Published on October 16, 2014 and filed as Uncategorized.
York University Professors Tania Ahmad and Zulfikar Hirji, both of anthropology, and film Professor Ali Kazmi will lead a discussion on “Women in Dance in Muslim Societies” at the new Aga Khan Museum in Toronto.
The panel discussion is part of the museum’s inaugural season and its contemporary exhibition, performances and lectures focusing on Pakistan. It will take place Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 8pm at the Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Dr. in Toronto.
The full story is available here: http://yfile.news.yorku.ca/2014/10/15/york-panel-discusses-women-in-dance-in-muslim-societies-at-aga-khan-museum/
For more information and tickets: https://www.agakhanmuseum.org/performing-arts/event/vigil-film-screening
York U graduate award in Tamil Studies honours memory of pioneer and leader of the Tamil community in Canada
Published on October 15, 2014 and filed as Uncategorized.
York alumni couple has established the first-ever graduate award in Tamil studies in memory of a pioneer and leader of the Tamil community in Canada.
Harini Sivalingam (LLB ’05) and husband Gary Anandasangaree (LLB ’05), lawyers and graduates of Osgoode Hall Law School, created the N. Sivalingam Award in Tamil Studies with an endowed gift. The gift was matched by York’s Faculty of Graduate Studies through the Graduate Support Matching Program. The Sivalingam award, the first of its kind in the country, is intended to encourage and promote research on Tamil language, history, culture, society or the Tamil diaspora –something Nagaratnam (Siva) Sivalingam, Harini’s father, spent his entire life advocating.
The full story is available at: http://yfile.news.yorku.ca/2014/10/14/grads-create-first-ever-scholarship-in-tamil-studies/
Published on October 10, 2014 and filed as Uncategorized.
Speakers from Canada, the United States, Australia, the Netherlands and Thailand will share their expertise and experience on resource extraction, forestry, fisheries, agriculture and urban ecologies in Southeast Asia as a part of a year-long lecture series at the York Centre for Asian Research.
Critical Asian Political Ecologies Seminars (CAPES) will feature seminars on agro-capitalism in Burma, fisheries in Vietnam, dam building in Lao PDR and ecosystem services in Thailand, among others.
The series is organized by Peter Vandergeest (Geography) and Robin Roth (Geography), whose research project New Directions in Environmental Governance (funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) is exploring related issues in the region.
“We are concerned with the way that new pressures for resource extraction and expanded commercial uses of land and water are affecting the lives of people who live near the forests, mountains, rivers, and coasts of Southeast Asia. Also, we will examine the debates concerning the causes of environmental degradation, and work to understand how various agencies come up with diverse ways of addressing these issues,” said Vandergeest.
The seminars will also consider the implications of increasing involvement by diverse non-state or hybrid state-private agents in claiming authority over how resources are extracted and managed.
The first speaker in the series is Kevin M. Woods, from the University of California, Berkeley. He will speak on how the making of agro-capitalism in Burma during the current neoliberal reform period is rooted in violent regional histories defined by contested and racialized territorial politics.His seminar will be held on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 at 2pm in Room 280A York Lanes.
All are welcome to attend.
A full list of the series is available at: http://ycar.apps01.yorku.ca/events/lecture-series/critical-asian-political-ecologies/
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Published on October 7, 2014 and filed as Uncategorized.
The Emotions of Migration workshop series is a two part event which tackled transnational affect and the varied emotions of migration, within the context of a rapidly globalizing Asia. The first part of the series took place at the University of Malaya on 8-9 august, and reviewed the experiences of women who migrate for work in South and Southeast Asia. The second part of the series took place at YCAR on 19-20 August, and looked at the migration experiences of young people throughout Asia. The second workshop saw scholars from India, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Japan, The Netherlands, America and Canada discuss how young people negotiate a multitude of emotions as international students, as children left behind and as migrants themselves. The outputs from the workshop series include two special issues and a targeted publication for social justice actors.
Published on October 2, 2014 and filed as Uncategorized.
The York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR) invites applications for a short-term (four month) post-doctoral fellowship in Asian Governance. The successful applicant will have completed a PhD within the last four years and will be developing a research and publication program related to contemporary local, national or transnational governance in Asia. ‘Governance’ is taken to mean the institutional forms that shape social, political, economic, environmental or cultural life. Applications are welcomed from a range of relevant disciplines, including: Anthropology, Development Studies, Economics, Geography, Law, Management, Political Science and Sociology. The possibilities for developing close collaborative relationships with York researchers, and generating published research output during the period of the fellowship, will be important selection criteria. There are no citizenship restrictions on this position.
The fellowship will last for four months and will be accompanied by a total stipend of C$13,500 (plus statutory benefits). The Centre will also provide a desk, computer facilities and library access. We regret that travel/relocation assistance is not available.
Applicants should provide the following materials: a current CV; a statement (no more than 500 words) outlining their current research projects, how they relate to issues of governance in Asia, and the work that they would undertake as a postdoctoral fellow at YCAR. Both documents should be provided in PDF format. The name and contact details of two academic referees should also be supplied.
Review of applications for the 2015 fellowship will begin on October 31, 2014. The expectation is that the postdoctoral visitor appointed will likely take up the fellowship in the Winter term (January-April) of 2015.
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Applications should be emailed to email@example.com with the subject line Postdoctoral Visitor in Asian Governance.
The York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR) is one of Canada’s largest and most active communities of scholars working on East, South and Southeast Asia, as well as Asian diaspora communities around the world. The Centre includes faculty, students and research associates from the social sciences, humanities, fine arts and professions, and is home to over 20 research projects and study groups. YCAR is located on York University’s Keele campus – one of Canada’s largest universities, in a diverse and vibrant global city. For more information: www.yorku.ca/ycar.
The YCAR/ABMP Postdoctoral Fellowship is supported by the Asian Business and Management Program (ABMP), which provides professional and executive education for public and private sector officials from China and Vietnam. The Program is housed at the York Centre for Asian Research.
Published on September 30, 2014 and filed as Uncategorized.
Established senior and groundbreaking junior scholars will share their expertise and experience in the fields of globalization, transnational labour and class in South Korea as part of a year-long lecture series at York University.
This series, entitled “Heterogeneity and Korean Identity in the Twenty-First Century”, will feature lectures on the rise of family-centrism in 1950s post-war South Korea and the changing nature of class inequality in present-day globalized South Korea among others.
“The speaker series explores the layers of Korean identity in the twenty-first century,” said organizer Janice Kim (History). The series is one of the activities of the Korea Study Group at the York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR) and is generously support by The Korea Foundation, the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation, and YCAR.
The first speaker in the series, Dong-Choon Kim, is former Standing Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, an activist and a public intellectual. His research has focused on historical sociology of Korean politics, working class formation, and the Korean War. As an activist, Professor Kim has been at the center of progressive academic movements since the 1980s. He was also awarded the 20th Dan Je Prize in 2005 for his academic achievements and activism.
His presentation will examine the rise of family-centrism in 1950s post-war South Korea, an authoritarian period during which Koreans invested exclusively in their nuclear families. This comprises a significant and formative element, among others, of South Korean identity in the twenty-first century.
Dr. Kim’s presentation will be held on wednesday, 22 October 2014 at 3pm in Room 519, Fifth Floor, Kaneff Tower on the Keele Campus.
All are welcome to attend.
A full list of the series is available at: http://ycar.apps01.yorku.ca/events/lecture-series/korea-speaker-series/.
Published on September 6, 2014 and filed as Uncategorized.
The Canadian Society for Traditional Music has recognized Colin McGuire’s research and awarded him the CSTM/SCTM Student Paper Prize for the best paper presented by a student at the organization’s annual meeting.
His paper, ‘The Rhythm of Combat: Understanding the Role of Music in Performances of Traditional Chinese Martial Arts and Lion Dance’, draws on his doctoral research, which investigates the percussion music used to accompany lion dance and martial arts at a Chinese-Canadian kung fu club. The paper has been submitted for publication in MUSICultures,
Colin is also the recipient of the T. Temple Tuttle Prize for the best student paper presented at the annual meeting of The Niagara Chapter, Society for Ethnomusicology. His paper, which is under revisions before being submitted to Ethnomusicology, is titled “Once Upon a Time in China: The Wong Fei-hung Song as a Transnational Anthem.”
The T. Temple Tuttle Prize was established in 2001 in memory of Tom Tuttle (Ed.D Maryland) a founding member of the Niagara Chapter and Professor at Cleveland State University.
Colin is a PhD candidate in Ethnomusiciology and a YCAR Graduate Associate. He will defend his dissertation in Fall 2014.
The story was also published in Yfile on 18 September 2014,
Call for Papers | 2015 Critical Approaches to South Asian Studies Workshop: Questions of Method in South Asian Studies
Published on September 6, 2014 and filed as Uncategorized.
The Critical Approaches to South Asian Studies (CASAS) Workshop will take place in Toronto on 26-27 February 2015. CASAS offers a forum for exploring research on and critical discussions about the study of South Asia and the South Asian diaspora. Building on previous years, the third annual workshop will provide a space for scholars to share works in progress and engage with new ideas.
The theme for the 2015 CASAS Workshop is “Questions of Method in South Asian Studies”. We invite proposals for papers, films, or artwork that reflect on the connections between specific sites of research and issues of method. What considerations shape our methodologies in researching South Asia and the South Asian diaspora? What specific methodological challenges arise in relation to this field? How do we negotiate the process of researching “other” spaces and bodies in the context of the North American academy?
We are interested in films, artwork and papers that engage with themes and questions that include, but are not limited to, those listed below. We are especially interested in works that engage these themes through a focus on gender, sexuality, caste, ability, race, and class.
- Critiques of methodological nationalism; de-centering the nation-state as the primary or dominating unit of analysis
- ‘Local’ and ‘regional’ as concepts for challenging national frames
- Connections between methodology in South Asian Studies and colonial epistemologies
- Relationships between area studies and the disciplines; the role of disciplinary bias in the study of particular nation-states
- Approaches to the study of diasporas and transnational social formations
- Connections between South Asian Studies and transnational feminist methodologies
- Reconceptualizing ‘South Asia’ through the diaspora
- Methodological approaches to settler colonialism, neo-liberalism, and structures of white supremacy
- Self-determination and indigeneity across South Asian and North American contexts
- Settler colonialism and immigration/diaspora
- Possibilities of speaking across regional, cultural, disciplinary sites in South Asia/South Asian diasporas
- Interdisciplinary methodologies for considering South Asian culture as site/archive/subject
CASAS is an intimate workshop with a small number of participants. Our goal is to foster dialogue among scholars at all levels and to continue to develop a network of South Asia scholars in southern Ontario and beyond who share similar critical concerns.
In this spirit, we are asking that participants be prepared to engage fully and critically with each other and attend the entire workshop. Submitted papers, films, or artwork will be circulated in advance among panelists and discussants to foster deeper engagement with the works presented.
The workshop will include:
- Panels where each presenter will be allotted 10-15 minutes and discussants will subsequently provide feedback to the panel
- Roundtable sessions on the broader themes of the workshop
- Undergraduate panel organized in collaboration with United South Asians at York
- Opportunities for community building and socializing
In addition to academic engagement, community building and resource/ideas sharing, CASAS is also a platform for producing an interdisciplinary published work. Participants will be invited to submit full papers of the work they presented at the workshop for an edited volume to be put together by the South Asia Research Group (SARG) at the York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR) for publication.
Please submit an abstract of 500-750 words and a short bio by 15 October 2014 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Abstracts should respond to the themes outlined in this CFP.
Notifications of acceptance will be sent by 3 November 2014.
Completed artwork, films and papers (maximum of 20 pages, double spaced) must be submitted by 15 January 2015 for circulation amongst presenters and discussants. In the spirit of maintaining the workshop format, please note that presenters who do not submit completed papers in advance may be asked to give up their place in the program.
Visit us online at www.casasw2015.wordpress.com.
Published on August 20, 2014 and filed as Uncategorized.
A new journal article by Sai Latt (YCAR alumni and Research Director, Pyidaungsu Institute for Peace & Dialogue) and Robin Roth (Geography) has been published (online) by the Journal of Agrarian Change. “Agrarian Change and Ethnic Politics: Restructuring of Hmong and Shan Labour and Agricultural Production in Northern Thailand” examines how the discursive construction of ethnic identity has facilitated the particular form of agrarian intensification and labour restructuring under way in the uplands of Thailand. The article is available at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/joac.12081/abstract
Published on July 31, 2014 and filed as Uncategorized.
The Early Researcher Awards program helps recently appointed researchers make new discoveries while creating jobs for graduate and undergraduate students, postdoctoral fellows and research assistants.
The story about York recipients is available here: http://yfile.news.yorku.ca/2014/07/30/four-york-profs-receive-ontario-early-researcher-awards/