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.
This course will investigate two key ideas: first, gender and sexuality have histories—that is, their meanings and experiences have changed across time; and second, gender and sexuality have been not only part of Canada’s history, but also fundamental to it. Through lectures, discussions, and assignments, we will examine the changing meanings, lived experiences, and central roles of gender and sexuality in the history of northern North America, with a particular focus on the past 150 years. Key topics will relate to settler colonialism, migration, nation-building, science, family, violence, education, sports, activism, and more! Through this course, you will develop an understanding of how gender and sexuality have shaped people’s lives, social institutions, popular culture, political policies, and the meanings of Canada itself. Overall, HIST 420 aims to help you to build a solid foundation from which to develop critical understandings and cogent, supported arguments about a history that is intimately lived, urgently debated, and politically charged in the present.