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-

2019
Joseph la Hausse de Lalouvière (Harvard University), “Illegal Enslavement? Reparations for Slavery’s Restoration in 1802”.

Honorable mentions:
Jakob Burnham (Georgetown University), “Frenchmen Don’t Marry Slaves: Social Ordering and Archival Disparities in Colonial Pondichéry”.

Deirdre T. Lyons (University of Chicago), “‘We are Free, We Marry,’ They Say : Republican Emancipation and Marriage in the French Antilles, 1848-1852”. 


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, 2022. To obtain addresses to which to send submissions or if you have questions about the submission process, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Heath, Chair of the FCHS Book Prize Committee, at bookprizes@frenchcolonial.org.

Applicants or their publishers should submit four copies of books published in 2021 (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. Given the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, it may be possible to submit PDFs of full books. Please contact the Chair of the Book Prize Committee.

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

  • Dr. Elizabeth Heath
    Baruch College
  • Dr. Robert Michael Morrissey
    University of Illinois,
    Urbana-Champaign
  • Dr. Patrick Dramé
    Université de Sherbrooke
  • Dr. Penny Edwards
    University of California, Berkeley

The winner of the 2022 Boucher Prize will be announced at the annual conference of the French Colonial Historical Society.

2021 Boucher Book Prize Winner

Laurie M. Wood, Archipelago of Justice: Law in France’s Early Modern Empire (Yale UP)

Laurie M. Wood’s Archipelago of Justice: Law in France’s Early Modern Empire is the winner of the 2020 Mary Alice and Philip Boucher prize. Archipelago of Justice offers a major contribution to an emerging scholarship seeking to integrate the histories of the Atlantic and Indian Ocean empires in order to better understand how the early modern French empire operated as a whole. Wood achieves this remarkable accomplishment through her focus on the conseils. In the early modern French empire, the conseils—regional law courts—bound a far-flung and diverse imperial system together through a network of institutions, people, and practices. In Archipelago of Justice, Wood focuses our attention across the entire system of these crucial legal institutions (the administrative equivalent of the parlements of metropolitan France), along with the people who staffed them and the subjects who petitioned them, to show how they created power, order, and the very nature of French colonialism. Based on astonishing archival tenacity, the book is beautifully written through powerful case studies and stories that bring to life both the powerful and the marginalized in vivid detail. Its most powerful and creative intervention is surely at the level of framing. Approaching the conseil and its agents as a whole, Wood navigates from the Caribbean to the Indian Ocean, helping us see these frequently separate worlds together, as they were legally bound together in the early modern era through the fascinating history of the conseil.

Honorable Mention:
Jessica Marie Johnson, Wicked Flesh: Black Women, Intimacy, and Freedom in the Atlantic World (University of Pennsylvania Press)

Boucher Prize Past Winners

2020
Sophie White, Voices of the Enslaved: Love, Labor, and Longing in French Louisiana (UNC Press/Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture)

2019
Jean-François Lozier, Flesh Reborn: The Saint Lawrence Valley Mission Settlements through the Seventeenth Century (McGill-Queens University Press)

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

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

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, 2022. To obtain addresses to which to send submissions or if you have questions about the submission process, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Heath, Chair of the FCHS Book Prize Committee, at bookprizes@frenchcolonial.org.

Applicants or their publishers should submit four copies of books published in 2021 (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. Given the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, it may be possible to submit PDFs of full books. Please contact the Chair of the Book Prize Committee.

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

  • Dr. Elizabeth Heath
    Baruch College
  • Dr. Robert Michael Morrissey
    University of Illinois,
    Urbana-Champaign
  • Dr. Patrick Dramé
    Université de Sherbrooke
  • Dr. Penny Edwards
    University of California, Berkeley

The winner of the 2022 Heggoy Prize will be 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.

2021 Alf Andrew Heggoy Book Prize Winner

M’hamed Oualdi, A Slave Between Empires: A Transimperial History of North Africa (Columbia UP)

M’hamed Oualdi’s A Slave Between Empires: A Transimperial History of North Africa, offers a deeply original reinterpretation of colonial North Africa from 1880 to 1920. Impressive in archival range and political reach, A Slave Between Empires explores the life and legacy of Husayn Ibn ‘Abdallah, a former slave who rose to prominence as a dignitary of the Ottoman Empire and died in the French Protectorate of Tunisia. Anchored in an intricate web of Arabic, French, Italian and Ottoman sources, A Slave Between Empires moves beyond Francophone archives and conventional records, combining perspectives “from below” with analysis of estate, family, legal claims, financial legacy to raise important questions about the creation of moral categories. Moving deftly between the life of Husayn and the entrepreneurial communities and intellectual networks linking France, the Ottoman Empire, and the Maghreb, Oualdi’s dazzling new book offers a fresh perspective and a new methodology, for French colonial history.

Honorable Mention:
Aro Velmet, Pasteur’s Empire: Bacteriology and Politics in France, its Colonies, and the World (Oxford UP)

Alf Andrew Heggoy Prize Past Winners

2020
Joshua Cole, Lethal Provocation: The Constantine Murders and the Politics of French Algeria (Cornell University Press)

2019
Bonnie Effros, Incidental Archaeologists: French Officers and the Rediscovery of Roman North Africa (Cornell University Press)

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)

The French Colonial Historical Society (FCHS) is pleased to announce the call for submissions for its inaugural Article Prize. The competition is open to all articles pertaining to French Colonial history published during 2020 in either English or French, irrespective of geographic focus or time period. We especially encourage submissions from early career scholars and from scholars based outside of North America. The winner receives a complementary one-year membership to FCHS, complimentary registration to the annual conference, a small monetary award, and a certificate.


Application Procedures

Please send questions or submissions to Dr. Robert Englebert, chair of the Article Prize committee, at articleprize@frenchcolonial.org by January 10, 2021. Membership in the FCHS is not required, but it is encouraged.


2021 Prize Winner

Lorelle Semley, “Beyond the Dark Side of the Port of the Moon: Rethinking the Role of Bordeaux’s Slave Trade Past,” Histoire sociale/Social History 53, no. 107 (mai/May 2020): 43-68.

In “Beyond the Dark Side of the Port of the Moon: Rethinking the Role of Bordeaux’s Slave Trade Past,” Lorelle Semley presents a multilayered historical account of the enslaved and free people who came together to imagine a “Black metropolis” in Bordeaux in the 18th century. Drawing on scholarship that privileges theories of “flow and counterflow” over the triangular framing of the transatlantic slave trade, Semley mines an impressive array of sources including archival records, paintings, and the built environment, to piece together the rich tapestry of a vibrant Black community in Bordeaux. Her proposed reading of Black movement, kinship, and community formation through the lens of what she calls “a trans-African life,” rethinks the meaning and terms of mobility in the Atlantic world. A theoretically rich and beautifully written study, “Beyond the Dark Side of the Port of the Moon” makes a crucial contribution to scholarship about the transnational intersections and convergences in 18th century France.


Honorable Mentions

Samuel D. Anderson, “The French Médersa in West Africa: Modernizing Islamic Education and Institutionalizing Colonial Racism, 1890s-1920s,” Islamic Africa 11 (2020): 42-70.

Scott Berthelette, “New France and the Hudson Bay Watershed: Transatlantic Networks, Backcountry Specialists, and French Imperial Projects in Post-Utrecht North America, 1713-29,” Canadian Historical Review 101, no. 1 (March 2020): 1-26.

Jennifer Sessions, “Horace Vernet’s Tête Arabe: The Artist as Colonial Collector,” Monde(s) 17 (mai 2020): 155-176.