Calendar

Oct
23
Tue
South Asia Gulf Migration Corridor: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow  @ Room 519, Fifth Floor, Kaneff Tower | York University
Oct 23 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

S. Irudaya Rajan is Professor, Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvanathapuram, Kerala. Rajan co-authored Politics of Migration: Indian Emigration in a Globalized World (2015) and has published extensively on migration in Kerala and the Gulf states including overseas recruitment, impact on the local economy, migration to the Gulf states and the reintegration of returnees.

Discussants
Margaret Walton-Roberts is Professor, Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University and is affiliated with the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Her recent research explores issues of gender and skilled migration in India and ASEAN countries.

Jolin Joseph is a Doctoral Candidate in the Graduate Programme in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies at York University. Her research examines the trajectories and lived experience of South Asian migrant domestic workers through the lens of precarity, liminal (il)legality and agency.

Chair and Event Organizer
Tania Das Gupta, Equity Studies, York University

This event is co-presented by the York Centre for Asian Research, the Department of Equity Studies, the Department of Sociology and the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies at York University and the Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement (RCIS).

Oct
24
Wed
Public Forum on China’s Sharp Power in Hong Kong @ Room 519, Fifth Floor, Kaneff Tower | York University
Oct 24 @ 11:45 am – 1:30 pm

An event commemorating the Fourth Anniversary of the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement at York University with Johnson Ching-Yin Yeung, Chair, Hong Kong Civil Hub

The Chinese Communist Regime (CCR) in China may be the most powerful authoritarian regimes. It has developed sophisticated strategies and skills to project influence beyond its border. Hong Kong has been the experimental ground of China’s sharp power to pressurize, neutralize, and weaken liberal value and democratic institutions. The case of Hong Kong will enable the international community to formulate an appropriate strategy to respond to the global advancement of authoritarianism. The speaker will analyze CCR sharp power tools in different sectors of Hong Kong, such as law, civil society, election, religion, and economics, and review a report on the topic recently published in Hong Kong by a newly established civil society group – Hong Kong Civil Hub. The report on China’s sharp power in Hong Kong is now available online (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1G2kb4jBC9q81qODUyvFTAwjI-EMSVLRw/view).

Johnson Ching-Yin Yeung is a Hong Konger, human right advocate and activist. He is the chairperson of the Hong Kong Civil Hub, an organization that aims to connect the Hong Kong civil society with international communities sharing the same values in upholding and pursuing the rule of law, democracy, and human rights. He was a Hurford Youth Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy. He holds a Master of Laws in Human Rights and is concerned about the shrinking civic spaces in both Hong Kong and China. His experiences in organizing the student movement and the Umbrella Movement convince him that the daily practice of democracy is equally important as the establishment of a democratic institution.

Respondent: Gloria Fung, President of Canada-Hong Kong Link, political analyst and media commentator

Organizer: Wendy Wong, Faculty Associate, YCAR, York University

Free admission. All are welcome!

This event is presented with the support of the York Centre for Asian Research.

For more information: chklevents@gmail.com or 416-800-6008

Oct
25
Thu
I Am Rohingya : A Genocide in Four Acts @ Nat Taylor Cinema, Ross North 102, York University
Oct 25 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Centre for Feminist Research Presents: INNERSPEAK MEDIA Productions

I Am Rohingya
A Genocide in Four Acts

Welcome by Dr. Eve Haque

Film Screening and Q&A with cast of the film and director Yusuf Zine
Date: Thursday, October 25th, 2018
Time: 3-5pm
Location: Nat Taylor Cinema ( Ross North 102) York University

RSVP to: juliapyr@yorku.ca (for attendance numbers only)

Accessibility information: FREE EVENT. Open to all.
Wheelchair-accessible entrances to Ross: Student Centre South and Vari Hall South entrances.
Accessible and gender-neutral washroom on Vari Hall 1st floor.
Accessible and gender-segregated washrooms: Ross South.

They will not be erased. They will not be silenced.

I Am Rohingya: A Genocide in Four Acts chronicles the journey of fourteen refugee youth who take to the stage (in front of a live audience) to re-enact their families’ harrowing experiences in Burma and beyond; before, during, and immediately after the escalation of military violence in their native homeland, Rakhine state; their unforgiving escape by foot and by boat to makeshift camps in Bangladesh; and their eventual resettlement in the strikingly unfamiliar Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.

There, the children resolve to raise awareness for a conflict that has increasingly resembled a cruel and systematic ethnic cleansing campaign.

Website: https://www.iamrohingyafilm.com
Facebook: @IAmRohingyaOfficial
Twitter: @IAmRohingya
Instagram: @iamrohingya

Co-Sponsors: The Department of Politics, the York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR), the and the Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS), the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS), and the Office of the Vice-President Research and Innovation (VPRI).

Nov
9
Fri
Emerging Asian Urbanisms: Reading Discussion Session @ Room 280A, Second Floor, York Lanes
Nov 9 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Fall term reading discussion sessions will follow the foundation theories and in depth work of Jennifer Robinson, Ananya Roy and AbdouMaliq Simone on the processes of urban development, planning and contestation across the continent. It aims to engage graduate students and faculty from different disciplines in exploring global south interventions and the post-colonial in urban theory. 

In the Winter 2019 term, there will be an opportunity for participants to synthesize the work and present at roundtable events.

Friday, 9 November 2018 | Room 280A, Second Floor, York Lanes – Ananya Roy
Article: Urban Informality
Book: Poverty Capital
Expansion Piece: Bhan, Gautam (2009). ‘This Is No Longer the City I Once Knew’. Evictions, the Urban Poor and the Right  to the City in Millennial Delhi. Environment and Urbanization 21 (1): 127–42.
Facilitator: Nabeel Ahmed

ABOUT: The Emerging Asian Urbanisms series at the York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR) explores the diverse processes and practices of urbanism and urbanization in Asia. It draws upon calls made by Ananya Roy and Jennifer Robinson, among others, to investigate “new geographies of theory” as fertile sources of uncovering new ways of understanding urbanism everywhere.

To RSVP, or for more information, please contact Amardeep Kaur (Doctoral Candidate in Geography) at amarkaur@yorku.ca

Nov
14
Wed
The Indo-Pacific: Security Governance & Peace
Nov 14 @ 9:00 am – Nov 15 @ 5:00 pm
The Indo-Pacific: Security Governance & Peace
Second in a series of annual workshops on The Geotechnical Politics of Ocean Frontiers
14-15 November 2018 | York University | Toronto
About the Workshop

This second workshop on “The Geotechnical Politics of Ocean Frontiers” focuses on “The Indo-Pacific,” and will bring together scholars, officials and research experts to discuss a range of trans-frontier security issues emerging from the Indo-Pacific region. Of critical importance is clarity on what the “Indo-Pacific” construct means and implies, both as an epistemic category of geostrategic vision and as a geophysical domain in the larger context of perilous maritime-space-nuclear nexus. The workshop also aims to promote insights into international security governance norms, Canada’s role in Indo-Pacific security governance, and Canadian engagement in trans-pacific peace processes through ASEAN, NATO, and the UN. The larger purpose is to foster critical thinking on geostrategic issues management, and promote discussions on peaceful ways of establishing global security governance mechanisms.This workshop is being organized as a roundtable, and is structured around three broad yet interconnected areas of focus: i) Trans-frontier security issues and inter-regional cooperation; ii) Peace norms and diplomacy for trans-pacific issues management; and iii) Canada’s role in “The Indo-Pacific”, and on a range of trans-frontier issues such as CBRN trafficking and nuclear terrorism. A set of exploratory questions under each of these areas are listed here, to serve as guidelines for further research and analysis. Papers are expected to be structured around these questions, but need not be limited to these.

This workshop is organized by Venilla Rajaguru (Science and Technology Studies, York University)

For more information: venilla@yorku.ca

Dec
14
Fri
Emerging Asian Urbanisms: Reading Discussion Session @ Room 280A, Second Floor, York Lanes
Dec 14 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Fall term reading discussion sessions will follow the foundation theories and in depth work of Jennifer Robinson, Ananya Roy and AbdouMaliq Simone on the processes of urban development, planning and contestation across the continent. It aims to engage graduate students and faculty from different disciplines in exploring global south interventions and the post-colonial in urban theory. 

In the Winter 2019 term, there will be an opportunity for participants to synthesize the work and present at roundtable events.

Friday, 14 December 2018 | Room 280A, Second Floor, York Lanes – Abdou Maliq Simone
Article: Worlding of African Cities
Book: City Life from Jakarta to Dakar
Expansion Piece: to be announced
Facilitator: Meg George

ABOUT: The Emerging Asian Urbanisms series at the York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR) explores the diverse processes and practices of urbanism and urbanization in Asia. It draws upon calls made by Ananya Roy and Jennifer Robinson, among others, to investigate “new geographies of theory” as fertile sources of uncovering new ways of understanding urbanism everywhere.

To RSVP, or for more information, please contact Amardeep Kaur (Doctoral Candidate in Geography) at amarkaur@yorku.ca