Congratulations to Dr. Joshua Mostow

On October 8, more than fifty scholars from across the university, as well as members of the community beyond UBC, gathered to celebrate Dr. Joshua Mostow’s election as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Established in 1882, the Royal Society of Canada ( recognizes Canada’s foremost scholars, artists, and scientists. Dr. Mostow was one of two UBC scholars in the humanities to be inducted over the past five years and he is the only Japanese literary specialist to join the RSC.

Recognized for his achievements in the study of literature, reception, and visual culture, Dr. Mostow’s election to Canada’s National Academy brings greater attention to the study of Japan and Asia, and to literary traditions outside Europe and North America.

Tributes to Dr. Mostow and his scholarly contributions were offered by Dean Gage Averill, Deputy Consul-General Akira Uchida, Centre for Japanese Research Co-director Christina Laffin, Asian Studies Head Ross King, and University of Alberta Associate Professor Anne Commons. Letters of congratulations from colleagues and ex-students across the globe were read at the event or shown as video recordings.

The celebration was hosted by Asian Studies, the Faculty of Arts, the Institute of Asian Research, and the Centre for Japanese Research. Thank you to all who joined us for the festivities! We look forward to Dr. Mostow’s ongoing promotion of study on Japan, following the mandate of the RSC to promote learning and research in the arts, the humanities, and the natural and social sciences.

CiTR’s Arts on Air: Interview with Joshua Mostow

On October 23rd, Ira Nadel sat down with Professor Joshua Mostow. The interview dives into Mostow’s early interest in Asian studies, his ongoing research and new show at the Royal Ontario Museum. Listen online.