CHA Student Prize


The prize is awarded for the best article published in a peer-reviewed journal (including peer-reviewed student journals) by a PhD of MA-level student, in French or in English.

The Canadian Historical Association is pleased to announce the 2019 Jean-Marie Fecteau Prize competition. The prize, in the amount of $250, will be awarded for the best article published by a PhD or MA-level student in a peer-reviewed journal (including peer-reviewed student journals) or edited collection, in French or in English. 

The award will be given on June 4, 2019 at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association that will take place at the University of British Columbia. 

Students are encouraged to send only ONE complete submission to each jury member listed below on or before December 31, 2018. The article must present a historical perspective and contribute to scholarship in a subfield such as: political history, social history, the history of art, economic history, cultural history, etc. Geographically, it can focus on Canada or another territory or collectivity.  

Each complete submission must include the following: 

1) an email with the subject heading “Jean-Marie Fecteau Prize Submission 2019”

2) full bibliographic information for the article in the body of the e-mail submission

3) an electronic copy of the article published in a scholarly journal or an edited collection (published between January 1stand December 31st2018 or in 2017 if not previously submitted); 

4)A letter from the author's thesis supervisor or department, or graduate chair indicating the author was a registered student at the time of submission of the article.

Jennifer Bonnell (présidente)                                   Mathieu Arsenault

York University                                                           York University                                            


Alan Gordon                                                                   Nancy Janovicek (non-voting)

University of Guelph                                                   University of Calgary                                 




Julien Mauduit, « L’économie politique des patriotes, entre capitalisme et socialisme ». Bulletin d’histoire politique, volume 25, numéro 2, hiver 2017.











kbarclay[1]_copy.jpgKrista Barclay, “From Rupert’s Land to Canada West: Hudson’s Bay Company Families and Representations of Indigeneity in Small-Town Ontario, 1840–1980”. Journal of the Canadian Historical Association / Revue de la Société historique du Canada 26, 1 (2015): 67-97.

Krista Barclay’s article uses both archival and family-based sources to contest community-based recollections of Indigenous heritage that rely more on myth than reality. Barclay draws on family heirlooms to highlight the role of Indigenous women within families in Ontario who have been made invisible in the community by acts of forgetting, both deliberate and incidental. Barclay’s seamless integration of the historiography with her archival and familial research shows a deft hand in both writing and relating history to the people it most affects. Her critiques of how commemoration can lose sight of the complications that Indigenous women and their children needed to navigate within settler-colonial society are especially cogent and relevant in the lead-up to Canada 150.



Daniel Ross, « "Vive la vélorution !" : Le Monde à bicyclette et les origines du mouvement cycliste à Montréal, 1975-1980 ». Bulletin d'histoire politique, vol. 23, n° 2, 2015.

daniel_ross.jpgIn his article on citizen mobilisations in Montreal, Ross maintains that the bicycle is a tool of resistance and political mobilization. Attentive to the political context of the 1970s at the municipal level, the author discusses the various reactions of the actors (politicians, activists, journalists) towards this mode of transportation and towards public transit in general.





Sarah Shropshire, “What’s a guy to do?: Contraceptive responsibility, confronting masculinity and the history of vasectomy in Canada.”  CMBH 31(2) 2014: 161-82.

jm_fecteau_winner_photo.jpgShropshire offers an interesting reading of the history of contraception in Canada from the male perspective. At a time when paternity is constantly changing, vasectomy is gaining importance. The author provides a concise but illuminating history of vasectomy in Canada, tracing the evolution of the procedure and the discourse of masculinity developed around it. She also demonstrates the central role of the medical profession in the definition and delivery of service. This allows her to bring together different historiographies, most notably the history of medicine and gender.  In the end, she argues that despite increasing openness to the procedure, the discourse now used to convince men to get the procedure still replicates ages-old hegemonic masculinity typology. 




Alexandre Turgeon, « “Toé, tais-toé!” et la Grande Noirceur duplessiste. Genèse d’un mythistoire ». Histoire Sociale / Social History Vol. XLVI, no 92 (Novembre / November 2013).


Alexandre Turgeon's “’Toé, tais-toé’ et la Grande noirceur duplessiste. Genèse d’un mythistoire,” is a fascinating exploration of the genesis and perpetuation of myths, exemplified by the equally fascinating story of a media outburst by Maurice Duplessis…which never actually happened. For Turgeon, the famed ‘Toé, tais-toé’ is a story about the interplay between reality and fiction. Through a close reading of the press, and in particular the work of caricaturist Robert La Palme, the author traces how the phrase took hold of the public imagination because it symbolized perfectly the perceived crude and authoritarian character of Duplessis and his regime. Turgeon’s well-crafted analysis of myth making advances our knowledge of the role played by the media in shaping public understandings of power during the Duplessis era. His micro historical approach successfully illustrates the “va-et-vient” between history and fiction and the process of elaboration of what he refers to as a mythistoire.

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