Philippine Studies at York University

The Philippine Studies Group at the York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR) brings together faculty and students with an interest in the Philippines, Filipinx migration and diaspora, and Philippine Studies.

Faculty, community members and students in the group come primarily from York University, but also from other institutions across the Greater Toronto Area and Canada. They represent a variety of disciplinary backgrounds including: anthropology, dance, education, environmental studies, fine arts, law, geography and political science.

In November 2022, YCAR, the PSG, and the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs signed a historic donation agreement that provides York with a contribution of five million Philippine pesos (C$118,716). This donation recognizes that York University is a hub of Philippine Studies research in Canada, with around seven full-time faculty members and twenty graduate students focused on Philippine- and Philippine migration and diaspora related research. Following the principles of academic freedom, non-discrimination, research excellence, and socially-engaged teaching and research, this donation supports research exchanges between Canada and the Philippines, enhance knowledge on Philippine Studies in Toronto and in Canada, create a Filipiniana section at York libraries, and to strengthen and to support Filipinx community organizations’ projects. 

Initiated in 2017, the Department of Foreign Affairs provides non-partisan funding to bolster Philippine Studies programming in top global universities. In receiving this donation, York University joins the ranks of other prestigious universities worldwide in this regard, including the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, the University of Michigan in Ann, Arbor, Michigan and New York University in New York City.

Read the full YFile story on the donation at this link.

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