Interdisciplinary Histories Research Cluster

We seek to explore both the forms of representation of the past, and their uses: how the past is excavated (literally and metaphorically) and expressed in relation to contemporary practices and concerns.

How we understand and engage with the past is the result of constant negotiation with the present. Questions about identity, both personal and communitarian, are rooted in both shared and contested memories of, and narratives about, the past. Questions about reconciliation hinge on understanding and acknowledging historical wrongs, their nature and their scope, and their implications in the present. Questions about rights and redistribution relate to past entitlements—or their denial. And the past itself - that "foreign country," in the words of David Lowenthal - lies both beyond and within the questions of the present.


Affiliated UBC Faculty & Postdocs

Name Role Research Interests
Belliveau, George Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Theatre, Arts-based research, Drama Education, Research-based Theatre, Interdisciplinary Arts
Blackburn, Carole Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) relationship between Indigenous peoples and settler states; how Indigenous nations assert their rights and sovereignty in struggles over land and political recognition, and the consequences for Indigenous people of engaging states in legal and political arenas.
Cheek, Timothy Faculty (G+PS eligible/member)
Cousland, Robert Faculty (G+PS eligible/member)
Dixon, Joy Faculty (G+PS eligible/member)
Drljaca, Igor Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Film Making, Political Culture, Society and Ideology, Video and New Media, Scripting, Mythology and World Portrayal, Documentary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Narrative Film, Society and Ideology, Film Production, Screenwriting, Eastern European Cinema, Canadian Cinema
Fisher, Kevin Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Archeological Data Analysis, Archeological Excavation Methods and Techniques, Dynamics of Social Transformations, Urban Spaces and Urbanity, Social Life / Societal Life, Near Eastern archaeology, Mediterranean archaeology, built environments, architecture, urbanism, digital archaeology, social interaction, power
Glassheim, Eagle Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) European history (except British, classical Greek and Roman), History of Central and Eastern Europe, Environmental History
Lee, Christopher Faculty (G+PS eligible/member)
Levell, Nicola Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) interdisciplinary folds of anthropology, theoretical museology, material culture and critical curatorial studies
Marshall, Hallie Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Performance and Theatrical Productions, Religion, Culture and Space, Arts and Cultural Traditions, Poetry, Cultural Industries, Literary or Artistic Work Dissemination or Reception Contexts, Theatre, Ancient Greek Theatre, Classics, Reception Studies, History of the Book, Tony Harrison, Contemporary British Theatre
Marshall, Christopher Warren Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Literary or Artistic Works Analysis, Performance and Theatrical Productions
Mawani, Renisa Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Philosophy, History and Comparative Studies, Colonial Legal History, critical theory, Race and Racism, Oceans and Maritime Worlds, Time and Temporality
Murphy, Anne Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Arts and Cultural Traditions, Religion, Literary or Artistic Work Analysis, Philosophy, History and Comparative Studies, cultural history, Early Modern Studies, Punjabi Studies, South Asian Studies
Rea, Christopher Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Modern Chinese literature and cinema since the 19th century, Chinese cartoons and visual culture, Chinese print and popular culture, Chinese internet culture, humour and satire, Taiwan, Chinese culture, modern Chinese history, translation
Rusk, Bruce Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Literary or Artistic Work Analysis, Social Determinants of Arts and Letters, Arts and Cultural Traditions, Exegesis and Sacred Text Critics, Lexicography and Dictionaries, Early Modern China, Confucianism, Authentication Studies
Shin, Leo Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Later imperial China
Turpel-Lafond, Mary Ellen Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Aboriginal Issues, Indigenous Politics, Justice, Law, Political Science, Children and youth issues, Indigenous peoples including human and legal rights, Reconciliation, Constitutional law, Criminal law and youth criminal justice, Advocacy and Indian residential schools
Wylie, Alison Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Philosophy, History and Comparative Studies, philosophy of science, philosophy of the social and historial sciences, feminist philosophy, philosophy of archaeology, research ethics (non-medical), science studies
Yi, Christina Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Modern/Contemporary Japanese literature, Postcoloniality, Language politics, Linguistic nationalism, National identity, genre, Cultural Studies, “Repatriation literature” (hikiage bungaku), Japanese colonial repatriates, Resident Koreans, “returned” Nikkei
Yu, Henry Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Asian migration to Canada, Chinese Canadian, Asian Canadian, Chinese in British Columbia, multiculturalism, racism, Asian American history, sports and race, Chinatown, Head Tax, United States, Global Vancouver, Trans-Pacific migration, American intellectual history, Asian Canadian and Asian American history, race and immigration, social science and social theory in US and Europe