Published on November 30, 2015 and filed as Uncategorized.
Based on extensive, original research, the book details the changing lives of youth living in slum communities (bustees) in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta). Using young people’s own photos, art and narratives, it explores how Muslim girls and young women are contributing to, and impacted by, changing youth culture in India. We are invited into the risky world of mixed-sex dance taking place in clandestine spaces in the slums. We join young people on their journeys to find premarital romance and witness their strategic and savvy risk taking when participating in transgressive aspects of consumer culture. The book reveals how social changes in India, including greater education and employment opportunities, as well as powerful middle class Muslim reform discourses, are impacting youth the very local level. More than just fantasy we see that Bollywood is an important role model which young people consult. By carefully negotiating risks and performing multiple identities inspired by modernity, globalization and, most of all, Bollywood culture, young people actively participate in a changing India and disrupt dominant discourses about slum youth as poor victims who are excluded from social change.
Young Muslim Women in India: Bollywood, Identity and Changing Youth Culture will be launched at York early in 2016. More about the book is available on the Routledge web site:
Published on November 23, 2015 and filed as Uncategorized.
YCAR was pleased to support the Engendering Transnational Voices: Studies in Family, Work, and Identity book launch on 30 September 2015. The publication, edited by YCAR Faculty Associate Guida Man (Sociology) and Rina Cohen (Sociology), examines the transnational practices and identities of immigrant women, youth, and children in an era of global migration and neoliberalism, and addresses such topics as family relations, gender and work, schooling, remittances, cultural identities, caring for children and the elderly, inter- and multi-generational relationships, activism, and refugee determination.
Published on November 13, 2015 and filed as Uncategorized.
Abigail Anongos, Secretary General of the Cordillera People’s Alliance (CPA) was keynote speaker at a 7 November 2015 event in Toronto.
Philippine Indigenous Peoples Under Attack: A Call for Solidarity was organized by ICHRP-Canada, a network of organizations who are concerned about human rights and committed to work for a just and lasting peace in the Philippines. YCAR was a co-sponsor of this event.
Visit the Philippine Reporter web site for more details about the event.
Anongos, an alumna of the University of the Philippines in Los Banos (UPLB), was awarded Outstanding Alumna for Championing Indigenous Peoples’ Rights during the 96th UPLB Loyalty Day and Alumni Homecoming October 2014 … “for her valuable contribution to the respect and recognition of indigenous peoples’ rights, national freedom and democracy through her advocacies as a journalist, and service as secretary-general of the CPA for the past five years.”
This event was part of the #StopLumadKillings grassroots campaign’s speaker series.
Published on November 11, 2015 and filed as Uncategorized.
Research Outreach Officer
York Centre for Asian Research
Limited Term until 31 May 2016
Part-time, 23 hours/week
Reports to: YCAR Director
Hourly Rate of Pay: $22.33
Under the general supervision of the YCAR Director, the YCAR Research Outreach Officer will be responsible for mobilizing and communicating York-based Asian and Asian diaspora research. The incumbent will use multiple publication and online channels to reach various audiences including: academic peers, policy analysts, government officials, community organizers, service providers, activists and the general public.
Knowledge Mobilization Communication – 50%
Research Outreach – Social Media and Web Design and Maintenance – 30%
Operations Support – 15%
Other duties as assigned – 5%
Major Areas of Responsibility:
KNOWLEDGE MOBILIZATION COORDINATION 50%
- Develops and implements communication and outreach plans to reach policy, community, and other audiences, including but not limited to pitching stories to print and electronic media.
- Disseminates a broad range of thematic knowledge exchange materials in clear language and in different formats (hard copy, electronic, and audio-visual).
- Advises and assists YCAR Associates with the dissemination of their findings among target audiences.
- Supports YCAR associates and visiting scholars in their knowledge exchange activities by responding to their inquiries and providing advice and information.
- Monitoring media for York Asian research quotes, interviews etc
- Overseeing the publication of Asia Research Brief and Asian Colloquia Papers series – including soliciting and editing submissions from York faculty and graduate students associated with the Centre.
RESEARCH OUTREACH – Social Media and Web Design and Maintenance 30%
- Redesigns and maintains interactive databases, including those of YCAR Associates, electronic newsletter subscribers, and listservs; web-based platforms, including the YCAR web site and project-specific portals; and institutional publicity documents.
- Gathers, processes (edits), and delivers content for various YCAR media, print and online alike.
- Prepares, writes or edits a broad range of thematic knowledge exchange materials in clear language and in different formats (hard copy, electronic, and audio-visual).
- Develops and keeps up to date web-based materials including web content on the YCAR site to enhance the exchange of information.
- Coordinates development of video-based content e.g. through YCAR “TED talks”
- Develops and disseminates print and electronic materials for knowledge mobilization programs and services.
- Develops and maintains YCAR’s presence on relevant social media platforms including listservs, Facebook and posting on the Twitter account and follows up on replies.
- Creates and maintains filing system for communications materials
OPERATIONS SUPPORT 15%
- Contributes to production of planning documents and, under the supervision of the Director and Coordinator, by drafting and overseeing the production and distribution of the annual activities report and other reports as necessary.
- Drafts correspondence for approval by the Director and/or Coordinator.
OTHER DUTIES AS ASSIGNED 5%
Responsibility for Others: No
Job Qualification and Related Skill Requirements
Minimum undergraduate degree is required, with graduate degree an asset, in the social sciences or humanities, or information studies/library studies or journalism.
Minimum one to two years of experience working in a research, policy or media environment with a knowledge mobilization mandate, for example: university, government, NGO, community, media or voluntary agency. Experience of Asian research or work with Asian diaspora organizations or related government non-governmental organizations will be considered strong assets. Experience in media environment (ethnic and/or mainstream) also considered an asset.
Proven ability to write and edit to a professional standard in both academic and plain English. Expertise in outreach through web-based applications and social media. Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment; excellent judgment, oral and written communication, interpersonal, problem-solving and organizational skills; ability to multitask, set priorities and meet tight deadlines; professionalism, tact, sensitivity and diplomacy in interactions with internal and external constituencies; flexibility, self-directed and demonstrated initiative, creativity; high level of accuracy and attention to detail.
Demonstrated advanced skills in MS Office, and proven skill and experience in web design software (WordPress). Demonstrated experience using social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube) required, preferably in a research environment. Ability to work with list serves and to use Google analytics and other web metrics.
Additional Language Skills Required: No
Please forward resume and cover letter to email@example.com by 27 November 2015
Published on November 9, 2015 and filed as Uncategorized.
YCAR Graduate Associates Noa Nahmias (History) and Jolin Joseph (Gender, Feminist & Women’s Studies) are two of six York students to receive a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship for exceptional PhD students. The award is a signature achievement in part due to its immense research support — providing doctoral students $50,000 annually for up to three years to support their work – but also in that it signifies recipients as emerging leaders in their respective fields.
“This is an outstanding result for our graduate students,” said York’s President and Vice-Chancellor Mamdouh Shoukri. “These Vanier scholars exemplify the world-class scholarship that is underway at the University, and their achievement is a wonderful testament to the groundbreaking research and innovative approaches to teaching for which York is known.”
The recipients are: Samantha Fashler (Clinical Psychology), Jolin Joseph (Gender, Feminist & Women’s Studies), Kyo Maclear (Education), Noa Nohmias (History), Christopher Vanden Berg (Political Science) and Dessi Zaharieva (Kinesiology & Health Science).
Noa Nahmias’ research examines the relationship between knowledge production, science and nation building through the lens of material culture. Her research asks how notions of science and knowledge were negotiated and portrayed to the public in 19th- and 20th-century China. She focuses on museums, since these sites can provide answers to these questions through material objects and display techniques. Studying the objects selected for the display, as well as the display techniques from the language used to the arrangement and order, reveals much about processes of knowledge production in general, and how these were carried out in China in particular.
Nahmias’ research contributes and complicates our understanding of what knowledge production is and how it relates to national and transnational currents. French Jesuits, British naturalists and Chinese entrepreneurs participated in museum building in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. This period also saw intense transnational encounters, which changed how Chinese elites viewed knowledge. Her research uses this historical backdrop to explore the concept of knowledge migration and knowledge production.
The migration of domestic workers has become big business, involving millions of women, billions of dollars and a multiplicity of agencies and intermediaries. Although an increasingly important avenue towards employment for women, state policy, (im)migration regulations, and media discourses combine to situate migrant domestic workers in a gendered and racially segregated labour market. Jolin Joseph’s doctoral research will render visible this undocumented, precarious and invisible form of waged work and the implications of current policies related to mobility and labour that do not adequately take gender into account.
The situation of migrant domestic workers is a particularly compelling illustration of the need for transnational governance in an era of globalization. Joseph’s research aims to fill knowledge gaps regarding domestic work in Saudi Arabia, and provide the information necessary for stakeholders to develop interventions that promote and protect of migrant rights and mobility. Joseph anticipates that this study will contribute to critical understandings of migrant lives and institutional processes as embodied and embedded in global-local settings.
The full YFile story is available at: http://yfile.news.yorku.ca/2015/11/03/six-york-graduate-students-awarded-vanier-scholarships
Published on November 6, 2015 and filed as Uncategorized.
The York Centre for Asian Research’s Professional Development Fund subsidizes its Graduate Associates’ travel costs to present their scholarly or creative work. Amounts awarded will range from $50 to $500 with the expectation that they will be used in conjunction with other awards.
The deadline for applications is Monday, 18 January 2016 by 4pm.
- YCAR Graduate Associates are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to applications from students registered in the Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies.
- Students must be Graduate Associates on the date of application and the date of presentation.
- Registration and transportation expenses necessary to present scholarly or creative work at recognized events, e.g., conferences, colloquia, poster presentations and exhibitions.
- Disability accommodation costs (e.g., attendant care, medical equipment costs, accessible transportation, interpreters, note takers)
- Expenses must be incurred in the period six month before and six month after the application deadline.
Amount of allocations
Allocation amounts may vary based on the amount of applications and the number of high-expense applications in any given application cycle.
Successful applications will be allocated a portion rather than the total amount of transportation costs, between C$50 and C$500. Students are expected to use the most economical option available and are encouraged to seek other sources of funding.
- The applicant completes and signs the application form; if a field does not apply, it is indicated by marking “N/A”.
- The applicant submits the completed application form to YCAR with:
- Call for papers/submissions
- Confirmation/proof of event acceptance (communication from event organizers, event program announcing the applicant’s participation in a session or exhibition, et cetera)
- Short statement explaining the importance of the conference/meeting for the student’s professional development
- Short statement of other sources of funding applied for, or awarded
- Supervisor’s statement and signature
- Specific travel details, including place of departure and destination, mode of transportation, estimated cost of transportation, et cetera.
The deadline for applications is Monday, 18 January 2016 by 4pm.
The application form is available online at: www.yorku.ca/ycar/Awards/YCAR_Professional_Development_Fund.html.
Completed and signed paper applications must be received by YCAR (834 Kaneff Tower) before 4pm on the deadline date.
Applicants are strongly advised to complete the application well in advance of the deadline to give adequate time to obtain the required signature and comments from their supervisor.
Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
Applications are reviewed and allocations determined by the Awards Committee of the York Centre for Asian Research.
The notification of award will be made within one month after the deadline.
Awarded fund are made available to the awardee as reimburseable expenses. The awardee must produce appropriate receipts and other related documentation to receive the awarded funds.
For more information, contact YCAR at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published on October 30, 2015 and filed as Uncategorized.
York News | Political science professor to organize field trip to North Korea
YCAR Faculty Associate Thomas Klassen (Political Science) is coordinating a five-day field trip to North Korea for members of the York University community in the summer of 2016.
The trip will be a valuable learning and research opportunity for students, scholars and others with an interest in Asia – the Korean peninsula in particular. North Korea is one of the world’s most isolated countries, with a national philosophy that stresses self-reliance.
The field trip will be a unique chance to see up-close aspects of North Korean culture, life and natural environment. The trip will begin in Beijing, China, with either a flight or overnight train to Pyongyang, the North Korean capital.
York University community members interested in joining this cultural field trip can contact Professor Klassen at email@example.com. Klassen has written extensively on South Korea and has spent several years there, as well as in East Asia, in the past decade.
The full story is available at: http://yfile.news.yorku.ca/2015/10/21/political-science-professor-to-organize-field-trip-to-north-korea/
Published on October 29, 2015 and filed as Uncategorized.
A warm welcome (back) to YCAR is extended to the following Associates who are new or returning members. We look forward to their engagement in the Centre and in the many activities of the Asia/Asian Diaspora research community at York.
Sylvie Rosienski-Pellerin, French, Glendon
Regina Bautista. Dance
Myles Carroll, Political Science
Stephanie Divekar, Development Studies
Khem Guragain, English
Mhommad Kabir Hossain, Development Studies
Amardeep Kaur, Geography
Ji Young Kim, History
Thomas M. Larkin, History
Allison Magpayo, Geography
Saruka Pararajasingam, History
Susan Rajendran, Humanities
Geetha Sukumaran, Humanities
Josh Trichilo, Humanities
Meha Patel, Anthroplogy
Research Associates (External)
Cheran Rudhramoorthy, University of Windsor
Nga Dao (York University)
Published on October 27, 2015 and filed as Uncategorized.
YCAR is pleased to welcome Hue Le to YCAR as a visiting scholar. Dr. Hue is a senior researcher and lecturer from the Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (CRES), Vietnam National University, Hanoi. Her specialization and research focus is natural resource use and management, climate vulnerability and adaptation in the North, Central and Central Highlands of Vietnam. Dr. Hue is working with Lisa Drummond (Urban Studies) during her time in Toronto. They are collaborating on a co-authored paper (Le, Drummond, Danière) associated with the SSHRC-funded Water in the City project, and based on household survey data from Van Mon commune in Bac Ninh province. Dr. Hue presented a preliminary assessment of the survey data at last week’s Canadian Council for Southeast East Asian Studies (CCSEAS) conference held in Ottawa. Dr. Hue received her MA in Urban and Environmental Policy at Tufts University and her PhD in Agriculture and Rural Development at the Institute of Social Studies at The Hague, The Netherlands.
Published on October 26, 2015 and filed as Uncategorized.
In the summer of 2015, students from York University travelled to Thailand and South Korea for field-based courses in Geography and Political Science. In Encountering Asia: Undergraduate Experiences from York University Study Abroad Courses in Thailand and South Korea, members from each course discussed their learning experiences and presented findings from the research they conducted during their time in Asia.
The student presenters were:
Abegail Hypolite (International Development Studies and Law & Society, recent graduate)
Aryanne Hawke (Environmental Studies, fourth year student)
Christina Jaikaran (Geography and Humanities, fifth year)
Mark Samaroo (Geography, fourth year student)
James Soto (Political Science)
Nicholas Steele (Disaster and Emergency Management, third year student)
The Thailand-based course was taught by Peter Vandergeest and Robin Roth (Geography) and the South Korea course by Thomas Klassen.