March 2021

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

Alumni Spotlight

Community and Identity in a Dragon Boat: A Q&A with UBC History alum Dominic Lai

“Dragon boating welcomes anyone into the boat, and this exhibit does the same- it invites the visitor in to explore and build their own story.”

Dominic Lai, UBC History alum and key figure in developing Paddles Up! The Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival Exhibit, discusses the development of the exhibit, why dragon boat is important to BC, and how his time at UBC History influenced his work.

Faculty News

Like a Slice of Ham in the London Review of Books

"John Christopoulos has meticulously pieced together a secret history ... giving us for the first time a sense of the way early modern women and men experienced abortion."

John Christopolous's new book Abortion in Early Modern Italy was reviewed in The London Review of Books. Find a podcast episode on the same topic from LRB here.

A Seat at the Table in Trek Magazine

“We understand what was done to the Chinese, but often we don’t understand as well their strategies for resistance."

Henry Yu discusses A Seat at the Table, a new exhibit on Chinese immigration and BC, in this article from Trek UBC. 


Challenging Racist “British Columbia”: 150 Years and Counting

Challenging Racist British Columbia: 150 Years and Counting is an open-access, multi-media resource which looks at the historical foundations of present-day racism in BC. This resource,  co-authored by UBC History graduate student Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra along with multiple activists and scholars from diverse communities, is available for free online.

Check out an interview with Sandhra on the project here. 

Pheroze Unwalla on the podcast Love in Public

Pheroze Unwalla and Natalie Armendariz discuss UBC’s brand new Middle East Studies program, how your high school history class failed you, and the importance of mentors. 

What I Learned in Class Today; Renewed Project: Faculty Perspectives Film Panel
March 8th, 10am

UBC faculty, including Dr Paige Raibmon, discuss Indigenous engagement across the University, focusing on what it means to do this work with care.


In Camps: Vietnamese Refugees, Asylum-Seekers, and Repatriates by Dr Jana Lipman
March 11th, 4pm

Dr Jana Lipman tells the story of what happened in Vietnam War refugee camps, raising the key questions all too relevant today – Who is a refugee? Who determines this status? and How does it change over time?


Meeting for prospective History Majors, Minors, & Honours Students
March 16th, 6pm

An evening discussion about History program requirements, the History Students Association (HSA), Go Global, Co-op, and more. Sign up for departmental advising, ask your questions, & meet with faculty and students.


Worn Words: Engaged Research-Creation and Stories of Ordinary Words
March 17th, 12pm

Erin Goheen Glanville explores how her research project, Worn Words, takes ordinary words in refugee discourse and renarrates them through an experimental narrative media-making praxis, opening up questions around narrative forms and their relationship to refugee discourse. 


Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference
March 20-21st

MURC is a conference for UBC undergraduate students to showcase their research in front of their fellow UBC students, family, and friends.


Internationalism, Curiosity and Violence: Questions of Race in the 1960s and 1970s Moscow
March 24th

Riikkamari Muhonen presents some of the different realities experienced by foreign students of colour who studied in Moscow in the 1960s, looking at the explanations and reactions to different forms of “curiosity” and racism in the 1960s Soviet society, as well as the change in attitudes that had taken place between the 1920s and 1960s.


Disability and the Distorted Body on the Ancient Roman Comic Stage
March 24th, 12pm

Jelena Todorovic looks at what the life of disabled people was like in the highly militarized Roman society of the 3rd and 2nd century BCE, and how were they represented in their contemporary literature, exploring how this type of disability was used as a comic metaphor, and what degree of “othering” was at play when different social groups (women, slaves, the elderly, etc.) were coded by it.