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.
Kassandra Luciuk. “More Dangerous Than Many a Pamphlet or Propaganda Book: the Ukrainian Canadian Left, Theatre, and Propaganda in the 1920s”. Labour / Le Travail 83 (Spring 2019), pp. 77-103.
Kassandra Luciuk’s article pulls together the left, labour, ethnicity, and cultural histories in this discussion of the Ukrainian Labour Farmer Temple Association’s theatre programme in the years of state repression following the First World War and the labour revolt of 1919. With fine detail and deep analysis, Luciuk engages in a meticulous reading of RCMP sources to describe several productions to show how drama was used to entertain, educate, and agitate large audiences.
François Dominic Laramée. “Migration and the French Colonial Atlantic as Imagined by the Periodical Press, 1740-61.” Journal of European Periodical Studies 4.1 (Summer 2019), pp. 78-98.
François Dominic Laramée employs data mining techniques to analyse mentions of American colonies in three French Periodicals in the mid-eighteenth century. Pulling data from 75,000 pages of text, Laramée shows that discussion of the Americas offered little incentive for French readers to move across the Atlantic (in contrast to would-be colonists from the British Isles, Spain, Portugal, or the Netherlands). The analysis, presented in text and six figures makes for an engaging and solid application of digital methods to historical research.
Edward Dunsworth, "Race, Exclusion, and Archival Silences in the Seasonal Migration of Tobacco Workers from the Southern United States to Ontario"
Edward Dunsworth’s article, "Race, Exclusion, and Archival Silences in the Seasonal Migration of Tobacco Workers from the Southern United States to Ontario," published in the Canadian Historical Review in Winter 2018, examines the movement of seasonal tobacco workers from the Southern United States to Ontario from the 1920s to the 1960s. The unstated, systematic hidden racism it uncovers in the official and unofficial Canadian responses to temporary migrant workers clearly sets out the operation and evolution of the colour barrier in twentieth-century Canada, and puts into question the narrative of Canadian tolerance (relative to the United States) and the purported elimination of race from Canadian immigration policies in the 1960s.
The committee was impressed by the elegance and sophistication of Dunsworth’s analysis, and by the methodological strengths of this paper in identifying different forms of archival silences and proposing a method for reading around them. By linking multiple archives on both sides of the border, the article modelled the ways a transnational approach challenges older interpretations. The committee noted as well the effective use of maps, photographs, and geo-spatial visualization techniques in the article: more than simply adjuncts to the discussion, these illustrations were well integrated into the author’s discussion and arguments. Dunsworth’s examination of the history and evolution of migrant worker programs in Canada provides highly relevant historical context for a phenomenon of ongoing contemporary significance in the Americas and beyond.
Julien Mauduit, « L’économie politique des patriotes, entre capitalisme et socialisme ». Bulletin d’histoire politique, volume 25, numéro 2, hiver 2017.
The jury for the Jean-Marie Fecteau Prize of the CHA unanimously decided to award the 2018 prize to Mr. Julien Mauduit for his article entitled “ L’économie politique des patriotes, entre capitalisme et socialisme”. Of the excellent papers received this year, Mauduit’s article stands out for its great quality and the innovative nature of its thesis. In Canadian and Quebec historiography, one can argue that few events in the 19th century have been studied as much as the Rebellions of 1837-1838. For generations of Francophone and Anglophone historians alike, the political economy of the Patriotes in Lower Canada has even become a historiographical and ideological battleground. Revisiting this subject with a new approach and meticulously documented research, Julien Mauduit demonstrates that far from being contradictory, the economic vision of the Patriotes was aligned with their republicanism and adherence to the liberalism of their time. By adopting a comparative approach that underlined the similarities between Upper and Lower Canadian Republicans, as well as their common fight for free trade and the abolition of monopolistic privileges, Mauduit makes a significant contribution to the history of the republican political movements that led to the uprising in both colonies.
Krista 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.
In 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.
Shropshire 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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