Robert C.H. Sweeny, professor of history at Memorial University of Newfoundland, is the winner of the Canadian Historical Association’s (CHA) top prize for academic history writing.
Sweeny’s book, Why Did We Choose to Industrialize? Montreal 1819–1849, published by Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press in 2015, was named the winner of the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize at the CHA’s awards ceremony held in Calgary on May 31, 2016.
The association described Sweeny’s work as “a model of intellectual engagement, one that offers valuable reflections on the meaning of Canadian history and how it should be pursued from this point forward.” Sweeny’s examination of mid-nineteenth-century Montreal illuminates how the decisions made by tens of thousands of people in that city led to what industrialized Montreal would look like a few decades later.
The award will be presented at Rideau Hall in Ottawa this fall at the annual ceremony for the Governor General’s History Awards for Excellence in Teaching and comes with a $5,000 prize. There were four other academics shortlisted for the Macdonald Prize:
Caroline Durand, Nourrir la machine humaine. Nutrition et alimentation au Québec, 1860–1945. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015.
Craig Heron, Lunch-Bucket Lives: Remaking the Workers’ City. Toronto: Between the Lines, 2015.
Michel Hogue, Metis and the Medicine Line: Creating a Border and Dividing a People. Regina, Saskatchewan, and Chapel Hill, North Carolina: University of Regina Press/University of North Carolina Press, 2015.
Douglas McCalla, Consumers in the Bush: Shopping in Rural Upper Canada. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015.
Prize winners in attendance at the 2016 Canadian Historical Association banquet.
The CHA also announced the winner of its other major annual prize. Selling Paris: Property and Commercial Culture in the Fin-de-siècle Capital by Alexia M. Yates won the Ferguson Prize for outstanding scholarly work in a field of history outside of Canadian history. The book was published by Harvard University Press in 2015.
A number of other awards were also handed out at the ceremony, including:
Prix Jean-Marie-Fecteau Prize for best article published in a peer-reviewed journal by a Ph.D. or Masters-level student in English or in French.
Winner: Daniel Ross, “‘Vive la vélorution !’: Le Monde à bicyclette et les origines du mouvement cycliste à Montréal, 1975–1980.” Bulletin d'histoire politique, Volume 23, No. 2, 2015.
Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, issues #1 and #2 Best Article Prize / Prix du meilleur article de la RSHC # 1 & 2
Winner: Francesca D’Amico, “‘The Mic Is My Piece’: Canadian Rap, the Gendered ‘Cool Pose’ and Music Industry Racialization and Regulation.” Volume 1, 2015.
Prix Bullen Prize honouring the outstanding Ph.D. thesis on a historical topic submitted in a Canadian university by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
Winner: Sarah Ghabrial, “Le Fiqh Francisé? Modernizing Personal Status Law in French Algeria, 1870–1930.”
(These annual awards are given for meritorious publications or for exceptional contributions by individuals or organizations to regional history).
Winner: Raymond B. Blake, Lions or Jellyfish: Newfoundland-Ottawa Relations since 1957. Toronto: UTP, 2015.
Winner: Amélie Bourbeau, Techniciens de l’organization Social. La Réorganisation de l’Assistance Catholique Privée a Montréal (1930–1974). Montréal/Kingston, McGill-Queen's University Press, 2015.
Winner: Craig Heron, Lunch Bucket Lives: Remaking the Worker’s City. Between the Lines, 2015.
Winner: Michel Hogue, Metis and the Medicine Line: Creating a Border and Dividing a People. University of Regina Press, 2015.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Winner: Hugh Dempsey.
Winner: Lisa Pasolli, Working Mothers and the Child Care Dilemma: A History of British Columbia’s Social Policy. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2015.
Lifetime Achievement Award:
Winner: Robin Fisher.
Winner: Emilie Cameron, Far Off Metal River: Inuit Lands, Settler Stories, and the Making of the Contemporary Arctic. UBC Press, 2015.
Albert B. Corey Prize
Winner: Robert MacDougall, The People's Network: The Political Economy of the Telephone in the Gilded Age, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015.
CHR Best Article Prize
Winner: Lisa Pasolli, “‘I ask you, Mr. Mitchell, is the emergency over?’ Debating Day Nurseries in the Second World War,” Canadian Historical Review 96, 1, March 2015.
Best Article Prize, Canadian Journal of History
Winner: Scott Johnston, “Boy Scouts and the British World: Autonomy within an Imperial Institution, 1908–1936”, Issue 51.1, 2016.
Social History Best Article Prize
Winner: Royden Loewen, “Competing Cosmologies: Reading Migration and Identity in an Ethno-religious Newspaper”, May 2015.
Canadian Committee on Labour History, Best Article Prize
Winner: Magda Fahrni, “Glimpsing Working-Class Childhood through the Laurier Palace Fire of 1927: The Ordinary, the Tragic, and the Historian’s Gaze,” The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth 8, 3, Fall 2015.
Eugene A. Forsey Prize For Graduate Work In Canadian Labour And Working-Class History
Winner: Jeremy Milloy, “‘If You Want Blood’: Violence at Work in the North American Auto Industry, 1960–1980.”
Canadian Committee on Migration, Ethnicity and Transnationalism Article Prize
Winner: Lisa Chilton, “Sex Scandals and Papist Plots: The Mid-Nineteenth-Century World of an Irish Nurse in Quebec.” A Journal of Women’s History, September 2015.
Media and Communication History Committee Article Prize
Winner: Laurie Laplanche, “Le Service des émissions féminines télévisées au réseau francophone de la Société Radio-Canada (1965–1982): une histoire du genre dans les organisations.” Journal of the Canadian Historical Association/|Revue de la Société historique du Canada Volume 26, no. 1, 2015.
Canadian Oral History Association Prize
Winner: Iaona Radu, Healing in Chisasibi
Aboriginal History Book Prize
Winner: Arthur Manuel and Grand Chief Ronald M. Derrickson, Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-up Call. Between the Lines, 2015.
Canadian Committee on the History of Sexuality/Le comité canadien de l’histoire de la sexualité, Best Article Prize
Winner: Nicholas Giguère, “De la revue Le Berdache (1979-82) au bulletin À propos (1986–87): grandeurs et misères de la presse gaie militante au Québec.” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada / Cahiers de la Société bibliographique du Canada Issue 52, no 2, 2014.
History of Children and Youth Group, Neil Sutherland Best Article Prize
Winner: Magda Fahrni, “Glimpsing Working-Class Childhood through the Laurier Palace Fire of 1927: The Ordinary, the Tragic, and the Historian's Gaze,” The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, Fall 2015.
Prix Hilda Neatby Prize, Canadian Committee on Women’s History Book Prize
Winner: Susanne. M. Klausen, Abortion Under Apartheid: Nationalism, Sexuality, and Women’s Reproductive Rights in South Africa. Oxford University Press, 2015.
Winner: Carmen J. Nielson, “Caricaturing Colonial Space: Indigenized, Feminized Bodies and Anglo-Canadian Identity, 1873–94,” The Canadian Historical Review, December 2015.
Winner: Louise Bienvenue et Guy Laperrière, “‘Sans elles, le collège ne serait pas ce qu’il est’ : Le travail des Petites Sœurs de la Sainte-Famille dans les collèges classiques au Québec.” Histoire sociale/Social History, Mai/May 2014.
Public History Prize
Political History Group Book Prize
Winner: Mark Kuhlberg In the Power of the Government: The Rise and Fall of Newsprint in Ontario, 1894–1932. Toronto: UTP, 2015.
Political History Group, Best Article in English
Winner: Lisa Pasolli, “‘I ask you, Mr. Mitchell, is the emergency over?’ Debating Day Nurseries in the Second World War” Canadian Historical Review March 2015.