11 April 2016

Two members of the Trudeau community are the winners of the 2016 Canada Prize in the Social Sciences presented by the Federation for the humanities and social science for the excellence of their scholarly books and their enrichment of the social, cultural and intellectual life of Canada.

Canada Prize in the Social Sciences

2015 Trudeau fellow Nancy Turner is distinguished professor in ethnoecology at University of Victoria. Her diptych, Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge: Ethnobotany and Ecological Wisdom of Indigenous Peoples of Northwestern North America. Volume 1 and Volume 2 (McGill-Queen’s University Press), reviews repositories of BC Indigenous people’s botanical and cultural lore. It aims to preserve traditional knowledge and wisdom that might otherwise have been lost.

From the jury’s citation:

“Nancy Turner's Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge is an astonishing work of scholarship, the culmination of 40 years of collaborative engagement with indigenous communities and natural ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest. Written in a straightforward, jargon-free style, generously interspersed with photographs, illustrations and tables, the resulting work is surprisingly accessible, given the depth and intensity of the scholarship on display. An extraordinary achievement.”

Prix du Canada en sciences sociales

2005 Trudeau scholar Caroline Caron is professor in social science at Université du Québec en Outaouais. Her book analyzes the media controversy that enlivened the province of Quebec in the 1980s, by confronting francophone Quebecers teenager’s views. Vues, mais non entendues. Les adolescentes québécoises et l'hypersexualisation (Presses de l’Université Laval)

From the jury’s citation:

“By her rigorous and masterly study of a highly mediatized, and controversial, social phenomenon, Caroline Caron gives a voice to young women, bringing back their identity and their own conscience. Within the current national and provincial context of a constant (and often dangerous) objectification of young women and their bodies, this major study comes at the perfect moment to help us ask the right and relevant questions on this pressing subject.”

The winners will be celebrated at an awards ceremony to be held in Calgary during the 2016 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

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Caroline Caron

Caroline is Professor in Communication at the Department of Social Sciences at Université du Québec en Outaouais.

2005 Scholars

Nancy Turner

Professor Nancy Turner is an ethnobotanist whose expertise spans the fields of botany, linguistics, anthropology, and law.

2015 Fellows