Jim Placzek, Thammasat University
When China expanded dramatically into the South China Sea in 2015, there was little reaction. Now, approaching one year later, scholars and nations are beginning to react and understand how historic this move was. The geographical heart of ASEAN has been cut out. China’s “dual strategy” offers attractive infrastructure projects and increased trade, but forbids discussion of the South China Sea. This strategy has been quite successful. Ironically, this crisis is a great opportunity for ASEAN to make much needed reforms without losing its unique identity. A major factor in all this is the rapidly solidifying sense of an ASEAN identity among younger generations, which will dramatically melt away many of ASEAN’s problems, and allow it to negotiate with major powers as an equal. In the meantime, the rise of China may not involve any direct confrontations, and ASEAN will probably continue to develop economically. However, the unique, gradual and sometimes painful evolution of the past 50 years may be lost, and the region could revert to the era of ASEAN’s founding: a group of disorganized pawns in the strategies of the major powers.
Jim Placzek lived for seven years in Thailand before returning in 1975 to Canada and completing an MA in Linguistics and an interdisciplinary PhD in Southeast Asian culture history, both at UBC. For 20 years he taught Asian Studies at Langara College, and Thai language at Capilano University. For the past two years Dr. Placzek has been teaching in Pridi Banomyong International College at Thammasat University in Thailand.
Call for Papers:
The two-day symposium on 5-6 October 2016 will showcase Canadian research on gender issues in India and bring together researchers across disciplines with diverse methodologies, to learn about ongoing research (and gaps) on gender issues in India, to network, collaborate and publish. This will also be a forum to interact with community based organizations (CBOs), NGOs, donors, policy makers and media. We use a broad understanding of gender to mean women, men, the relation between and/or among groups of women and men, sexualities, and how these interact with various societal processes. Potential topics may include, but are not limited to:
- Gender and the text
- Gender and health
- Gender and social justice
- Gender and media/popular culture
- Gender and generations (childhood, youth, old age)
- Gender and innovation
- Gender and climate change
- Gender inequality
- Women and work
- Gender-based violence
- Masculinities, Femininities and Queer subjects
- Gender and identity
- Gender and space
- Gender and governance
Day one will be a community engagement event with a keynote speaker and panel discussion at York University. Day two will involve academic exchanges facilitated in a series of presentations and roundtable discussions at the University of Guelph.
Scholars in Canadian universities whose research is devoted to any aspect of gender in India are invited to submit a 250 word abstract, along with a current two page CV byWednesday, 15 June 2016 to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Authors of accepted abstracts will be contacted in early July.
Graduate students are particularly encouraged to apply. We are trying to secure funding for the event in order to offer a small travel subsidy to participants, especially graduate students.
This symposium is organized by the Canada Research Chair in Gender, Justice and Development at the University of Guelph, and the York Centre for Asian Research at York University.