Amber Dean's Remembering Vancouver's Disappeared Women: Settler Colonialism and the Difficulty of Inheritance (University of Toronto Press, 2015) awarded the CSN-RÉC Book Prize.

 

The Canadian Studies Network – Réseau d'études canadiennes is pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 prize for the Best Book in Canadian Studies: Amber Dean's Remembering Vancouver's Disappeared Women: Settler Colonialism and the Difficulty of Inheritance (University of Toronto Press, 2015).

This prize is awarded to an outstanding scholarly book on a Canadian subject and that best advances our knowledge and understanding of Canada and Canadian Studies. This award is intended to recognize work written by members of the Canadian Studies Network-Réseau d'études canadiennes. The CSN-RÉC has nominated Dr. Dean's book for the Pierre Savard Award offered by the International Council for Canadian Studies.

The committee for the CSN-REC Book Prize notes that in Remembering Vancouver's Disappeared Women: Settler Colonialism and the Difficulty of Inheritance, Dean examines the complicated politics of remembrance, the ongoing impact of settler colonialism, and Canadian society's need to at once inherit the acts of violence against Indigenous women on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and to come to terms with how we define what is and is not a "grievable life." The committee members were impressed by Dean's creative and interdisciplinary approach and agreed that the book does much to advance our understanding of Canada and to expand the field of Canadian Studies. Meticulously researched and written in clear and accessible language, Remembering Vancouver's Disappeared Women is timely, has multiple entry points for readers, and is incredibly well-suited to the classroom.

Previous winners of this prize have been:

Raymond Blake's Lions or Jellyfish: Newfoundland-Ottawa Relations since 1957 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015).

Christopher Alcantara's Negotiating the Deal: Comprehensive Land Claims Agreements in Canada (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013).

Kathryn Magee Labelle's Dispersed, But Not Destroyed: A History of the Seventeenth-Century Wendat People (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2013).

Kirsty Johnston's Stage Turns: Canadian Disability Theatre (Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2012).

Donica Belisle's Retail Nation: Department Stores and the Making of Canada (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2011)