Calendar

Jan
25
Wed
Marine Resources-Sustainability Management in the Canadian Arctic and Beyond @ Room 401, Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building
Jan 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Dr. Elaine MacDonald, Scientist and Advisor, EcoJustice Canada

This event is part of the Geotechnical Politics of Ocean Frontiers, Peace Research Lecture Series, organized by the Ocean Frontiers Research Working Group-Science for Peace, Canada, with support from the York Centre for Asian Research.

Feb
2
Thu
Unusual Suspects: Privatized Violence and Dispossessive Litigation in the Unmaking of Labour Politics in Korea @ Room 280A, Second Floor, York Lanes
Feb 2 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Yoonkyung Lee, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto

Recent unfolding of workers’ protests and brutal crackdowns in Korea reveals that the state and employers are deploying a complex combination of strategies to incapacitate labour’s resistance to neoliberal conditions. There is an extensive involvement of private security firms in managing industrial relations and exercising direct physical violence to destroy labour protests. It is now a routine strategy for employers to file damage compensation claims of an exorbitant amount against workers involved in legally stipulated collective action. Labour relations professionals such as public labor attorneys and labour inspectors and legal institutions such as national prosecutors and the court have increasingly turned against labour to side with capital’s interest, instead of being an impartial arbiter of capital-labour conflicts in a democratic political system.

This study interrogates the new methods employers and the state use against workers’ contention in Korea and demonstrates the purview of neoliberal redefinition of capital-labour relations extends to include the use of privatized violence and dispossessive litigations. Through this examination, this talk intends to redirect our understanding of the declining labour power in a neoliberal era and of the relationship between the exercise of violence and state institutions.

Yoonkyung Lee is a political sociologist studying labour politics, social movements, and political representation. Her research probes how socially marginalized actors such as labour mobilize to gain a social and political voice and how they interact with civil society and political institutions. She is currently working on a research project that traces the historical formation of political opposition in Korea, politics of which has been shaped equally by a strong state and a vocal democracy movement. Another stream of research focuses on diverse modes of labour’s reaction to rising socioeconomic inequality in East Asia.

Dr. Lee’s talk is part of the York Cente for Asian Research’s Korea in Asia series.

Feb
22
Wed
Land Reclamation in Southeast Asia: Technical Controversy and Opportunities of Sand Dredging @ Room 401, Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building
Feb 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Professor Jit Sharma, Scientist and Consultant, Land Reclamation; Chair, Civil Engineering, York University

This event is part of the Geotechnical Politics of Ocean Frontiers, Peace Research Lecture Series, organized by the Ocean Frontiers Research Working Group-Science for Peace, Canada, with support from the York Centre for Asian Research.

Feb
27
Mon
Reading Queer India: Investigations into Productions of Difference with Anindo Hazra @ Room 2009, Second Floor, Vari Hall
Feb 27 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

With Anindo Hazra, PhD

This event is part of the Lived and Contemporary Queer Diasporic South Asian Literatures, Cultures, Arts and Spaces series at the York Centre for Asian Research.

Mar
6
Mon
The Practice of Art with Vivek Shraya @ Room 305, Third Floor, York Lanes
Mar 6 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

With Vivek Shraya

This event is part of the Lived and Contemporary Queer Diasporic South Asian Literatures, Cultures, Arts and Spaces series at the York Centre for Asian Research.

Mar
8
Wed
Disasters and Disaster Management: Critical Issues of Planetary Resources across the Ocean @ Room 401, Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building
Mar 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Professor Saptarishi Bandopadhyay, International Lawyer, Harvard Fellow and Visiting Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

This event is part of the Geotechnical Politics of Ocean Frontiers, Peace Research Lecture Series, organized by the Ocean Frontiers Research Working Group-Science for Peace, Canada, with support from the York Centre for Asian Research.