May
1
Fri
Changing Asia in the Globalizing World: Boundaries, Identity and Transnationalism @ Glendon Manor, Glendon College, York University
May 1 – May 2 all-day

2015 Graduate Student Conference2015 York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR) International Graduate Conference
Friday and Saturday, 1-2 May 2015
Glendon Manor, Glendon College, York University
2275 Bayview Avenue, Toronto

The York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR) is pleased to invite you to the 2015 York Centre for Asian Research International Graduate Conference.

The conference presents graduate student research that speaks to ways of approaching, complicating and problematizing the category of Asia and Asian diaspora through critical frameworks from a broad range of disciplines. Over 35 presenters from the Philippines, England and across North America will showcase cutting-edge research on a wide range of areas – from the humanities to industrial relations. This multi-disciplinary conference will be a forum for scholars and academic communities from around the world to share knowledge and methodologies in researching Asia.

All are welcome! Please RSVP by 27 April 2015 to ycargrst@yorku.ca

Transnationalism From Within and Unbound Mobility
Keynote lecture for the 2015 YCAR International Graduate Student Conference

Danièle Bélange, Université Laval, Québec City

Friday, 1 May 2015
9:30am to 11am
Room 102, Glendon Manor

In this talk, I would like to share my thoughts on how our scientific attention and gaze on migration and transnationalism often limit our understanding of these phenomena. First, I would like to discuss why scholarly work needs to pay greater attention to how communities in developing Asia, characterized by a mobility habitus, experience transnationalism from within. By situating our studies in the ‘mobility turn’ and the creation of transnational spaces, we disregard the fact that most people stay put and never experience international mobility firsthand. The understanding of how mobility and transnational activities shape people and places requires a reflection on the absence of movement, as well as an understanding of how transnationalism is performed by those who do not migrate and how it affects them. Second, the focus on international migration and transnationalism prevents us from understanding mobility on a continuum. Liberating the study of mobility from a focus on the crossing of international borders will open up avenues to better understand the continuum between internal and international migration and what we seemingly consider immobility (the non-crossing of borders) and mobility. I develop these insights based on my fieldwork in Vietnam with rural communities that have strong and recent transnational connections and with rural to urban migrants working in the sex industry.

The conference is generously supported by: York Centre for Asian Research, Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation; Faculty of Graduate Studies; Principal’s Office of Glendon College; the Graduate Association of Geography Students and the following York University units: Political Science, Humanities, Geography, History, Études françaises, and Social and Political Thought.

For more information, visit the conference web site or email ycargrst@yorku.ca.

Transnationalism From Within and Unbound Mobility @ Room 102, Glendon Manor, Glendon College, York University
May 1 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Keynote lecture for the 2015 YCAR International Graduate Student Conference

Danièle Bélanger, Université Laval, Québec City

In this talk, I would like to share my thoughts on how our scientific attention and gaze on migration and transnationalism often limit our understanding of these phenomena. First, I would like to discuss why scholarly work needs to pay greater attention to how communities in developing Asia, characterized by a mobility habitus, experience transnationalism from within. By situating our studies in the ‘mobility turn’ and the creation of transnational spaces, we disregard the fact that most people stay put and never experience international mobility firsthand. The understanding of how mobility and transnational activities shape people and places requires a reflection on the absence of movement, as well as an understanding of how transnationalism is performed by those who do not migrate and how it affects them. Second, the focus on international migration and transnationalism prevents us from understanding mobility on a continuum. Liberating the study of mobility from a focus on the crossing of international borders will open up avenues to better understand the continuum between internal and international migration and what we seemingly consider immobility (the non-crossing of borders) and mobility. I develop these insights based on my fieldwork in Vietnam with rural communities that have strong and recent transnational connections and with rural to urban migrants working in the sex industry.

The Changing Asia in the Globalizing World: Boundaries, Identity, and Transnationalism conference will be held on 1-2 May 2015 at Glendon Manor, Glendon College.

For more information, visit the conference web page or email ycargrst@yorku.ca.

 

2015 Tamil Studies Symposium at York University @ Room 519, Fifth Floor, Kaneff Tower
May 1 @ 12:30 pm – 8:00 pm

All are welcome!

The symposium will feature:

Beyond Refuge: Shaping Tamil Studies in the Present presentations and panel discussion
Inaugural N. Sivalingam Memorial Lecture in Tamil Studies
Bilingual Poetry Event – Kannamma Kavithai (Kannamma’s poetry)

The symposium programme is available here.

For more information, please visit the web page or email tamil@yorku.ca.

The 2015 Tamil Studies Symposium at York University is generously supported by the Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation, the Centre for Refugee Studies, Institute for Feminist Legal Studies at Osgoode Hall Law School, Department of Humanities, the Centre for Feminist Research and the York Centre for Asian Research. We also extend our special thanks to the Sivalingam family.

tamil-studies

Inaugural N. Sivalingam Memorial Lecture on Tamil Studies and Presentation of the first N. Sivalingam Award in Tamil Studies @ Room 519, Fifth Floor, Kaneff Tower
May 1 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Inaugural N. Sivalingam Memorial Lecture on Tamil Studies
and Presentation of the first N. Sivalingam Award in Tamil Studies

The Female Fight: Gender & Violence in Sri Lanka
Inaugural N. Sivalingam Memorial Lecture on Tamil Studies by Nimmi Gowrinathan

Dr. Gowrinathan is an expert on gender and violence, and the creator of deviarchy.com. She is currently a Visiting Research Professor at the Colin Powell Center for Global and Civic Leadership at City College New York, directing the Politics of Sexual Violence Initiative. She is also the Executive Producer, developing the Vice News Women in/at War Series. She has recently been the Gender Expert for the United Nations Human Development Report on Afghanistan and a policy consultant and analyst for the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue and the International Crisis Group, researching and analyzing gender inclusion in peace-building and women’s insecurities in conflict zones.

She was formerly the Director of South Asia Programs and UN Representative for Operation USA, and international disaster relief organization. In this capacity she has lived and worked in Sri Lanka, India, and Pakistan monitoring small grants to community-based organizations. Dr. Gowrinathan received her PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has published both academic articles and journalistic pieces on humanitarian intervention and gender and violence for Foreign Affairs, Huffington Post, Monkeycage.org, Humanitarian Practice Network, Oxford’s STAIR Review, World Policy Institute, Gawker.com and Vice News among others. Her most recent articles are featured in Foreign Affairs, “The Women of ISIS”, and “The Missing Women in the U.S. Torture Report”, and “Artful Democracy” in Outlook Magazine.

All are welcome!

The Inaugural N. Sivalingam Memorial Lecture on Tamil Studies is a part of the 2015 Tamil Studies Symposium at York University. It is generously supported by the Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation, the Centre for Refugee Studies, Institute for Feminist Legal Studies at Osgoode Hall Law School, Department of Humanities, the Centre for Feminist Research and the York Centre for Asian Research. Special thanks to the Sivalingam family.

 

May
6
Wed
Japan’s Security Policies with Consul-General Yasunori Nakayama @ Room 674, South Ross Building
May 6 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Consul-General, Mr. Yasunori Nakayama
Consulate General of Japan

This presentation will provide an overview of Japan’s post-war security policies, affirming how, under its 1947 Constitution, Japan has administered its security and operated its Self-Defence Forces under strict constraints. Since the 1990’s, in a rapidly changing international environment, Japan’s security policies have taken a variety of measures in response. While there are some unfounded allegations that Japan is now trying to re-militarize itself, this presentation will make clear this is not the case, and that Japan remains firmly committed to peace, by outlining what has changed and what has not changed.

May
21
Thu
Silk Roads II – Mongolia | A 2015 Asian Heritage Month event @ Innis College Town Hall, University of Toronto
May 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

An Asian Heritage Month Festival 2015 event

 

Silk Roads II – Mongolia
Photographic Images, Music and Dance from Mongolia along the Silk Road

Plenary address by Dr. Neville Poy and The Honourable Dr. Vivienne Poy

 

Performances: An Exotic Journey Along The Silk Road

A Rare Instrument from China: Hongkou 箜篌
Keynote and performance by Professor Chan Ka Nin

Konghou performance
Liu Xuanyi

Music on Flutes
Ron Korb

Magnetic Fields (an excerpt) – Contemporary Dance
Yvonne Ng and tiger princess dance projects

Middle Eastern Music on three different instruments: Bouzouki, Oud and Saz
Yiannis Kapoulas

Traditional Dance: Mongolian Grand Feast
ChiPing Dance Group & dancers of Chinese Collective Arts Association

Launch of the revamped Virtual Museum of Asian Canadian Cultural Heritage

A reception will follow the performances.

The gala presented by the Canadian Foundation for Asian Culture (Central Ontario) Inc.

All are welcome.

Please register by email to: asianheritagecanadian@yahoo.ca

For more information: www.vmacch.ca. A full list of Asian Heritage Month Activities can be found at: http://vmacch.apps01.yorku.ca/

May
22
Fri
The Heart of Asia, Right Here, Right Now: A Celebration of Asian Wisdom Traditions in Canada @ Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre, Accolade East Building
May 22 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

An Asian Heritage Month Festival 2015 event

The Heart of Asia, Right Here, Right Now: A Celebration of Asian Wisdom Traditions in Canada
The Eleventh Annual Asian Heritage Month Education Roundtable and
The Thirteenth Annual Asian Heritage Month Lecture

Opening Address: Justin Poy (Honourary Patron, Asian Heritage Month‐CFACI)

Universal Spirituality: How Do I Feel in Heart, Body & Mind, Right Here, Right Now?
Plenary Address and Asian Heritage Month Lecture by Ashley Poy

Presentations
Renita Wong (School of Social Work, Fac. of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University)
Bhante Kovida (Buddhist monk from Theravada (Sri Lanka) tradition, Jamaican Canadian of Chinese descent) on “Buddhism, Zen and Mindfulness”
Melanie Viglas (University of Toronto and Sheridan College) on “Mindfulness in Education”

Workshops
Sitting Meditation conducted by Melanie Viglas
Dynamic Mindfulness conducted by Bhante Kovida

Red Sofa Discussions
Moderator: Thabit Abdullah (Associate Dean, External Affairs, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University)
Panelists:
Leila Girdhar‐Hill (System Superintendent, Toronto District School Board)
Craig Tsuji (Principal, Toronto District School Board)
Kirk Mark (Senior Coordinator of Community Relations, Toronto Catholic District School Board)
Jody Huang (Community Relations Officer, Toronto Catholic District School Board)
Representatives from public school boards and private schools

Reception to Follow

All are welcome.

Please register by email to: asianheritagecanadian@yahoo.ca

For more information: www.asian-heritage-month.org

The Asian Heritage Month Festival is partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.

A full list of Asian Heritage Month activities can be accessed here: http://vmacch.apps01.yorku.ca/alpha/events/index.html