This special issue of BC Studies examines the histories of settler colonalism that have shaped British Columbia. Building from existing scholarship, the articles in this special issue position the construction of racialized difference and exclusion, claims to land and sovereignty, familial and social lives, and contested political formations as critical to the dynamics of power and changes in the relationships among Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in the province. They also push in new directions, asking how historians might investigate settler colonialism without taking for granted its meanings, distinctiveness, and ascendency in British Columbia. Drawing on the methodologies and frameworks of fields too often separated – histories of the future, childhood and family, settler colonial studies, and Indigenous history – the articles offer new insights into the configurations and limits of settler colonialism. At the heart of this special issue lies the shared...
This special issue examines the place of “relations” in colonial life, interrogating their forms, meanings and significance in a range of contexts across the British Empire from the late eighteenth century to the present.
An introduction to public history in Canada, this course will explore the politics and practice of remembering, representing, and interpreting the country’s past outside of academia today. We will consider: what is the relationship between history and commemoration, and between academic and popular history? How has Canadian history been used and misused, celebrated and contested in the world around us? Why do such public representations of the past matter? And ultimately, what purpose can Canadian history serve in the present? Through lectures, discussions, and assignments, we will explore these issues by thinking widely and creatively about where Canadian history gets told in public, from art installations, museums, documentaries, state apologies, and government celebrations, to advertisements, fiction, music, and graffiti. While building a strong understanding of the uses and significance of public history in Canada. HIST 236 will introduce students to the methods of historical practice, including primary-source analysis, historical writing, library and research skills, and public history.
The history of British Columbia is all around us: in its rivers and its roads, its buildings and its property boundaries, its politics and its people. This course will examine the diverse processes that have shaped this history, with a particular focus from the late eighteenth century to the present. We will consider a wide range of topics including settler colonialism; the role of race, gender, age, and sexuality in shaping society and experience; official regulations and personal histories of migration; politics, power, and protest movements; changing understandings of the environment; and British Columbia’s relationship with Canada and the world beyond its borders. In so doing, we will investigate how these histories have been told and re-told, and continue to shape the ways we live here, whether we call it home, consider ourselves visitors, or something in between. Through assignments and activities, you will have the opportunity to expand on particular areas of interest, to conduct original research, and to connect class materials with the communities in which you live.