October 2022

Now & Then highlights UBC History news and events for students, faculty, staff & alumni



Brazil and the World: A Q&A with Dr. Michael Rom about UBC History's Newest Course on Latin America

Term 2 | Tuesdays 4 -6 pm

Brazil is geographically positioned at the crossroads between the Americas, Africa, and Europe, has large populations of African, Asian, and Middle Eastern descent, and a close relationship with the United States. These factors have all shaped Brazil’s culture, economy, politics, and society, even as Brazil has exerted a great influence over the cultures, economies, politics, and societies of its neighbours. Taught by SSHRC Doctoral Fellow Dr. Michael Rom, HIST 403H: Brazil and the World explores the history of Brazil’s diverse encounters with the rest of the world, from the early nineteenth century to the present. Read this Q&A to learn more about the course and Dr. Rom's research.


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Faculty News

BC Studies Summer 2022 journal cover.

The Politics of Making Paradise: A Forum on Robert A.J. McDonald's A Long Way to Paradise

Professor Emeritus Robert A. J. McDonald, a beloved member of the UBC History community, passed away suddenly in 2019. This forum in the BC Studies is written by his friends, colleagues, and former students, and celebrates and examines his book, A Long Way to Paradise: A New History of British Columbia Politics, published posthumously in 2021. 

Student News

Andrew Sandfort-Marchese

History Honours Alumnus Andrew Sandfort-Marchese wins 2022 CCHSBC Wickberg Undergraduate Prize

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The Chinese Canadian Historical Society of British Columbia (CCHSBC) Wickberg Undergraduate Prize is awarded to outstanding students who have demonstrated promise of research achievement in the history of the Chinese in British Columbia. Congratulations to recent Andrew Sandfort-Marchese (Honours '22) for winning the 2022 prize for his submission entitled "Papers, Please: Broker Battles, Human Rights, and the Illegal Immigration Raids of 1960."


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Gender, sexuality & power dynamics in Colonial Singapore (A conversation with Aydin Quach)


Large numbers of Chinese men arrived in colonial Singapore to do domestic work in European households. They often worked under the supervision of white women who managed the households while their husbands took care of official business. Other Chinese men joined the local sex trade, servicing male European clients. In this podcast, History MA student Aydin Quach speaks on how gender, sexuality and power dynamics functioned in colonial Singapore society.


Student Opportunities and Resources

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Volunteers Needed: Become a Docent with the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre

Deadline: October 31, 2022

The Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre (VHEC) is seeking volunteers who share a passion for human rights and social justice through Holocaust-based anti-racism education. Volunteering as a docent is an opportunity to share one’s dedication to the pursuit of a more just world, supporting programs that aim to empower students and the general public to become upstanders against anti-Semitism and other forms of racism. Learn more at the link below.


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History Peer Writing Tutors

The Department of History has peer writing tutors for those who need assistance or a second opinion on their history essay. The peer tutors can help you review your drafts and discuss ways to improve your paper, and are available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm and Thursday from 2:00 4:30 pm. Find them in Buchanan Tower 1233.


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Events and Announcements


UBC History Colloquium | Silencing of Indigenous Histories and Voices in Academia, Museums, and Archives with Dr. Paulette Steeves

October 27, 12:30 – 1:50 pm PT, hybrid

The History Colloquium Series brings together scholars who are exploring issues that challenge the frontiers of our discipline. In this talk, Dr. Paulette Steeves (Algoma University) discusses how the late modern state and its bureaucracies control Indigenous heritage in the present to erase and minimalize the Indigenous past and cleave Indigenous people’s links to their homelands. She also presents an Indigenous and archaeological view of deep Indigenous histories to discuss what reclaiming and rewriting Indigenous history brings to paths of healing for Indigenous and settler communities.



Coexistence and Colonialism in the Modern Middle East with Dr. Ussama Makdisi

October 13, 12:00 – 1:30 pm PT, hybrid

The Middle East was home to a complex, but now obscured, modern culture of coexistence that was confronted with a relentless Western colonialism after WWI. In this talk, Professor Ussama Makdisi (UC Berkeley) will explore this historical conjuncture that challenges conventional understandings of sectarianism in the region. This talk is hosted by UBC Middle East Studies and sponsored by UBC History and UBC Asian Studies.



Student & Research Showcase: CSDI & Konwakai Chair in Japanese Research

October 27, 5:00 – 6:30 pm PT, in-person

The Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions and the Centre for Japanese Research invites you to hear from current student researchers, learn about their plans for 2022-23, and see how you can get involved. During this event, Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions Director Professor Heidi Tworek and Konwakai Chair in Japanese Research Professor Yves Tiberghien will discuss their visions for their centres, followed by lightning student presentations on their work. Presentations to be followed by reception.



Critical Conversations: Intimacies & Kinship

October 13, 3:00 - 5:00 pm PT, hybrid

Critical Conversations is an in-house speaker series initiated by the UBC Department of English Language and Literatures and the UBC English Graduate Student Caucus to foster conversations across fields and periodization. The prompt for the first event is “Intimacies & Kinship” to be freely interpreted by the speakers. The event will begin with 10-minute talks by the speakers followed by ample time for Q&A to encourage post-talk dialogue and engagement. 


Reenactment and Remembrance: Warring Visions of Vietnam

October 11, 2:30 – 4 pm PT, in-person

Histories of war photography seldom take seriously the category of images that are manifestly staged or reenacted. However, such images are an important resource in understanding warring visions — how conflicts are mediated and how they are remembered in the Vietnam conflict and, more broadly, in the global Cold War. Through a consideration of the works of South Vietnamese colonel and veteran photographer, Nguyễn Ngọc Hạnh, and diasporic artist An-My Lê, this presentation considers how reenactment challenges historical interpretation, illuminating parallels between American and Vietnamese worldviews and the disjunctions between them.

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