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 Canadian Historical Association is pleased to announce the 2018 Jean-Marie Fecteau Prize competition. The prize, in the amount of $250, will be awarded for the best article published by a PhD or MA-level student in a peer-reviewed journal (including peer-reviewed student journals) or edited collection, in French or in English.
The award will be given on May 29, 2018 at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association that will take place at the University of Regina.
Students are encouraged to send only ONE complete submission to each jury member listed below on or before December 31, 2017. The article must present a historical perspective and contribute to scholarship in a subfield such as: political history, social history, the history of art, economic history, cultural history, etc. Geographically, it can focus on Canada or another territory or collectivity.
Each complete submission must include the following:
1) an email with the subject heading “Jean-Marie Fecteau Prize Submission 2018”
3) an electronic copy of the article published in a scholarly journal or an edited collection (published between January 1st and December 31st 2017 or in 2016 if not previously submitted);
4) A letter from the author's thesis supervisor or department, or graduate chair indicating the author was a registered student at the time of submission of the article.
Leah Wiener (Chair) Mathieu Arsenault
Simon Fraser University York University
Alan Gordon Catherine Gidney (non-voting)
University of Guelph St. Thomas University
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.
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.