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 Award 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 2021, the Committee was composed of Nathalie Boucher, Jaro Stacul, Karoline Truchon, Katie Kilroy-Marac, Greg Allan Beckett, and Wendy Wickwire. Thirteen monographs were submitted. The Committee’s criteria are richness and deepness of ethnography, strength of theoretical work, literary style, originality, and contribution to anthropological debates.
Labrecque-Lee Book Prize Committee Award 2021 Prize Announcement
The Committee is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2021 Labrecque-Lee Book Award is Dr. Hannah Turner, for her book Cataloging Culture: Legacies of Colonialism in Museum Documentation published by UBC Press (Vancouver). Dr. Turner is an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia School of Information (iSchool).
Based on archival and ethnographic research at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Turner considers museum practices through time, with a focus on how the labeling, categorizing, coding, and organizing of Indigenous material culture (“belongings”) served to turn these goods into “specimens.” The book demonstrates how anthropological categories and colonial thought were stabilized in these seemingly neutral material practices, and further, how the “epistemic loyalties” of colonialism came to be embedded and naturalized within both anthropology and museum practices in durable and ongoing ways.
This book has had a major impact on the committee members. It is well known that the century-old naming systems and racialized and gendered hierarchies embedded in the cataloguing systems and the digital databases of libraries and museums of the western world require a major overhaul. Turner has tackled this issue with sophistication, rigour and respect.
The author not only dives into a fine-grained analysis of the archival ecosystem, but also offers a fascinating and sensitive discussion of contemporary debates surrounding the repatriation of objects and their 3D reproductions. By bringing to life the invisible work from which anthropology benefits so much, the author highlights how colonialism and sexism structured the nomenclature, classification, and archiving of artifacts, as well as archival spaces and management. It gives a profound insight into how colonialism works and endures beyond the discursive realm.
Cataloguing Culture sheds valuable insight into the history of our discipline, as well as anthropology’s complicity in the dispossession of Indigenous peoples in North America. What is more, Turner’s careful hands-on research and the recommendations she offers are poised to stimulate major changes to cataloguing systems worldwide and contribute to important ongoing debates within the fields of museology and information studies. The book will be a welcomed teaching tool across a range of courses and disciplines.
Exceptionally, the committee grants the honourable mention to the book Our Whole Gwich’in Way of Life Has Changed / Gwich’in K’yuu Gwiidandài’ Tthak Ejuk Gòonlih: Stories from the People of the Land, by Leslie McCartney and Gwich'in Tribal Council (University of Alberta Press, Edmonton). This opus (716 pages) features stories (based on cassette tape recordings compiled between 1999 and 2001) by 23 Gwich’in Elders in the Gwich’in Settlement Region in the Northwest Territories in Canada about living and traveling on the land. The project was originally conceived by the Gwich’in Social and Cultural Institute (now Gwich’in Tribal Council). According to Leslie McCartney, the anthropologist who led the project, it took twenty years of translation, editing, and rewriting to bring the book to fruition. The stories offered by the Elders are very valuable, and the book constitutes a major contribution to Gwich’in cultural history. It is a beautiful demonstration of long-term, careful, sustained, and intensive work
The award will be presented at the Annual General Meeting during the Annual Conference in Regina, in May 2022.
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 2021.
3. Works grounded in any anthropological subject and/or methodology is welcome (i.e. socio-cultural, archaeological, bio-cultural, ethnohistorical, and linguistic works).
4. At least one author 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.
***On those occasions when the sole author is a collective, for example, a community or First Nation, a representative should email CASCA's Executive Director for further information (email@example.com).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org no later thanMay 15th, 2022. 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.
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 email@example.com byApril 1, 2022.
- 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 Scarborough
An Impossible Inheritance: Postcolonial Psychiatry and the Work of Memory in a West African Clinic. University of California Press