November 2019

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

Student Focus

History Major Laura Guglielmin’s Internship

"It was one of those perfectly star-aligned opportunities: I am a history student, I am super interested in the archives, and I am part of the queer community."

That was Laura Guglielmin’s sentiment as she applied for an internship to lead community engagement and outreach for the BC Gay and Lesbian archives, a collection that was maintained privately from 1976-2018 and recently donated to the City of Vancouver Archives.

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Graduate Student Highlights

  • PhD student and the 2019 recipient of the Killam Doctoral Scholarship, Sarah Fox, is featured in a video about her research on modern environmental history.
  • PhD student Mercedes Peters wrote a review of the book Assembling Unity: Indigenous Politics, Gender and the Union of BC Indian Chiefs for BC Studies.
  • MA student Rosalynd Boxall is a co-author on the publication "The Ethics of Private Funding for Graduate Students in the Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities" for Critical Education.

Faculty News 

Sebatian Prange's Book Award

Sebastian Prange’s book Monsoon Islam: Trade and Faith on the Medieval Malabar Coast was recently awarded the American Historical Association’s John F. Richards Prize.

We interviewed Sebastian about his award-winning book and the importance of studying Islamic History.

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New Faculty Books

Mad Dogs and Other New Yorkers by Jessica Wang

Rabies enjoys a fearsome and lurid reputation. Throughout the decades of spiraling growth that defined New York City from the 1840s to the 1910s, the bone-chilling cry of "Mad dog!" possessed the power to upend the ordinary routines and rhythms of urban life. In Mad Dogs and Other New Yorkers, Jessica Wang examines the history of this rare but dreaded affliction during a time of rapid urbanization. Read More.

Youth Squad by Tamara Gene Myers

Starting in the 1930s, urban police forces from New York City to Montreal to Vancouver established youth squads and crime prevention programs, dramatically changing the nature of contact between cops and kids. Gone was the beat officer who scared children and threatened youth. Instead, a new breed of officer emerged whose intentions were explicit: befriend the rising generation. Good intentions, however, produced paradoxical results. Read More.

Recent Faculty Articles/Videos

  • Jessica Wang wrote an Op-ed for The Conversation about the "horrifying symptoms of rabies" inspiring a number of folktales about humans turning into werewolves, vampires, and other monsters. 🎃
  • Tara Mayer was interviewed by the Peter Wall Institute about her research on racial identity, cultural conditioning and epistemology & more. Read it here.
  • Paige Raibmon spoke at CIFAR presents The Walrus Talks Boundaries in Gatineau on Sept. 23, 2019. Watch her lecture titled "Moving towards anti-Racist teaching through language."
  • History Head  Eagle Glassheim spoke to The Ubyssey about the department's support of the UBC Climate Strike on September 27th.
  • Heidi Tworek was on CTV News Vancouver  to discuss the impact of social media on the federal election.

Alumni Spotlight

From History Student to Lawyer - Q&A with Andreas Kuntze

"The history department at UBC offered a diverse selection of courses and instructors. They were challenging and accomplished academics who were motivated to put us on the right track for historical analysis."

Andreas discusses his experience as a History Major and the career path that led to his current position as a Lawyer at Chouinard & Company.

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Student Directed Seminar -
Winter Term 2

This course does not require a prerequisite, but a statement of interest is required by email. The course is appropriate for students across every region and/or discipline.

For full description of course or to submit a statement of interest, please email:

Kaiping: The Heritage of Chinese Migration -  Summer 2020

Led by Henry Yu, this unique field study in Vancouver, Hong Kong, Kaiping, Singapore and Malaysia allows students to explore multi-disciplinary perspectives on the histories, cultures, and geographies of Cantonese migration. Deadline to apply is Dec 5, 2019. 

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