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Dean BookRemembering Vancouver’s Disappeared Women: Settler Colonialism and the Difficulty of Inheritance (University of Toronto Press, 2015), a new book by Dr. Amber Dean, Associate Professor of English and Cultural Studies, has been named the 2016 Best Book in Canadian Studies by the Canadian Studies Network – Réseau d’études canadiennes.  On March 22, 2017, it was announced that the book also won the Shepherd Book Prize in Humanities. The Donald Shepherd Humanities Book Prize was created, through the generosity of Donald Shepherd, professor emeritus, classics, to recognize the best book published by a full-time member of the faculty in a given three-year period. A summary of the book in the form of a McMaster Research Snap can be found at this link.

The award citation for the CSN-REC Book Prize notes that “Dean examines the complicated politics of remembrance, the ongoing impact of settler colonialism, and Canadian society’s need to at once inherit the acts of violence against Indigenous women on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and to come to terms with how we define what is and is not a ‘grievable life.’ The committee members were impressed by Dean’s creative and interdisciplinary approach and agreed that the book does much to advance our understanding of Canada and to expand the field of Canadian Studies. Meticulously researched and written in clear and accessible language, Remembering Vancouver’s Disappeared Women is timely, has multiple entry points for readers, and is incredibly well-suited to the classroom.”