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2023 Recipient of the Governor General's History Award for Scholarly Research
The Canadian Historical Association (CHA) has announced Lianne C. Leddy as the 2023 recipient of the Governor General’s History Award for Scholarly Research for her book Serpent River Resurgence: Confronting Uranium Mining at Elliot Lake published by University of Toronto Press in 2022.
The award is presented annually by the CHA to the non-fiction work of Canadian history judged to have made the most significant contribution to an understanding of the Canadian past.
This year’s announcement ceremony took place at York University in Toronto as part of the 2023 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Four other academics were shortlisted for the Scholarly Research prize (in alphabetical order):
- Catherine Carstairs, The Smile Gap: A History of Oral health and Social Inequality. Mc-Gill Queen’s University Press, 2022.
- François-Olivier Dorais, L’école historique de Québec: une histoire intellectuelle. Boréal, 2022.
- Steven High, Deindustrializing Montreal: Entangled Histories of Race, Residence, and Class. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2022.
- Catherine Anne Wilson, Being Neighbours: Cooperative Work and Rural Culture, 1830 – 1960. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2022.
The CHA announced the winner of its other major annual prize: The Wolf King. Ibn Mardanish and the Construction of Power in al-Andalus by Abigail Krasner Balbale won the Ferguson Prize for outstanding scholarly work in a field of history outside of Canadian history.
Numerous other awards were announced at the CHA ceremony, including:
CHR Best Article Prize
Winner: Nathan Ince, “As Long as that Fire Burned’: Indigenous Warriors and Political Order in Upper Canada, 1837-42”. Volume 103, no.3 (September 2022: 384-407)
The Canadian Historical Review's Best Article Prize is awarded to the best article published in the journal in the previous volume year, as selected by the Advisory Board and the editors.
Canadian Committee on Labor History
Best Article Prize
Winner: Cameron Willis, “‘If You Want Anything, You Have to Fight for It’: Prisoner Strikes at Kingston Penitentiary, 1932-1935,” Labour/Le Travail 89 (Spring 2022): 89-145.
Eugene A. Forsey Prize For Undergraduate Student Dissertation Prize
Winner: Katharine Ritcher, "The Criminalization of Unemployment Strikes in Depression-Era Nova Scotia, 1931-1936," dissertation, Dalhousie University.
Eugene A. Forsey Graduate Student Dissertation Prize
Winner: Benoit Marsan, « « L’heure des pétitions est passée, il faut des actes » : les sans-travail et la protestation au Québec durent l’entre-deux-guerres (1919-1939) ». Dissertation doctorale, UQÀM.
Canadian Committee on Migration, Ethnicity and Transnationalism Article Prize
Winner: Kassandra Luciuk, “‘They Will Crack Heads When the Communist Line is Expounded’ : Anti-Communist Violence in Cold War Canada”. Labour/Le Travail 90 (Fall 2022): 149-78.
Best Article or Book Chapter Prize of the Network in Canadian History & Environment
Winners: Colleen Campbell & Tina Loo, “Making Tracks: A Grizzly and Entangled History” in Traces of the Animal Past: Methodological Challenges in Animal History, ed. Jennifer Bonnell and Sean Kheraj. University of Calgary Press, 2022: 235-268.
Canadian Committee on Women’s and Gender History
Hilda Neatby Prize
Winners of the English Language Article:
Joan K. F. Heggie and Sarah Carter, “Miss Jack May, Lady Farmer in England and Canada” Women's History Review, 21 Oct 2022.
Political History Group
Winner: Fernand Harvey, Histoire des politiques culturelles au Québec, 1855-1976 (Septentrion, 2022)
Canadian Business History Association
Best Article Prize
Winner: Matthew J. Bellamy, “Business Against Drunk Driving: The Neoliberal State, Labatt Brewery, and the Creation of the ‘Responsible Drinker’”, Enterprise & Society (2022), 1-24.
Best Book Prize
Winner: Daniel Robinson, Cigarette Nation: Business, Health, and Canadian Smokers, 1930-1975 (McGill Queens University Press, 2022).
Public History Group Prize
Best Project Prize
Winner: Mary Jane Logan McCallum, The Manitoba Indigenous Tuberculosis History Project.
Indigenous History Prize
Best Book Prize
Lianne C. Leddy, Serpent River Resurgence: Confronting Uranium Mining at Elliot Lake (Toronto: UTP).
Annette W. de Stecher, Wendat Women’s Arts (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2022).
John Bullen Prize
Honours the outstanding Ph.D. thesis on a historical topic submitted in a Canadian university by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
Winner: Alison MacAulay, “Filming History: Visual Representations of Rwanda, 1916-2014” PhD dissertation, University of Toronto, 2022.
CHA Teaching Awards
Early or Alternative Career Award - Canadian History
Winner: Rebecca Beausaert
Early or Alternative Career Award – Other than Canadian History
Winner: Katherine Bruce-Lockhart
Open State Career Award - Canadian History
Winner: David Webster
Open Career State Award, other than Canadian History
Winner: Kevin Coleman
For meritorious publications or for exceptional contributions by individuals or organizations to regional history.
Winner: Harvey Amani Whitfield, Biographical Dictionary of Enslaved Black People in the Maritimes. University of Toronto Press, 2022.
Winner: Steven High, Deindustrializing Montreal.Entangled Histories of Race, Residence, and Class. McGill-Queen’s University Press.
Winner: Lianne C. Leddy, Serpent River Resurgence: Confronting Uranium Mining at Elliot Lake. University of Toronto Press.
Winner: Susan Dianne Brophy, A Legacy of Exploitation: Early Capitalism in the Red River Colony, 1763-1821. University of British Columbia Press.
Winner: Sean Carleton, Lessons in Legitimacy: Colonialism, Capitalism, and the Rise of State Schooling in British Columbia. University of British Columbia Press.
Winners: Carol Payne, Beth Greenhorn, Deborah Kigjugalik Webster, and Christina Williamson, eds. Atiqput: Inuit Oral History and Project Naming. McGill-Queen’s University Press.
Wallace K. Ferguson Prize
Awarded to outstanding scholarly book in a field of history other than Canadian history.
Short list in alphabetical order
Abigail Krasner Balbale, The Wolf King. Ibn Mardanish and the Construction of Power in al-Andalus. Cornell University Press.
Sebastian Huebel, Fighter, Worker, and Family Man: German-Jewish Men and Their Gendered Experiences in Nazi Germany, 1933–1941. University of Toronto Press.
Sarah Shortall, Soldiers of God in a Secular World. Catholic Theology and Twentieth-Century French Politics. Harvard University Press.
Daviken Studnicki-Gizbert, The Three Deaths of Cerro de San Pedro. Four Centuries of Extractivism in a Small Mexican Mining Town. University of North Carolina Press.
Aaron Windel, Cooperative Rule: Community Development in Britain's Late Empire. University of California Press.
Winner: Abigail Krasner Balbale, The Wolf King. Ibn Mardanish and the Construction of Power in al-Andalus. Cornell University Press.