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Finalists for Canada Prizes announced

MONTREAL, March 28, 2014 – The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2014 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.

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.

“The humanities and social sciences permeate all facets of our lives. The impressive list of finalists for this year’s Canada Prizes demonstrates just how diverse the humanities and social sciences really are,” said Antonia Maioni, president of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. “These 14 books explore manifold topics that help define who we are as individuals, as communities and as a country. The Federation is honoured to play a role in raising their profile to the Canadian public.”

This year’s finalists are:

Canada Prize in the Humanities

  • Dimitry Anastakis, Autonomous State: The Struggle for a Canadian Car Industry from OPEC to Free Trade (University of Toronto Press)
  • Bruce Curtis, Ruling by Schooling Quebec: Conquest to Liberal Governmentality - A Historical Sociology (University of Toronto Press)
  • Sandra Djwa, Journey With No Maps: A Life of P.K. Page (McGill-Queen's University Press)
  • Patrick Grant, Imperfection (Athabasca University Press)
  • Kirsty Johnston, Stage Turns: Canadian Disability Theatre (McGill-Queen's University Press)


Canada Prize in the Social Sciences

  • Christopher Armstrong and H.V. Nelles, Wilderness and Waterpower: How Banff National Park Became a Hydroelectric Storage Reservoir (University of Calgary Press)
  • Rowland Lorimer, Ultra Libris: Policy, Technology, and the Creative Economy of Book Publishing in Canada (ECW Press)
  • David E. Smith, Across the Aisle: Opposition in Canadian Politics (University of Toronto Press)


Prix du Canada en sciences humaines

  • Pierre Anctil, Jacob-Isaac Segal, 1896-1954 Un poète yiddish de Montréal et son milieu (Presses de l'Université Laval)
  • Martine Béland, Kulturkritik et philosophie thérapeutique chez le jeune Nietzsche (Presses de l'Université de Montréal)
  • Marie-Josée Fortier, Les jardins d'agrément en Nouvelle-France : Étude historique et cartographique (Éditions GID)


Prix du Canada en sciences sociales

  • Suzanne Laurin, L'échiquier de Mirabel (Éditions du Boréal)
  • Hugues Théorêt, Les chemises bleues : Adrien Arcand, journaliste antisémite canadien-français (Éditions du Septentrion)
  • Marie-Claude Thifault, L'incontournable caste des femmes : Histoire des services de santé au Québec et au Canada (Presses de l'Université d'Ottawa)


The four winners of the 2014 Canada Prizes will be announced at the beginning of May and the prizes, each valued at $2,500, will be presented at the awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at York University's Glendon College in Toronto. The awards ceremony will be open to the media and will feature keynote remarks by Michael Adams, President of Environics and a member of the jury.   




Media inquiries:

Nicola Katz
Manager of Communications
Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
613-238-6112, ext. 351

About the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences works to promote the value of research and learning in the humanities and social sciences. Created in 1996, its membership comprises 82 scholarly associations, 80 institutions and six affiliate organizations, representing 85,000 researchers, educators and students across Canada. For more information about the Federation, visit