November 2021

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

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Faculty in the News

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announces the rebrand of Facebook as Meta in this screenshot from a video released October 28, 2021.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announces the rebrand of Facebook as Meta in this screenshot from a video released October 28, 2021. Photo from Facebook via REUTERS/CIGI

Could E-courts Help Fix Facebook's Inadequate Oversight Board?

Centre for International Governenance Innovation

"Even though the Facebook Oversight Board’s transparency report may not grab headlines, it is a timely reminder that many users both want social media companies to take their concerns seriously and are willing to take the time to appeal to outside bodies," writes Professor Heidi Tworek.

 

Image of the Canadian flag laid on top of the flag of the People's Republic of China.

The Future of Canada-China Relations

Trek Magazine, Alumni UBC

UBC experts weigh in on the future of Canada-China relations, following the release of the two Michaels and Meng Wanzhou. "It will be a long time before fair-minded Canadians will forgive, let alone forget," says Dr. Leo Shin, Professor of History and Asian Studies.

"This is a time for Canada to maintain a watching brief, as we did during the cultural revolution," says Professor Emertia of History, Dr. Diana Lary.

 

Black and white photo of students holding a demonstration against President Sukarno in Jakarta, October 1966. Gen Suharto was effectively in charge by then and became president the next year.

Students hold a demonstration against President Sukarno in Jakarta, October 1966. Gen Suharto was effectively in charge by then and became president the next year. Photograph: Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images

Slaughter in Indonesia: Britain's Secret Propaganda War

The Guardian

Britain’s National Archives recently released pamphlets from the 1960s purporting to be written by Indonesian patriots, but were in fact written by British propagandists, calling on Indonesians to eliminate the PKI, then the biggest communist party in the non-communist world. As the army whipped up popular anger against communism, media propaganda at the time legitimised what History Professor and Department Head Dr. John Roosa has described as its “already-planned moves against the PKI and President Sukarno.”

 

Students in the News

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Integrating the Public Humanities with Career Development

"I don’t stop being a history Ph.D. student when I chat with that former logger about the development of the chain saw, even though I’m on the clock at work while we talk. It’s time to stop framing career conversations as separate from the work that we do as scholars," writes Ph.D. candidate and sessional lecturer Henry John.

 

Student Opportunities

A collage of images chosen by instructors and student coordinators to represent their term 2 courses. Clockwise from top left: a poster from the 1884 International Electricity Exhibition; an empty Coca-Cola can from the company's "Share a Coke" campaign lying on its side, the name on the can is "America";  The interior of Iglesia De Santiago, the oldest church in Málaga, Spain. The church is built on the ruins of a Mosque; An Egyptian peasant rejoices upon receiving title to land, while President Nasser and other political dignitaries look on. Jul. 07, 1954.

2021/2022 Term 2 History Courses You Should Take

Whether your interest in history is sparked by a region, time period, or simply a desire to understand our world better, the History Department at UBC has got you covered. This article features five Term 2 courses and student-directed seminars that you absolutely need to check out. Read on to find out what the instructors have to say about these courses.

 

Poster for Global Seminars, a program under Go Global. The poster shows an arial view of farmlands, divided into colourful irregular shapes in shades of green and brown with grey roadways that separate them.

Apply to Summer 2022 Global Seminars

Global Seminars allow students to have an international experience while studying a specific topic. They are taught by UBC faculty, and count towards UBC credits. Take a focused and structured UBC course led by a faculty member with a small cohort, and immerse yourself in a specific topic and experience course content brought to life. Apply by November 15, 2021.

 

Upcoming Events

Event poster for virtual watch party and panel discussion on the film adaptation of Nella Larsen's Passing. Poster features a still from the film, where actor Tessa Thompson looks to her left at Ruth Negga, whose character is out of focus.

Virtual Watch Party & Panel Discussion: Nella Larsen's Passing

November 10, 6:15 am PT

Join the Public Humanities Hub in this watch party of Netflix’s new film Passing (directed by Rebecca Hall) based on Nella Larsen’s 1929 novel of the same name. The watch party will be followed by a panel discussion on the intersectional conversations Larsen's work has inspired, which will feature interdisciplinary scholars, including History's Dr. Crystal Webster.

 

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Event poster for Enrooting an Emerging Diasporic Identity: The Legacies of Hong Kong Immigrants in Canada's Migration History, featuring Dr. Miu Chung Yan, UBC School of Social Work. Poster background image features a line illustration of two people standing side by side. The person on the right holds a Canadian flag. To their left is the text "Canada stands with you".

Enrooting an Emerging Diasporic Identity: The Legacies of Hong Kong Immigrants in Canada's Migration History

November 19, 5:00 - 6:30 pm PT

Recent political developments have fostered an unusually strong sense of local identity among Hong Kongers. This is so even among many who have chosen to migrate elsewhere. In this talk sponsored by the History Department, Dr. Miu Chung Yan will examine the uniqueness and legacies of the immigration of Hong Kongers to Canada. He will also discuss how recent developments have shaped the formation of a new identity, which cannot be sustained by simply appealing to transnational politics. 

 

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Event poster for Seeing Like an Empire: Chinese Political Thought and Practice in Changing Times. Two images are found on the right side of the poster. the top image is an antiquated painting of a Chinese emperor on a ship, escorted by a fleet of three other vessels. The bottom image is a photo of Xi Jinping during a press conference. He is flanked by the flag of the People's Republic of China and a plaque that reads China in English and Mandarin. He presents against a backdrop of a painting of the Great Wall.

Seeing Like an Empire: Chinese Political Thought and Practice in Changing Times

November 17, 10:00 am PT

Join the online symposium event hosted by UBC’s Centre for Chinese Research, featuring UBC History professor Timothy Brook, the author of Sacred Mandates: Asian International Relations since Chinggis Khan (2018), Great State: China and the World (2020), and Completing the Map of the World: Cartographic Interaction between China and Europe (2020).

 

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Über Land und Meer. Deutsche Illustrirte Zeitung (1893) 71. Band, Oktober 1893-1894 (Heft 17) Image Credit: Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies, UBC

Über Land und Meer. Deutsche Illustrirte Zeitung (1893) 71. Band, Oktober 1893-1894 (Heft 17) Image Credit: Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies, UBC

Media Inventories of the German Ninteenth Century

November 19, 12:30 - 1:30 pm

Launched in 2018, Media Inventories is a research group working on intersections between various cultural techniques of collection, preservation, and distribution in 19th century German studies. Hosted by the Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies, this event will feature a roundtable discussion introducing the project to the public. Speakers will include Drs. Sean Franzel (Missouri) and Petra McGillen (Dartmouth) in dialogue with Dr. Ilinca Iurascu (CENES).


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