December 2022

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

Newly-minted History PhDs. From left: Drs. Jihyun Shin, Sharanjit Sandhra, Xian Wang, and Teilhard Paradela.

Celebrating UBC History Class of 2022

Congratulations on crossing the stage, UBC History Class of 2022! Read the celebratory message from Department Head Dr. Bonnie Effros to help you mark your accomplishments.


Faculty News

Dr. Crystal Webster Wins The Library Company of Philadelphia Biennial First Book Award

The Library Company of Philadelphia

The Library Company of Philadelphia’s Biennial First Book Award recognizes an extraordinary contribution to American studies by an author whose first published book relies significantly on research conducted in the Library Company’s collections. Beyond the Boundaries of Childhood: African American Children in the Antebellum North by Dr. Crystal Webster illuminates the social and affective worlds of Black children living in the northern United States during the period of gradual emancipation. Dr. Webster mines understudied primary resources and focuses on the lives and agency of African American children, recovering their historical presence and honouring them as powerful individual actors.


Dr. John Christopoulos Awarded the Peter Gonville Stein Book Award from the American Society for Legal History

American Society for Legal History

The Peter Gonville Stein Book Award is awarded annually for the best book in non-US legal history written in English. Abortion in Early Modern Italy masterfully weaves medical, religious, and legal perspectives on abortion in Italy in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Drawing in part on records of trials in criminal and ecclesiastical courts, Christopoulos reveals the full complexity of how women and men from all parts of society thought about and experienced abortion. In its careful interrogation of a wide range of sources and thoughtful discussion, the book shows the topic of abortion was no less controversial in the early modern period than it is today.


"Justice for Whom? Redressing the '1975 Shadian Incident' in the Post-Mao Era, 1978-2019"

The “Shadian conflict,” which erupted in 1964 and continued until at least 1975, was the largest religious resistance of the Cultural Revolution in modern Chinese history. Read the new publication by Sessional Lecturer and recent History PhD alumna Dr. Xian Wang.


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Student Opportunities 


Summer GoGlobal Seminar | ACAM 390A: Asian Migration and the Making of Islands

Deadline: December 13, 2022

Global Seminars give students the opportunity to participate in an international experience while exploring unique topics and locations. This year’s ACAM 390A, led by Dr. Henry Yu, allows students to conduct interdisciplinary academic research while exploring the histories, cultures, foodways, heritage, and geographies of Asian migration around the Pacific. With field trips to sites across Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, and in Asia, students will explore themes including race, Asian migrants and Indigeneity, foodscapes, and cultural heritage in colonial islands. 


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Image via SFU NATO Field School.

Call for Applications: NATO Field School and Simulation Program

Deadline: January 25, 2023

Applications are currently open for the 2023 NATO Field School and Simulation Program, which is operated by SFU Political Science in collaboration with the NATO Defense College in Rome and Canada’s Joint Delegation to NATO. The program will bring graduate and undergraduate students from NATO member-states together in the summer term to gain experience in international relations, security, and diplomacy. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to travel across Europe, including locations in Latvia, Belgium, Italy, and more.


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Image via Friends of the BC Archives.

Call for Applications: Friends of the BC Archives Indigenous Research Fund

Deadline: January 31, 2023

The Friends of the BC Archives is currently accepting applications for the Indigenous Research Fund, which provides up to $1000 for Indigenous individuals and organizations to access the BC Archives in Victoria. Students and other researchers are encouraged to apply. The fund may be applied towards travel (including accommodation and meals), hiring a researcher, and other costs associated with work done at the BC Archives. The grant is flexible in the types of projects it supports. 


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2022 CTLT Winter Institute

December 12–15, 2022, online

The 2022 CTLT Winter Institute will take place in-person, in a multi-access format and online from December 12-15, 2022. This week-long initiative provides a time for colleagues to come together during the mid-academic year to reflect on the impact of their teaching practices on student learning and experiences. The theme of this year’s Winter Institute is Sustainable, Inclusive and Thriving Communities. As part of the program, Dr. Pheroze Unwalla (History; Middle East Studies) will present a case study on the Transformative Potential of Faculty-Student Collaboration on December 13.


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