Labrecque-Lee Book Prize Committee Award 2020 Prize Announcement

Call for Submissions: The 2021 Labrecque-Lee Book Prize

Call for Nominations, Labrecque-Lee Book Prize Selection Committee

Past Recipients


Labrecque-Lee Book Prize Committee Award 2020 Prize Announcement

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 Prize 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 2020, the Committee was composed of Nathalie Boucher, Katie Kilroy-Marac, Jaro Stacul and Karoline Truchon. The Committee’s criteria are richness and deepness of ethnography, strength of theoretical work, literary style, originality, and contribution to anthropological debates. The Committee is pleased to announce that the 2020 ex-aequo winners are Greg Beckett for his book There is no more Haiti; Between Life and Death in Port-au-Prince and Wendy Wickwire for her book At the Bridge; James Teit and an Anthropology of Belonging. Dr. Beckett is professor of Anthropology at Western University in Ontario, and Dr. Wickwire is professor emerita in the Department of History at the University of Victoria.


There is no more Haiti; Between Life and Death in Port-au-Prince, by Greg Beckett

University of California Press

Based on his long-standing ethnographic engagement in Haiti, Dr. Gregory Beckett’s book offers a nuanced perspective on the concept of "crisis"- one that challenges and goes far beyond ideas often associated with the economic, political, environmental and social conditions of this Caribbean country. In his book, Beckett puts forward his ethnographic material, recounting in great detail his observations and impromptu exchanges in Portau-Prince over a period of more than 10 years. The result invites us to refocus the discourse on the Haitian crisis around people's daily lives, their interpretation of the economic and political forces that transform their lives into survival, and their vision of this country in “forever crisis”. Throughout the book, Beckett gives us direct access to his fieldwork and through a thoughtful rewriting of poignant scenes, interactions, and encounters. The lives, worlds, and reflections of his Haitian interlocutors are foregrounded, while theory and analysis stand solidly in the background.


At the Bridge; James Teit and an Anthropology of Belonging, by Wendy Wickwire

University of British Columbia Press

At a time when many anthropologists are engaged in a critical evaluation of the discipline’s history and also searching for new ancestors, Dr. Wendy Wickwire’s astounding book allows us to both rethink anthropology’s past and reimagine its future. The central personage of Wickwire’s book is James Teit, a virtually unknown ethnographer that supplied Boas, Sapir, and others with much of their material. The historical research supporting the book is in the image of its subject: detailed, broadspectrum, yet sensible and critical. The extraordinary pen of Dr. Wickwire allows for a subtle and captivating shift from the author's subject, James Teit, to an ethnohistory of western Canadian Aboriginal communities, and then to an anthropology of the early 20th century, while also including more theoretical reflections on a range of themes that run through Teit’s own work, including dwelling and belonging. The awards will be presented at the Annual General Meeting at the University of Guelph, in 2021.



Call for Submissions: The Labrecque-Lee Book Prize

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 2020.

3. Works grounded in any anthropological subject and/or methodology is welcome (i.e. socio-cultural, archaeological, bio-cultural, ethnohistorical, and linguistic works).

4. Author(s) 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.

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
 no later thanMay 15th, 2021. 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.




Labrecque-Lee Book Prize Selection Committee

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
 byApril 1, 2021.



Past Recipients


Katie Kilroy-Marac, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto

An Impossible Inheritance: Postcolonial Psychiatry and the Work of Memory in a West African Clinic. 
University of California Press  
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