Research Clusters

Find out about the UBC Department of History’s Research Clusters

Convener: Sebastian Prange

Economic history examines the most fundamental forces that have shaped the human past: material production, distribution, and consumption. It studies how the creation and distribution of wealth defined the structures of individual societies, how connections between different societies came to be forged and sustained, and how the modern capitalist world order was established. This new cluster seeks to convene an interdisciplinary community of scholars with an active interest in economic history research to collectively engage with cutting-edge scholarship, methodologies, and data.

Convener: Brad Miller

Building on a tradition of an active Canadian history cluster, and on our recent successful reconfiguration of the group to bridge the Canadian and Indigenous history fields, this cluster is intended to create and sustain a strong intellectual community among people working in these distinct but often-connected fields in our department and beyond. As in previous years, our meetings will be open to anyone working in Indigenous and/or Canadian history, including graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, sessional and limited-term instructors, faculty, and emeritus faculty in the department, as well as interested scholars outside the department and/or institution.

Convener: Leo Shin

This cluster will host a regular series of meetings of the faculty and graduate students working on Chinese history in the History Department, Asian Studies, and beyond. The focus of our biweekly meetings for the year will alternate between discussions of work-in-progress by graduate students/faculty members and close readings of primary sources. In addition, we will use any remaining meetings for the presentation and discussion of new books and articles in the field.

Conveners: John Christopoulos and Jacob Goldowitz

This cluster is inspired by a desire for a multidisciplinary community with shared and varied interests in early modern studies. It will serve as a forum for faculty, graduate and interested undergraduate students. The MEMRC conceives of 'Medieval' and ‘Early Modern’ as global and flexibly ranging from 800-1800. The group will meet once a month to hear talks and discuss papers by UBC faculty from different departments (Asian Studies, CENES, CNRS, Economics, English, FHIS, History, I School, Music and Philosophy) and from invited speakers.

Convener: Richard Menkis and Coll Thrush

In this cluster we will discuss the teaching and researching of historical traumatic events. We will meet five times to six times over two semesters and discuss, over lunch: (1) current research of faculty and graduate students; (2) research into the pedagogy and representations of “difficult knowledge”; (3) documentaries, and their use in the classroom.

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