XIXe-XXe siècle) reads like a novel, with a story that draws the reader into the history of our societies, of the ways in which our society writes its own history, and above all, a history of the stories we tell ourselves. Starting from tabloid coverage of Quebec’s most famous criminal cases of the past two centuries, Alex Gagnon lays out a simple and elegant demonstration of how journalistic accounts engage with imagined representations that define the community just as much as they reflect it. Proceeding with methodical precision, he integrates literary analysis, anthropology and history to read much more out of these archived documents than mere crime reports: they are the mirror of a society that defines itself by constructing and naming imaginary enemies. A passionate demonstration of the role and operation of exclusion in establishing social and cultural cohesion.

With a Ph.D. in French-language literature from the Université de Montréal, where he has also worked as a lecturer, Alex Gagnon has completed a postdoctoral fellowship at UQÀM and is currently starting a second at the Department of French Language and Literature at McGill University. Based on his doctoral thesis, his book entitled La communauté du dehors. Imaginaire social et crimes célèbres au Québec (XIXe – XXe siècle) has won 5 other awards since it was published, including the Gabrielle Roy Award and the Jean-Éthier-Blais Award. As an essayist, Alex Gagnon has also published a collection of essays on contemporary society and culture (published in 2017 by Del Busso Éditeur), entitled Nouvelles obscurités. Lectures du contemporain (Alphonse Desjardins Award).

Read more about this book on our blog.

Congratulations to the winners!

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2018 Canada Prizes Finalists

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2018 Canada Prizes. 

This year’s finalists are:

Canada Prize in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Prix du Canada en sciences humaines et sociales

Congratulations to all the finalists!

2018 Canada Prizes jury

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to announce the jury members for the 2018 Canada Prizes.

Jury members for the Canada Prize in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Chair: Patricia Demers researches and teaches in the areas of early modern women's writing; Elizabethan and Jacobean drama; 17th-century poetry;18th-century novels; biblical literature; children's literature; and contemporary women's writing. She was awarded the University Cup in 2005 and the CAUT Sarah Shorten Award in 2008. She has served as Department Chair (1995-98) and Vice-President of SSHRC (1998-2002); she is the Past President of The Royal Society of Canada (2005-07). She was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 and was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 2016.

Recent publications include The Beginning of Print Culture in Athabasca Country: A Facsimile Edition and Translation of a Prayer Book in Cree Syllabics (ed. and co-trans, 2010), Travels and Tales of Miriam Green Ellis: Pioneer Journalist of the Canadian West (ed., 2013), and an annotated edition of Lady Anne Cooke Bacon's Translation of Bishop John Jewel's Apologia Ecclesiae Anglicanae (2016). She chaired the Royal Society expert panel and its subsequent report, The Future Now: Canada's Libraries, Archives, and Public Memory (2014).

Eric Helleiner is Professor in the Department of Political Science and Balsillie School of International Affairs at the University of Waterloo. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and has received the Trudeau Foundation Fellows Prize, the Donner Book Prize, the Symons Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Canadian Political Science Association Prize in International Relations, and the Francesco Guicciardini Prize for Best Book in Historical International Relations. In addition to publishing over 100 journal articles and chapters, he has authored and edited eleven books, of which the most recent is Governing the World’s Biggest Market: The Politics of Derivatives Markets After the 2008 Crisis (Oxford University Press, 2018), co-edited with Stefano Pagliari and Irene Spagna. He is also presently co-editor with Jonathan Kirshner of the book series Cornell Studies in Money.

Arthur J. Ray, Professor Emeritus, UBC, is an historical geographer who writes extensively about native people, aboriginal claims, and the Canadian fur trade. His recent publications include: Aboriginal Rights Claims and the Making and Remaking of History (2016), Telling It To the Judge (2011), An Illustrated History of Canada’s Native People (4th edition 2016). He is editor of Life and Death by the Frozen Sea: The York Fort Journals of Hudson’s Bay Captain James Knight, 1714-17 (forthcoming 2018) with the Champlain Society.

For over twenty-five years he also served as an expert witness in First Nations land and treaty rights cases and Métis rights litigation, including the landmark cases of Horseman v. the Regina (1990), (treaty rights), Delgamuukw v. British Columbia, (1997) (aboriginal title), and Regina v. Powley (2003) (Métis rights).


Nancy Turner is an ethnobotanist and ethnoecologist whose research focuses on traditional knowledge systems and traditional land and resource management systems of Indigenous Peoples of western Canada. She is a 2015 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellow and Professor Emerita with the School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria, BC. She has worked with First Nations elders and cultural specialists in northwestern North America for over 45 years, helping to document, retain and promote their traditional knowledge of plants and environments, including Indigenous foods, materials and traditional medicines. Her two-volume book, Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge: Ethnobotany and Ecological Wisdom of Indigenous Peoples of Northwestern North America (2014, McGill-Queen’s University Press), represents an integration of her long term research.

Jury members for the Prix du Canada en sciences humaines et sociales 

Chair: Pierre Anctil is a full professor in the Department of History at the University of Ottawa, where he teaches contemporary Canadian history. He was awarded the 2014 Prix du Canada en sciences humaines for Jacob-Isaac Segal (1896–1954) : un poète yiddish de Montréal et son milieu (2012). He has written numerous books on the Jewish experience in Quebec, including Les Juifs de Québec, 400 ans d'histoire (2015) with co-author Simon Jacobs.


Trained in France before she came to Canada in 1995, Hélène Cazes holds a fellowship in classics and a doctorate of letters. She has taught French and humanities at the University of Victoria since 2001 and has directed the Medieval Studies program there since 2013. Her recent publications have touched on the history of medicine, discourse on friendship and bibliographical methods. She has been a member of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences since 1999, and has served as the president and secretary of the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies and the Association des Professeur.e.s de français des universités et collèges canadiens (association of Canadian college and university teachers of French).

Lucie Lamarche has a PhD in International Law from the Faculty of Law at the Université libre de Bruxelles (free university of Brussels) and a Jean Monnet Fellowship from the European University Institute. She was awarded the Mérite Christine-Tourigny prize for social justice from the Bar of Quebec in 2002 and the Mérite CSQ award from the Centrale des syndicats du Québec (Quebec’s central trade union office) in 2006. More recently, she was awarded the Prix Acfas Pierre-Dansereau by the Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas – the francophone association for the advancement of science) in 2016. She has been a member of the Royal Society of Canada since 2014 and the Bar of Quebec since 1978.

A professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) since 1982, Lucie Lamarche has also taught at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, where she directed the Human Rights Research and Education Centre from 2007 to 2013 as the Gordon F. Henderson Chair in Human Rights.

Lucie Lamarche recently co-edited La multiplication des normes et des recours en droit du travail : quelles conséquences pour la mobilisation ? Actes de la XVIème Journée en droit social et du travail de l’UQAM (the proliferation of standards and recourse in labour law: what consequences for mobilization? acts of UQAM’s 16th seminar on social and labour laws), Thomson Reuters – Éditions Yvon Blais, 2016; Women’s Rights to Social Security and Social Protection, Hart Publishing, 2014; and 14 Good Reasons for Human Rights Institutions in Canada, Irwin Law, 2014.

Lucie Lamarche teaches international and regional economic and social human rights law, international women’s rights law, social and labour law, and social security law.

Gordon Mace received the 2008 ISA Canada Distinguished Scholar Award and is a professor emeritus at the Department of Political Science at Université Laval. He directed Études internationales, the international studies journal, from 2000 to 2011 and the Centre d’études interaméricaines (inter-American studies centre) from 2002 to 2004. His scientific accomplishments include some 15 books and more than 100 articles and book chapters.

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Call for Nominations

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences is no longer accepting nominations for the 2018 Canada Prizes in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The nomination period generally takes place from the September to October each year.  

Eligibility and Submission Process

Books eligible for the 2018 prizes received funding from the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP) between August 1, 2016 and July 31, 2017. A list of eligible books is available here. Translations and critical editions are not eligible.

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.

All nominated titles will be forwarded to the jury, who will select the finalists and the winner.

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