April 2022

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

Faculty News


Know Your Profs with Dr. Timothy Cheek

What does it mean to be a good historian? For Dr. Timothy Cheek, it takes interest, detective work, surprise, and a deeper understanding of how humans choose to comport themselves. In this instalment of Know Your Profs, Dr. Cheek shares with us what triangulation has to do with working with historical documents and artifacts, why context is important to any work in the discipline of history, and why you should take a chance on at least one discipline that is new to you in first and second year.



Dr. Heidi Tworek Appointed to Government of Canada Expert Advisory Group on Online Safety


Heidi Tworek, Associate Professor at the UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and the Department of History, will serve on the Expert Advisory Panel at Canadian Heritage. Dr. Tworek is a Canada Research Chair and Associate Professor of international history and public policy at UBC. She is an award-winning researcher of media, history, health communications, international organizations and platform governance and a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation. The expert advisory group is mandated to provide advice on a legislative and regulatory framework that best addresses harmful content online.



Dr. Pheroze Unwalla Awarded a UBC CTLT Students as Partners (SaP) in Course Design Grant

UBC History Professor and Middle East Studies Chair Dr. Pheroze Unwalla has been awarded a Students as Partners in Course Design grant through UBC's new Students as Partners (SaP) Fund, offered by the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT). Dr. Unwalla will work in partnership with three Middle East Studies (MES) students throughout Summer and Fall 2022 on a project titled, "Redesigning MES 300: Faculty-Student (re)Visions of a Student-Centered Course." 



Dr. Kelly McCormick Wins Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund for Project on the History of Japanese Photography

Entitled "Behind the Camera: Gender, Power, and Politics in the History of Japanese Photography", this project aims to make inaccessible historical photographs and essays related to the history of photography available to students online through digitization and translation. It also aims to create new scholarly content analyzing these materials and use scholarly perspectives to teach students how to analyze visual materials as primary and secondary sources.


Student News

From left: History graduate students Sanad Tabbaa, Ryan Iu, Adrian Wawrejko, Lucy Warrington, Naomi Louie, and Lily Hart.

UBC History Graduate Students Shifting Tides of History

The Shifting Tides History Conference provides an opportunity for graduate students in History and related disciplines to present their research to colleagues from across the Pacific Northwest while gaining valuable in-person public speaking experience. In early March 2022, 12 UBC History graduate students presented at the 47th annual conference. Learn about some of their projects, their reflections on the experience, and what it means to them to be historians in training.

History PhD Student Henry John Awarded National Honours in Work-Integrated Learning

Congratulations, Henry John, on being named the 2021 University Work-Integrated Learning Student of the Year by CEWIL Canada (Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada). Henry specializes in the fields of environmental history and the global politics of anti-war movements, decolonization, and anti-colonialism. His co-op work term with the Kaatza Station Museum and Archives evolved into further shared projects between the museum and the Ts’uubaa-asatx Nation to make the museum a more inclusive space of the Indigenous history of the Lake Cowichan area.

PhD Candidate Ryan Sun Publishes "The Holocaust and Hong Kong: an overlooked history"

ABSTRACT: By using recently declassified materials this paper argues Hong Kong played a more complicated role as an ambiguous refuge, one that provided shelter, but whose colonial administration was responsible for the internment and expulsion of Jewish refugees during WWII. This paper broadens its inquiry by analyzing local and historiographical factors that contributed to Hong Kong being overlooked. Adopting a Global Holocaust framework and following refugees' paths of escape reveals Hong Kong as more than just a transit port.

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Alumni News

Sebastian Huebel Publishes Monograph on Gender and German-Jewish Men in Nazi Germany

Fighter, Worker, and Family Man sheds light on how the Nazis sought to emasculate Jewish men through propaganda, the law, and violence, and how in turn German-Jewish men were able to defy emasculation and adapt – at least temporarily – to their marginalized status.

Sebastian Huebel (PhD '17) argues Jewish men’s gender identities, intersecting with categories of ethnicity, race, class, and age, underwent a profound process of marginalization that destabilized accustomed ways of performing masculinity.

Upcoming Events


2022 Burge Lecture | Love, Death, and Rivers: Native Californians and Native Hawaiians Remember the Confluences of History by Dr. David A. Chang

April 28, 6:00 pm PT

UBC Department of History is pleased to announce the 2022 Burge Lecture will be delivered by Professor David Aiona Chang, Distinguished McKnight Professor in the Department of History and American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota. This event will be available both in-person and virtually. However you choose to join us for this year’s lecture, please register via the RSVP link.

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Young Canada Works Information Session

April 11, 12:00 pm PT

As part of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, Young Canada Works (YCW) offers young Canadians the opportunity to develop skills and gain experience in the workforce through short-term work experiences for students (YCW HO) and graduate internships (YCW BCH).

Join the Young Canada Works Information Session for information about Young Canada Works positions offered through the Canadian Museums Association.


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Research horizons: what now, what next? An evening with UBC's newest University Killam Professors

May 2, 6:30 - 8:00 pm PT

Join UBC’s six newest University Killam Professors, including History's Dr. Tina Loo, for a unique glimpse into the future of their research and learn why the questions they’re asking are important for us all. 

It’s hard enough to know what someone feels now: how do we do so for people in the past? And why does it matter? In her talk, Dr. Loo will address the impossibility of understanding human behaviour without taking emotions into account through an emotional history of government efforts in Canada to wage war on poverty from the 1950s to the 1970s. 


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