Afghanistan after 2014: Prospects for the Country and the Region @ Room 120E, Stedman Hall
Oct 24 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

SCAP_workshop 7The departure of most NATO troops from Afghanistan in 2014 will have a significant impact on the country and the region around it. The government in Kabul will need to rely to a greater extent on its own capacity to deal with the enormous challenges facing it, such as establishing a durable peace in the country and creating conditions for economic and social recovery. Afghanistan’s neighbours will need to adjust their policies to cope with the consequences of NATO’s withdrawal. Fundamentally, Afghanistan cannot recover without genuine, sustained and effective cooperation among its neighbours.

This workshop will examine the post-2014 challenges faced by Afghanistan and the region, and the ability of the region’s countries to deal with them. Specifically: What are the main challenges facing Afghanistan after 2014? How adequate is the capacity of the Afghan state to deal with these challenges? What are the implications of NATO’s withdrawal for Afghanistan’s neighbours? How are Afghanistan’s neighbours reacting to the ongoing changes in the regional political and security environment? What are the prospects for building effective regional cooperation after 2014?


Dr. Nematullah Bizhan Visiting Scholar, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

Dr. Didier Chaudet, Head of the Iran and South Asia Program, Institute for Prospective and Security Studies in Europe (IPSE), Paris; Visiting Research Fellow, Afghan Institute of Strategic Studies, Kabul (2013-2014)

Dr. Shanthie Mariet D’Souza, an independent analyst in New Delhi, formerly with the Institute of South Asian Studies at Singapore National University

A Screening of the film Vincent Who? and discussion with Director Curtis Chin @ Curtis Lecture Hall F , Keele Campus
Oct 28 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

VINCENT WHO? – In 1982, at the height of anti-Japanese sentiments, Vincent Chin was murdered in Detroit by two white autoworkers who said, “it’s because of you mother** that we’re out of work.” When the judged fined the killers a mere $3,000 and three years of probation, Asian Americans around the country galvanized for the first time to form a real community and movement. This documentary features interviews with the key players at the time, as well as a whole new generation of activists. “Vincent Who?” asks how far Asian Americans have come since then and how far we have yet to go.

The screening will be followed by a Q & A session with the director.

Curtis Chin is an award-winning writer and producer who has written for ABC, NBC, Fox, the Disney Channel and more. As a community activist, he co-founded the Asian American Writers Workshop and Asian Pacific Americans for Progress. In 2008, he served on Barack Obama’s Asian American Leadership Council where he participated in helping the campaign reach out to the AAPI community. He has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, NPR, Newsweek and other media outlet. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at New York University.

Trauma, Memory, Forgetting
2014 Asia Lecture at York University @ Room 519, Fifith Floor, Kaneff Tower
Nov 4 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

de-alwis2014 Asia Lecture by Malathi de Alwis

Sri Lanka has a long history of monumentalizing and memorializing. Both rural and urban islandscapes are scattered with Buddhist stupas and irrigation tanks built by pacifist as well as war-mongering monarchs, rock stelae proclaiming conquests, cave inscriptions commemorating acts of beneficence, statues of colonial and nationalist rulers, tsunami memorials, war cemeteries and ‘victory’ monuments. Monumentalizing has also been accompanied by iconoclasm, in post-war Sri Lanka, and the battle for memory and forgetting plays a central role in the Sri Lankan state’s fraught relationship with its Tamil population who have borne the brunt of a three-decade long war. This paper delineates certain contours of this festering wound while exploring an alternative politics of bereavement and memorialization encompassed in the work of one of Sri Lanka’s foremost artists.

Malathi de Alwis received her PhD in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from the University of Chicago and is currently affiliated with the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo and the Open University, Colombo. She has also taught at the University of Chicago, New School for Social Research, New York, the International Women’s University, Hannover and the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. She has written extensively on nationalism, humanitarianism, maternalism, suffering and memorialization and is the co-editor of Tsunami in a Time of War: Aid, Activism and Reconstruction in Sri Lanka and Aceh (2009), Feminists Under Fire: Exchanges Across War Zones (2003) and Embodied Violence: Communalising Women’s Sexuality in South Asia (1996). De Alwis has been involved in environmental, feminist and anti-war activism for much of her life and is the co-founder of several feminist peace organizations in Sri Lanka as well as the United States.

Dr. de Alwis’ lecture is part of a larger programme at York University, organized by the Centre for Feminist Research. For more information, visit http://cfr.info.yorku.ca/.

Dissolving Boundaries of Theatre, Spirit, Politics and Play: A reading and discussion with artist nisha ahuja @ Room 145, North Ross Building
Nov 6 @ 12:00 pm – 2:15 pm

nisha-ahujanisha ahuja, actor, published playwright writer, physical theatre and voice-over artist, singer/song-writer, educator, and Yogic & Vedic energy medicine practitioner has performed and created classical, contemporary, and original work across Canada, the Netherlands, and India. nisha was recently an actor with the National Arts Centre Resident Acting Company and toured her one-woman shows, Yoga Cannibal across Canada and Un-settling across Ontario. Her play Cycle of a Sari recently had a workshop production and will be published by Playwrights’ Canada Press in the first South Asian Canadian Theatre Anthology (May 2015), and has an excerpt published in PCP’s Refractions: Solo. Currently nisha is writing and performing in 30 People Watching, a theatrical response to the murder of Reena Virk, co-created with Subtle Vigilance Collective premiering Oct 28 to Nov 8, 2014 at Aki Studio Theatre. nisha graduated from York University with Specialized Honours in Theatre/Creative Ensemble and a Minor in International Development Studies.

All are welcome.

RSVPs are requested to ycar@yorku.ca by 4 November 2014.

This event is presented with support from the York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR).

Soldiers, Mountains and Beautiful Women: Japanese Art, the Second World War and Fascism @ Room 305, Third Floor, York Lanes
Nov 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

The talk will draw on Dr. Asato Ikeda’s research for her upcoming book and will explore the close relationship between art and politics in the 1930s and 1940s, focusing on major wartime artists such as Fujita Tsuguharu, Miyamoto Saburo, Yokoyama Taikan and Uemura Shoen.

Dr. Ikedia specializes in Japanese art produced during the Second World War. Her publications can be found in the Review of Japanese Culture and Society, Disclosure, and Japan Focus. Most recently, she edited, with Ming Tiampo and Aya Louisa McDonald, an anthology titled Art and War in Japan and its Empire, 1931-1960 (Leiden: Brill, 2012).

She is Assistant Professor, Art History and Music Department, Fordham University.

Carbonizing Modernity? Reinforcing (false) Economies of Hope and Aspiration in the Laos Upland @ Room 280A, Second Floor, York Lanes
Dec 4 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

with Wolfram Dressler, University of Melbourne