Digital Projects

Antiracist History and Theory Website - A collection of factsheets and art projects that distill rich academic works into accessible content.

Antiracist History and Theory

Antiracist Workshop created by Dr. Georgia Sitara - The video is a lecture over power point which condenses a fascinating history of the idea of race and theories of racialization, an overview of how racism functions in society as well as a discussion of anti-racist strategies.  Seven to nine minutes are devoted to each theme. ​ 


Canadian Century Research Infrastructure Project - a pan-Canadian, multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional effort to develop a set of interrelated databases centered on data from the 1911, 1921, 1931, 1941 and 1951 Canadian censuses. These databases will then be joined to other databases that cover the periods from 1871 to 1901, and from 1961 to 2001. The result will be a new foundation for the study of social, economic, cultural and political change. 

Canadian Families Project (1996-2001) was a SSHRC-funded Major Collaborative Research Initiative based in History at UVic and involving fourteen scholars at five Canadian universities. One major product was a digitized national sample of the nominal census returns of Canada for 1901. A successor project was the Canadian Century Research Infrastructure Project in which UVic was a partner. Publications: 

The National Sample of the 1901 Census of Canada: A New Source for the Study of the Working ClassDr. Eric W. Sager 
Guidelines for the Creation of Historical Microdata - Lisa Y. Dillon.
Capital Punishment and Pardon at the Old Bailey, 1730-1837 - Created by Dr. Simon Devereaux, this site enables you to make comparative searches amongst the 9,481 men, women and children who were sentenced to death at London’s Old Bailey courthouse between 1730 and 1837. During these years, execution was prescribed for virtually all serious crimes throughout the western world, but London was (by far) the largest single jurisdiction in which that sentence was deployed. However, the royal power of pardon was often used to substitute a non-capital punishment in place of hanging.

Chinese Canadian Artifacts Project - This website was launched on July 7, 2016, and it was built through the collaboration of a research team based at the University of Victoria, including Dr. John Price and Dr. Zhongping Chen, with dozens of museums across British Columbia. This website brings together and makes accessible in a single, searchable database over 6000 Chinese Canadian artefacts held by 16 local and regional museums throughout British Columbia. It won an outstanding achievement award from the BC Museum Association for 2016. 

The Devilfish website, featuring an animated digital map that juxtaposes human and gray whale history since 1840, is now live. Dr Jason Colby is professor and chair of History (Uvic) and principal investigator of the SSHRC-funded project Devilfish: The History and Future of Gray Whales and PeopleTimothy Cunningham (BA, MA UVic) is a specialist in environmental and digital humanities and director of the Devilfish project.


Four Stories About Food Sovereignty is a transnational research project examining historical and contemporary food crises, and community initiatives for food justice, in four contexts: Indigenous communities on the west coast of Canada; Indigenous Wayuu communities in Colombia; refugee communities in Jordan; and urban and rural farming communities in South Africa. Project director is Dr. Elizabeth Vibert and the project includes researchers and community partners from Canada, Colombia, Jordan, South Africa, and the US. The website includes extensive educational resources for use in school and university classrooms.

  • - A website for an oral history project with women farmers in South Africa, directed by Dr. Elizabeth Vibert. The research examines women’s life histories from apartheid to the present, rural-urban linkages, and the challenges facing small-scale farmers in the context of global political, economic, and ecological pressures. The film The Thinking Garden is available with the password (Garden


Landscapes of Injustice Project - Director, Dr. Jordan Stanger-Ross - During the 1940s, Canada enacted mass displacement and dispossession of people on racial grounds, a collective moral failure that remains only partially addressed. Japanese Canadians lost their homes, farms, businesses, as well as personal, family, and communal possessions. Landscapes of Injustice is dedicated to recovering and grappling with this difficult past.

 Digital Enhancements:
Teacher Resources:
“Landscapes of Injustice is a new take on a subject I spent a lot of time teaching and thinking about, but also I’ve come to realise that it is a very new way of doing business: teachers working side by side with scholars and museums to develop classroom materials.”

Greg Miyanaga – Teacher Resources co-chair, elementary school resources and teacher, Smiling Creek Elementary, Coquitlam BC

Victoria’s Chinatown: A Gateway to the Past and Present of Chinese Canadians - This popular website was launched on April 4, 2013, and it was created by a team of scholars, students and community activists under the leadership of Dr. Zhongping Chen. It includes historical maps of Victoria’s Chinatowns and its streets, as well as historical photos and data regarding its history, buildings, organizations, people, and so on.