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Queen's University

Mills wins big again: CHA honours his work with Bullen and Forsey Prizes

SEAN MILLS (PhD Queen's, 2008), scholar of the Quiet Revolution, who was awarded Queen University's prestigious Governor-General's Gold Medal in recognition of his outstanding doctoral studies in 2008, continues in his winning ways. Sean's work has now been honoured with two major prizes by the Canadian Historical Association: The John Bullen Prize, awarded annually to the outstanding Ph.D. thesis on a historical topic submitted in a Canadian university, and the Eugene Forsey Prize, awarded by the Canadian Committee on Labour History for the best undergraduate and graduate essays on Canadian labour history for the best labour history thesis. For more information on both prizes and for a list of past winners see:

This is now the second year in a row that a History PhD graduate from Queen's has won the prestigious Bullen: last year Stuart Henderson was the winner.

Sean, who is currently a postdoctoral fellow at New York University, completed an M.A. at McGill University, having taken courses in Quebec history at both UQAM and l'Université de Montréal, before coming to Queen's to complete his PhD.

In his thesis, he places the political movements of the Quiet Revolution in the larger international context in which they emerged, and looks to the complex interactions between Montreal's different linguistic and ethnic groups.

He explores the ways in which Third World decolonization theory influenced New Left activists living in Montreal in the 1960s, and probes its impact upon the emerging feminist movement, upon labour uprisings, linguistic debates, and black activism. He also pays particularly close attention to the ways in which gender and racial metaphors were employed in the service of politics, and investigates the relationship between intellectual ideas, street politics, the city, and resistance.

Sean has recent contributions appearing in the Canadian Historical Review, Histoire sociale/Social History, Mens: Revue d'histoire intellectuelle de l'Amérique française, and Contester dans un pays prospère, a collection of essays dealing with oppositional movements in Canada and Belgium. He is currently in the process of completing two major projects.

The first is a manuscript based on his thesis, tentatively entitled Empire and the City: Montreal's Postcolonial Imagination.

The second is an anthology, for which he is a co-editor, of new writing on the 1960s entitled New World Coming: The Sixties and the Shaping of Global Consciousness.


May 27, 2009



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