York University English Professor James Carley has been awarded the prestigious Pierre Chauveau Medal from the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), while three other York professors have been elected Fellows, the RSC announced Friday.
Bettina Bradbury and Adrian Shubert, both of York’s Department of History in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, and Deborah Britzman of York’s Faculty of Education were elected by their peers in recognition of outstanding scholarly, scientific and artistic achievement. Election to the academies of the Royal Society of Canada is the highest honour a scholar can achieve in the arts, humanities and sciences.
The Pierre Chauveau Medal was established in 1951 and is awarded for a distinguished contribution to knowledge in the humanities other than Canadian literature and Canadian history.
Carley, a Distinguished Research Professor, Associate Fellow of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies and Honorary Research Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, is already a Fellow of the RSC. In addition, he is an expert on the history of the book, focusing on the contents of English libraries in the late medieval and early modern periods. His groundbreaking edition and analysis of the libraries of King Henry VIII appeared in 2000 and 2004. The first of his two-volume edition, translation and study of the De uiris illustribus by the Tudor humanist John Leland, was published in 2010. Growing out of his Sandars Lectures in Bibliography at the University of Cambridge in 2011 will be a three-volume account of the early history of Lambeth Palace Library.
Bradbury’s original contributions to feminist and family history in Canada and beyond have enriched those fields while making critical interventions in urban, legal, political and colonial history. Her award-winning books have deployed feminist analyses, quantitative and qualitative methods, and a rich range of primary sources to locate women and families at the heart of the industrial revolution, nineteenth century marriage and widowhood, and English and French uses of family law.
Known for pioneering new topics in Spanish history, Shubert’s innovative interpretations of the country’s 19th and 20th centuries have produced a new paradigm, replacing arguments about Spanish exceptionalism and failure with one that emphasizes its full participation in a broader European pattern. His monographs and synthetic works, published in Spanish as well as in English, are recognized in Spain and around the world as groundbreaking.
Britzman, a Distinguished Research Professor and practising psychoanalyst, has revitalized the contribution that psychoanalysis is making to the study of teaching and learning. Among the most highly cited scholars working in the field of education today, Britzman’s award-winning books and essays are widely acclaimed for the depth of insight she has brought to the education of teachers. Her work’s originality and courage, as well as its eloquence, texture, wit and hopefulness, are widely recognized as having advanced our understanding of what it means to learn.
This year's new Fellows will be inducted to the academies of the RSC and awards will be bestowed during the Induction and Awards Ceremony on Saturday, Nov.16, at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Alta.
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