February 2023

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

Faculty News

The Political Resistance of Play: Dr. Crystal Lynn Webster on Black Childhood, Social Justice, and Public History

Dr. Crystal Lynn Webster is an Assistant Professor at UBC History who studies the history of childhood and youth, African American history, and carceral studies. In her work, Webster uses not only historical sources, but also literature, material culture, and methodology from fields like sociology and education to deepen our understanding of systemic racism and oppression. In this generous interview, she shares her research, the passions that drive her pedagogy, and her journey to history.


Building Trust: How UBC’s Students as Partners Initiative Improved the Middle East Studies’ Undergraduate Learning Experience

Dr. Pheroze Unwalla is an Assistant Professor of Teaching in the Department of History and Chair of Middle East Studies. In his course MES 300 The Middle East: Critical Questions & Debates, Unwalla works with students as collaborators to deepen their learning in ways that are unrestricted by the traditional teacher-student classroom dynamic. Read this article from the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology to learn how the students in MES 300 worked in partnership with Dr. Pheroze Unwalla to build an inspired classroom dynamic.


Dr. John Roosa Wins Association of Asian Studies’ Kahin Prize

Congratulations to Dr. John Roosa on winning the George McT. Kahin Prize of the Association for Asian Studies for his book, Buried Histories: The Anticommunist Massacres of 1965–1966 in Indonesia (University of Wisconsin Press 2020). The George McT. Kahin Prize of the Association for Asian Studies is given biennially to an outstanding scholar of Southeast Asian studies from any discipline or country specialization to recognize distinguished scholarly work on Southeast Asia beyond the author’s first book.


Dr. Benjamin Bryce Launches Virtual Museum, Bridge to Argentina

Bridge to Argentina is a virtual museum in collaboration with the Argentine Museum of Immigration, which presents scholarly research to the general public through interactive exhibits, digital media, and diverse stories. The virtual museum seeks to make the history of immigration accessible to those who can’t visit the museum. It also offers things that you can’t do in a physical museum, like sitting on your couch and listen to old tango songs or radio shows, going on a walking tour of immigrant monuments all over Buenos Aires, or listening to podcasts while you drive to work.


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Awards and Grants

Heidi Tworek along with Prof. Dr. Mathias Albert and Prof. Dr. Tobias Werron, both of the Faculty of Sociology, Bielefeld University, Germany have won a grant from the Bielefeld University Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Forschung (Centre for Interdisciplinary Research). The money will fund an interdisciplinary group of global historians, IR scholars, and sociologists to co-write a book on the history of world politics while in residence in Bielefeld for four months in 2024.

Crystal Webster is a successful co-applicant on Mapping Black Girl Geographies and Belonging in Canada. This is a SSHRC Insight Development grant with PI Desirée de Jesus (York University) and Kisha McPherson Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University). A UBC Collaborator is Annette Henry (Language and Literacy Education / Institute for Race, Gender, Sexuality and Social Justice).

Pheroze Unwalla has won an Educational Leadership Award from the Faculty of Arts.

Professor Emeritus Peter Moogk, Major (Ret'd), received the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers from the Hon. Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, on behalf of the Governor-General. This award was for unpaid service to a number of societies and institutions concerned with history, historical commemorations, and community services.

Heidi Tworek received a gold award for best service article for consumers from the Canadian Online Publishing Awards 2022. This was awarded for the essay series she co-edited, entitled The Four Domains of Global Platform Governance. The series was published by the Centre for International Governance Innovation and featured 16 essays, co-edited by Heidi, Nanjala Nyabola, and Taylor Owen. 



A Past that Keeps on Giving:Britain’s Colonial and Post-colonial Amnesia

March 8, 2023 | 5:00 pm | Buchanan A 202 & online

The UBC Department of History is pleased to invite you to a talk by Prof. Olivette Otele (Ph.D., FRHistS, FLSW), Distinguished Professor of the Legacies and Memory of Slavery at SOAS, University of London.

This event is hosted by the UBC History Department and co-sponsored by the Public Humanities Hub, UBC Political Science, UBC English Language & Literatures, the Peter A. Allard School of Law, UBC Green College, and the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice.

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Arts Prof Talk: So you want to go to Grad School?

March 1, 2023 | 12:00 pm | Arts Student Centre, first-floor

Join Bradley Miller (Honours Chair, Associate Professor, Department of History) for coffee and light refreshments as we discuss all things grad school. Come with questions and hear tips from a professor on how to set yourself up for success, the application process, and more!


UBC History Open House for prospective Majors, Minors, & Honours Students

March 2, 2023 | 5:00 pm | BuTo 1112

Are you thinking about a degree in History? Visit our open house on March 2, 2023 at 5:00pm in Buchanan Tower 1112 to learn about our flexible programmes and our exciting, constantly evolving course offerings. You’ll also have a chance to meet our inspiring faculty members, fellow History buffs, and to hear about why History is now more relevant than ever before. Pizza to follow.


Meetings in the Margins: Religious and Cultural Contact in Greenland and Sápmi Before 1550

March 10, 2023 | 12:30 pm | BuTo 1112 & online

On March 10, 2023, join the UBC History Global Premodern Research Cluster for “Meetings in the margins: Religious and Cultural Contact in Greenland and Sápmi Before 1550”, a presentation by Dr. Cordelia Heß (Nordic History, University of Greifswald). 

The Global Premodern Research Cluster was established to bring together a multidisciplinary community with shared and varied interests in global premodern studies. It embraces a plurality of perspectives to the past and the evidence used to study the past, including textual, material, oral, and visual sources.

Image via Centre for Migration Studies, UBC.

Borders and Nation-Building in Early U.S. Travel Writing

February 28, 2023 | 11:00 am | Online

Join the Centre for Migration Studies for a presentation by Dr. Markus Heide of the University of Hildesheim entitled "Borders and Nation-Building in Early U.S. Travel Writing", which focuses on the role of early travel writing in the creation of conceptions of "self" and "other" in the era of US nation-building. 


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