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Marie-Laurence Beaumier is this year's recipient of Marta D fund!

June 5, 2017

Marie-Laurence B. Beaumier, PhD candidate in the Département des sciences historiques de l’Université Laval, is this year's winner of the Marta Danylewycz Memorial Fund. Her dissertation examines the evolution of the practices and experiences of parenting between 1960 to 1980, highlighting the gendered and intersectional dimensions. Her findings are based on a large body of oral sources, in particular interviews with mothers and fathers in a populous neighbourhood in Quebec City. These unedited sources, complete with the analysis of pediatric manuals, parenting guides and Canadian family legislation gives her an inside look at family dynamics, power and the intersections of gender and age. In accordance with the objectives of the Marta Danylewycz Memorial Fund, Marie-Laurence offers a historical feminist perspective, identifying the power dynamics as they manifest in (re)production and the challenging of the gendered roles and responsibilities. This period was a time where feminist movements were trying to find ways to redefine the power relations between the sexes. This grant will facilitate her work in finishing the oral research to finish up her project.  

Honourable Mention, Marta Danylewycz Prize, 2017

This year’s selection committee also wishes to identify an honourable mention in the Marta Danylewycz competition. 

Emma McKenna’s PhD dissertation “Fire in the Archive: Canadian Feminist Discourses of the 1980s” deploys feminist theory in political economy, critical race theory and feminist cultural production to read feminist debates as played out in the pages of KINESISCanadian Woman Studies/Les Cahiers de la Femme, and Atlantis. McKenna’s work is a welcome and much needed intervention into recent Canadian feminist history.  Her work explores how feminist debates in political economy were “articulated alongside gendered analysis of race, sexuality and class” and then played out in (varying) feminist analyses of pornography and of women and poverty. McKenna’s work, prepared for a PHD in English and Cultural Studies, demonstrates how much historians have to gain by working with our colleagues in interdisciplinary research.

More information on the Marta Danylewycz Memorial Fund