CCLH Article Prize

The Canadian Committee on Labour History (CCLH) Article Prize is awarded annually for the best article, published in a journal or book, that contributes to our understanding of the history of labour, work and society in Canada. The article may be published in English or French.

Articles may be nominated by any individual or journal, and must have a publication date within the last calendar year (between January and December of the previous year). If the committee decides that the pool of articles is insufficient in any one year, the award may be made on a bi-annual basis. The intention of the CCLH Article Prize is to recognize original writing on the history of labour, work, and society with 'work' broadly defined to include all varieties of labour (paid, unpaid, coerced, familial). Articles must have a Canadian dimension to them, but can be comparative or international in scope.

The deadline for submissions in the current competition is 1 February 2020.

To submit entries to the competition, an electronic copy must be sent by email attachment to:

Winner/Le gagnant 2016

Magda Fahrni, "Glimpsing Working-Class Childhood through the Laurier Palace Fire of 1927: The Ordinary, the Tragic, and the Historian's Gaze". The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth 8, 3 (Fall 2015): 426-50. 

Magda Fahrni’s article focuses on working-class childhood through a case study of the 1927 Laurier Palace fire in Montréal. The Laurier Palace was a cinema in the Hochelaga area of the city, and 250 children were present when the fire began. Hochelaga was predominantly francophone, and 78 children died during the catastrophe. Fahrni’s use of this tragic case reveals much about the nature of childhood in 1920 francophone Québec, particularly family relations, while also raising important questions about the relationship between empathy and historical practice. It is a fine contribution to our understanding of working-class life during the inter-war period.

Winner/Le gagnant 2015

Jeremy Milloy "'Chrysler Pulled the Trigger,': Competing Understandings of Workplace Violence During the 1970s and Radical Legal Practice," Labour/le Travail 74 (Autumn 2014): 51-88.