Bengali Diaspora in Canada: The Stock of Existing Knowledge and Emerging Research Directions

December 1, 2017 all-day
York University
4700 Keele St
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3

The South Asian diaspora has emerged as a substantive area of interdisciplinary research in Canada over the last three decades. Many research scholars and graduate students have focussed their studies on documenting and understanding various dimensions of South Asian migration, transnationalism, and settlement in Canada, employing a wide range of theoretical approaches, research methods and techniques. Within the South Asian diaspora the settlement experiences of specific ethnic communities, such as Punjabis and Tamils have gained significant public attention. The settlement experiences of other ethnic communities such as Bengalis have not been discussed as much despite their noticeable presence in many large cities in Canada. Although Bengalis in Canada share common ethnic and linguistic identities, they originated from two different nation-sates (India and Bangladesh) and they belong to various religious communities. These commonalities and differences influence how they experience socio-economic opportunities and challenges in Canada. This one-day workshop will take an inventory of existing research on the Bengali diaspora in Canada, with the purpose of exploring the links between their identities and settlement experiences, and charting future collaborative research goals. The workshop will begin with a thematic overview of existing research, followed by individual paper sessions. Faculty and graduate students will present papers on specific themes related to the migration, transnationalism, and settlement of Bengalis in Canada. In the second half of the day, an expert panel comprised of leading research scholars and community partners will be convened, with the purpose of exploring the research goals and needs of the Bengali community at large.

The workshop is organized by Sutama Ghosh (Ryerson University) and Marshia Akbar (York University) with support from the York Centre for Asian Research at York University.

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