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Historians’ Corner – June 2023

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On May 29, CHA members L.K. Bertram (left; University of Toronto) and Ryan Eyford (right; University of Winnipeg) attended a state dinner at Rideau Hall in honour of the President of Iceland, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson (centre) and the First Lady of Iceland, Eliza Reid (who is a Canadian and originally from Ottawa).  The President was a professor of modern Icelandic history at the University of Iceland prior to his election in 2016.




On March 17, 2023, Cecilia Morgan was interviewed for The End of Tourism podcast about her work on the history of Indigenous travel.  Here are the links: 



The British Columbia Historical Federation has announced the finalists for the 2022 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Historical Writing: John Adams (Chinese Victoria: A Long and Difficult Journey); Sean Carleton (Lessons in Legitimacy: Colonialism, Capitalism and the Rise of State Schooling in British Columbia); Robin Fisher (Wilson Duff: Coming Back, A Life); Derek Hayes (Incredible Crossings: The History and Art of the Bridges, Tunnels and Inland Ferries that Connect British Columbia); Satwinder Kaur Bains and Balbir Gurm, eds (A Social History of South Asians in British Columbia); Gaadgas Nora Bellis and Jenny Nelson (So You Girls Remember That: Memories of a Haida Elder); and David Rossiter and Patricia Burke Wood (Unstable Properties: Aboriginal Title and the Claim of British Columbia).




Historic Perspective of the COVID-19 Pandemic
UM Researcher, Esyllt Jones, Leads New International Postpandemic Recovery Project





Harvey Amani Whitfield (University of Calgary) delivered the Asael E. and Maydell C. Palmer Annual Lecture in Canadian Studies at Brigham Young University. The title of his lecture was “Statia: An Enslaved Black Woman in New York and New Brunswick During the Revolution and its Aftermath.”


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The CHA would like to congratulate all of this year’s prize winners.


Canadian Committee on Labour History 
Best Article Prize 

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 
Katharine Ritcher, “The Criminalization of Unemployment Strikes in Depression-Era Nova Scotia, 1931-1936,” dissertation, Dalhousie University.

Eugene A. Forsey Graduate Student Dissertation Prize
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 
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

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 
Prix Hilda Neatby Prize recognises each year the best articles in French and English on women’s and gender history
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 

Book Prize
Fernand Harvey, Histoire des politiques culturelles au Québec, 1855-1976 (Septentrion, 2022)

Canadian Business History Association

Best Article Prize
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
Daniel Robinson, Cigarette Nation: Business, Health, and Canadian Smokers, 1930-1975 (McGill Queens University Press, 2022).


Public History Group Prize
Best Project Prize
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).


Prix Bullen Prize (The 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
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
Rebecca Beausaert

Early or Alternative Career Award – Other than Canadian History | Prix de début de carrière ou de carrière alternative – autre que l’histoire canadienne
Katherine Bruce-Lockhart

Open State Career Award – Canadian History
David Webster

Open Career State Award, other than Canadian History
Kevin Coleman

Prix Clio Prizes (
These annual awards are given for meritorious publications or for exceptional contributions by individuals or organizations to regional history

Atlantic Region
Harvey Amani Whitfield, Biographical Dictionary of Enslaved Black People in the Maritimes.  University of Toronto Press, 2022.

Steven High, Deindustrializing Montreal. Entangled Histories of Race, Residence, and Class. McGill-Queen’s University Press.


Lianne C. Leddy, Serpent River Resurgence: Confronting Uranium Mining at Elliot Lake. University of Toronto Press.

The Prairies
Susan Dianne Brophy, A Legacy of Exploitation: Early Capitalism in the Red River Colony, 1763-1821. University of British Colombia Press.

British Columbia
Sean Carleton, Lessons in Legitimacy: Colonialism, Capitalism, and the Rise of State Schooling in British Colombia. University of British Columbia Press.

The North
Carol Payne, Beth Greenhorn, Deborah Kigjugalik Webster, and Christina Williamson, eds.  Atiqput: Inuit Oral History and Project Naming. McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Ferguson Prize (
is 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.

Abigail Krasner Balbale, The Wolf King. Ibn Mardanish and the Construction of Power in al-Andalus. Cornell University Press.

The CHA Best Scholarly Book in Canadian History Prize 
is awarded to the non-fiction work of Canadian history judged to have made the most significant contribution to an understanding of the Canadian past
SHORT LIST – In alphabetical order
Catherine CarstairsThe Smile Gap: A History of Oral health and Social Inequality. Mc-Gill Queen’s University Press, 2022.
François-Olivier DoraisL’école historique de Québec: une histoire intellectuelle. Boréal, 2022.
Steven HighDeindustrializing Montreal: Entangled Histories of Race, Residence, and Class. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2022.
Lianne, C. LeddySerpent River Resurgence: Confronting Uranium Mining at Elliot Lake. University of Toronto Press, 2022.
Catharine Anne WilsonBeing Neighbours: Cooperative Work and Rural Culture, 1830 – 1960. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2022.

Lianne, C. LeddySerpent River Resurgence: Confronting Uranium Mining at Elliot Lake. University of Toronto Press, 2022.

Congratulations to all the winners!

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