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Nadasdy Awarded John McMenemy Prize

August 23, 2017

Paul Nadasdy, Associate Professor of Anthropology, was awarded the John McMenemy Prize for the best article published in The Canadian Journal of Political Science in 2016. Nadasdy received this award for First Nations, Citizenship and Animals, or Why Northern Indigenous People Might Not Want to Live in ZoopolisThe John McMenemy Prize is awarded by the Canadian Political Science Association.

Excerpt from jury report:
This imaginative and wide-ranging analysis examines the model of human-animal relations put forward in Donaldson and Kymlicka’s recent Zoopolis: A Political Theory of Animal Rights from the perspective of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada’s North. Melding anthropological studies with analysis of the citizenship regimes which have emerged from settled comprehensive land claims and self-government agreements, Nadasdy challenges the universality that Donaldson and Kymlicka claim for their interpretation of human society. He argues that Zoopolis’ implicit liberalism and its assumptions about the territorial underpinnings of human political organization are invalid for certain Northern Indigenous peoples. In contrasting Indigenous world views – and in particular, understandings of the relations of humans and animals – with the liberal, statist perspective of Zoopolis, Nadasdy raises complex, important questions not only in political theory but also about the place of Indigenous peoples and thought in the Canadian polity.  

2017 Prize Jury Members:
Jean-François Godbout (Université de Montréal, Co-editor)
Meenal Shrivastava (Athabasca University, Board member)
Graham White (Chair, University of Toronto Mississauga, Co-editor)

The prize was established in honour of the former Journal's Administrative Editor, Professor John McMenemy of Wilfrid Laurier University, who between 1977 and 2004, contributed greatly to the success of the Association and the Société's flagship journal. The Canadian Journal of Political Science, a quarterly journal of the highest international standards, is distributed to approximately 2000 scholars and institutions around the world.