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Previous Prizes for Best Article on the History of Sexuality in Canada

2014 Prize

We are pleased to announce that the 2014 award for best article (published in either 2012 or 2013) goes to Valerie Korinek (Department of History, University of Saskatchewan) for her article “‘We’re the girls of the pansy parade’: Historicizing Winnipeg’s Queer Subcultures, 1930s–1970,” which appeared in Histoire sociale/Social History 45(May 2012). Blending archival sources and oral histories, Korinek maps Winnipeg’s historically changing queer subcultures over a period of four decades and, in doing so, situates queer subjects as significant players in the history of “a region noted for valorizing nuclear families, faith and farming.” At the same time that Korinek queers the history of the West, she also shifts the existing emphasis in the historiography of sexuality on Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver; Korinek’s research firmly establishes Winnipeg as one of the country’s “queer capitals.” In addition to its empirical and historiographical contributions, the article also represents a significant methodological advance. Drawing on the international literature on queer theory and space while pursuing a rigorous historicization, Korinek eschews a “gay history” in favour of a “queer perspective” that “captures individuals who would not have fit into present-day categories of sexual orientation and affords a more nuanced, accurate portrait of queer life in Winnipeg.” As a bonus, Korinek’s extensive footnotes function as an excellent bibliography and recent snapshot of the field in Canada.

2012 Prize

The Canadian Committee on the History of Sexuality is pleased to announce that our 2012 Prize for Best Article goes to Holly Karibo (Dept. of History, University of Toronto) for her article, “Detroit’s Border Brothel: Sex Tourism in Windsor, Ontario, 1945-60,” which appeared in the American Review of Canadian Studies 40(September 2010). Engaging and extending current theoretical writing on ‘borderlands,’ Karibo deftly analyzes a range of sources, from newspapers to police records, to map how divergent groups of people crossed Windsor’s liminal threshold to refashion what were always fluid sexual identities. Karibo is critical of fixed, one-dimensional boundaries between the licit and illicit, and between borderlands and their interiors, arguing these fail to capture the historical complexities of power and the lived experience of sex tourists who travelled to Ontario’s “sin city.” The CCHS selection committee calls Karibo’s article “a captivating interweaving of events and eras” and “a refreshing approach to sex and place.” Our congratulations to Holly!

2010 Prize

The Canadian Committee on the History of Sexuality is pleased to announce the recipient of its ‘Prize for Best Article.’ The 2010 Prize goes to Patrick Dunae (University of Victoria) for his article, “Geographies of Sexual Commerce and the Production of Prostitutional Space: Victoria, British Columbia, 1860-1914,” which appeared in the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association 19, 1(2008). The selection committee was particularly impressed by how Dunae deftly contextualized his rich historical study of prostitution in Victoria within the international literature on the ‘spatial turn,’ most evident in Dunae’s use of Henri Lefebvre’s work on the ‘production of space.’ In this way, Dunae’s article extends in a highly productive fashion the commitment to empirical research and theoretical sophistication that have become a hallmark of the historiography of sexuality in Canada.

2008 Prize

The Canadian Committee on the History of Sexuality is pleased to announce the co-winners of our 2008 Prize for Best Article: Marie-Aimee Cliche (UQAM), Du péché au traumatisme: L’inceste, vu de la Cour des jeunes délinquants et de la Cour bien-être social de Montréal, 1912-1965 Canadian Historical Review 87(June 2006) and Tamara Myers (UBC), Embodying Delinquency: Boys’ Bodies, Sexuality, and Juvenile Justice History in Early-Twentieth-Century Québec Journal of the History of Sexuality 14 (October 2005). Cliche and Myers make particularly fitting co-winners, for they both focus on the same place and time, employing some of the same sources – early- to mid-twentieth-century Montreal court records – to give us two distinctive takes on the history of sexuality. Drawing on feminism and the work of Ian Hacking, Cliche provides a sensitively negotiated overview of the changing understandings of incestuous relations, underscoring how sexual meanings are subject to historical pressures and can shift dramatically over an even relatively short period of time. Myers deploys sexuality to complicate in useful ways much current thinking on the history of gender and ‘juvenile delinquency,’ demonstrating that for some boys, like for many girls, the definition of delinquency could be sexual, even if that sexualization played out in highly gendered ways. Cliche and Myers both have made original and substantial contributions to the history of sexuality in Canada, furnishing studies at once empirically rich and historiographically engaged.

2006 Prize

The 2006 Prize for Best Article on the History of Sexuality in Canada was awarded to Jean Barman for her essay, "Aboriginal Women on the Streets of Victoria: Rethinking Transgressive Sexuality During the Colonial Encounter" in Contact Zones: Aboriginal and Settler Women in Canada's Colonial Past, edited by Katie Pickles and Myra Rutherdale (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2005). In selecting the article, the jury commended Barman for her sensitive recreation of both the sexual conflicts and possibilities experienced by Aboriginal women, and for her nuanced rethinking of the identities and motives of white settler men in their sexual exchanges with First Nations women. Barman's essay also advances the Canadian historiography by locating the history of sexuality within the context of Canada's colonial past.

2004 Prize

The Canadian Committee on the History of Sexuality is pleased to announce that its 2004 Prize for Best Article goes to Karen Duder for her essay, "Public Acts and Private Languages: Bisexuality and the Multiple Discourses of Constance Grey Swartz," which appeared in BC Studies (Winter 2002/03). In selecting this article from a pool of particularly strong nominations, the jury highlighted the essay's originality, offering as it does a way to think about the complexity of sexual identity in the past. The jury was also struck by the literary qualities of Constance Swartz's journals, something reflected in Duder's own narrative, and which lends to the essay a personal, intimate voice too often lost in studies of sexual regulation.

2002 Prize

The CCHS Prize for Best Article was awarded for the first time in 2002. The selection committee elected to name two co-winners. Becki L. Ross, "Bumping and Grinding on the Line: Making Nudity Pay," Labour/Le Travail 46(Fall/automne 2000). A wonderfully original examination of the ‘spectacle’ of striptease which highlights the seldom explored linkage between labour history and the history of sexuality. Franca Iacovetta, "The Sexual Politics of Moral Citizenship: Containing ‘Dangerous’ Foreign Men in Cold War Canada, 1950s-1960s," Histoire sociale/Social History 33(November/novembre 2000). An important paper which explores postwar Canadian sexual norms within a complex framework that analyzes the intersections of race/ethnicity, class and gender.

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