University of Calgary

Energy literature mainstream

Short-listing of book for prize recognizes value of field

By Meghan Sired

University of Calgary energy discourse analyst Dominique Perron has made the short list for the annual Aid to Scholarly Publications Programme’s (ASPP) scholarly book prize.

Her book on Hydro-Quebec, Le Nouveau Roman de l’Energie Nationale, examines the relationship between nationalist discourses in Quebec and the creation of the Crown corporation Hydro-Quebec.
According to Perron, this is the first time in Canada that an energy corporation has been reframed as a cultural phenomenon and examined as such in a book.

“To be short listed for the ASSP award means that literary works on energy discourses are moving from being a marginal research field to mainstream academics,” said Perron, a professor in the Faculty of Humanities. “This new field originated in French academic circles but will soon spread to English ones. French discourse analysis stands as a valuable concept to understand various phenomena related to energy.”

The ASPP is a program funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and provides financial support for the publication of manuscripts authored by Canadian scholars.

“The annual scholarly book prizes are the most tangible way to recognize scholars who have demonstrated excellence in research and writing in the humanities and social sciences,” said Jim Frideres, chair of the ASPP management board and the director of the U of C’s International Indigenous Studies program.

The winners will be announced on Nov. 12.

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