Prof. Karen Murray nominated for 2018 John McMenemy Prize

Karen Bridget Murray
Karen Bridget Murray

Karen Bridget Murray, associate professor in the Department of Politics at York University, has been nominated for the 2018 John McMenemy Prize by the Canadian Association of Political Science, the flagship association for the discipline in Canada.

Her article “The Violence Within: Canadian Modern Statehood and the Pan-territorial Residential School System Ideal” was published in the Canadian Journal of Political Science‘s 50th volume.

The prize winner will be announced on May 31 in Regina at the President’s Dinner at the association’s annual meeting.

The prize jury noted the article’s “original orientation and methodology,” and stated that the paper “persuasively argues that existing accounts of Canadian state formation have downplayed the place of the residential schools, when in fact they were an important component in the Dominion [of Canada’s] project to secure recognition as a modern nation state.”

Murray hopes the paper being recognized in this way “will encourage more reflection upon the political dimensions of the residential school system and examination of the relevance of this history for politics today.”

More information on the prize can be found on the Canadian Political Science Association website.