The Bibliographic Society of Canada (BSC) is pleased to announce that Megan Butchart has been awarded the Emerging Scholar Prize for 2023. Megan is a recent Master of Arts graduate in English from the University of Alberta. The Awards Committee was particularly impressed with her multi-layered research project that focused on the southern literary magazine South Today (1936-1945), which paid particular attention to readership. The committee felt this approach brought an important and dynamic dimension to their analysis of the anti-racism activism undertaken by the magazine’s editors within and beyond its pages.
Megan will present on her work, which will combine textual analysis and archival research, to explore how South Today’s challenged hegemonic white supremacist paradigms and informed a politics of accessibility and community networking at the BSC annual conference, which will be held in person between May 29 and 30 at York University in Toronto. Megan will be invited to publish a revised, article-length version of her conference paper in the Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada, subject to peer review. The prize also includes a grant of $500.
The Emerging Scholar Prize promotes the work of a researcher who is beginning a career in the fields of book history and bibliography broadly defined, including a study of the creation, production, publication, distribution, transmission, history, and uses of printed books, manuscripts, or electronic texts.