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
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) 20th century Chinese history, the history of the Chinese communist party, the role of intellectuals in public life in China
Dixon, Joy Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) History of gender, sexuality, and the body, history of religion, history of the social and human sciences, history of empire
Drljaca, Igor Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Creative writing; Film, television and digital media; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Documentary FIlm; Film Production; Narrative Film; Screenwriting; Virtual Reality; Video and New Media
Fisher, Kevin Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Prehistoric archaeology; Anthropology; Archaeological theory; Archaeometry; Archeological Data Analysis; Archeological Excavation Methods and Techniques; architecture; built environments; digital archaeology; Dynamics of Social Transformations; Mediterranean archaeology; Near Eastern archaeology; power; Social Life / Societal Life; social interaction; Urban Spaces and Urbanity; urbanism
Glassheim, Eagle Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) European history (except British, classical Greek and Roman); History of Central and Eastern Europe; Environmental History
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) Performing arts; Ancient Greek Theatre; Arts and Cultural Traditions; Classics; Contemporary British Theatre; Cultural Industries; History of the Book; Literary or Artistic Work Dissemination or Reception Contexts; Performance and Theatrical Productions; Poetry; Reception Studies; Religion, Culture and Space; Theatre; Tony Harrison
Marshall, Christopher Warren Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Cinema studies; Classical Greek and Ancient Rome history; Classical archaeology; Classical linguistics; Film, television and digital media; Religion and religious studies; Literary or Artistic Works Analysis; Performance and Theatrical Productions
Mawani, Renisa Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Sociology; Colonial Legal History; critical theory; Oceans and Maritime Worlds; Philosophy, History and Comparative Studies; Race and Racism; Time and Temporality
Murphy, Anne Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Asian history; 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) Chinese literatures; Asian history; Chinese literature; Cinema; Print culture; translation; Humor
Shin, Leo Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Later imperial China
Wylie, Alison Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Philosophy; feminist philosophy; philosophy of archaeology; philosophy of science; philosophy of the social and historial sciences; Philosophy, History and Comparative Studies; research ethics (non-medical); science studies
Wytenbroek, Lydia Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) History of medicine and health care; Nursing; Nursing/Health History; Gender/Women's History; Social justice; Science and Technology
Yi, Christina Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Asian history; Cultural Studies; genre; Japanese colonial repatriates; Language politics; Linguistic nationalism; Modern/Contemporary Japanese literature; National identity; Postcoloniality; Resident Koreans; “Repatriation literature” (hikiage bungaku); “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