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UBC-V Public Humanities Hub newsletter | Fall 2020
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Letter from the Academic Director

Dear colleagues and community partners,

Welcome back! During these volatile times, Public Humanities work seems more crucial than ever. This year, we have witnessed the escalation of anti-Black, anti-Asian, and anti-Indigenous violence, both in Canada and abroad. Many organizations issued anti-racist statements in the wake of George Floyd’s murder immediately. The staff and Steering Committee for the Public Humanities Hub has dedicated the coming year to taking stock, asking questions: How can the Hub do and foster anti-racist work? How can the Hub be a force for social justice? We welcome your ideas. In the meantime, the Hub has organized a number of subcommittees, some of which are tasked with doing a complete inventory of our programming, awards, and staffing to identify areas of improvement. Over the summer, Hub staff members also participated in Hollaback’s Bystander Intervention Training.

Entering Year Two of the Hub’s three-year pilot, we want to hear from YOU. How can the Hub help you INCUBATE your ideas, COLLABORATE with other researchers and with community partners, and COMMUNICATE your ideas to a broad audience? How can the Hub ADVOCATE for the value of the Humanities? Please let us know at

Calls for participation

Brock House Society: Esther Birney Literary Series

The Public Humanities Hub and the Brock House Society are exploring a new partnership, and we are kicking things off by identifying literary scholars interested in giving a public talk to Brock House members (more details in the link below). The Esther Birney series focuses on the literary arts broadly imagined (texts, film, drama, etc.). This is an excellent opportunity for humanities scholars to share their research with a community that faces increasing levels of isolation. We particularly encourage graduate student proposals! **Funding may be available. Details to come.


Humanities scholars: what stories have sustained you through the pandemic? Would you like to present your research in the form of a more unconventional, public talk? Graduate students, we want to hear from you, too. Consider contributing to our #HumaniSeries campaign! Click the button below for more details.

Upcoming events

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2019-20 Public Humanities Fellow Adam Frank (ENGL) launches a five-episode podcast on October 14th at 2pm. Turn your dial to Radio Free Radio every second Wednesday from 2-3pm (PT) for a broadcast that introduces and presents Radio Free Stein’s musical melodramas based on selected plays by Gertrude Stein. Episodes feature musical excerpts, discussion between composer and host Adam Frank about the play and its interpretation, and Q&A from auditors in the style of a radio call-in show.
Banner with event title, date and time as described in newsletter. Panelist names and titles: "Leslie Paris: Young Adult Voters, Religion, and the Culture Wars. Title is in white block text with partially visible red stripes. Richard Menkis: Antisemitism in the Age of Trump. Sunera Thobani: Islamophobia: The Politics of Hate in the U.S. Elections. Tony Keddie: Trumpvangelicals, the Bible, and Christian Nationalism. Sabina Magliocco: Magic and Politics in the 2020 Election." Text is against a dark blue colour-block bordered at the bottom by a wavy edge. In dark blue against a white background at the bottom are the UBC logo with word marks for the Program in the Study of Religion, Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions, and Public Humanities Hub.

“Religion and the U.S. Presidential Election: A roundtable with UBC scholars”

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
3:00 - 4:30 pm Pacific Time
Zoom webinar
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DH Conference: Collaboration

Please join us for the UBC-V Public Humanities Hub inaugural conference on digital humanities! Our conference theme is “Collaboration.”
October 28 - 31, 2020
Online via Zoom
Free. Everyone welcome.
Conference Keynotes:

Wednesday October 28 9:30am
“Designing for Difference”
Tara McPherson (Chair of Cinema and Media Studies, USC, and author of Feminist in a Software Lab)
Thursday October 29 9:30am
“Using DH Tools to Examine Neglected Indigenous Texts: Edward Ahenakew’s Old Keyam
Deanna Reder (Chair of the Department of Indigenous Studies and Associate Professor of English at SFU and Director of The People and the Text).

Red graphic illustration of a person wearing a suit jacket, collared shirt and trousers holding a smartphone in one hand, with a halo and a stylized tail with arrow at the end, overlaid on a puffy white cloud in the sky. Key words in text: "The New Corporation. The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel. Official Selection. Toronto International Film Festival 2020."


“Screening of The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel and Q&A” with Co-Directors Joel Bakan (Professor, Allard School of Law and 2019-20 Public Humanities Fellow) and Jennifer Abbott, co-sponsored by the Hub in partnership with the Allard School of Law’s International Justice & Human Rights Clinic and Centre for Business Law. The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel, a follow-up to the award-winning 2003 documentary, exposes how companies are desperately rebranding as socially responsible — and how that threatens democratic freedoms.
Monday November 2 6:00-8:30pm

Open Scholarship in Practice Week, November 2-6, 2020

“Working in Public: Generosity and the Knowledge Commons”
Kathleen Fitzpatrick (Director of Digital Humanities and Professor of English, Michigan State University)
Tuesday, November 3, 2020
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Working in public, and with the public, can enable scholars to build vital, sustainable research communities, both within their fields, with other scholars in different fields, and with folks off-campus who care about the kinds of work that we do. By finding ways to connect with a broad range of publics, in a range of different registers, and in ways that allow for meaningful response, we can create the possibilities for far more substantial public participation in and engagement with the humanities, and with the academy more broadly. This talk will focus on the challenges posed by working in public and the skills required to develop more publicly engaged scholarship. Part of Open Scholarship in Practice Week. Co-sponsored by UBC Library and UBC Public Humanities Hub.
“Rethinking the Road: Autoethnography, Memory and Transient Landscapes”
Lynne Pearce (Professor, Lancaster University Department of English and Creative Writing)
Thursday, November 5, 2020
11:00am - 12:30pm Pacific Time
Co-sponsored by the UBC Migration Mobilities Group and the UBC Public Humanities Hub

Public Humanities Fellows updates

Check out the latest public scholarship by the Hub’s inaugural Public Humanities Fellows and consider applying to become a Fellow in 2021-2. Deadline March 1. More information coming soon.
Siobhán McElduff (CNERS) and CNERS students Grace Guy, Danielle Lee, Keith Warner-Harder, James McKintrick, Sophie Roth, and Luoyao Zhang recently launched UnRoman Romans, an OER that brings together ancient sources on social outsiders in the Roman empire. This online anthology of sources explores depictions of those who did not fit in or were stigmatized in ancient Rome, from sexual minorities to ethnic groups to entertainers and beyond.
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Check out resources on our website!

Check out our Public Scholarship Toolkits. These toolkits are designed to explain best practices and draw your attention to resources available to you at UBC! So far, we have assembled toolkits about Scholarly Podcasting, Writing Op-Eds, and Curating Exhibitions. More are coming soon!
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We have also updated our Resources page and launched a new Graduate Resources page! On the Resources page, scholars can access general readings on public scholarship, readings on the inclusion of public scholarship in tenure and promotion, and a list of sample syllabi from public humanities courses. The Graduate Student Resources page is primarily for graduate students, but there are lots of resources for faculty and departments to support graduate students, too.

Graduate student survey results
Over the summer, the Hub Graduate Committee conducted a survey of UBC humanities graduate students to get a sense of their career prospects, professional development needs, programming ideas, and more. Those results have now been analyzed in a final report with recommendations for the Hub, departmental heads, and other advisers.
Event video archive
Did you miss a past Hub event or do you want to revisit a talk? Do you want to hear Humanities scholars’ reflections on isolation and the arts and humanities in our #HumaniSeries? Check out our new YouTube channel.

SSHRC news

Congratulations to UBC Humanities researchers awarded SSHRC grants in the 2019-20 competition! 14 Insight Development Grants and 26 Insight Grants were awarded to projects led by researchers in the Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Education, and Allard School of Law.

Arts Amplifier

Attention Humanities Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows: The Public Humanities Hub has partnered with Arts Coop to create Arts Amplifier, a professional development initiative for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the UBC Faculty of Arts. Do you have an idea for a project that you want to make happen in the world? Do you want to design your own internship experience? Are you interested in paid internship opportunities for Summer 2021? Connect with Arts Amplifier!
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