A picture of three gold trophies.

Three Carleton Scholars Win Book Prizes

By Dan Rubinstein

A trio of Carleton professors won awards for their recent books at the Canadian Historical Association’s annual meeting on May 31.

Susanne M. Klausen, an associate professor in the Department of History, received the Hilda Neatby Prize recognizing the best book on women’s history for Abortion under Apartheid: Nationalism, Sexuality, and Women’s Reproductive Rights in South Africa (Oxford University Press).

The first scholarly study of the history of abortion in South Africa, or in any African country, Klausen’s book, according to Oxford University Press, “focuses on the centrality of the regulation of women’s reproductive bodies to the making and maintenance of apartheid in South Africa.”

Emilie Cameron, an assistant professor in Geography and Environmental Studies, was awarded the northern region’s Clio Prize, given for meritorious publications or for exceptional contributions by individuals or organizations to regional history, for Far Off Metal River: Inuit Lands, Settler Stories, and the Making of the Contemporary Arctic (UBC Press).

In 1771, UBC Press explains, “Samuel Hearne, an employee of the Hudson’s Bay Company, set off with a group of Dene guides to explore part of the Central Arctic. Twenty-four years later, Hearne’s gruesome account of what has become known as the Bloody Falls massacre, an alleged attack by his guides on a camp of sleeping Inuit, was published.

“In Far Off Metal River … Cameron does not concern herself with whether the murders actually took place (debated since 1795) but instead explores how Hearne’s account of the massacre has shaped ongoing colonization and economic exploitation of the North.”

And Michel Hogue, an assistant professor in the Department of History, won the Clio Prize for the Prairies for Métis and the Medicine Line: Creating a Border and Dividing a People (University of Regina Press).

“This book makes a crucial contribution to Metis studies and to literature on state formation,” says University of Alberta History Prof. Gerhard Ens. “Bringing to the fore the important role of the border and the unique problems and solutions tied to race making at the time, this book is an important and noteworthy read.”

The Canadian Historical Association, established in 1922, is a not-for-profit charity devoted to fostering the scholarly study and communication of history in Canada.

It “seeks to encourage the integration of historical knowledge and perspectives in both the scholarly and public spheres, to ensure the accessibility of historical resources, and to defend the rights and freedoms of professional and emerging historians in the pursuit of historical inquiry.”