Sebastian Prange’s book, “Monsoon Islam: Trade and Faith on the Medieval Malabar Coast” (Cambridge Univ. Press), was recently awarded the American Historical Association’s John F. Richards Prize recognizing the most distinguished work of scholarship on South Asian history in 2018. 


The Department of History at the University of British Columbia stands in solidarity with our many students and colleagues who will participate, along with millions of others around the world, in the Global Climate Strike scheduled for Friday, September 27.


The History Students Association (HSA) represents UBC’s history majors, minors, honours, and all those passionate about history!


Congratulations to Sebastian on receiving the American Historical Association – Pacific Coast Branch Book Award for his recent book, Monsoon Islam: Trade & Faith on the Medieval Malabar Coast.


Congratulations to Professor Ray on being named an Officer of the Order of Canada. The Order of Canada is one of the country’s highest honours and is presented by the Governor General.  The Order recognizes people from all sectors whose service has shaped Canadian society and made a difference.


This event was co-organised by Professor Jeffrey Byrne of UBC History and Professor Sung-eun Choi of Bentley University, in cooperation with the Centre d’Etudes Maghrébines en Algérie (CEMA) and the Centre d’Etudes Maghrébines à Tunis (CEMA.)

From left to right: Dr. David Morton (UBC History), John Michael Koffi (the Africa Awareness Initiative), and Dr. Nuno Porto (MOA)


Robert AJ (Bob) McDonald
April 5th, 1944 - June 19th, 2019



On June 4th 2019, world media acknowledged the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing, China. Three UBC History China scholars have been in the news commenting on the 1989 crackdown against student protesters and its lasting legacy.


The Department of History hosted a transnational, interdisciplinary workshop that focused on “Indigenous Practices of Authority” from May 13-15 2019.   Guided by Dylan Robinson (CRC in Indigenous Arts, Queen’s University), participants first explored this topic through a walking tour of interventions by Indigenous artists in Mount Pleasant and the False Creek Flats.   They then spent two days sharing examples from their on-going work that relate to the workshop theme.