Toronto Anniversary Events on Hong Kong Umbrella Movement | Photo Exhibition @ Design Corridor, Department of Design, Fourth Floor, TEL Building
Oct 1 – Oct 16 all-day


Photo Exhibition of the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement – “Let Flowers Blossom Everywhere

Date: October 1 – 16, 2015
Venue: Design Corridor, Department of Design, Fourth Floor, Technology Enhanced Learning Building (TEL), York University, Toronto
The Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Building is located at 88 Pond Road (#39 on this map).

The exhibition will also be available at the following Toronto locations in October:

Date: October 3 – 4, 2015
Time: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Venue: New Kennedy Square, 8360 Kennedy Road, Markham

Date: October 5 – 9, 2015
Venue: Student Learning Centre, Ryerson University, 2 Gould St., Toronto
Toronto Anniversary Events on Hong Kong Umbrella Movement

This event is jointly organized by:
MA Programme in Cultural Management, Department of Cultural and Religious Studies, the Chinese University of Hong Kong;
Canada-Hong Kong Link;
Master of Design Program, Department of Design, York University;
York Centre for Asian Research, York University;
Unifor Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy, Ryerson University

For more information on anniversary events in Toronto: http://ycar.apps01.yorku.ca/toronto-anniversary-umbrella-movement/


Encountering Asia: Undergraduate Experiences from York University Study Abroad Courses in Thailand and South Korea @ Room 143, North Ross Building, Keele Campus
Oct 22 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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 this symposium, members of each course will discuss their learning experiences and present findings from the research they conducted during their time in Asia.  Aside from providing on-the-ground insights from Thailand and South Korea, this symposium will also be of interest to students who are thinking about taking study abroad courses in 2016 (and instructors interested in field-based learning).


Abegail Hypolite (International Development Studies)
Hassan Nima (Geography)
Mark Samaroo (Geography)
Sanjay Singh
James Soto
Nicholas Steele (Disaster Management)

Dissolving Boundaries of Theatre, Spirit, Politics and Play: A reading and discussion with artist nisha ahuja @ Room 626, Sixth Floor, Kaneff Tower
Nov 5 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

nisha ahuja, actor, published playwright & writer, physical theatre and voice-over artist, singer/song-writer, educator, and Yogic & Attmic Energy Medicine & Reiki & Ayurvedic practitioner has performed and created classical, contemporary, and original work across Canada, the Netherlands and India. nisha was 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, has an excerpt published in Playwright Canada Press’ Refractions: Solo. 30 People Watching, a theatrical response to the murder of Reena Virk that was co-written and performed by nisha and Subtle Vigilance Collective, premiered in 2014. She dedicated to dissolving the boundaries between art, traditional/ancient medicines, spirituality, and politic, and believes healing practices are revolutionary and fundamental to our collective liberation. nisha graduated from York University with Specialized Honours in Theatre/Creative Ensemble and a Minor in International Development Studies.

All are welcome.

This event is organized by Shobna Nijhawan and presented with support from the South Asian Studies Programme, Centre for Feminist Research and the York Centre for Asian Research and the Department of Social Science.

Bottomhood is Powerful @ Room 626, Sixth Floor, Kaneff Tower
Nov 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

nguyenThe presentation examines the ways that anal erotics and bottom positioning refract the meanings of race, gender, sexuality, and nationality in Asian/American visual culture.

Dr. Hoang argues that “bottomhood” simultaneously enables and constrains Asian American men in moving-image media. Conceived as a sexual position, a social alliance, and an aesthetic form, bottomhood affirms a politics that embraces risk, receptivity, and vulnerability. Gay male video pornography and sex cruising websites constitute case studies.

The talk will be supplemented by a short video screening.

Nguyen Tan Hoang is a videomaker and academic. His videos, including K.I.P, PIRATED!, and Forever Bottom!, have been screened at MoMA, The Getty Center, The Pompidou Center, and numerous film and media festivals.

Hoang’s writings have appeared in Porn Studies, Vectors: Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular, Resolutions 3: Global Networks of Video, and Porn Archives. His book A View from the Bottom: Asian American Masculinity and Sexual Representation was recently published by Duke University Press in the Perverse Modernities series. He is Associate Professor of English & Film Studies at Bryn Mawr College.

YCAR is a co-sponsor of this Centre for Feminist Research event.

Light Refreshments will be served. RSVP to Julia Pyryeskina at juliapyr@yorku.ca

Transnational Suburbia: Spatialities of Overseas Filipino Mobilities and Gated Suburbanization in Manila’s Peri-Urban Fringe @ Room 120, North Ross Building
Dec 4 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Dr Andre Ortega, Population Institute, University of the Philippines, Diliman

In the midst of the on-going transnational mobilities of Overseas Filipinos (OFs), gated suburbs in Manila’s peri-urban fringe serve as “balikbayan” (return-country) attractions, where successful OFs build their supposed “Filipino Dream.” From these spaces, I propose the term, ”transnational suburbia”, suburbs produced through processes of international migration and neoliberal urbanization. In speaking with postcolonial and planetary urbanist provocations, this paper moves forward geographic efforts in theorizing suburbanization and assembles the problematique of the transnational suburbia by an analysis of the spatial contingencies of suburbanity and transnationality. Through a mixed method approach, I map transnational suburbs and demonstrate its three spatialities: (1) locating transnational suburbs in the peri-urban fringe; (2) the production of ideal suburban spaces and suburbanites; (3) everyday suburbanisms. These narratives allude to the material and discursive production of suburban space in the Philippines and explain how, as idealized fruits of transnational labor, they are necessarily but contradictorily hinged upon the transnational circuits of the OF phenomena. These socio-spatial transformations are symptomatic of contemporary suburban conditions in Global South contexts where suburban development is contemporaneously hinged upon the core metropolis and translational mobilities.

Andre Ortega is an Assistant Professor in the Population Institute at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. He completed a PhD in Human Geography at the University of Washington, Seattle, in 2012. His research has addressed the economic and cultural dimensions of new urban developments in the Manila region and has highlighted the role of remittances in driving the real estate market in the Philippines. His work also notes the diversity of economic and social living arrangements that exist in these new housing developments and the possibilities for alternative and informal economies in such places. He combines this qualitative work with an extensive knowledge of statistical data sources in the Philippines and the analytical skills of a quantitative demographer.

This event is part of the Graduate Program in Geography’s Colloquium series.