The Public Humanities Hub (PHH-O) at UBC Okanagan extends the UBC research cluster strategy to foster research excellence and develop Humanities collaborations with public-facing research and programming.
PUblic HUMANITIES hub director
Brigitte Le Normand is an Associate Professor of History at UBC Okanagan. Her research focuses on the transformative project that was state socialism in Yugoslavia after the Second World War.
She has previously researched this topic with a focus on urban planning and migration, and is now examining change in Fiume/Rijeka, a city that transferred from Italian to Yugoslav sovereignty after the Second World War. This SSHRC-funded project includes research collaboration with digital humanists and geographers, and involves the creation of an augmented reality mobile phone app, “Rijeka in Flux,” allowing users to interact with Rijeka’s turbulent and fascinating past.
Le Normand believes that the humanities are key to empowering individuals and societies to tackle today’s greatest challenges.
Brigitte Le Normand | PHH-O Director, Associate Professor, History
Greg Garrard | FCCS Associate Dean Research and Graduate Studies, Professor, Sustainability and English
Heather Latimer | Assistant Professor, Gender and Women’s Studies
Fiona McDonald | Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Jessica Stites Mor | Associate Professor, History
Laura Mudde | Graduate Student Representative
Briar Murphy | Undergraduate Student Representative
Vision and Mission
It is the mission of the PHH-O to work beyond disciplinary and campus boundaries to address problems and find solutions through public conversations.
The Public Humanities Hub-Okanagan (PHH-O) supports research that embraces an interdisciplinary approach to the humanities. The humanities include history, gender studies, sociology, philosophy, religion, performing arts, visual arts, literature, cultural studies, anthropology. The PHH also includes scholars located in other disciplines not traditionally included in the humanities, who use comparable methodologies and concern themselves with questions of value and meaning.
Public humanities are understood at the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO) as a field of engagement between members of many publics both on and off campus interested in fostering dialogue in both virtual and physical spaces in order to collectively reflect and engage in conversation about contemporary issues facing society today. Added to this, it is the mission of the PHH-O to work beyond disciplinary and campus boundaries to address problems and find solutions through public conversations. The PHH-O acknowledges that there are many publics in the Okanagan, on unceded Syilx territory.
The PHH-O was founded in 2019 as a cross campus initiative between UBC, Vancouver (UBCV) and UBCO to foster critically engaged and expansive spaces for the humanities in the Okanagan that address real-time challenges facing society, from climate change to social justice, to dialogue about civil society, history, and culture. Through research and knowledge sharing, the PHH-O brings faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students together with community partners representing a range of stakeholders to raise the profile of the humanities both on our campus and in our community. Engagement is fostered in the PHH-O through various forms of learning and sharing that ranges from collaborative conversations and lectures at community centres, galleries, restaurants, and parks, to exhibitions, conferences, performances, and other programs and interventions that tackle topics such as history, applied philosophy, popular culture, media, the arts, and other matters of public interest. Some of the innovative outputs from the PHH-O members include podcasts, open access publications, dynamic presentations, and the co-creation of new projects that inspire action and capacity building.
The PHH-O believes that the public humanities have a critical role to play in shaping our future, and as such aims to increase recognition of public humanities within the university, and increase access to relevant training opportunities. To do this, the PHH-O envisions new futures in the Okanagan through collaborative research and sharing by:
- Promoting inclusive efforts between various publics throughout the Okanagan to inspire dialogue and respectful exchanges;
- Creating funding mechanisms and training opportunities to support innovation, collaboration, and dialogue that mobilizes social change;
- Inspiring new projects that bring together diverse perspectives, methods, and expertise to tackle lived-realities that raise awareness of real-time issues; and
- Promoting an understanding and recognition of the value of public humanities within academia and in our broader communities.
Public Humanities Hub Vancouver
UBC-V’s Public Humanities Hub is a three-year pilot project established in 2019 to foster and support collaborative research and to highlight and develop public-facing research in the Humanities in Arts, Law, and Education, at UBC-V.