Book prizes for Sean Kheraj and William Jenkins

Dear colleagues,

I'm sure all historians will want to join me in congratulating our colleagues Sean Kheraj and William Jenkins who won awards at this year's meeting of the Canadian Historical Association / Société historique du Canada.

Sean Kheraj won the Clio Prize (outstanding contribution to British Columbia History) for his book: Inventing Stanley Park: An Environmental History (UBC Press, 2013). I am pleased to share the citation.

Inventing Stanley Park is not just an environmental history of one of Canada’s great urban parks. It is also a story about Canadians’ complicated relationship with “Nature”. Drawing on a sophisticated literature this accessible, well-illustrated volume overturns some popular understandings of the park and invites us to see it as a site with multiple histories still being written. It captures the flavour of a quintessential British Columbia landscape and the ongoing debate over how to define and defend it.

2014 Clio Prize: Sean-Kheraj
Sean Kheraj for his book: Inventing Stanley Park: An Environmental History

William Jenkins won the Clio Prize (outstanding contribution to Ontario History) for his book: Between Raid and Rebellion: the Irish in Buffalo and Toronto, 1867-1916 (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2013). I am pleased to share the citation.

Using an innovative methodological approach which combines social historical methodology with historical geography, this book examines the lives and allegiances of Irish immigrants in Toronto and Buffalo in the period between the Fenian Raids and the 1916 Easter Uprising. The subtlety and thoroughness of the argument and the skill of the author as a writer provide a richly nuanced study, which accounts for national and transnational influences and for the power of geography as a vital historical determinant. 

2014 Clio Prize: William Jenkins
William Jenkins for his book: Between Raid and Rebellion: the Irish in Buffalo and Toronto, 1867-1916

On behalf of the History Department, I’d like to congratulate Sean and Willie.

Regards,

Marcel Martel
Professor, Holder of the Avie Bennett Historica Dominion Institute Chair in Canadian History
Chair Department of History
Professeur et titulaire de la Chaire Avie Bennett Historica Dominion Institute en histoire canadienne Directeur du département d'histoire