Human Kinds, Animals and Global Geography in Early Modern China @ Room 305, Third Floor, Founders College
Nov 3 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

yuming-heYuming He, Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Davis

This talk explores the specific pathways through which a burgeoning literature on the earth and its inhabitants was made accessible to readers of diverse social strata in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century China, and how this epistemological process was shaped by a set of linguistic, pictorial, and cartographical strategies popularized by commercial woodblock printing, which aimed not only to inform, but also to amuse and astonish.

Yuming He received her BA and MA from Peking University and PhD from UC Berkeley. She taught at Reed College and the University of Chicago before joining the faculty at UC Davis. Her recent work is focused on the history of the book, theater, and epistemological processes in late-imperial China. Her book Home and the World: Editing the “Glorious Ming” in Woodblock-printed Books of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries won the 2015 Joseph Levenson Book Prize.

This is the first event for 2016.2017 in the Knowledge Production in East Asia Series organized by the Critical China Study Group.

Science, Philosophy and non-Western Traditions of Knowledge @ Room 626, Sixth Floor, Kaneff Tower
Nov 7 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

indianscience-smlSundar Sarukkai, Professor of Philosophy, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore

In this presentation Professor Sarukkai asks why intellectual traditions from other cultures are not part of mainstream academic disciplines. Indian philosophical traditions, for example, are never taught as mainstream philosophy in the way that Greek traditions are, although there are common philosophical themes in both. Traditions of aesthetics from India (and other Asian countries) are still not part of regular syllabi for students in the West. If we do not impute motives to this exclusion, then we need to ask why it is so difficult to incorporate insights from other cultures into the university curricula and research in Canada and elsewhere.

Sundar Sarukkai is Professor of Philosophy at the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Bangalore and was the Founder-Director of the Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities, Manipal University from 2010-2015. He is the author of the following books: Translating the World: Science and Language, Philosophy of Symmetry, Indian Philosophy and Philosophy of Science, What is Science? and The Cracked Mirror: An Indian Debate on Experience and Theory (co-authored with Gopal Guru).

This event is presented by the York Centre for Asian Research with support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Singapore Inc. and Vancouverism: Hazards of Modelling City Growth @ Room 141, Health, Nursing & Environmental Studies Building (HNES)
Nov 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

greenbergCharles Greenberg, Capilano University

Over the past decade there has been a growing understanding that both Singapore and Vancouver are successful models of urgan growth. While there is no denying the ‘livability’ of these cities, there may be risk and vulnerabilities associated with the perceived success. The presentation, drawing on these two urban role models, attempts to map the hazards and intrinsic costs of performative success, which may include inequality, affordability and discrimination.

Professor Greenberg completed his PhD in urban and cultural geography and Asian studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He taught geography at the University of Sydney for five years and has been a faculty member of Capilano University and UBC since 1990. He teaches a wide range of courses including human geography, urban studies, environmental geography, ecotourism, and Asian Studies. His current sabbatical year is dedicated to writing a book called ‘Reading Canada’.

This event is co-presented by the Faculty of Environmental Studies and the York Centre for Asian Research.

The Incorporation of South Asian Minorities in Canada and the United States
Nov 16 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The Incorporation of South Asian Minorities in Canada and the United States @ Toronto | Ontario | Canada

Prema Kurien, Professor of Sociology and Robert McClure Faculty Scholar, Syracuse University

My presentation will draw on ongoing research to examine two minority religious groups of South Asian origin (Hindus and Sikhs) that have broadly similar patterns of migration to Canada and the United States and have close ties with their compatriots across the border, but yet manifest divergent activism profiles around North American as well as homeland issues. My presentation will examine how different opportunity structures (both national and local), and differences in the characteristics of the groups, shape how they frame their grievances and mobilize. It also aims to uncover the factors that influence the form that their mobilization takes, specifically, whether it is “ethnic,” “racial” or “religious.” Focusing on Hindu and Sikh communities and advocacy organizations serving these groups in Toronto, Vancouver, New York/New Jersey, and northern California, this project is being conducted both through

Prema Kurien is Professor of Sociology and Robert McClure Faculty Scholar as well as the founding director of the Asian/Asian American Studies program at Syracuse University. She is the author of two award-winning books, Kaleidoscopic Ethnicity: International Migration and the Reconstruction of Community Identities in India and A Place at the Multicultural Table: The Development of an American Hinduism and over forty articles. Her third book, “Ethnic Church Meets Mega Church: Indian American Christianity in Motion” is forthcoming in 2017. She is currently working on her next book, Race, Religion, and Citizenship: Indian American Political Advocacy, and on a research project, The Political Incorporation of Religious Minorities in Canada and the United States.

Politics of Caste in Contemporary India: A Discussion with Dr. Anand Teltumbde @ Room 280N, Second Floor, York Lanes
Nov 18 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Politics of Caste in Contemporary India: A Discussion with Dr. Anand Teltumbde @ Room 280N, Second Floor, York Lanes | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

Dr. Anand Teltumbde, a noted Dalit scholar and activist, will speak on the politics of caste in contemporary India.

This event is co-presented by the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, Department of Anthropology, the Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies programme and the York Centre for Asian Research.

No Going Back: The Political Ethics and Ecologies of the Anthropocene @ Room 626, Sixth Floor, Kaneff Tower
Nov 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Paul Robbins, Director, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Professor Robbins has years of experience as a researcher and educator, specializing in human interactions with nature and the politics of natural resource management. He has taught topics ranging from environmental studies and natural resource policy to social theory. His research addresses questions spanning conservation conflicts, urban ecology, and environment and health interactions. He has done extensive fieldwork in rural India, where he has focused his work on the politics surrounding forestry and wildlife conservation in Rajasthan, India, as well as recent research examining the wealth of biodiversity (frogs, birds and mammals) in commercial coffee and rubber plantations throughout south India.

This event is part of the Ecologies on the Edge programme at the York Centre for Asian Research and is co-presented with the Department of Geography.

Decentering Citizenship: Gender, Labour and Migrant Rights in South Korea @ Room 280A, Second Floor, York Lanes
Nov 24 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

decentering-citizenship-smlHae Yeon Choo, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto Mississauga

Professor Choo will discuss her new book, Decentering Citizenship: Gender, Labor, and Migrant Rights in South Korea (Stanford University Press, 2016), which examines how inequalities of gender, race and class affect migrant rights through a comparative study of three groups of Filipina women in South Korea—factory workers, wives of South Korean men, and club hostesses.

Dr. Choo’s talk is co-presented by the Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies programme and is part of the York Centre for Asian Research’s Korea in Asia series.