CHA Prizes

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

    Yukari Takai, “Recrafting Marriage in Meji Hawai’i, 1885-1913”, Gender & History, 31, 3 (2019), 646-664.

    This carefully crafted article is a model for intersectional historical analysis of gender. Disrupting familiar accounts of migrant families and households, Takai traces the strategic deployment of marriage and divorce by rural emigrants from Japan as they set out across the Pacific world. Practices such as karifūfu (temporary marriages), wife sale, and divorce allowed Japanese migrants to simultaneously align with and evade prevailing ideological and legal norms of marriage and womanhood. In so doing, migrants expressed and practiced their own dynamic “moeurs, mentalité and gender relations,” writes Takai. These practices could be exploitative of women, as many “circulated as a human currency” in Japanese migratory networks dominated by men, but other women were able to gain a measure of independence through the flexibility of marriage and family. In all, Takai convincingly conveys the complex lives and difficult choices of people in motion.

2019 – Winner

  • Laurie K. Bertram

    Laurie K. Bertram, “‘Eskimo’ Immigrants and Colonial Soldiers: Icelandic Immigrants and the North-West Resistance, 1885”. Canadian Historical Review, Volume 99 Issue 1, Spring 2018, pp. 63-97.

    The committee found that Bertram’s article was an important and timely intervention on the topic of immigration and settler colonialism in Manitoba. This fascinating article complicates our understanding of the North-West Resistance, of ethnic involvement in colonialism, and of our understanding of ethnic relations more broadly. In particular, it asks how members of a marginalized and racialized ethnic group became active agents of the expanding Canadian state in the 1880s. By examining the role of Icelandic immigrants in a broader history of European settlement, this study challenges the common approach to group histories by showing how ethnic communities and the surrounding society interacted and transformed one another.

2018 – Winner

  • Eric M. Adams & Jordan Stanger-Ross

    Eric M. Adams & Jordan Stanger-Ross, « Promises of Law: The Unlawful Dispossession of Japanese Canadians ». Osgoode Hall Law Journal, 54:3 (Spring 2017).
    This article examines 'a largely forgotten legal promise’, and in doing so, it offers a rich analysis of the law, bureaucracy, and the archives as multi-vocal sites of contestation.  Exploring the promise and violation of the federal government’s protection of Japanese Canadians’ property during the Second World War, the authors outline both how the law can be used as a force of injustice and as a site of resistance.  The authors use an intriguing approach about aspiration and reality in discriminatory legal system. 

2017 – Winner

  • Laura Ishiguro

    Laura Ishiguro, “Growing Up and Grown Up … in Our Future City” : Discourses of Childhood and Settler Futurity in Colonial British Columbia. B.C. Studies, Summer 2016.

    In this fascinating article, Laura Ishiguro argues that children were essential to a “settler futurity” that was “the very foundation of settler colonialism”.   Illustrating how British child migrants to BC were essential to the colonial imagination of the future, Ishiguro weaves together multiple fields, including the history of migration, the history of settler colonialism and the history of childhood, to cast light on a previously neglected feature of BC history.  The article is methodologically and theoretically ambitious in its close and careful reading of some of the tentacles of imperialism as they spread through policies, practices, and lives of families.  Overall Ishiguro offers a sophisticated and suggestive analysis of the important role childhood played in colonial settlements and the imagining of the future of colonial space.

2016 – Winner

  • Lisa Chilton

    Lisa Chilton, "Sex Scandals and Papist Plots: The Mid-Nineteenth-Century World of an Irish Nurse in Quebec”. Journal of Women's History 27(3), September 2015.

    Taking the perspective that gossip and public scandal open a window into "social politics” of mid-nineteenth century Quebec, Chilton deftly traces the religious, class, national, and gendered tensions of empire through the life and career of nurse Jane Hamilton, an Irish immigrant to Canada in 1849 whose brief career at the Quebec Marine and Emigrant Hospital was marred by “petty rivalries”.  Chilton reveals the multiple influences of transnational forces within a specific workplace, providing a nuanced account of the connection between international contexts and individual lives. The grounding of this analysis in rich archival sources gives the article vivid and compelling detail that make it ideal for teaching the history of migration, ethnicity, and transnationalism.

2015 – Winner

  • Jordan Stanger-Ross

    Jordan Stanger-Ross, “Telling a Difficult Past” Kishizo Kimura’s Memoir of Entanglement in Racist Policy” BC Studies, no 181, Spring 2014.

    In this well-written and tightly argued article, Jordan Stanger-Ross tells the story of Kishizo Kimura, a Japanese Canadian who was involved in the liquidation of the property of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War. Through a close reading of Kimura’s unpublished memoir, Stanger-Ross explores this much-discussed period of Canadian history from a new angle, providing an intimate window into Japanese Canadian power brokerage and Kimura’s privileged position as a Japanese businessman and community organizer. The article serves to unfix stereotypes and blur the boundaries of history, nation, race, and ethnicity. Stanger-Ross offers an important reflection on history and memory, and tackles a difficult subject with nuance and grace.

2014 – Winner

  • Sean Mills

    Sean Mills, “Quebec, Haiti, and the Deportation Crisis of 1974” (Histoire sociale / Social History,94.3, September 2013).

    In “Quebec, Haiti and the Deportation Crisis of 1974,” published in the Canadian Historical Review, September 2013, Sean Mills offers us a lively account of the controversy that erupted in 1974 over the proposed deportation of hundreds of Haitian migrants who had expected to make the province their home. Meticulously researched and analytically sophisticated, the article weaves discussions of immigration policy, the host community’s perceptions of Haitian immigrants and the political activism of immigrants themselves (and their supporters) into a seamless whole. Drawing out the transnational connections between Haiti and Quebec, Mills’ article is an important contribution to our understanding of the history of migration, identity and politics in 1970s Quebec and Canada.

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