A recent article posted by the Faculty of Arts features Prof. Tara Mayer and her course “Objects of Encounter: Local and Global Histories of South Asia at the Museum of Vancouver”. Created with support from Museum of Vancouver (MOV) curator Viviane Gosselin, and with funding from the Centre for Teaching and Learning Technology, Objects of Encounter focuses on a collection of South Asian artefacts from MoV.

Coll Thrush's recent publication, Indigenous London: Native Travellers at the Heart of Empire (Yale, 2016) reframes the metropolis and its history through the experiences of Indigenous people who travelled there, willingly or otherwise, from territories that became the US, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia, beginning in 15

The NDP government recently announced their decision to move forward with the construction of Site C Dam. The controversial project, which is set to cost the province an estimated $10.7 billion, has been actively protested by environmentalists and Indigenous communities. Dr. Tina Loo has written various pieces on the province’s history with large Dam projects, most recently on Cite C, and their effects on local communities and provincial economies.

Why do you love history? We asked some of our History majors why they chose to pursue the subject and why they think it's so important.


The first video in our Spotlight Series features an interview with Prof. Heidi J. S. Tworek on a new course coming to our department, "The History Lab", where students work on a digital project with faculty members. Prof. Tworek worked on this course at Harvard University and looks forward to teaching it again here at the University of British Columbia.


Congratulations to Chad Bush, History Department undergraduate student, who has been named an Academic All-Canadian by Governor General David Johnston. A goalkeeper for the Thunderbirds, Chad had a 10-0-1 record during the 2015-16 season, was a 1st team all star and led Canada West goalies in wins, fewest losses, goals-against average, shutouts, and fewest goals against. Academically Chad had a sparkling 4.22 GPA. 

The exhibition Canada Responds to the Holocaust, 1944-1945 (link is external) has a number of unique aspects. To the best of our knowledge, it is the first time the story of the earliest Canadian encounters with survivors of the Holocaust and the evidence of the devastation of European Jewish life is being told in a public forum. Much of the narrative deals with the experiences of Canadian soldiers — including chaplains, of cial war artists, photographers and filmmakers — and the observations of journalists and aid workers. Moreover, the exhibition challenges the viewer to acknowledge the complexity of the relationship between Holocaust survivors and their “liberators.” This is accomplished by displaying within the exhibition primary sources, such as the firsthand accounts of liberators, the testimonies and diaries of survivors, and photos, films, artwork, radio broadcasts and journalism produced by Canadians in the European theatre of war during 1944 and 1945.

The study of China enjoys a prominent place in the teaching and research of the Department of History. Its origin goes back to the close of the Second World War, when North American universities realized that if history is how “we” got to be who “we” are, that “we” had to include Chinese.