Graduate History Student Union
The GHSU is an organization of graduate students in the Department of History at the University of Victoria.
Its mandate includes:
- Promoting and representing graduate student interests within the Department of History.
- Providing a forum for discussion of issues and concerns of graduate history students.
- Promoting the work of graduate history students through lectures, workshops, and publications.
- Promoting inter-student relationships, and fostering a community spirit within the department.
- Publishing The Graduate History Review, our annual graduate history journal.
GHSU Executive 2013-14:
|Vice President||Katrina Flanders|
|Events Coordinator||Matt Miskulin|
|GSS Representative||Cara Doty|
Michelle St. Pierre/ Joel Legassie
|First year representative||Noah Miller
|CUPE representative & Shop Steward
Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New to Victoria?
If you're an incoming student and you have questions about the city, the program, accommodations, or things of that nature, email us and we'll get back to you: email@example.com. There are dozens of us, and we may be able to help!
Your UVic bus pass lets you go just about anywhere in Victoria. For detailed information see http://www.busonline.ca. Local transit can take you as far as Sooke, Sidney, and the BC ferry terminal at Swartz Bay. But be warned, buses usually don't run past 12 at night, except on some more popular routes on Friday and Saturday (namely the 4, 14, and 6).
To visit Vancouver, take the number 70 bus (from downtown on Douglas) to the ferry. It costs between 10 and 15 dollars to walk on the ferry. In total it takes about 4 hours to get from city to city. http://www.bcferries.com Once at Tsawwassen you can board a bus that will take you to the Bridgeport SkyTrain station. From there it's relatively easy and quick to both downtown and Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
There's plenty to explore in and around Victoria. It's well worth taking a break from school and work to get to know the city and the island.
Things to do
Biking: the Galloping Goose Trail, Mt. Work.
Hiking: Mt. Finlayson/Goldstream, Mt. Doug, Mt. Work, Mackenzie Bight, Mystic Vale, East Sooke Park.
Beaches in Victoria: Gyro Beach, Willows Beach. In Sooke: China Beach, French Beach, Sooke Potholes.Parks: Beacon Hill, Elk Lake, Thetis Lake.
There are lots of opportunities for day and overnight trips from the Victoria region, and Vancouver and Seattle are only a ferry ride away. Saltspring and the Gulf Islands are well worth visiting, as is Lake Cowichan. For ambitious hikers and campers, Strathcona Provincial Park offers excellent multi-day hiking and spectacular views.
Victoria is a relatively bike-conscious city. There are services available to support cyclists, and the various municipalities are gradually adding more bicycle lanes to major routes. There are maps available that show you convenient and relatively safe biking routes within the city.
Spokes is a bicycle bursary program run by the university that lends out bicycles to university students in the hopes of encouraging cycling for commuting and recreation. The application forms can be found online and there is an email address to contact if anyone would like to volunteer to work on bikes. It is a great way to learn some bike maintenance skills and practice on bikes that aren't your own! http://web.uvic.ca/uvbikes/spokes.html
Recyclistas is a used bike cooperative that provides the regular sales and service for bikes as well as offering opportunities for bike education and community programing. The folks at the shop set up at UVic outside the SUB from time to time to help people with quick bike repairs on the cheap and at the shop they offer a variety of rates for people who would like to work on their own projects with differing levels of help from the staff. You can also volunteer to help fix bikes in exchange for credit for shop time or parts. They are also the hub of the cycling community in Victoria, throwing great parties throughout the year and promoting cycling-related community events such as the monthly Midnight Mystery Ride (meet at 10:30 pm at Centennial Square the second Friday of every month for a bicycle adventure) and Bike Polo (a pick-up sport held every Wednesday at 7:30 at 1240 Gladstone Ave., just behind the Fernwood Community Centre). Check out their events calendar for updates. http://www.recyclistas.ca
The Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition is a municipal organization that helps to promote cycling and provide info to cyclists about the resources in their community. Check their site out for info on shops near you, cycling laws, events, and anything else you are wondering about regarding bikes in victoria. They also have great maps of the city and outlying areas that identify roads with bike lanes, good routes for commuting, the locations of the steepest hills, complicated intersections, secret bike cut-throughs and recreational bike paths. http://gvcc.bc.ca/rides/recreational-rides/
Moss Street Market (at the corner of Moss and Fairfield): a local farmers market that's worth a look. Saturdays 10 to 2, May to October.
A listing of farmers markets in Victoria and the surrounding area.
Movies at Cinecenta (on campus): the cheapest place in town, and the best place to look for independent and foreign films.
Places to eat and drink
Smith's Pub (777 Courtney): good comfortable place to meet a few friends for a drink.Hernandez (736 View or 1600 Bay): cheap and tasty burritos and other Mexican fare.
Cafe Mexico (1425 Store): great Mexican food.La Fogata Latina (749 View St, in the arcade)
Eugene's Greek Restaurant (1990 Fort or 3-3960 Shelbourne): good souvlaki.
Penny Farthing Pub (2228 Oak Bay), The Irish Times (1200 Government), and The Stickey Wicket Pub (919 Douglas): all owned by the Victoria Pub Company, they feature similar British-inspired menus and carry a selection of imported beers (which is rare for Victoria with its strong micro-brewing scene!). Food and drink are expensive, but of decent quality.
Sushi: some of our favourites are Tamami Sushi (505 Fisgard), Sen Zushi (940 Fort - delicious, but a little pricey), and Fujiya (3624 Shelbourne).
The Joint (1219 Wharf): a local favourite, they serve a variety of pizza and are open late.
Rosie's Diner (253 Cook): great 1950s-style place in the popular Cook St Village
Prima Strada (Cook St Village):
The Reef (533 Yates St): good selection of unique Caribbean-style food. Nice island feel and comfortable ambiance.
Ferris' Oyster Bar (536 Yates St): good oysters and drinks upstairs, popular food downstairs.
Pink Bicycle (1008 Blanshard): Best big messy burgers in town. Something special, you've not had a burger like this. Possibility of line-up, testament to its quality.
Rebar (50 Bastion Square): vegan and vegetarian food in the middle of downtown.
Logan's Pub (1821 Cook): delightfully trashy, often with live music.
Spinnaker's (308 Catherine, across the blue bridge in Vic West): a slightly more upscale brewpub. They have great beer and good food, located just the other side of Victoria Harbour.
Qoola (Uptown Shopping Centre): amazing frozen yoghurt. Be warned: they charge by the weight!
Breakfast (really popular meal-time in Victoria!)
Willies' Bakery (537 Johnson St): Try Willie's for an unexpectedly original take on your breakfast favourite. Banana-bread Frenchtoast? GHSU approved.
Shine Café (1548 Fort St, also at Johnson and Blanshard St): One of the best selections and quality of eggs benedict in town. Make sure you arrive early or willing to wait – like most breakfast places in Victoria, the line's often out the door!
Blue Fox (919 Fort St), John's Place (723 Pandora)
Floyd's Dinner (866 Yates St): Victoria's "favourite" breakfast places, alldowntown. All of a greasy-spoon nature with long line-ups on Saturday mornings.
Thrifty's (various locations): has decently priced produce, much of it local and organic.Safeway (various locations): slightly more expensive, but has a great selection of "ethnic foods" and anything out of the ordinary.
Fairway Markets (various locations): great selection of local produce at reasonable prices, but other items can be more expensive and the selection is not great.
Peppers (3829 Cadboro Bay, along the number 11 bus route): high-end upscale grocery store located in residentially-dominated Cadboro Bay
For Good Measure (3831 Cadboro Bay, along the number 11 bus route): bulk food store with everything you can possibly imagine.
Real Canadian Superstore (Langford): if you have a car or know someone with a car, this is a great place to stock up on bulk items.
Osman Halal (Mediterranean Place, 2618 Quadra): one of the only places in town to get Halal food products.
Bolen Books (Hillside Mall)
Munro Books (1108 Government)
Russell Books (734 Fort – there is also another location on View, one block over)
SUB TEXT (in the student union building)
The Bay Centre (downtown on Douglas)
Mayfair Mall (3147 Douglas Street)
Tillicum Mall (3170 Tillicum)
Hillside Mall (1644 Hillside Avenue)
Information compiled by Simon Nantais, Nick Melchin, Grant Burns, Lisa Pasolli, Stephen Harrison and Tylor Richards.
BA, Honours (University of Winnipeg), MA (Simon Fraser University).
Supervisor: Dr. Jordan Stanger-Ross.
Comprehensive fields: Canada, Migration and Ethnicity, Gender.
Dissertation: "European Migrants Confront the City, Society, and Diaspora through Sport in Postwar Toronto."
My research uses the history of sport to illuminate the formation of ethnic groups, the construction and contestation of gender norms, and the exchanges—both competitive and cooperative—that have characterized cosmopolitanism in Canada.
BA Honours, Anthropology (McGill University).
Supervisor: Dr. John S. Lutz.
Dissertation: Indigenous-state relations; Narrative, language, and power in social practice; Intersections of Anthropology and History; Community-based research.
My research seeks to historicize Indigenous engagements with the 'Land Question,' in B.C., focusing especially on the narrative dimension of Indigenous-state relations. I am interested in the historical and ongoing social dynamics of language, narrative and power in encounters between indigenous peoples and the state. I explore how these dynamics are made visible in indigenous approaches to recent treaty negotiations and in the rare archival instances of indigenous peoples speaking on their own behalf. My work will also reconsider how scholars methodologically make sense of and make use of sources that reflect the voices of marginalized people
BA, Honours (Dalhousie University), MA, History (University of Victoria).
Supervisor: Dr. Andrea McKenzie.
Dissertation: "Half Sciences": Gendering Ancient Knowledge in Pre-Modern England.
I am curious why women were increasingly targeted as ideal audiences for works of judicial astrology, dream interpretation and physiognomy in late seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England. In the early seventeenth century, associations between women and divinatory practices could lead to witchcraft associations, yet by the eighteenth century, there was a definitive shift, as such subjects were increasingly viewed as innocuous (if vulgar and superstitious). In the course of tracing the fate and fortunes of ancient occult sciences, my project examines the period's shift in the status and perceived nature of divinatory knowledge, with a focus on this question: does knowledge have gender?
BA Honours Economics & Political Science (Royal Military College), MPA (University of Victoria), MA History (University of Victoria)
Supervisor: Dr. David Zimmerman
Dissertation: A City Goes to War – Victoria 1914-1925
In 1922, Joseph Joffre, Marechal of France, unveiled a plaque in St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Victoria with the names of twenty-nine men from that congregation who died in World War One out of over two hundred who had served. Today, when the loss of a single soldier in Afghanistan can bring out provincial and city officials, pipe bands with muffled drums, and a casket borne through the streets on a gun carriage, the impact of that loss is difficult to imagine.
I expect initially to examine the public discourse of the immediate pre-war period and consider how it changed over the course of the war and in the immediate post war period. What factors led to the high rate of enlistment early in the war? Did a depressed economy mean that recruits were drawn from the unemployed? Did concerns about German warships in the Pacific drawn men to the newly formed Navy? What of the United States? Did Victoria draw recruits from across the border? How did the treatment of First Nations, Chinese and other groups impact recruiting? It is no mistake that Joffre’s plaque is mounted on the wall of a church. What role did the churches play in inspiring young men to go to war? Were the churches active in the peace movement earlier in the century? If so, how and why did that change? How did the city respond to returning wounded and veterans after the war?
BA, History in Art (University of Victoria), MA, History (University of Victoria); Professional Specialization Certificate (CRM) 2007.
Supervisor: Dr. Simon Devereaux.
Dissertation: "The Origins of Marketing: Illustrated Advertising in Late Eighteenth Century London."
I have spent most of my life in the study of historical material culture. I have taught numerous lecture series on the topics of the decorative arts, historical interior design, and cultural history through various galleries, museums and educational institutions in Victoria. I am currently the Adjunct Curator of Decorative Arts at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. I am married with two sons, in whom I take even greater delight than in my research.
Sarah Lebel Van Vugt
BA Honours, (Double Major) History and French, York University (Glendon College); MA, History, York University.
Comprehensive fields: Canada, Women/Gender, America.
Supervisor: Dr. Lynne S. Marks.
Dissertation: "Beauty and Bombs: Visual Culture and Canada's Female War Workers, 1939-1945."
My research explores the ways that gender, labour, beauty and the body interacted on the Canadian home front during the Second World War. I examine visual representations in print media that used the glamourized image of the female war worker to sell everything from feminine products to national identity. I also deal with war worker beauty pageants. I'm interested in gender and sexuality studies, cultural history, and feminist history. Visuality is central to my work.
MA, History (Guelph); BAH, History/Philosophy (Guelph)
Supervisor: Dr. Eric Sager
Comprehensive fields: Canada, Digital, Race/Gender/Empire
Dissertation: "Shaping Rural Landscapes: Settlers and their Local Environments in the Upper Ottawa Valley, 1850-1910."
My research is on the close-knit relationships among people and their local environments in nineteenth-century Canada. I am interested in the ways people interacted with landscapes, and the subsequent generation of a meaningful connection with a particular idea of "place" in regions of rural Canada. My dissertation looks at the settlement of the community of Brudenell, on the Ottawa and Opeongo Colonization Road, as a way of understanding these processes.
I am also interested in the theory and practice of university teaching. I spend a good deal of my time investigating curriculum development and instructional methods. I am the Teaching Assistant Consultant for the History Department and I have taught courses on antislavery in the Atlantic World, and race and ethnicity in Canada. I am currently enrolled in the Learning and Teaching in Higher Education certificate program.
BA, Honours (University of Regina); MA (University of Regina); PhD Candidate, ABD (University of Victoria).
Supervisor: Dr. Tom Saunders.
Comprehensive fields: Europe 1848-1945, Cultural History, 20th Century Canada.
Dissertation: "A Metropolis in Crisis: Representations of Weimar Berlin, 1929-1933."
I examine cultural representations of Berlin in works produced between 1929 and 1933, the final years of Germany's Weimar Republic. I look at novels, films, photomontages and other artwork, in addition to newspapers, to understand how contemporaries constructed and thus understood Berlin. My purpose is to look at the metropolis between 1929 and 1933 on its own terms, rather than interpreting the Weimar Republic from the perspective of its ultimate demise.
BA, (University of Calgary); MA (University of Calgary)
Supervisor: Dr. Sara Beam.
Comprehensive fields: Europe 1500-1800, Britain 1500-1800, History of Religion
Dissertation: "The shifting dynamics of sexual deviance in early modern France."
My research considers the intimate relationships between sexual crime, religion and the state in France from 1550 to 1650. Emerging primarily from a forensic study of the criminal archives of the parlement of Paris, my project seeks to understand the criteria that French courts used to define sexual deviance, how these definitions changed over time, and what these changes might indicate about how people used morality as a tool to shape the modern state.
After living more than 14 years in the Middle East and North Africa, I have now returned to Canada for a brief hiatus in order to pursue a specialization in Islamic History at UVic. My time overseas was mostly spent teaching in the English Department, mostly English language and civilization studies, at the University of Kairouan, within the city of the birthplace of Islam for North Africa. Watching history outside my front door in a civilization that exists in many aspects like it did many hundreds of years ago, increased my desire to study the role of law and tradition in the formative and classical period of Islam. My research will focus on the development of law and the role of the jurists of the region and their influence on the Mālikī school of law, more specifically the idea of jihad on the frontier of the Islamic Empire in North Africa. Working under the supervision of Dr. Andrew Rippin, I look forward to areturn visit to the region of Kairouan in order to carry out my research.
BA,History (University of Victoria)
Supervisor: Dr. John Lutz
Thesis: Policing in British Columbia: 1820-1900
My thesis seeks to weave together the First Nations and European narrative on policing. Rather than highlighting the differences between the two legal cultures I plan to explore the similarities and examine how a collaborative work environment grew out of the security issues. I was primarily focused on intelligence and military history in my undergrad. I plan to work on the military history of First Nations in my PhD and always have a strong interest in British Columbian history.
BA Honours with Distinction (University of Western Ontario)
Thesis: (No official title yet) The Reform Party and 1980s Canadian Conservatism
Supervisor: Dr. Penny Bryden
My research primarily focusses on the ideological, regional, and rhetorical roots of the Reform Party. This research will allow me to answer two fundamental questions underpinning my program of study: 'How did the Reform Party impact the ability of the Progressive Conservative Party to practice brokerage politics on a regional and national level,' and, 'How were the efficacies of the Reform Party and the constitutional negotiations, agreements, and outcomes of the period interrelated?' With an eye toward the present, this research may provide a greater understanding of the antecedents to Canada's contemporary political order.
BA, History (University of British Columbia- Okanagan)
Thesis: No official title, Women's Suffrage Movements in Britain and Canada
Supervisor: Dr. Lynne Marks
Broadly speaking, I am fascinated by women's history at any point in time. For my thesis, I am going to focus on women's suffrage. Initially, I had intended to focus only on the British women's suffrage movement and it's divisive effects on society prior to World War I. Recently, I have changed my focus and I plan to focus on the connection between the British and Canadian women's suffrage movements.
BA, Honours (Simon Fraser University)
Supervisor: Dr. Zhongping Chen
Thesis: Examining the history of post-1949 China
I studied at Simon Fraser University prior to arriving at UVic. From a broad standpoint,my research interests are in studying the history of Communism. More specifically, my current area of focus is on the political developments ofmodern China, and in particular of those occurring after 1949.
BA,Honours (Carleton University)
Supervisor: Dr. Penny Bryden
Thesis: Canadian Citizenship and Indigenous Relations
My primary interest is the development of government policies regarding the Indigenous peoples of Canada, particularly in regards to citizenship. Prior to 1960, those who held Status Indian cards were not, by law, Canadian citizens and therefore could not exercise the right to participate in Canadian democracy. My research focuses on documenting the history of Indigenous enfranchisement; the ideology behind granting, banning, and restricting the franchise; and the impact that this has had on issues of self-government, citizenship, electoral participation, and status rights.
BA, Honours, History (McGill University)
Supervisor: Dr. Zhongping Chen
Thesis: The History of Tea: Commerce, Consumption, and Culture between the Eighteenth and Early Twentieth Century
I am a second year MA student specializing in Chinese history. My primary research interests include the development of transnational tea culture and trade in South and East Asia, cross-cultural exchanges leading to new consumption patterns, Indian Ocean commercial networks, and commodity history. My thesis will focus on the tea trade between China, India, Japan, and North America, with a special focus on transplantation and production in South and East Asia and consumption in the modern West.
BA, Liberal Arts (w/Specialty in History) (The Evergreen State College)
Supervisor: Andrea McKenzie
Thesis: Mistresses of Rebel Leaders in the Long Eighteenth Century
I have a background in the history of the Romantics of nineteenth-century France as well as educational reforms of nineteenth-century England, and have extensive experience with interdisciplinary approaches to cultural history. For my Thesis, I am looking at the ostensibly powerful yet targeted women that held the occupation of 'mistress' from Cromwell to just after the Jacobite rising of 1745. I aim to explore portrayals of these women as well as the positions they held as favorites and as scapegoat targets for rebel leaders such as the Duke of Monmouth or Bonnie Prince Charlie.
BA, History (University of Victoria)
Supervisor: Serhy Yekelchyk
Thesis: Post-Communist Russian National Identity as Defined by Russian Blockbuster Film
My background differs greatly from my current interests, as I studied Medieval History at Uvic, which relies heavily upon primary source documentation and a broad range of interdisciplinary approaches to cultural history. After a trip overseas, I came to love Russian history and culture, and made it my goal to further examine its nuances using my experience in interdisciplinary approaches. For my Thesis, I am looking at how post-communist Russia has struggled to define their identity since the end of the USSR. My goal is to examine mass media of Russian society, particularly blockbuster films. By analyzing patterns and portrayals of Russian identity, I aim to understand how these representations mesh with the population at large.
BA (University of Victoria)
Supervisor: Dr. Wendy Wickwire and Dr. Greg Blue
Thesis: Decolonizing History: Respecting Indigenous Historical Practices
I am working toward my MA in History and Cultural, Social, Political Thought (CSPT), with Wendy Wickwire and Greg Blue co-supervising my thesis. My research interests include colonial discourse theory, post colonial discourse, oral history, and critical theory. My MA thesis is entitled Decolonizing History: Respecting Indigenous Historical Practices, and aims to gain a better understanding of Indigenous historical practices as they exist inside and outside First Nations communities. Through this project, I have begun to understand the ways that Indigenous forms and approaches to history, such as orality, proper listening practices and relationships, are crucial for understanding. When I'm not doing schoolwork, I enjoy playing in the dirt and exploring life with my family.
BA Honours, History (University of Manitoba)
Supervisor: Dr. Paul Wood
Thesis: “Turning the Pages: The Corrections within the Royal Society’s Repository Catalogue.”
As an Early Modern scholar I study cabinets rare and mystical,
My field fits rather nice into the realm of museology,
BA, Honours (University of Victoria)
Supervisor: Dr. Robert Alexander
MA Thesis: The Émigrés and their Impact on Franco-British Diplomacy after 1815.
The French Revolution fascinates me. During my Honours thesis, I studied, in part, the émigrés’ relation with Louis XVI as the curtain closed on the ancien régime. Although ‘despised’ in France, most emigrants had returned by 1802 and the remaining few did so after the fall of Napoleon. During their years of exile, about 40,000 found refuge in the United Kingdom and their stay there left its mark on Franco-British relations. My thesis aims to explore what influence they may have had on the countries’ socio-diplomatic relations, and why after 1815 France and Britain were more often allies than than adversaries.
BA, History (University of Victoria)
Supervisor: Dr. Martin Bunton
Thesis: Identity, Cultural Framing, and the Jordanian Ikhwan.
I am currently focusing on the inter-connection between identity and participation in Levantine Islamist movements. To aid in this inquiry I am doing research through the Identity Center (Merkaz Huwia) and UVic’s Center for Global Studies (CFGS).
BA, Honours, History (Walla Walla University)
Supervisor: Dr. David Zimmerman
Thesis: The Gumboot Navy in World War II: Securing or Sundering British Columbia.
I am interested in the West Coast of North America during World War II. More specifically I am researching a small Canadian naval reserve known as the Fishermen’s Reserve or Gumboot Navy that patrolled British Columbian waters at this time. Due to the lack of standard naval personnel and ships on the West Coast, and because of their intimate knowledge of the coastline, fishermen, and fishing vessels, were used extensively by the Canadian government as a naval stopgap in the Pacific. My thesis will focus on the organization and actions of the Fishermen’s Reserve, while highlighting its role in rounding up Japanese Canadians who lived along the British Columbian coastline.
BA Honours - First Class, Law & Society (University of Calgary)
Supervisor: Dr. Simon Devereaux
Thesis: Tentatively titled “Courtroom Politics: The 'Bootstrapping' of Expert Witnesses in English Insanity Trials, 1760-1843”
My interests lie primarily with the history of law, medicine, and mental illness. These themes collide in my thesis, in which I examine the extent to which lawyers, judges, and defendants facilitated (or limited) 'expert' medical participation in trials pertaining to 'insanity' for extra-legal reasons in the context of Georgian and Victorian England. Put plainly, I aim to explore the extent to which medical and legal practitioners used the courtroom (and one another) to advance their personal and professional agendas.
My secondary interests include historical theory and the history of ideas, particularly those of the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.
BA with Distinction, Urban Geography (Vancouver Island University)
Thesis: No official title; Moral Environmentalism and Post-World War Two Veteran’s housing
Supervisor: Dr. Jordan Stanger-Ross
I have interests in social history, heritage conservation, and urban planning. My thesis work will explore the impacts of major Canadian cultural myths, ideologies and class beliefs on the built environment. Specifically, through a case study of Vancouver Island Veteran’s housing by examining the role of moral environmentalism in their production. The belief that the physical environment can affect social behaviour still exists today and can be found within current urban planning perspectives. The Post-War suburb, while an example of applied moral environmentalism, has maintained relevancy both in providing housing stock and in its potential for retrofit.
BA, History (University of Guelph)
Supervisor: Dr. Lynne Marks
I am researching the Canadian Salvation Army's work with sex trade workers and unmarried mothers from approximately 1886 to 1927. I am examining the Army's reaction to the rise of social work and compare the attitudes and services of both organizations toward "fallen women".
In late January, the University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University, and the University of British Columbia sponsor the Qualicum History Conference in Parksville, B.C. This is a venue for graduate students to exchange ideas, share original research, and socialize with fellow students and faculty.
Find out more about the Qualicum History Conference.
Information on preparing for academic conferences.
Grad History Review
The Graduate History Review (formerly Preteritus), is a journal that features the work of emerging scholars working in all areas of history.
Check out the Graduate History Review online!