The W. J. Eccles Prize is awarded annually to the graduate student judged to have presented the best paper at the Society’s Annual Meeting. The Prize honors the memory of William John Eccles (1917-1998), a distinguished historian of French Canada and an outstanding supporter of graduate students. The Prize was created by Bill Eccles’s FCHS colleagues to continue his work by encouraging those at the beginning of their careers in our field. From 2000 to 2018, the Prize was awarded to the best article published in French Colonial History by a graduate student or recent post-graduate scholar.

Application Procedures

Graduate student presenters at the annual meeting should submit an electronic copy of their paper to the editor of French Colonial History, Dr. Kenneth Orosz oroszkj@buffalostate.edu immediately following the meeting. Session chairs are urged to encourage graduate student members of their panels to submit their papers.

Eccles Prize Winners

Best Paper Presented by a Graduate Student at the Annual Meeting, 2019-

Best Article Published in French Colonial History by a Graduate Student or Recent Ph.D., 2000-2018
2011
Christine Mussard (Université de Provence), “Une décolonisation par défaut : les mouvements migratoires des colons de l’Algérie vers la Tunisie – cas de Lacroix, centre de colonisation de la commune mixte de La Calle (1920 – 1950),” French Colonial History 13 (2012), pp.55-72.

2010
Aline Demay (Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), “Saigon: une métropole touristique?” French Colonial History 12 (2011), pp. 123-142.

2009
M. Kathryn Edwards (University of Toronto), “Traître au colonialisme? The Georges Boudarel Affair and the Memory of the Indochina War.” French Colonial History 11 (2010), pp. 193-210.

2008
Marie Rodet (University of Vienna), “‘Le délit d’abandon du domicile conjugal’ ou l’invasion du pénal colonial dans les jugements des “tribunaux indigènes” au Soudan Français (1900-1947),” French Colonial History 10 (2009), pp. 151-169.

2006
Reine-Claude Grondin (Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne), “L’Empire palimpseste : l’exemple des années trente dans le Limousin,” French Colonial History 7 (2006), pp. 165-180.

Honorable Mention: Thomas Peace (York University), “Deconstructing the Sauvage/Savage in the Writing of Samuel de Champlain and Captain John Smith,” French Colonial History 7 (2006), pp. 1-20.

2005
Michelle Cheyne (Rutgers University), “Pyracmond, ou les Creoles : L’articulation d’une hierarchie des roles raciaux sur la scene francaise sous la Restauration,” French Colonial History 6 (2005), pp.79-102.

2004
Benoît Grenier (Université Laval), “‘Nulle terre sans seigneur?’ Une étude comparative de la présence seigneuriale (France-Canada), XVIIe-XIXe siècle,” French Colonial History 5 (2004), pp.7-24.

Ibra Sene (Michigan State University), “Colonisation française et main-d’oeuvre carcérale au Sénégal: De l’emploi des détenus des camps penaux sur les chantiers des travaux routiers (1927-1940),” French Colonial History 5 (2004), pp.153-171.

2003
Spencer Segalla, “Georges Hardy and Educational Ethnology in French Morocco, 1920-1926.” French Colonial History 4 (2003) pp. 171-190. Spencer Segalla was a doctoral student at Stony Brook University when the prize was awarded.

The William Shorrock Travel Award is presented annually to help defray travel costs for graduate students presenting papers at the French Colonial Historical Society’s annual meeting. In addition to being a long time member and past President of the society, Bill Shorrock was a passionate supporter of graduate students. This award honors his memory and continues his work as a mentor by providing travel assistance to those just beginning their careers in the field of French colonial history.

Application Procedures

When submitting their completed paper or panel proposals for the annual meeting, graduate students wishing to be considered for the Shorrock Travel Award must also furnish the program committee with an estimated budget of travel expenses (including other anticipated sources of funding) and a brief statement formally applying for the award. Please note that all participants in the annual meeting must be members in good standing of the Society.

William Shorrock Travel Award Winners

2019
Michaela Kleber, “Native Women Order the Disorder in French Illinois”

Deirdre T Lyons, “’We are Free, We Marry,’ They Say: Republican Emancipation and Marriage in the French Antilles, 1848-1852”

2018
Kevin Li, “The Ambiguous Résistants: The Bình Xuyên as Patriotic Collaborators during the First Indochina War”

Samuel Dersken, “‘It is indispensable that our Indian tribes be provided with their accustomed goods’: Liquor and Social Power in the Pays des Illinois, 1750-1803”

Elizabeth Jacob, “‘This Matter Can Only Be Settled with 10,000 Deaths’: Land, Labor, and Violence in Colonial Côte d’Ivoire”

Elyssa Gage, “Writing and Rewriting Ourika: The Black Woman, Integration, and the Colonial Project”

Aziza Doudou, “Fragmentations identitaires des soldats marocains durant la guerre d’Indochine”

Pauline Moskowski-Ouargli, “L’impact de la migration des femmes dans la construction de l’espace colonial français au XVIIIème siècle. Le cas des femmes des réseaux coloniaux à Bordeaux”

2017
Caroline Séquin, “Fermeture des maisons de tolérance et sexualité interraciale dans le Dakar d’après-guerre”

John Boonstra, “Proclaiming Allegiance and Promising Protection: Affective Discourses and Debates over Intervention between France and Lebanon during the Great War”

2016
Melody Shum, “Colonial Childhood in French Kwang Chow Wan (1930’s-1940’s)”

Adrienne Tyrey, “Separate but Equal? Arab vs Berber Education under the French Protectorate of Morocco, and the Case of Arabic at the Collège berbère d’Azrou”

2014
Amandine Dabat, “Contourner l’exil : les réseaux de communication de l’empereur vietnamien Hàm Nghi (1871-1944) entre l’Algérie française et l’Indochine”

Isabelle Flour, “Casting Angkor: Reconstructing Khmer Architecture at the Musée Indochinois and Universal Expositions in France (1867-1937)”

2012
Michelle Pinto, “Africanization in the Postwar French Empire: Concept and Program for Modernization”

Claire Edington, “Mettray Overseas: Juvenile Justice Reform Between France and Indochina, 1905-1945″

The French Colonial Historical Society awards the Boucher Prize in honor of long term members and active supporters, Mary Alice and Philip Boucher, annually recognizing the the best volume published in the preceding year dealing with the French colonial experience from the 16th century to 1815.

Books from any academic discipline will be considered, providing that they approach the French colonial experience from a historical perspective.

The deadline for this year’s submissions is March 1, 2020. Questions about the submission process should be addressed to Dr. Charles Keith, Chair of the FCHS Book Prize Committee, at ckeith@msu.edu.

Applicants or their publishers should submit four copies of books published in 2019 (date of publication is determined by the copyright page of the book), one to each of the book prize committee members at the addresses listed below.

Please indicate clearly that the submission is for the Boucher Prize.

  • Dr. Charles Keith
    Department of History
    Michigan State University
    211 Old Horticulture Hall
    506 E. Circle Drive
    East Lansing, MI 48824 USA
  • Dr. Ellen Amster
    Department of History
    McMaster University
    Chester New Hall Room 616
    1280 Main Street West
    Hamilton, ON L8S 4L9 Canada
  • Dr. Robert Michael Morrissey
    Department of History
    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    309 Gregory Hall
    810 Wright Street
    Urbana, IL 61801 USA

The final member of the committee will be announced shortly.

The winner of the Boucher Prize is announced at the annual conference of the French Colonial Historical Society.

2019 Boucher Book Prize Winner

Jean-François Lozier, Flesh Reborn: The Saint Lawrence Valley Mission Settlements through the Seventeenth Century (McGill-Queens University Press)

Jean-François Lozier’s Flesh Reborn is a tour-de-force of original research and interpretation. Lozier traces the origins and evolution of the five major Indigenous communities that formed in the seventeenth-century Saint Lawrence Valley in response to the destructive forces of settler colonialism. Where earlier accounts of these settlements focused on French colonizers and missionaries, tracing their motives and methods for attracting Native people into the orbit of New France, Lozier centers his analysis on the Indigenous communities themselves. Insisting that Native people resettled for reasons other than simple desperation or religious conversion, this account explores the complex cultural, political, economic, and strategic considerations that led a wide range of Native people to gather at these sites to form meaningful long-term relationships with one another, with French colonizers, and with the places themselves. Drawing on a stunning array of sources—from the familiar Jesuit Relations to archaeological studies and Indigenous language dictionaries—Lozier paints a remarkably rich, three-dimensional portrait of these communities, which were always much more than missions, existing alongside rather than under French influence. Appreciating the significance of Native individuals, including women who are often left out of histories of diplomacy and politics, Lozier offers the first satisfying explanation of how these towns became key sites of persistence and creative adaptation for a range of Native peoples not only during the seventeenth century but into the present.

Honorable Mention:
Christopher Parsons, A Not-So-New World: Empire and Environment in French Colonial North America (University of Pennsylvania Press)

2019 Other Books Submitted

Gauvin Alexander Bailey, Architecture and Urbanism in the French Atlantic Empire: State, Church, and Society, 1604-1830 (McGill-Queens University Press)

Gina Martino, Women at War in the Borderlands of the Early American Northeast (University of North Carolina Press)

Christopher Parsons, A Not-So-New World: Empire and Environment in French Colonial North America (University of Pennsylvania Press)

Guillaume Teasdale, Fruits of Perseverance: The French Presence in the Detroit River Region, 1701-1815 (McGill-Queens University Press)

Boucher Prize Past Winners

2018
Sue Peabody, Madeline’s Children: Family, Freedom, Secrets, and  Lies in France’s Indian Ocean Colonies(Oxford University Press, 2017)

2017
Jennifer L. Palmer, Intimate Bonds: Family and Slavery in the French Atlantic (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016)

2016
Julia Gaffield, Haitian Connections in the Atlantic World. Recognition after Revolution (University of North Carolina Press)

2015
Christian Ayne Crouch, Nobility Lost: French and Canadian Martial Cultures, Indians, and the End of New France (Cornell University Press)

2014
Rebecca Rogers, A Frenchwoman’s Imperial Story: Madame Luce in Nineteenth Century Algeria (Stanford University Press)

2013
Brett Rushforth, Bonds of Alliance: Indigenous and Atlantic Slaveries in New France (University of North Carolina Press, for the Omohondro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia)

2012
Jennifer Sessions, By Sword and Plow: France and the Conquest of Algeria (Cornell University Press)

The French Colonial Historical Society awards the Heggoy prize in honor of founding member, Alf Andrew Heggoy, annually in recognition of the best volume published in the preceding year dealing with the French colonial experience from 1815 to the present*.

Books from any academic discipline will be considered, providing that they approach the French colonial experience from a historical perspective.

The deadline for this year’s submissions is March 1, 2020. Questions about the submission process should be addressed to Dr. Charles Keith, Chair of the FCHS Book Prize Committee, at ckeith@msu.edu.

Applicants or their publishers should submit four copies of books published in 2019 (date of publication is determined by the copyright page of the book), one to each of the book prize committee members at the addresses listed below.

Please indicate clearly that the submission is for the Heggoy Book Prize.

  • Dr. Charles Keith
    Department of History
    Michigan State University
    211 Old Horticulture Hall
    506 E. Circle Drive
    East Lansing, MI 48824 USA
  • Dr. Ellen Amster
    Department of History
    McMaster University
    Chester New Hall Room 616
    1280 Main Street West
    Hamilton, ON L8S 4L9 Canada
  • Dr. Robert Michael Morrissey
    Department of History
    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    309 Gregory Hall
    810 Wright Street
    Urbana, IL 61801 USA

The final member of the committee will be announced shortly.

The winner of the Heggoy Prize is announced at the annual conference of the French Colonial Historical Society.

*Prior to the inauguration of the Boucher Prize in 2012 the Society awarded the Heggoy prize to the best book on French Colonial history covering any era.

2019 Alf Andrew Heggoy Book Prize Winner

Bonnie Effros, Incidental Archaeologists: French Officers and the Rediscovery of Roman North Africa (Cornell University Press)

Bonnie Effros’s Incidental Archaeologists is a transformative study in the history of knowledge production at the intersection of colonialism, militarism, and the professionalization of archaeology. Effros reveals that, in their search for a usable ancient North African past, French military officers in nineteenth-century Algeria simultaneously launched the field of professional archaeology in France and embedded the knowledge they produced in the violence of colonialism. Convinced that France could learn from the failures of Rome’s efforts to control the region, and thus succeed where Rome failed, these officers pursued knowledge for colonialist ends, often acting with cruelty and violence toward the Arab and Berber inhabitants whose more proximate histories challenged French colonial aims. By linking the ancient past to the French colonial present, they fought to suppress the Islamic histories that undergirded Algerian culture and politics. Effros’s unparalleled expertise in both ancient and modern sources, and her attention to the power and politics of knowledge production, make this a truly innovative study.

Honorable Mention:
Jessica Lynne Pearson, The Colonial Politics of Global Health: France and the United Nations in Postwar Africa (Harvard University Press)

2019 Other Books Submitted

Michitake Aso, Rubber and the Making of Vietnam: An Ecological History, 1897-1975 (University of North Carolina Press)

Dorian Bell, Globalizing Race : Antisemitism and Empire in French and European Culture (Northwestern University Press)

Jacques Binoche, Histoire de l’Algérie et ses parlementaires, 1848-1962 (Edilivre)

Jessica Lynne Pearson, The Colonial Politics of Global Health: France and the United Nations in Postwar Africa (Harvard University Press)

Charlotte Walker-Said, Faith, Power and Family: Christianity and Social Change in French Cameroon (Cambridge University Press)

Alf Andrew Heggoy Prize Past Winners

2018
Christopher Church, Paradise Destroyed: Catastrophe and Citizenship in the French Caribbean (University of Nebraska Press)

2017
Caroline Herbelin, Architectures du Vietnam Colonial. Repenser le métissage (CTHS-INHA)

2016
Emily Burrill, States of Marriage: Gender, Justice, and Rights in Colonial Mali (Ohio University Press)

2015
Elizabeth Heath, Wine, Sugar, and the Making of Modern France: Global Economic Crisis and the Racialization of French Citizenship, 1870-1910 (Cambridge University Press)

2014
Elizabeth A. Foster, Faith in Empire: Religion, Politics, and Colonial Rule in French Empire (Stanford University Press)

2013
Charles Keith, Catholic Vietnam: A Church from Empire to Nation (University of California Press)

2012
Daniel J. Sherman, French Primitivism and the Ends of Empire, 1945-1975 (University of Chicago Press)

2011
Julia A. Clancy-Smith, Mediterraneans: North Africa and Europe in an Age of Migration, C. 1800-1900 (University of California Press)

2010
Jay Gitlin, Bourgeois Frontier: French Towns, French Traders & American Expansion (Yale University Press)

2009
Kenneth Orosz, Religious Conflict and the Evolution of Language Policy in German and French Cameroon, 1885-1939 (Peter Lang/American University Studies)

2008
Emma Anderson, The Betrayal of Faith: The Tragic Journey of a Colonial Native Convert (Harvard University Press)

2007
J.P. Daughton, An Empire Divided: Religion, Republicanism, and the Making of French Colonialism, 1880-1914 (New York: Oxford, 2006)

2006
Megan Vaughan, Creating the Creole Island: Slavery in Eighteenth-century Mauritius (Duke University Press)

2005
Londa Schiebinger, Plants and Empire: Colonial Bioprospecting in the Atlantic World (Harvard University Press)

2004
Christelle Taraud, La prostitution coloniale (Éditions Payot)

2003
Ken Banks, Chasing Empire across the Sea (McGill/Queens University Press)

2002
Eric Jennings, Vichy in the Tropics (Stanford University Press)

2001
Peter Moogk, La Nouvelle France (Michigan State University Press)

2000
Joe Lunn, Memoirs of the Maelstrom (Greenwood)

1998
Leslie Choquette, Frenchmen into Peasants (Harvard University Press)

1997
Tanis C. Thorne, The Many Hands of my Relations (University of Missouri Press)

1996
Phyllis Martin, Leisure and Society in Colonial Brazzaville (Cambridge University Press)

1995
Julia Clancy-Smith, Rebel and Saint: Muslim Notables, Populist Protest, Colonial Encounters (Algeria and Tunisia, 1800-1914) (University of California Press)

1994
R. David Edmunds and Joe Peyser, The Fox Wars: The Mesquakie Challenge to New France (University of Oklahoma Press)

1993
Philip Boucher, Cannibal Encounters (Johns Hopkins University Press)

1992
Doug Porch, The French Foreign Legion (Harper Collins)

1991
Serge Courville, Entre ville et campagne. L’essor du village dans les seigneuries du Bas-Canada (Presses de l’Université Laval)

1990
Christopher Harrison, France and Islam in West Africa (Cambridge)

1989
Bill Shorrock, From Ally to Enemy (Kent State University Press)

1988
Carl Brasseaux, The Founding of New Acadia (Louisiana State University Press)

1987
Carl Ekberg, Colonial Sainte-Genevieve (Patrice Press)

1986
John Hargreaves, West Africa Partitioned. Vol. 2, The Elephants and the Grass (University of Wisconsin Press)

1985
Bill Hoisington, The Casablanca Connection (U. North Carolina Press)

1981
Bill Cohen, The French Encounter with Africans (Indiana U. Press)

1977
Cornelius Jaenen, Friend and Foe (Columbia University Press)