Tamil Studies Symposium | Transnational Configurations of Tamil Identity
Sep 8 – Sep 9 all-day


8 September 2017 | Room 519, 5th floor, Kaneff Tower, York University (Keele Campus)
9 September 2017 | The Transportation Building, Markham

Transnational Configurations of Tamil Identities is an interdisciplinary Symposium to be conducted in tandem with a series of workshops that seek to develop and disseminate emerging research and explorations of Tamil identity in a transnational context.

The Symposium aims to examine the ways in which transnational Tamil identities have been documented historically and politically and performed culturally and artistically; and to explore the benefits and pitfalls of transnationalism in the face of the contradictions and limitations of nation states. The Tamil Studies Symposium and accompanying workshops are planned with the intention of bringing together students, community experts and international academics to mobilize knowledge for an innovative and culturally rich society with a global sensitivity.

The programme will be made available on this event page soon.

Future Uncertain: Economic, Environmental, Social and Political Challenges Facing Japan @ Munk School of Global Affairs
Oct 12 – Oct 15 all-day

The University of Toronto—in conjunction with the new Centre for the Study of Global Japan at the Munk School, and the Japan Futures Initiative—will host the 2017 Japan Studies Association of Canada Annual Meeting.

The theme of the conference will be Future Uncertain: Economic, Environmental, Social and Political Challenges Facing Japan. Panels and presentations will draw from a full range of social science and humanities approaches to understanding Japan’s past, present, and future. Speakers will come from across Canada, Japan, the United States and possibly Europe. Presentations will provide the most recent updates on political, social and economic events and trends occurring in Japan. Speakers will address a diverse range of topics that place Japan at its centre, including lifetime employment in the 21st century, agricultural policy, popular culture, infrastructural aid to developing countries, science and technology policy, Tohoku’s recover from the 3/11 disaster, and Japan’s relationship with the U.S. A major theme of this year’s conference will be Japan’s approach to environmental and energy issues. Concerns about climate change, nuclear energy, Japan’s disaster risk and the country’s economic future have sparked a concerted effort in the development of renewable energy, smart communities and smart cities, and the integrated policymaking necessary to support these initiatives.

Although designed for academics with a serious interest in Japan, JSAC is a welcoming and warm conference that encourages attendance from not only undergraduate and graduate students, but also the general public.

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This event is co-sponsored by the York Centre for Asian Research.

Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies 2017 Conference: People In and Out of Place @ York University
Oct 27 @ 8:30 am – Oct 28 @ 6:00 pm

Theme: People In and Out of Place
NEW Dates: 26-28 October 2017
Venue: York University, Toronto, Ontario

The 33rd Biennial Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies (CCSEAS) conference theme, “People In and Out of Place,” represents a long standing and yet often forgotten dynamic of a region known as the crossroads of different peoples, histories, cultures, and politics.

Keynote Speaker – Goh Beng Lan, National University of Singapore

Special Panels – In honor of Penny Van Esterik and Judith Nagata, York University

Special Session – 40th Anniversary Canada-ASEAN Relation Session: Speakers TBA

Opening Dinner Night – Gamelan musical ensemble

Closing Night – “Luzviminda: the Philippines Dances for Canada150”

A portmanteau, Luzviminda represents the three groups of islands that comprise the Philippine archipelago and the provenance of Filipino immigrants in Canada. As a concert, Luzviminda will bring together folk dance, contemporary dance, breaking, and hip-hop, forms that Filipino-Canadians embody to express their diasporic identities. It will be a unique collaboration among Philippine dance companies, independent artists and dance researchers in Toronto. Luzviminda will celebrate the presence of Filipinos as the fastest growing immigrant community in Canada and one of the largest visible minorities in Toronto.

*Produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.

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