Labrecque-Lee Book Prize Committee Award

Call for Submissions: The 2021 Labrecque-Lee Book Prize

Call for Nominations, Labrecque-Lee Book Prize Selection Committee

Past Recipients


Labrecque-Lee Book Prize Committee Award 2020 Prize Announcement

The Labrecque-Lee Book Prize was established in 2018, and named in honour of two outstanding Canadian anthropologists. Marie-France Labrecque, Emeritus Professor at the Université Laval Department of Anthropology, where she taught for more than 30 years. Since 1982, she has (co)authored or (co)edited nine books on gender, migration and mobility in Mexico. In 2015, she was awarded the Weaver-Tremblay prize by CASCA, celebrating her contributions to Canadian anthropology. Richard Borshay Lee is Emeritus Professor at the University of Toronto Department of Anthropology. Since 1972, he has participated as (co)author or (co)editor of seven books on the hunter-gatherers of Africa and North America. In 2016, he was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

The Labrecque-Lee Book Prize honours a single or co-authored monograph on sociocultural, archaeological, bio-cultural, ethnohistorical or linguistic work, in French or English. It is given to CASCA members who demonstrate a Canadian affiliation through either their fieldwork, institution, degree or funding. The winner is honoured at the CASCA annual meeting and receives a $500 award. In 2020, the Committee was composed of Nathalie Boucher, Katie Kilroy-Marac, Jaro Stacul and Karoline Truchon. The Committee’s criteria are richness and deepness of ethnography, strength of theoretical work, literary style, originality, and contribution to anthropological debates.

Call for Submissions: The Labrecque-Lee Book Prize

The Canadian Anthropology Society is seeking submissions for the Labrecque-Lee Book Prize. Established in 2018, the Labrecque-Lee Book Prize recognizes outstanding anthropological publications in either French or English. CASCA is now accepting submissions for the award. These awards are made in honour of two outstanding Canadian anthropologists, Marie-France Labrecque and Richard Lee. In addition to being honoured by CASCA at the annual meeting, recipients of the Labrecque-Lee Book Prize will also receive a $500 award. Nominations for the  Labrecque-Lee Book Prize must be submitted by someone other than the author(s) and meet the following criteria:

1. Single or co-authored monograph works (co-edited volumes/collections are ineligible).

2. Works published in 2020.

3. Works grounded in any anthropological subject and/or methodology is welcome (i.e. socio-cultural, archaeological, bio-cultural, ethnohistorical, and linguistic works).

4. Author(s) of the work must hold a CASCA membership and demonstrate a Canadian affiliation in at least one of the following ways:

a. The publication nominated is an ethnography focused in a Canadian setting.

b. The author is based at a Canadian academic and/or research institution.

c. The author holds a degree from a Canadian university.

d. The publication is connected to a grant provided by a Canadian institution.

5. A book may only be nominated once.

Nominations must include the following information:

1. Verification of CASCA membership.

2. The author(s)’ CV curriculum vitae.

3. A letter of support from the nominator.

4. A one paragraph description of the book publisher including the year of establishment and information about the series and other anthropological titles published.

Nominations must be submitted electronically to
 no later thanMay 15th, 2021. Once the nomination package has been received, arrangements will be made for copies of the books to be sent by the publisher to those on the Prize Selection Committee. The publisher will have two weeks to arrange shipment. Please note: the publisher of the winning book is permitted to mention this prize in any publicity relating to its publication. An interdisciplinary panel composed of CASCA Members will select the winner. The selection panel reserves the right not to award the prize in any given year. The winner will normally be announced by CASCA in September of the same year. There will be no appeals of the decision of the panel.

Labrecque-Lee Book Prize Selection Committee

The Canadian Anthropology Society—la Société canadienne d’anthropologie (CASCA) is seeking applications for two (2) positions (one English-speaking; one French-speaking) to serve on the Labrecque-Lee Book Prize Selection Committee. Established in 2018, the Labrecque-Lee Book Prize recognizes outstanding books published in both French or English. The purpose of the Committee is to review book nominations and, based on the award criteria, select the recipient of the annual Labrecque-Lee Book Prize. All information, discussion and comments during the awards selection process are considered confidential and must not be shared with anyone outside the Committee. CASCA will supply the Committee Members with the nomination materials prior to the selection.


  • Committee Members are accessible by e-mail/phone/telecommunications application software each year between May 15th and August 15th;
  • Committee Members are available to review all eligible nominee material in French and/or English and meet via teleconference call in August, each year;
  • Committee Members’ term of commitment to the committee is three consecutive years;
  • Committee Members are members of CASCA.

Nominations must include the following information:

  • Verification of CASCA membership;
  • Your curriculum vitae;
  • A paragraph-long expression of interest in joining the Labrecque-Lee Book Prize Selection Committee, in the language of your choice.

CASCA is an open, participatory association and all members are eligible to serve on this committee. Please send your application electronically to
 byApril 1, 2021.


Past Recipients


  • Greg Beckett, Professor of Anthropology, Western University, Ontario

There is no more Haiti; Between Life and Death in Port-au-Prince. University of California Press

  • Wendy Wickwire, Professor Emerita, Department of History, University of Victoria 

At the Bridge; James Teit and an Anthropology of Belonging, University of British Columbia Press



  • Katie Kilroy-Marac, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Toronto

An Impossible Inheritance: Postcolonial Psychiatry and the Work of Memory in a West African Clinic. University of California Press  

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