For its accomplishments filling gaps in Arctic history, The Iconic North: Cultural Constructions of Aboriginal Life in Postwar Canada, a book Trent’s own Dr. Joan Sangster was awarded the Clio prize for the best book published on the North in 2016-2018 by the Canadian Historical Association/Société historique du Canada.
The book, by the Gender and Women’s Studies faculty member, and director of the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies at Trent, concentrates on the post-World War II period in Canadian history, exploring the way setter narratives created images of the North that were profoundly colonial, but also gendered.
“I was honoured to have my book chosen for this prize by the CHA jury,” said Professor Sangster. “The Iconic North is the product of years of research, but it was also inspired by my interdisciplinary teaching in the Frost Centre, particularly discussions with students about Indigenous settler relations, and how we might write about this important part of our history.”
The prize committee noted that Prof. Sangster “engages the ‘Idea of North’ in fresh and necessary ways looking at colonial constructions of Northern peoples with an Arctic modernity that is shaped by women.”