YCAR’s Asia Colloquia Papers Series aims to make available to wider audiences the content of selected lectures, seminars and other talks presented at YCAR.


The 2014 Critical Approaches to South Asian Studies Workshop Papers
This special sub-series of Asia Colloquia Papers contains selected papers that were presented at the 2014 Critical Approaches to South Asian Studies Workshop, organized by the South Asia Research Group at York University.  Methodologically diverse and locating themselves in a multiplicity of sites, these papers challenge the borders of ‘South Asia’ and expand the concerns addressed within, including: challenging US hegemony through an Islamist critique of liberal citizenship in Pakistan, queering the heteropatriarchal family in India, critiquing exclusionary statist narratives of peace and transitional justice in Sri Lanka, and examining the Indian state’s responses to subjects who trouble borders both physical and legal – Naxals in the 1960s and female migrant domestic workers in the Gulf today. These papers are written by both graduate and undergraduate students, and represent exciting works in progress within the field of South Asian studies.

Methodological Approaches to Unpacking Testimonies made to Sri Lanka’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission
Jessica Chandrashekar

Bollywood’s Queer Dostana: Articulating a Transnational Queer Indian Identity and Family in 2008’s Dostana
Aaron Rohan George

The Naxalite Movement and the Indian State, 1967-1969
Nabila Islam

Multiple Exclusions, Marginal Struggles: Migrant Domestic Workers at the Discourse-policy Nexus
Jolin Joseph

Producing the Islamist Subject: Liberalism and The Postcolonial State
Saad Sayeed


Waste Matters: Informal Economies and Commodity Detritus in Delhi, India
Vinay Gidwani, University of Minnesota

Asian Futures, Old and New
Tania Murray Li, University of Toronto


Denouncing Party Politics: Indignation and Domestic Confinement in Karachi
Tania Ahmad, York University

The Intermediary Trap: International Labour Recruitment, Transnational Governance and State-Citizen Relations in China
Xiang Biao, University of Oxford


Taiwan and Changing Global Order: Perspectives from the 2012 Young Leaders Delegation
Rebecca Beaulne-Stuebing, Robyn Walter, Victoria Prouse, Joshua Weiner, Sima Atri, David J. Byun, Lydia Bihui Guo, Ashley McIntyre, Trevor Kezwer, York University

‘Other Diplomacies” and the Making of Canada-Asian Relations: An Interdisciplinary Conversation
Susan J. Henders and Mary M. Young, York University

Poverty and the Imagination of a Future: The Story of Urban Slums in Delhi, India
Veena Das, The Johns Hopkins University


What Does the Ethnic Costume Represent?
Haji Oh, Kyoto City University of Arts

Floating Points: From Diasporic Spaces to Multicultural Places
Angela Pao, Indiana University

Canada and China at 40
B. Michael Frolic, York University


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