Do Markets Matter in the War Against Terror? The Impact of Markets on Terror Attacks by Kashmiri Insurgents in India @ Room S123, Schulich School of Business
Feb 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

In this paper, we theorize about the role of markets in the war on terror. We contend that as markets straddle the state and society, owing to their inherently political nature, they can play a key role in impacting the war on terror. Drawing on Ronald Coase’s conception of markets as both markets for goods and services, and as markets for ideas, we theorize how these two types of markets impact terrorist mobilization. First, in the markets for ideas, some ideas may facilitate terrorist mobilization, but others may deter it. The nature of economic incentives in these markets will determine which of these ideas prevail. Second, in the markets for goods and services, the power of economic persuasion can attract vulnerable youth away from terrorist mobilization and into more productive economic activities, but ideas sympathetic to terrorist mobilization may corrupt these markets and redirect economic resources towards terrorist mobilization. Finally, terrorist mobilization will also be shaped by the nature of opportunities in the arenas (such as schools and colleges) in which both these markets interact. An examination of the frequency of terrorist incidents in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in India lends credence to our theory.

Rajiv Kozhikode is an Associate Professor of Management and Organization Studies at the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University. His primary research interest is in understanding how markets, states and civil society interact to shape a variety of organizational choices. In a series of papers published in Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, and Organizational Dynamics, among others, he has examined how firms maneuver pluralism in the political arena, the relationships between social movements’ access over the polity and entrepreneurial opportunities in the market, and how status dynamics in markets push organizations towards misconduct and other forms of risk taking. Recently, I have been studying the sociological foundations of market emergence in unusual places – war zones, refugee camps and aboriginal communities.

Law, Labour, Race & Migration @ Room 1003, Ignat Kaneff Building, Osgoode Hall Law School
Feb 27 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Legal History Panel Discussion

Speakers: Renisa Mawani (University of British Columbia)
Radhika Mongia (York University)
Moderator: Philip Girard (Osgoode Hall Law School)

Light lunch will be provided.

This event is presented by Osgoode Hall Law School and the York Centre for Asian Research.

Being a Scholar-Practitioner of South Asian Meditation Traditions @ Room 626, Sixth Floor, Kaneff Tower
Feb 27 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm


In this talk, three Scholar-Practitioners of Indic traditions of meditation will talk about their meditation practice as a simultaneous object of research, followed by Q & A. The two guest panelists are Charles Goodman (Binghamton University) and Ian Whicher (University of Manitoba). York’s Shyam Ranganathan (Philosophy) will talk about his new book, Hinduism: A Contemporary Philosophical Investigation, and how his practice of yoga inspired his approach to scholarship.







Charles Goodman (Binghamton University) is author of The Training Anthology of Santideva: A Translation of the Siksa-samuccaya (Oxford University Press 2016), and the Consequences of Compassion: An Interpretation and Defense of Buddhist Ethics (Oxford University Press 2014).

Ian Whicher (University of Manitoba) is author of The Integrity of the Yoga Darśana: A Reconsideration of Classical Yoga (State University of New York Press 1998) and numerous papers on Yoga.


Shyam Ranganathan (York University) is author of Hinduism: A Contemporary Philosophical Investigation (Routledge 2018), editor of the Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Indian Ethics (2017) and translator and commentator of Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra (Penguin 2008).

Reviews of Hinduism: A Contemporary Philosophical Investigation are available here.

KORE Event | Korean-Canadian Studies in a Comparative Context: Local and Global Connections @ Room 2101, Second Floor, Vari Hall
Mar 1 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Work on the Korean diaspora and migration in Canada goes back roughly 30 years and recent scholarship on Korean migrants in Canada signals the emergence of a new generation of scholars. However, a cohesive identity with a well-defined collection and network under this umbrella has yet to materialize. Two current developments provide us with an opportune moment to explore Korean-Canadian Studies in an open, flexible, interdisciplinary, and collaborative way: the widening range of scholars across multiple disciplines in Canada who might identify as working in this area; and a growing body of work on the Korean diaspora in other places, such as the United States, China, and Russia. This symposium examines and explores the fluidity of boundaries of Korean diaspora research in Canada and abroad.

2pm           Keynote Speaker: Changzoo Song, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Recent Studies on Joseonjok [Koreans in China] and Gryeo Saram [Soviet Koreans]: Reflections and Future Directions

3:15pm      Panel One: Korean diaspora scholarship in the US and Canada

This panel continues the discussion on Korean diaspora scholarship with a focus on Korean-American Studies and Korean-Canadian Studies. Panelists will highlight key themes and findings, and suggest directions for future work.

4:30pm      Panel Two: Interdisciplinary research snapshots on Korean-Canadians
This panel provides a snapshot of recent research on Korean-Canadians and showcases the growing array of themes and disciplines (Languages and Linguistics, English, Social Work, and Sociology).

All are welcome!

This event is presented by the Korea in the World, the World in Korean Studies project, part of the Korean Office for Research and Education (KORE) at York University. It is funded by the Academy of Korean Studies with support from the York Centre for Asian Research and the Department of Sociology.

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Reflections on the Contemporary Political Situation in India @ Room 280A, Second Floor, York Lanes
Mar 5 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

This symposium aims to critically explore the contemporary political situation in India, in terms of political, economic and social rights of the citizens.

The Global Rise of the Far-Right and India
Shyam Ranganathan (Philosophy)

Entering Sabarimala Ayappa Temple: Devotion, Desacralization and Women’s Demand for Constitutional Rights
Shobna Nijhawan (Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics)

Spaces of Inclusion and Exclusion in Contemporary India
Deepak Mishra (School of Social Sciences, JNU)

Queer Rights in Contemporary India: Juxtaposing 377 and the Transgender Rights Bill
Shraddha Chatterjee, Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies

Discussant: Harshita Yalamarty (Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies)
Chair: Hira Singh (Sociology)

Refreshments will be served. Please send any dietary restrictions to

Reconstructing Buddhist Monasteries in Modern China @ Room 626, Sixth Floor, Kaneff Tower
Apr 17 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Between the 1860s and the 1960s, thousands of religious sites in China, including Buddhist monasteries, were destroyed due to war, natural disasters, and anti-religious campaigns. Hundreds of these sites were later repaired and rebuilt, sometimes from the ground up, in reconstruction campaigns that drew upon local, regional, and national networks to mobilize spiritual and material resources. Buddhist monastic and lay leaders, as well as civil and military officials, all played central roles in these reconstructions. During this century of history, however, the nature and significance of Buddhist monastery reconstruction in China changed drastically. In this project I argue that over the course of this period it became increasingly difficult for reconstruction leaders to resist the interests of state actors, who sought to refashion what had been living religious communities into monuments of Chinese cultural heritage. In reconstructing these sacred sites, they were transformed into highly-charged, yet static symbols of China’s past and its intended future role in a globalized world, a process that continues to unfold in China today.

Dr. Gregory Adam Scott is Lecturer in Chinese Culture and History at the University of Manchester. He is a proud York University alumnus (BA East Asian Studies, 2003), and later studied at the University of Toronto (MA 2005) and Columbia University (PhD 2013.) His research focuses on the role of Buddhism in modern China between the early 1800s and the 1960s.

This event is presented by the York Centre for Asian Research and the Religious Studies programme in the Department of Humanities at York University.