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CHA Student Prize

JEAN-MARIE FECTEAU 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 2018 prize competition will be launched in late September.

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Winners

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.

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2016

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.

 

 

 

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2015

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. 

 

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2014

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).

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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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