Summer 2023

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


No time machine, no problem:

2023/2024 UBC History Courses to take you across Time and Space

Whether you are fascinated by the history of medieval Europe or photographic archives, feel more at home learning about the Middle East or about British Columbia, UBC History has a course just for you. Read on for a taste of UBC History courses offered during the 2023/2024 academic year, and check out our full catalogue of courses designed to enrich your learning experience.

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Faculty News


Prof. Bill French and Prof. Glen Peterson Retire after three decades of Inspiring UBC Students

Over the years, Dr Bill French and Dr. Glen Peterson have helped countless students find their love for History by bringing new perspectives and understanding to what the discipline is and can be. Read about their career highlights in this retirement announcement.

Happy retirement, Professors!

Bakers at Work. Source: Inventario Nº 245615, Photographic Collection, Archivo General de la Nación

On the Bridge to Argentina: A Q&A with Curator Dr. Benjamin Bryce

Bridge to Argentina is a brand new multilingual virtual museum, created in collaboration with the Argentine Museum of Immigration. Its goal is to narrate the history of immigration to Argentina, present scholarly research in interactive exhibits, and to build connections across the world. We sit down with curator Dr. Benjamin Bryce, associate professor of history at UBC, for an inside look at the online exhibit and what’s to come. 


Student News


UBC History Graduate Students Receive Support from the Japanese Canadian Students of 1942 Fund to Further Nikkei Research

The Japanese Canadian Students of 1942 Fund was created to champion community-based research, preserve the stories of Japanese Canadian elders for future generations, and to support current students whose research further the fields of Japanese Canadian and Asian Canadian studies. Read about how PhD candidate Nicole Yakashiro and MA student Bailey Irene Midori Hoy are expanding the fields of Japanese and Asian Canadian history with support from the Fund.

Grants and Recognitions

Dr. Sara Ann Knutson was awarded a research grant from the Barakat Trust (UK) for her research on Islamic silver in Morocco.

Dr. Tina Loo was named a 2023 recipient of the Governor General's History Award for Best Article or Book Chapter Prize of the Network in Canadian History & Environment. Colleen Campbell & Tina Loo, “Making Tracks: A Grizzly and Entangled History” in Traces of the Animal Past: Methodological Challenges in Animal History, ed. Jennifer Bonnell and Sean Kheraj. University of Calgary Press, 2022: 235-268.

Dr. Richard Menkis was named the recipient of the 2022/2023 Dean of Arts Award for his transformative contributions to the Faculty of Arts and for his ongoing commitment to Jewish studies, Holocaust education, and public history.

Dr. Anne Murphy was honoured with an award from the steering committee of the Dr. Ambedkar International Symposium on Emancipation and Equality Day Celebrations for her leadership on the Caste in Canada Project at UBC.

Manimugda Sharma (PhD student) was awarded a 2023/2024 Killam Doctoral Scholarshipthe most prestigious graduate awards available at UBC. This scholarship is provided from the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Fund for Advanced Studies.


Alumni Placements

Dr. Yan, Niping (PhD 2017), Assistant Professor (TT), Department of History, University of Macau

Dr. Shin, Jihyun (PhD 2022), Assistant Professor (TT), Women's and Gender History, MacEwan University

Dr. Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra (PhD 2021), Historian, Parks Canada


Journal Articles and Book Chapters

“Tunisian Islam,” Women’s Rights, and the Limits of French Empire in Twentieth-Century North Africa

Julian Weidermann (affiliated scholar), The American Historical Review (March 2023).

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Independence as Discovery: Mozambique's 1975 Nationalization of Funeral Services

David Morton (faculty), Journal of Contemporary History (May 2023).

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The Possibilities in Transit: Helmut Newton's Experiences on a Shanghai-bound Ship

Cheuk Him Ryan Sun (PhD student), Refugee History (June 2023).


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War Outside the State: Religious Communities, Martiality, and State Formation in Early Modern South Asia

Anne Murphy (faculty), Cambridge Companion on Religion and War. Ed. Margo Kitts.

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Books and Co-edited Volumes

Bhai Vir Singh (1872–1957) Religious and Literary Modernities in Colonial and Post-Colonial Indian Punjab

Edited by Anshu Malhotra and Anne Murphy (History faculty). Routledge, 2023.

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In This Modern Age: Medieval Studies in Honour of Paul Edward Dutton 


Edited by Courtney M. Booker (History faculty) and Anne A. Latowsky. Trivent, 2023.

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Visions of Medieval Studies in North America and Europe: Studies on Cultural Identity and Power 

Edited by Courtney M. Booker, Hans Hummer, Dana Polanichka. Brepols, 2022.

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"We Will Never Yield": Jews, the German Press, and the Fight for Inclusion in the 1840s

David A. Meola (History alumnus, 2012). Indiana University Press, 2023.


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