The Canadian Studies Network – Réseau d'études canadiennes is pleased to announce the winner of the 2019 prize for the Best Edited Collection in Canadian Studies.


One of genres of scholarly publishing frequently overlooked or ineligible for literary prizes, edited collections bring scholars from a wide range of backgrounds and institutions together around a common theme or topic. The best essay collections can have significant scholarly impact, especially within a wide-ranging, interdisciplinary field like Canadian Studies.

This year’s jury for the Canadian Studies Network Prize for Best Edited Collection read and discussed collections that together represented the full range of disciplines that contribute to Canadian Studies. We are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2019 Canadian Studies Network Prize for Best Edited Collection is Gillian Roberts’s Reading between the Borderlines: Cultural Production and Consumption across the 49th Parallel (MQUP, 2018):

"The essays brought together in Gillian Roberts’s Reading between the Borderlines challenge readers to reconsider the relationship between culture and national identity. Bringing together scholars from several distinct disciplines, the book is a model for how interdisciplinary and transnational scholarship deepens our understanding of Canada. More specifically, by bringing together recent insights in the fields of cultural and border studies, Reading between the Borderlines sharpens our understanding of Canadian identity by placing the cultural production and consumption of film, literature, music, and heritage within a cross-border frame. In doing so, the book calls attention to the facile way that labels of “Canadianess” and “Americaness” are assigned and how, in probing cross-border cultural objects, more nuanced and critical conceptions of identity and culture can be developed."  

The prize committee also wishes to acknowledge Edward Jones-Imhotep and Tina Adcock's Made Modern: Science and Technology in Canadian History (UBC Press, 2018) with an honourable mention:

"In Made Modern, Edward Jones-Imhotep and Tina Adcock have put together a rich and wide-ranging collection of essays that demonstrate well how – for both good and ill – science and technology shaped Canadian experience and nation building. By placing emerging knowledges and technologies within their societal and environmental contexts, the essays in this book draw our attention to how debates about modernity fashioned and refashioned the nature of Canada and Canadian identity. In taking this approach, Made Modern takes modernity as its subject, arguing that both Canada, as a late-19th century settler-colonial nation, has always been “modern”, while also challenging and refining our understanding of both “modernity” and “Canada” as concepts. In essays that range in scholarly, temporal, and geographic scope, the book provides a solid foundation upon which to build a nuanced understanding of Canada’s place in the modern age."