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. 



The Canadian Historical Association Meeting at Congress

Over three nights in early September of 1907, as many as 500 white “rowdies” rallied by the Asiatic Exclusion League vandalized dozens of Asian-owned stores in Vancouver’s largely Chinese and Japanese downtown eastside, breaking windows, causing tens of thousands of dollars of damage, and fatally wounding one Japanese-Canadian person in the process. Further damage and loss of life was prevented only by the armed defense of Chinese, Japanese, and South Asian store owners and residents of the neighborhoods with the support of city police.

In this new podcast series, Assistant Professor without Review Dr. Tristan Grunow interviews scholars of Japanese studies about issues in the news.  This new series grows out of Dr. Grunow’s earlier Meiji at 150 Podcast, which has garnered over 35,000 downloads for 138 episodes (and counting) with scholars of Japanese history, literature, anthropology, folklore studies, and architecture about their research and recent publications.