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As heard at the 2014 Canada Prizes awards ceremony

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences announced the winners of the 2014 Canada Prizes on April 30. The Canada Prizes are awarded annually to the best scholarly books in the humanities and social sciences that have received funding from the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program.

During the awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at York University’s Glendon College in Toronto, each of the winners was interviewed about their celebrated work. Be sure to listen to their interviews now!

 

Canada Prize in the Humanities
Sandra Djwa, for Journey With No Maps: A Life of P.K. Page (McGill-Queen's...

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Sometimes it is enough to simply be excellent

Guest post by Michael Adams The Environics Institute and Environics Research Group

The following is a speech given by Michael Adams at the 2014 Canada Prizes award ceremony at York University’s Glendon College Campus on May 7, 2014, where the Federation celebrated this year’s four winners.

Good evening, everyone. It is an honour for me to have been asked to be deliver the keynote address for this year’s Canada Prize Awards, especially as I served on the jury with two distinguished scholars: Janice Stein of the University of Toronto’s Munk School and professor Greg Kealey at the University of New...

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Adrien Arcand, Ernst Zundel and anti-Semitism

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By Daniel Drolet

Les chemises bleues : Adrien Arcand, journaliste antisémite canadien-françaisA new book on Canadian journalist Adrien Arcand details his involvement in the rise of Holocaust deniers around the world.

In fact, says author Hughes Théorêt, Arcand was a mentor to Ernst Zundel, a prominent German-Canadian Holocaust denier.

Théorêt’s study, Les chemises bleues : Adrien Arcand, journaliste antisémite canadien-français, has just been...

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Canada’s opposition critical to its stability

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By Daniel Drolet

Across the Aisle: Opposition in Canadian PoliticsCanada’s parliamentary system is in good shape, and its opposition is generally healthy, says a professor who has just completed a major study of opposition in Canada.

But David E. Smith, author of Across the Aisle: Opposition in Canadian Politics, warns that our political system, like a good relationship, needs constant nurturing to remain in top shape.

Smith, whose book won the...

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Early 20th-century Montreal through the eyes of a Jewish immigrant

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By Daniel Drolet

Jacob-Isaac Segal, 1896-1954 : Un poète yiddish de Montréal et son milieuFor the first half of the 20th century, Yiddish was Montreal’s third language, after French and English.

A new book by University of Ottawa professor Pierre Anctil explores the work of Jacob Isaac Segal, a Montreal poet from that era who wrote only in Yiddish.

Anctil, who has just been awarded the 2014 Canada Prize in the Humanities by the Federation for the...

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Poet P.K. Page a role model for women

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By Daniel Drolet

Journey With No Maps: A Life of P.K. PageSandra Djwa, author of a new biography of P.K. Page, says the Canadian poet is a role model for any young woman contemplating a career in literature.

Years before it was fashionable or even common, Page created for herself a brilliant career in which she was recognized internationally as one of Canada’s outstanding  poets and visual artists.

Ms. Djwa is the author of Journey with No Maps, the first full...

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Canada Prizes ceremony to be hosted by Glendon College, York University

Jessica Clark, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and York University are delighted to announce a new partnership that will see York host the 2014 Canada Prizes ceremony at its Glendon College campus in mid-town Toronto, on May 7, 2014.

We look forward to welcoming many colleagues and friends of the humanities and social sciences, particularly from the Greater Toronto Area, to join in celebrating the winners of these prestigious book awards.

Glendon was identified as a fitting site for this year’s ceremony in light of its bilingual mandate and its unique focus on education in the humanities and social sciences. The event will take place in the beautifully designed facilities of the...

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The 2014 Canada Prize Juries, a Good (Scholarly) Book and a Cup of Tea

Jessica Clark Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

As autumn turns into winter, with the days getting shorter and the nights longer, I find myself spending more time curled up with a cup of tea and a good book.

That’s precisely what the jurors of this year’s Canada Prizes have been doing since mid-October, when they received the nominees for the 2014 awards.

Made up of past winners, respected scholars and public intellectuals, the Canada Prize juries have the enviable task of choosing the best scholarly books in the humanities and social sciences that have received funding from the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP) in the past year.

This year’s juries are:

Canada Prize in the Humanities...

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The 2013 Canada Prize winner videos are now online!

Publishers are currently submitting their nominations for the 2014 Canada Prizes, the Federation’s annual award to the best scholarly books in the humanities and social sciences that have received funding from the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program. Each year we feature the winning authors in a series of short videos, where they discuss their award-winning works and the fascinating research that went into them. Below are the official videos highlighting the winners of the 2013 Canada Prizes.

Listen to Canada Prize in the Humanities winner François-Marc Gagnon describe a piece of early Canadian art:

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Haitian voodoo is a form of medicine: author

In popular culture, voodoo is all about zombies and witchcraft and dolls with needles stuck into them.

But where some see a religion with African origins, or simply black magic, Nicolas Vonarx sees a structured system of medicine, a way of treating illnesses as worthy of respect as any other.

Vonarx explores this idea in Le vodou haïtien : Entre médecine, magie et religion, a work that won him the Prix du Canada en sciences socials 2013 for a French-language work.

“Medicine, magic and religion – those three words are very important when it comes to understanding Haitian voodoo,” says Vonarx. “This book stresses the first word: medicine.”

Trained as a public health practitioner, Vonarx came to know Haiti, its people and its culture, while working there for an international...

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