CHA Prizes

CHA Prizes

As part of its mandate to promote and recognise excellence in historical research, the CHA awards a series of prizes. 


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The François-Xavier Garneau Medal

The François-Xavier Garneau Medal, awarded every five years, is the most prestigious of the CHA prizes. It honours an outstanding Canadian contribution to historical research.

 

2020 – Winner


  • Shirley Tillotson

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The CHA Best Scholarly Book in Canadian History Prize

The prize is given to the non-fiction work of Canadian history judged to have made the most significant contribution to an understanding of the Canadian past.

The CHA is proud to annonce the shortlisted book for 2021. The winner will be announced at the CHA AGM on 14 June.

Bohaker Dubois Gentile Luby Sager

Heidi BohakerDoodem and Council FireAnishinaabe Governance through Alliance (University of Toronto Press for The Osgoode Society, 2020)

Paul-André DuboisLire et écrire chez les Amérindiens de la Nouvelle-France (Les Presses de l’Université Laval, 2020)
 
Patrizia GentileQueen of the Maple Leaf: Beauty Contests and Settler Femininity (UBC Press, 2020)

Brittany LubyDammed: The Politics of Loss and Survival in Anishinaabe Territory (University of Manitoba Press, 2020

Eric W. SagerInequality in Canada: The History and Politics of an Idea (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2020)
 

2020 – Winner


  • Eric Reiter

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The Wallace K. Ferguson Prize

The Wallace K. Ferguson Prize recognises the outstanding scholarly book in a field of history other than Canadian history. 

The CHA is proud to announce the shortlisted books for 2021. The winner will be announced at the CHA AGM on 14 June.

Cleves Watson Monod PandeStratigoks

Rachel Hope ClevesUnspeakable: A Life Beyond Sexual Morality (U. of Chicago Press)

Katie Hindmarch-WatsonServing a Wired World: London's Telecommunications Workers and the Making of an Information Capital (U. of California Press)

David MonodVaudeville and the Making of Modern Entertainment, 1890-1925 (U. of North Carolina Press)

Ishita PandeSex, Law, and the Politics of Age: Child Marriage in India, 1891-1937 (Cambridge University Press)

Despina StratigakosHitler’s Northern Utopia: Building the New Order in Occupied Norway (Princeton University Press)

 

2020 – Winner


  • Wilson Chacko Jacob

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The Clio Prizes

The CHA awards its Clio Awards to the best books in regional history, as well as to individuals or historical societies who have made significant contributions to local and regional history.

The 2021 prize competition is now closed. The prize will be attributed at the CHA Annual Meeting in June 2021.

2020 – Winner


  • Bonnie Morgan, Marie-Eve Ouellet, Carl Benn, Esyllt W. Jones, Bill Waiser, Wendy Wickwire, Karen Routledge.

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The Albert B. Corey Prize

The biennial Albert B. Corey prize is jointly sponsored by the American Historical Association (AHA) and Canadian Historical Association (CHA) for the best book on the history of Canadian-American relations or the history of both countries. 

The 2022 prize will be administered by the AHA

 

2020 – Winner


  • Jamie Benidickson

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The John Bullen Prize

The John Bullen Prize honours the outstanding Ph.D. thesis on a historical topic submitted in a Canadian university.

The 2021 prize competition is now closed. The prize will be attributed at the CHA Annual Meeting in June 2021.

2020 – Winner


  • Crystal Fraser

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The CHA Journal Prize ( The best article from #1 and #2 issues)

The CHA Journal Prize is awarded every year for the best essay published each year in the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association. 

 

2020 – Winner


  • Jason Ellis

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The Jean-Marie Fecteau Prize

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 2021 prize competition is now closed. The prize will be attributed at the CHA Annual Meeting in June 2021.

2020 – Winner


  • Kassandra Luciuk

The CHA's Excellence in Teaching with Primary Sources Awards

This annual prize seeks to recognize post-secondary instructors teaching in any geographical, thematic, or temporal field in historical studies who have a record of excellence in emphasizing student engagement with primary sources in their courses in effective, critical, sustained, and, possibly, innovative ways. Effective teaching about the question of primary sources and how people today should contend with them are the central aspects of this award.

In the Spring of 2020, the CHA Teaching and Learning Committee awarded the first two teaching awards that responded to CHA members that have supported a greater recognition of teaching and learning among members.  We are happy to announce that nominations for the CHA Teaching Awards are open until 31 March, 2021.  These awards will be announced at the Annual Meeting of the CHA that will be online this year. The committee is also grateful to the CHA Council that has also added a monetary prize of $ 250 for each prize to the winners.

FOUR (4) winners will be chosen: two in the category of “Early or Alternative Career”: One in Canadian history and one in other than Canadian history and two in “Open Career State”: One in Canadian and one in other than Canadian history.

As indicated last year, we would like to emphasize that the awards are open to any post-secondary instructor teaching in any geographical, thematic, or temporal field in historical studies who has a record of excellence in emphasizing student engagement with primary sources in their courses. So not just full-time faculty, not just Canadianists, not just people teaching courses in and for history departments.  Please consider applying! The deadline for applications is March 31st and specific details can be found below and on the CHA Prizes website. 

We would very much like to introduce more teaching awards into the CHA Prize roster but those plans are contingent upon the success of these awards so please consider applying or bringing this to the attention of a colleague who you think deserves to be recognized for their teaching excellence.

The CHA’s Excellence in Teaching with Primary Sources Awards

These annual prizes seek to recognize post-secondary instructors teaching in any geographical, thematic, or temporal field in historical studies who have a record of excellence in emphasizing student engagement with primary sources in their courses in effective, critical, sustained, and, possibly, innovative ways. Effective teaching about the question of primary sources and how people today should contend with them are the central aspects of this award. 

·      Our definition of “primary sources” should be understood in the broadest terms and includes visual, aural, verbal, material, digital, and memorized or remembered items.

·      These prizes do not preclude the consideration of historiographical teaching (i.e./ approaching secondary and tertiary sources as primary sources).

·      These prizes do not preclude, and indeed encourage, pedagogy that fosters critical approaches to historical empiricism and “the archive” as embroiled in past and present political struggles.

FOUR (4) winners will be chosen: two in the category of “Early or Alternative Career”: One in Canadian history and one in other than Canadian history and two in “Open Career State”: One in Canadian and one in other than Canadian history.

Winners will be announced at the 2021 CHA Annual Meeting (at the Annual CHA Prize Ceremonies). The deadline for nomination packages will 31 March 2021.  Nomination packages must be sent to teachingblog@cha-shc.ca on or before the deadline.  For information about nomination package content and judging criteria, see below.

1) Early or Alternative Career Award

·      open to any post-secondary part-time or contract instructor, adjunct professor, or early career (0-5 year), untenured full-time instructor/professor who can

·      demonstrate excellence in teaching with primary sources across a minimum of THREE (3) courses (note: this includes the same course being taught three times, even if all three iterations happened in the same semester)

·      the courses do NOT have to be taught out of a history department but should feature an ongoing historical component to them

·      this category is not open to emeritus faculty

·      people can nominate themselves for this award or be nominated by a peer or department/unit chair 

·      nomination packages can be up to 15 pages long, exclusive of syllabi and the nomination cover page, and must be submitted as a single pdf file
  

Nomination packages may include (this list is not exhaustive or mandatory, just meant to offer examples):

·      a 500-word statement from the instructor outlining and explaining their approach to teaching with primary sources and the three courses (minimum) with which they are applying;

·      a letter of support from the department chair or other full-time faculty member in which the instructor has taught who has witnessed the instructor’s teaching with primary sources and can provide a detailed qualitative assessment of the instructor’s teaching effectiveness;

·      one or more course outlines/syllabi, complete with details of the number of people in the class, assigned readings, and the structure of assignments;

·      testimonies from students who were registered in one or more classes about the teaching effectiveness of the instructor, ideally focused on engagement with primary sources;

·      a detailed assignment from a syllabus that showcases primary source engagement and how this was assessed by the instructor;

·      a detailed lesson plan with a paragraph or more reflecting on the success of the plan

·      formal teaching evaluation reports, or information culled from them (note: this is not mandatory and the adjudicators will be made aware of the numerous critiques that exist about the validity of teaching evaluations)   

Adjudication criteria:

·      teaching how to be critical about primary source engagement

·      depth of focus on primary sources in specific sessions or with specific assignments

·      consistency of focus on primary sources throughout a course and/or throughout 3 courses

·      “focus on primary sources” can mean teaching about: “silences” in the archive, the range of sources available, where to find sources and how to work with them, historical or archival theory especially via specific primary source examples, and/or assignments that incorporate the critical use of primary sources

·      other criteria taken into consideration may include: ability to incorporate a focus on primary sources across a range of courses (i.e./ from low-enrollment seminars to high-enrollment survey courses); ability to teach about a range of types of sources; innovation (factoring in what this might mean for different types of courses); evidence of student satisfaction and teaching effectiveness; the incorporation of non-written, non-English, non-Western, non-modern sources in effective ways. 

Nomination packages can be up to 15 pages long, exclusive of syllabi and the nomination cover page, and must be submitted as a single pdf file. Packages should be emailed to teachingblog@cha-shc.ca.  

The due date for packages to be received is 31 March 2021. Winners will be announced at the 2021 CHA Annual Meeting. 

2) Open Career State Awards

·      open to any post-secondary instructor (part-time, full-time, contingent, untenured, tenured, emeritus, et cetera) who can demonstrate

·      a record of excellence in teaching with primary sources across at least SEVEN (7) courses, of which THREE (3) have to be entirely different courses

·      team-taught courses can count and, in instances where teams have been teaching for FIVE (5) or more courses, teams can apply for this award

·      the courses do NOT have to be taught out of a history department but should feature an ongoing historical component to them

·      people can nominate themselves for this award or be nominated by a peer or department/unit chair. 

·      nomination packages can be up to 25 pages long, exclusive of syllabi and the nomination cover page, and must be submitted as a single pdf file

Nomination packages may include (this list is not exhaustive or mandatory, just meant to offer examples):

·      a 500-word statement from the instructor outlining and explaining their approach to teaching with primary sources and the courses with which they are applying;

·      up to two letters of support from full-time faculty members in the department in which the instructor has taught who have witnessed the instructor’s teaching with primary sources and can provide a detailed qualitative assessment of the instructor’s teaching effectiveness;

·      three or more course outlines/syllabi, complete with details of the number of people in the class, assigned readings, and the structure of assignments;

·      testimonies from students who were registered in one or more classes about the teaching effectiveness of the instructor, ideally focused on engagement with primary sources;

·      a detailed assignment from a syllabus that showcases primary source engagement and how this was assessed by the instructor;

·      a detailed lesson plan with a paragraph or more reflecting on the success of the plan

·      formal teaching evaluation reports, or information culled from them (note: this is not mandatory and the adjudicators will be made aware of the numerous critiques that exist about the validity of teaching evaluations)  

Adjudication criteria:

·      teaching how to be critical about primary source engagement

·      depth of focus on primary sources in specific sessions or with specific assignments

·      consistency of focus on primary sources throughout a course and/or throughout 7 courses

·      “focus on primary sources” can mean teaching about: “silences” in the archive, the range of sources available, where to find sources and how to work with them, historical or archival theory especially via specific primary source examples, and/or assignments that incorporate the critical use of primary sources

·      other criteria taken into consideration may include: ability to incorporate a focus on primary sources across a range of courses (i.e./ from low-enrollment seminars to high-enrollment survey courses); ability to teach about a range of types of sources; innovation (factoring in what this might mean for different types of courses); ability to teach about primary sources to different levels (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th-year, MA, PhD; taking into consideration how not all instructors have access to graduate teaching); evidence of student satisfaction and teaching effectiveness; the incorporation of non-written, non-English, non-Western, non-modern sources in effective ways. 

Nomination packages can be up to 25 pages long, exclusive of syllabi and the nomination cover page, and must be submitted as a single pdf file. Packages should be emailed to teachingblog@cha-shc.ca.   

The due date for packages to be received is 31 March 2021. Winners will be announced at the 2021 CHA Annual Meeting.

 

2020 – Winner


  • 2020

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The Indigenous History Book Prize

The Indigenous History Group, a committee affiliated with the Canadian Historical Association, is pleased to offer a prize for the best book in aboriginal history.

 The 2021 prize competition is now closed. The prize will be attributed at the CHA Annual Meeting in June 2021.

2020 – Winner


  • Sarah Nickel

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The Indigenous History Best Article Prize

The Indigenous History Group, a committee affiliated with the Canadian Historical Association, is pleased to offer a prize for the best article in aboriginal history.

The 2021 prize competition is now closed. The prize will be attributed at the CHA Annual Meeting in June 2021.

2020 – Winner


  • Madeline Whetung & Krista McCracken

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The Canadian Committee on Women's and Gender History English-Language Book Prize

The CCWH English-Language Book Prize in Women's and Gender History is awarded every two years to the best book published in the field in the previous two years, in English. Books in Canadian history are eligible for the prize. Books in other national fields are also eligible for the prize, provided that their authors live and work in Canada. 

 

2020 – Winner


  • Valerie Korinek

The Canadian Committee on Women's and Gender History French-Language Book Prize

The CCWGH French-Language Book Prize in Women's and Gender History is awarded every two years to the best book published in the field in the previous two years, in English. Books in Canadian history are eligible for the prize. Books in other national fields are also eligible for the prize, provided that their authors live and work in Canada. 

2020 – Winner


  • Marie-Andrée Lamontagne

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The Hilda Neatby Prize - English Article

The purpose of the Hilda Neatby Prize in Women's and Gender History, awarded since 1982 by the Canadian Committee in Women's History at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, is to encourage the publication of scholarly articles on women's and gender history. 

 

The 2021 prize competition is now closed. The prize will be attributed at the CHA Annual Meeting in June 2021.

2020 – Winner


  • Ashleigh Androsoff

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The Hilda Neatby Prize - French Article

The purpose of the Hilda Neatby Prize in Women's and Gender History, awarded since 1982 by the Canadian Committee in Women's History at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, is to encourage the publication of scholarly articles on women's and gender history. 

The 2021 prize competition is now closed. The prize will be attributed at the CHA Annual Meeting in June 2021.

2020 – Winner


  • Marilou Tanguay

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Best Book in Political History Prize 

The prize is awarded for an outstanding, well-written book judged to have made an original, significant, and meritorious contribution to the field of Canadian political history.

The 2021 prize competition is now closed. The prize will be attributed at the CHA Annual Meeting in June 2021.

 

2020 – Winner


  • Tina Loo

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Political History Prize - Best Article (English Language)

The Political History Group (PHG), a committee affiliated with the Canadian Historical Association, is pleased to offer a prize for the best article in Canadian political history.

2020 – Winner


  • Jacqueline Briggs

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Political History Prize - Best Article (French Language)

The Political History Group (PHG), a committee affiliated with the Canadian Historical Association, is pleased to offer a prize for the best article in Canadian political history.

 

2019 – Winner


  • Paul-Étienne Rainville

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Public History Prize

The award recognizes work that achieves high standards of original research, scholarship, and presentation; brings an innovative public history contribution to its audience; and serves as a model for future work, advancing the field of public history in Canada

The Public History Group of the Canadian Historical Association invites nominations for the 11th annual Public History Prize, to be awarded in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association in June 2021. The award will recognize work that brings an innovative public history contribution to its audience and that will serve as a model for future work, advancing the field of public history in Canada.

Nominations are invited for public history projects that explore historical topics and the nature of public history. Projects produced in 2020 are eligible for consideration for the prize and may fall under any of the following areas of assessment:

1/ Outreach: public histories that engage audiences and facilitate engagement with the past, including participatory experiences, community-based research and/or work intended to document or commemorate a community, person, group or event. 

2/ Practice: works that expand the practice, understanding and/or intellectual terrain of public history, including projects or material created for public history practitioners. This may also include programs related to public history training. 

3/ Products and Projects: public history projects created for the public to consume, such as exhibitions (digital or physical), apps or visual art. Works beyond the field of Canadian History are welcome. All residents of Canada, or Canadian citizens living outside Canada, are eligible. The prize may be awarded to individuals or to groups of historians where the principal is a Canadian resident or citizen.

The deadline for receipt of nominations is 15 April 2021. To apply, please include only the following:

1) A one-page letter addressed to the Committee that outlines how the project fits under one (or more) of the criteria for the prize, and includes information about the scope of the project, its intended audience and the outcomes of the project(s).

2) A sample of the work that illustrates the scope of the project, and/or demonstrates the planning and/or outcomes identified in the letter. This sample may also include links to a digital repository with more content related to the project(s). If applicants are unsure about what to include in the sample, please do not hesitate to contact the Committee at the email below for more guidance.

Please submit electronically as one file (letter and sample) to the email provided below. Also use that email to direct any questions about the application process. Please use the subject line: “CHA Public History Prize Nomination 2020.” You will receive a confirmation email to notify you the nomination has been received and is complete. 

If that is not possible, please send three (3) hard copies of the application to the address below. Please note that there are currently regular interruptions to mail service on Carleton University’s campus due to pandemic restrictions and so electronic submissions are strongly encouraged.

CHA Public History Prize Committee
Carleton Centre for Public History
Attn: Dr. John C. Walsh
400 Paterson Hall
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6 | pubhist@gmail.com 

Jury Chair:  Dr. Jenny Ellison (Canadian Museum of History)

 

2020 – Winner


  • Know History, Refugee Boulevard, Canadian War Museum

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The Eugene A. Forsey Prize

The Canadian Committee on Labour History is proud to award a prize for the best thesis on labour history.

The 2021 prize competition is now closed. The prize will be attributed at the CHA Annual Meeting in June 2021.

2020 – Winner


  • Edward Dunsworth

The Eugene Forsey Undergraduate Prize

The Canadian Committee on Labour History is proud to award a prize for the best thesis on labour history written by undergraduate students.

The 2021 prize competition is now closed. The prize will be attributed at the CHA Annual Meeting in June 2021.

2016 – Winner


  • Camille Blanchard-Séguin

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Best Article Prize in Labour History

The prize recognizes the best article in labour history.

 

2020 – Winner


  • Sonya Roy

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The Neil Sutherland Article Prize

This award honours the pioneering work of Canadian historian Neil Sutherland in the history of children and youth by recognizing outstanding contributions to the field. The prize is given out on a biennial basis under the auspices of the History of Children and Youth Group of the Canadian Historical Association.

 

 

 

2020 – Winner


  • Katie Barclay

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Canadian Committee on Migration, Ethnicity and Transnationalism Article Prize

The CCMET Article Prize acknowledges scholarly articles and book chapters, in English and French, judged to have made an original, significant, and meritorious contribution to the historical study of migration and ethnicity. The winners receive a certificate of achievement and their names are published on the Canadian Historical Association website. A monetary award will be given, pending the results of the fundraising campaign. The prize will be awarded annually by the Canadian Committee on Migration, Ethnicity and Transnationalism of the Canadian Historical Association.

 

2020 – Winner


  • Yukari Takai

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Prize for Best article on the history of Sexuality

The CCHS prize is designed to recognize excellence in and encourage the growth of scholarly work in the field of the history of sexuality in Canada.Prize for Best article on the history of Sexuality.

 

2020 – Winner


  • Ele Chenier

Business History Book Prize

The biennial prize is awarded to the book that offers the best exploration of Canadian business history.

The 2021 prize competition is now closed. The prize will be attributed at the CHA Annual Meeting in June 2021.

2019 – Winner


  • Michael Stamm

Best Scholarly Article in Canadian Business History

The 2021 CBHA/ACHA Award for Best Scholarly Article in Canadian Business History.

The 2021 prize competition is now closed. The prize will be attributed at the CHA Annual Meeting in June 2021.

 


Network in Canadian History and Environment Prize for Best Article or Book Chapter

This new prize is awarded every other year for meritorious publications that make important and innovative contributions to the field of Canadian environmental history, broadly conceived. This prize was generously sponsored by a donation from founding NiCHE Director, Alan MacEachern.

The 2021 prize competition is now closed. The prize will be attributed at the CHA Annual Meeting in June 2021.


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The Canadian Oral History Association (COHA) Prize

The Canadian Oral History Association (COHA) Prize is awarded to an outstanding example of oral history practice.

2018 – Winner


  • Kristina R. Llewellyn & Nicholas Ng-A-Foo

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Media and Communication History Committee Prize

The Media and Communication History Article Prize was awarded to a graduate student. The committee that awarded the prize suspended its operations in 2019.

2016 – Winner


  • Laurie Laplanche

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