Qualicum History Conference 2019 Program

updated 11 January 2019

Friday, January 25, 2019

When Event Where
5:30 - 7:30 PM Registration


7:30 - 8:30 PM

Opening Plenary

Dr. Neilesh Bose, Assistant Professor of History, and Canada Research Chair, University of Victoria

"Must Gandhi Fall? Mohandas Gandhi, Memorials, and Connected Histories of Race and Empire"


8:30 - 10:00 PM No-host bar, Music, and Mingling.


Saturday Morning, January 26, 2019

When Event Where
7:30 - 9:00 AM Breakfast


8:00 - 9:15 AM


The Graduate History Review will have an information table set up in the lobby from 8:00-9:00 am, for students interested in submitting their papers for publication.


9:15 - 10:45 AM

Session 1
Panel 1A

Specters of Settler-Colonialism
Chair: Dr. Peter Cook (UVic)

“An Unsettling Presence: Indigenous Specters, Enchanting History and Decolonizing Epistemologies"
     Erin Chewter (UVic)

“The Haunting of Louis Riel: Moments of Tension Within the Uses of Métis History in Canadian Narratives"
      Dane Allard (UBC)

“Ghostly commemorative cartographies and the dispossession of Japanese Canadians"
     Nicole Yakashiro (UBC)


9:15 - 10:45 AM

Session 1
Panel 1B

Education and Child Welfare as Political Institutions
Chair: Katharine Rollwagen (VIU)

“Disseminating the New Style among Children: The Case of Yangzhou (1949 - 1950)"
      Le Tao (SFU)

“The Evolution of Educational Policy and its Intent in the United States: From the War of Poverty to the War on Blacks"
      Oakley Ramprashad (UVic)

“In Whose Best Interest? Power Relations and Ideology in Indigenous Child Welfare"
      Kristina Celli (UVic)


9:15 - 10:45 AM

Session 1
Panel 1C

Constructed Spaces of Womanhood and Feminism
Chair: Dr. Emily O’Brien (SFU)

“The Liminality of Womanhood in the Early Roman Empire"
      Kelsey Lessard (UVic)

“Feminism in the Saint-Simonian Movement"
     Georgia King (UVic)

“'The Royal Line of New Westminster': Gender, Pageantry and Britishness in the New Westminster May Day Parade, 1870 - 1920"
     Georgia Twiss (SFU)


10:45 - 11:00 AM




11:00 - 12:30 PM

Session 2
Panel 2A

Rural Conflict and Resistance in the Global South 
Chair: Dr. Martin Bunton (UVic)

“Living with Bandits: Southern Guangdong Villages, 1912-1949"
     Oi Yan Makonin (SFU)

“'You Are A Political Soldier:' The People's War in N'wamitwa 1989 - 1994"
      Faelan Lundeberg (UVic)

“Actors of Struggle: Producing Peasants Subjectivity in Indonesian Agrarian Movements"
      Nila Ayu Utami (UBC)


11:00 - 12:30 PM

Session 2
Panel 2B

Power, Violence, and Masculinity
Chair: Dr. Tom Saunders (UVic)

“Pisistratus and iconographic change in Archaic, Athens"
      Caedyn Lennox (SFU)

“Hanged from a Yardarm"
      Andrew Johnston (UVic)

“Here’s Your Chance, It’s Men We Want!’ Representations and Realities of Masculinity in Canada during the Great War"
      Jeannine Worthing (UVic)


11:00 - 12:30 PM

Session 2
Panel 2C

Ideology Meets Statecraft
Chair: Dr. Sarah Walshaw (SFU)

“Colonial Perceptions of Nazism"
      Matthew Huijsmans (UVic)

“Tradition versus Modernity in Local Leaders’ Responses to the Great Leap Famine"
      Jakub Mscichowski (UBC)

“Sovereign State Illusions: A Comparative Analysis of Gitxsan and Canadian Claims to Sovereignty"
      Morgan Mowatt (UVic)



12:30 - 1:30 PM



Saturday Afternoon & Evening, January 26, 2019

When Event Where

1:30 - 3:00 PM

Session 3
Panel 3A

Legislation in Local and National Contexts
Chair: Dr. Simon Devereaux (UVic)

“Rape in Medieval England- Intersections of Law and Literature"
      Lindsay Church (VIU)

“Property Rights and Patterns of Dispossession in South Africa: British and Afrikaner Legal Cultures Compared"
      Darren Reid (UVic)

“There is a new drug in the schedule': The Origins of Criminalized Cannabis"
      Nathan Ruston (UVic)


1:30 - 3:00 PM

Session 3
Panel 3B

Colonial Legacies and Indigenous Resistance
Chair: Dr. Chelsea Horton (UVic)

“The Other Side of the Line: Post-Confederation Mi'kmaq Sovereignty Assertion and the Influence of Colonial Space on History Writing"
     Mercedes Peters (UBC)

“Colonial Education in the Gixsan Nation"
     Gina Mowatt (UVic)

“The Contradiction of the Colonial Contract: An Analysis of Russian Authorities' Attitudes Toward the Indigenous Women of Siberia and Alaska in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries"
     Margrethe McKoen (SFU)


1:30 - 3:00

Session 3
Panel 3C

Wartime Propaganda in Canada and England
Chair: Dr. Scott Sheffield (UFV)

“Stories, Voices and Silence: Censorship in the Canadian Media during the First World War"
    Aidan Moffatt (UVic)

“British Columbia Newspaper Responses to Jewish Persecution in Europe, 1938 - 1939: A Call for Refugees and A Cause for Civilization"
      Nathan Lucky (UBC)

“Propaganda and Perception: An Examination of British Domestic Propaganda in Public History"
     Sydney Fuhrman (UVic)


3:00 - 3:15 Refreshments


3:15 - 4:45

Session 4
Panel 4A

Women, Family and Belonging
Chair: Dr. Dana Wessell Lightfoot (UNBC)

“Royals from the Wrong Side of the Blanket: Charles II’s Illegitimate Descendants and the Modern British Monarchy"
    Samantha Holder (UVic)

“Nature as Mother and Lover: Oregon’s Lesbian Separatist Communities, 1970-1990"
    Kylie Young (UBC)

“The Role of Women in the Secularization of American Society since the 1960s"
    Erica Greenup (UVic) 


3:15 - 4:45

Session 4
Panel 4B

Living History: Heritage and Performance
Chair: Dr. John Roosa (UBC)

“Exhibiting the East: Living Subjects in America's Chinese Museums, 1830 - 1880"
     Jill Levine (UVic)

“Unsettling the 'Native Breed': Backbreeding at Old Sturbridge Village"
     Elspeth Gow (UBC)

“Painted by Time: The Myth of Baron von Mackensen"
     Haley Kloosterhof (UFV)


3:15 - 4:45

Session 4
Panel 4C

Histories of Labor and its Politics
Chair: Dr. Kenneth Duggan (VIU)

“'Everything possible should be done to retain the river and the fisheries for the white men': Anti-Japanese sentiment during the Fraser River Strike of 1901"
     Hailey Massingham (UNBC)

“Worker Self-Management in France, 1968 - 1971"
     Nathan Crompton (SFU)

“The Canadian Farmworkers' Union: An Early Case Study in Community Unionism, 1978 - 1986"
     Nicholas Fast (SFU)


5:00 - 6:00 PM

No-host Bar


6:00 - 7:20 PM

Banquet Dinner

Guests will be able to choose among three main courses, including gluten-free and vegetarian options. Please see the menu handout that you received at registration for more details.


7:30 - 8:30 PM

Post-Banquet Talk

Dr. Tim Brook, Professor of History, University of British Columbia

"Fun with Genomes; or, How I Learned to Love the Plague"


8:30 PM - 12:00 AM

Karaoke & Dancing

Enjoy an evening of dancing and singing! Sing a solo, join a group or just mingle and make new friends.

Please note: No outside alcohol permitted. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase.


8:30 PM - 12:00 AM

Games Room

Come join the fun in the Games Room. The Games room is a comfortable place where people can meet with friends, play a game, and connect face to face.

Please note: This is a non-alcoholic option and a fun alternative for those not interested in karaoke and dancing.  Non-alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase.


Sunday, January 27, 2019

When Event Where
7:30 - 8:30 AM Breakfast


8:30 - 10:00 AM

Session 5
Panel 5A

The Construction of Narrative and Memory
Chair: Dr. Katie McCullough (SFU)

“Memory and Emotion in Oral History"
     Elyse Abma (UVic)

“Constructing Fort Ross: Settler Narrative in Nineteenth Century California"
     Michael Buse (UBC)

“Commemorating World War II: Landscapes of Confinement in British Columbia"
     Desiree Valadares (UC Berkeley/UVic)


8:30 - 10:00 AM

Session 5
Panel 5B

Media as Politics in Diaspora
Chair: Dr. Tim Brook (UBC)

“Inside and outside China: Popular Culture in the Political Propaganda by Guangdong Reformers and Revolutionaries, the 1890s - 1910s"
     Hairong Huang (UVic)

“Transnational Turks, Print Media, and U.S.-Turkish Ties, 1919-1952"
     Benjamin Dipple (SFU)

“The Fonds Koedoes, an early example of modern emergency fundraising in WWI-era Java"
     Daniel Carkner (UBC)


8:30 - 10:00 AM

Session 5
Panel 5C

Immigration and Migration in Historical Context
Chair: Dr. Jeremy Brown (SFU)

“An Obligation to Help: Jewish Refugee Perceptions of Hong Kong"
      Ryan Cheuk Him Sun (UBC)

 “What Korean Christian Immigration Tells Us About the Decline of the Canadian Church"
     David Kim-Cragg (USASK)

 “The Trouble with Numbers: How Historians Have Used Quantitative Methods to Study Japanese Migration to Canada and the USA in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries"
      Nathaniel Hayes (UVic)


10:00 - 10:15 Refreshments


10:15 - 11:30 AM

Session 6
Panel 6A

Politicizing Popular Media
Chair: Dr. Jill Walshaw (UVic)

“Atom and Eve on the Silver Screen"
     Kelly Clark (UVic)

“Imagining the Future of Capitalism in a Neoliberal Age: Portrayals of Ferengi in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine"
     Andrea Samoil (SFU) 


10:15 - 11:30 AM

Session 6
Panel 6B

Disease and Famine in Colonized Spaces
Chair: Dr. John Lutz (UVic)

“Tuberculosis among the Inuit in Canada’s North"
      Josephine Mrozewski (UVic)

“The ‘Sharing’ of Power, Hunger, and Decolonization: An End to French Rule in Vietnam"
      Stanley Chia (UBC)


10:15 - 11:30 AM

Session 6
Panel 6C

Practical and Theoretical Environmental Histories
Chair: Dr. Eagle Glassheim (UBC)

“A Landfill of "Mutual Benefit": Solid Waste Management Within Delta and Vancouver 1958-1966"
     Hailey Venn (SFU)

“Reading Downwind: Rethinking Temporality and Spatiality in Atomic Age Environmental History"
     Sarah Fox (UBC)


Respectful environment statement

Upholding a Respectful Environment at the Qualicum Conference

The Qualicum Conference is an academic meeting with a long tradition of providing an environment in which students can present their first papers in an atmosphere of mutual respect. We want to build on that legacy by ensuring that the Qualicum conference continues to provide a respectful environment in which the human dignity of each individual is valued, and the diverse perspectives, ideas and experiences of all participants are able to flourish. This kind of environment allows everyone to participate to the extent they wish.

All of us, both individually and collectively, take responsibility for maintaining a respectful environment at Qualicum. As participants, we commit to avoiding sexual, racial, and other forms of discrimination and harassment. Harassment can be a single incident or several incidents that continue over time, and comprise unwanted and unwelcome behaviour that may range from mildly unpleasant remarks to physical violence. Harassment includes behaviours that demean, humiliate or embarrass a person and inhibits their full participation at the conference and its associated events. They can include actions (e.g. touching, pushing), comments (e.g. jokes, name-calling, suggestive or inappropriate remarks), or displays (e.g. posters, cartoons).

Here are some suggestions to help us create a respectful environment:

  • Recognize that everyone has a right to express their views and everyone has a right to feel safe at all times
  • Know your own boundaries, and respect those and the boundaries of others
  • In discussion assume positive intent and approach that person’s response with curiosity (i.e., trying to understand where that person is coming from)
  • Be aware that humour that can be hurtful to individuals or specific groups
  • If you feel you need to address something someone said, try to call them back into the respectful environment, rather than calling them out for their behaviour 

In the interest of creating a safer space and preventing sexualized violence, we are encouraging everyone to consider these guidelines regarding sexual consent:

  • Consent must be mutual, verbal and enthusiastic
  • It is the responsibility of the initiator to ensure the other person is consenting
  • Consent cannot be predetermined and must be obtained at every stage
  • Consent cannot be given when drunk or under the influence of any substance

To help ensure a respectful environment and full participation in the academic goals of the conference, we also strongly discourage people from drinking irresponsibly. Drinking to excess does not excuse bad behaviour

If you see any behaviour that undermines the respectful environment that we want at Qualicum, please don’t let it go. If you witness such behaviour, or if you yourself are subject to it, we encourage you to tell someone – either tell the person involved directly or, if you don’t feel comfortable doing that, speak to one of the faculty representatives at the conference or afterwards at your institution. Conference participants who contravene these guidelines may be barred from future conferences. As a result, conference organizers would be obligated to report any complaint to the participant’s home institution.

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