September 2023

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

Faculty News

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Dr. Hicham Safieddine Named Canada Research Chair in the History of the Modern Middle East

Dr. Hicham Safieddine has been named a new Canada Research Chair in the History of the Modern Middle East. With his team, Dr. Safieddine will be using an interdisciplinary framework, multi-archival research, data analysis, and semi-structured interviews to decolonize financial history and global Middle East Studies. 

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Professor Timothy Cheek One of Ten UBC Faculty Elected to the Royal Society Fellows

UBC History and SPPGA faculty Dr. Timothy Cheek has been elected to the Royal Society of Canada. The Royal Society of Canada recognizes outstanding scholarly, scientific and artistic achievement. Professor Timothy Cheek is a researcher of modern Chinese intellectuals and the Chinese Community Party, whose work has bridged China’s past and present, international scholarly communities, and the spheres of academia and public policy.

Congratulations, Dr. Cheek!


Dr. John Christopoulos Wins European Association for the History of Medicine and Health Book Award

Dr. Christopoulos' first monograph, Abortion in Early modern Italy, was awarded the European Association for the History of Medicine and Health (EAHMH) 2023 Prize. The EAHMH Book Award is granted to the best medical history monograph published in the two years preceding the EAHMH biennial conference. The award reflects the strong commitment of the EAHMH to new approaches to medical historiography. 

Congratulations, Dr. Christopoulos!


The Interwar World

Edited by Andrew Denning, Heidi J.S. Tworek

The Interwar World collects an international group of over 50 contributors to discuss, analyze, and interpret this crucial period in twentieth-century history. A comprehensive understanding of the interwar era has been limited by Euro-American approaches and strict adherence to the temporal limits of the world wars. The volume’s contributors challenge the era’s accepted temporal and geographic framings by privileging global processes and interactions. Each contribution takes a global, thematic approach, integrating world regions into a shared narrative.



Conference | Empire & Economy in the Premodern Indian Ocean

September 21-22 | Coach House, Green College

"Empire & Economy in the Premodern Indian Ocean" is a two-day international conference on the transformations in the political economy of the Indian Ocean during the formative era of European colonial expansion (1400-1800). Conference sessions will explore the impact of economic power, cultural interaction, legal systems, and technological innovation in restructuring maritime exchange and relations among imperial and state powers in Europe, Asia, and Africa.

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UBC History GPRC | An Ocean of Rumors: News & Information in the Atlantic World

September 20 | 12:30 pm PT | Buchanan Tower 1112 and online

The UBC History Global Premodern Research Cluster brings together a multidisciplinary community with shared and varied interests in global premodern studies. It conceives of ‘premodern’ as global in its geographic breadth and flexibly ranging in its temporal scope from ancient times up to 1800 CE. The group embraces a plurality of perspectives to the past and the evidence used to study the past, including textual, material, oral, and visual sources. This academic year's inaugural presentation will be delivered by Dr. Michiel van Groesen, Leiden University.



Timothy Garton Ash | From Post-War Europe to Post-War Europe - and back

September 20 | 5:30 pm PT  | Place of Many Trees, Liu Institute 

In this lecture, Professor Timothy Garton Ash will extend the analysis in Homelands to offer an interpretation of how Europe progressed from the post-War period (famously analysed by Tony Judt) to what he calls the post-Wall period. He will also offer insights on why it then regressed, in a 'downward turn' after 2008, culminating in Putin's full-scale invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022, which marks the beginning of the largest war in Europe since 1945: what did Europe get right, where did it go wrong, and why?



UBC History Colloquium | Records of Rule: New Perspectives on the Lahore State of Ranjit Singh (1799-1839)

October 5 | 12:30 pm PT | Buchanan Tower 1112 and online

The UBC Department of History Colloquium Series brings together scholars who are exploring important methodological, chronological, or geographical issues that challenge the frontiers of our discipline and contribute strongly to our collective discussions. Join us for the first event of the 2023/2024 Colloquium series, featuring a joint talk by Dr. Sayyid Muhammad Farid (Department of Persian, Oriental College University of the Punjab, Allama Iqbal Campus, Lahore Pakistan; and Visiting Professor, UBC History) and Dr. Anne Murphy (UBC Department of History).


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