The UBC Department of History is delighted to welcome Dr. Ian Stewart as its postdoctoral fellow in African History for the 2014-15 academic year. Dr. Stewart, an intrepid former war correspondent who wrote a best-selling memoir, Ambushed: A War Reporter’s Life on the Line, comes to UBC after having completed his Ph.D. in 2013 from the University of Michigan.
Congratulations to Xian Wang on winning a Killam Doctoral Scholarship in 2014. Killam Doctoral Awards are the most prestigious graduate awards available at UBC, and are awarded to the top doctoral candidates in the annual Tri-Agency / Affiliated Fellowships competition.
Xian describes her research in the following way:
What better way is there to learn about medieval history than from a medieval manuscript? Made of carefully smoothed parchment (usually sheep or cow skin), written with quills, carefully ruled and laid out with illuminated initials, containing texts ranging from prayers to scientific treatises – whether you are interested in the history of art, religion, culture, or even agriculture, a medieval book is a wonderful resource.
Being an African historian can mean many things. It means studying the histories of a vast and varied continent. It means years spent in the field navigating local buses, negotiating border crossings, stumbling in foreign languages and searching in dusty corners for hidden archives. And perhaps most importantly, it means talking to people. Oral history is one of the cornerstones of African history, and often sets it apart.
Paige Raibmon has recently completed a book manuscript that grows from her interdisciplinary collaboration with the ɬaʔamin Elder and knowledge keeper Elsie Paul, her grand-daughter Harmony Johnson, and the linguist Honoré Watanabe. Elsie Paul is one of the last surviving mother-tongue speakers of the Sliammon language which was historically spoken by Indigenous peoples on the central east coast of Vancouver Island, the adjacent mainland, and islands in between. Long before this region became known as the popular vacation and boating destinations of B.C.’s Sunshine Coast and Desolation Sound, it was ɬaʔamin territory. Born in 1931, Paul was raised by her grandparents who travelled seasonally with her throughout this territory, and who kept her from residential school for nearly all her childhood. As a result, Paul’s experience of Sliammon customs, skills, language, and social organization was uncommon for people of her generation.
Welcome to Careers for Historians. This is a resource for history students to explore career options. It’s for those who are considering pursuing studies in history, for those who already have a history degree (undergraduate or graduate) and are wondering about what career paths exist, and for faculty members to refine how they advise their students.