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January 2015

  • Friday, January 30th Land’s End: Capitalist Relations on an Indigenous Frontier

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    Friday, January 30, 201510:00AM - 12:00PMAnthropology Building AP 246
    19 Russell Street
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    Series

    Constructing Asian Infrastructures: Politics, Poetics, Plans

    Description

    Drawing on two decades of ethnographic research in Sulawesi, Indonesia, Land’s End offers an intimate account of the emergence of capitalist relations among indigenous highlanders who privatized their common land to plant a global market crop, cacao. Some prospered; others lost their land. It is a story with potent messages for social movement activists, who expect indigenous people to be guardians of community and tradition, committed to sustaining food production. It also interrupts transition narratives that expect people who lose their land to march off to the city to find a job. For these newly landless highlanders, as for many other post-peasants across Asia, jobs are scarce. When land’s end is a dead end, a different politics must emerge.

    Tania Murray Li is Canada Research Chair in the Political Economy and Culture of Asia in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto, and author of Land’s End: Capitalist Relations on an Indigenous Frontier (Duke University Press 2014), Powers of Exclusion: Land Dilemmas in Southeast Asia (with Derek Hall and Philip Hirsch, NUS Press, 2011), and The Will to Improve: Governmentality, Development, and the Practice of Politics (Duke, 2007).

    Join us for a presentation and discussion session with Tania Li, Derek Hall, Christopher Krupa, and Katharine Rankin.

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    Contact

    Rachel Ostep
    416-946-8996


    Speakers

    Tania Li
    Professor, St. George Campus and Canada Research Chair in the Political-Economy and Culture of Asia, University of Toronto

    Derek Hall
    Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Wilfrid Laurier University

    Christopher Krupa
    Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto

    Katharine Rankin
    Professor, Department of Geography and Program in Planning, University of Toronto


    Sponsors

    The Department of Anthropology

    Co-Sponsors

    The Development Seminar

    Asian Institute


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February 2015

  • Wednesday, February 4th Oh Sadaharu / Wang Zhenzhi and the Possibility of Chineseness in 1960s Taiwan

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    Wednesday, February 4, 20151:00PM - 3:00PM208N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
    M5S 3K7
    416-946-8900
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    Description

    Beginning in 1965, the Republic of China government in Taiwan began inviting the great Yomiuri Giants first baseman Oh Sadaharu to Taiwan. Oh, whose father was Chinese was presented as Wang Zhenzhi, the (half-) Chinese Superman who triumphed over Japanese discrimination with unbeatable Chinese morality, patriotism and drive. This role of Home Run King Wang was an important part of 1960s culture created by Taiwan’s population of recent mainland emigres, whose public identity was defined by a dual position of privilege and diasporic trauma. At the same time, Taiwanese fans harkened back to the Japanese colonial support of the game of baseball, and thrilled to the home run feats of Oh, who (like so many of them) was born under Japanese rule. For many Taiwanese people who were discontented under one-party nationalist rule, Oh’s rise to fame via the ‘Japanese’ game of baseball stood as proof of the superiority of Japanese culture vis-à-vis an imagined retrograde ‘China.’

    Andrew Morris is professor of modern Chinese and Taiwanese history at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He is author of ‘Colonial Project, National Game: A History of Baseball in Taiwan’ (University of California Press, 2010) and Marrow of the Nation: A History of Sport and Physical Culture in Republican China (University of California Press, 2004; and editor of ‘Japanese Taiwan: Colonial Rule and Its Contested Legacy’ (Bloomsbury Publishing, forthcoming).

    Contact

    Rachel Ostep
    416-946-8996


    Speakers

    Andrew Morris
    Professor of History, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo


    Main Sponsor

    Dr. David Chu Program in Asia Pacific Studies

    Co-Sponsors

    Asian Institute


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  • Wednesday, February 4th KANO: Film Screening and Academic Panel

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    Wednesday, February 4, 20154:00PM - 9:00PMInnis Town Hall
    2 Sussex Ave
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    Description

    Based on a true story, “Kano” traces how an underdog baseball team in southern Taiwan made it to the finals of the 1931 Koshien, Japan’s national high-school baseball championship.

    For the boys at Kagi Agriculture and Forestry Public School in southern Taiwan, playing at the finals of the Japanese Empire’s greatest youth sports event, Koshien, would have been a dream beyond reach. But under the leadership of coach Kondo, the team slowly starts making progress toward transforming the impossible into reality. In just one year, the seemingly “ragtag” team from southern Taiwan goes from a losing record to unprecedented honour.

    Scripted by Ruby Chen and Te-Sheng Wei, and directed by Taiwanese actor Umin Boya, “Kano” revisits Taiwan’s colonial past within the Japanese Empire and explores the intricate relations between colonialism, sports, race, and ethnicity.

    An academic panel composed of Dr. Takashi Fujitani (University of Toronto) and Dr. Andrew Morris (California Polytechnic State University) will help us unravel the history behind the film.

    Dr. Takashi Fujitani is the Dr. David Chu Professor and Director in Asia Pacific Studies. His research focuses especially on modern and contemporary Japanese history, East Asian history, Asian American history, and transnational history (primarily U.S./Japan and Asia Pacific). He is the author of Splendid Monarchy (UC Press, 1996) and Race for Empire: Koreans as Japanese and Japanese as Koreans in WWII (UC Press, 2011); co-editor of Perilous Memories: The Asia Pacific War(s) (Duke U. Press, 2001); and editor of the series Asia Pacific Modern (UC Press).

    Dr. Andrew Morris is Professor of Modern Chinese and Taiwanese history at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He is author of ‘Colonial Project, National Game: A History of Baseball in Taiwan’ (University of California Press, 2010) and Marrow of the Nation: A History of Sport and Physical Culture in Republican China (University of California Press, 2004; and editor of ‘Japanese Taiwan: Colonial Rule and Its Contested Legacy’ (Bloomsbury Publishing, forthcoming).

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    Rachel Ostep
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    Speakers

    Takashi Fujitani
    Dr. David Chu Professor and Director in Asian Pacific Studies, Asian Institute, University of Toronto

    Andrew Morris
    Professor of History, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo


    Main Sponsor

    Dr. David Chu Program in Asia Pacific Studies

    Sponsors

    INDePth Conference 2015

    Co-Sponsors

    Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

    Asian Institute

    Cinema Studies Student Union (CINSSU)


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  • Thursday, February 5th From Cart Wheel to Automobile: The Changing Terrain of Transportation in Asia

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    Thursday, February 5, 201512:00PM - 2:00PM208N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
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    Description

    NOTE: THIS EVENT IS FOR STUDENTS AND FACULTY ONLY

    The Centre for South Asian Studies and the Contemporary Asian Studies Student Community presents an undergraduate/faculty conversation. This discussion hopes to explore the political and cultural meanings of transportation in a Pan-Asian context. Through the use of an interdisciplinary lens, the discussion seeks to engage the theme of urban development that the Asian Institute has embarked on this year. In touching upon the various aspects of the broader term ‘transportation’ (roads, railways, ports, rickshaws, sedan chairs, carriages, etc.), as well as the idea of mobility itself, this discussion will delve into the importance and evolution of transport, seeking to understand its impact on comparative politics, government policies, cultures and histories of various cultures in Asia.

    Joshua Barker is the director of the Asia Institute, Associate Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator in the Department of Anthropology. His research focuses on Indonesia, where he has examined various themes relating to his three main topics of interest: urban studies, crime and security, and new technologies.

    Alana Boland is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Program in Planning. Her research focuses on environmental governance in urban China with particular interest in understanding how the changing relationship between the economy and environment under market reforms has influenced the management of resources and governing of spaces.

    Contact

    Rachel Ostep
    416-946-8996

    Sponsors

    Contemporary Asian Studies Student Community

    Centre for South Asian Studies


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  • Friday, February 6th – Saturday, February 7th Protest in Progress: Resistance in the 21st Century

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    Friday, February 6, 20156:00PM - 9:00PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs - 1 Devonshire Place
    Saturday, February 7, 20159:30AM - 5:30PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs - 1 Devonshire Place
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    Series

    9th Annual Peace, Conflict and Justice Studies Conference

    Description

    This conference will explore the role of protests in shaping our world. Entirely student run, the conference will provide a platform for the world’s top experts and practitioners to discuss international issues that are at the cutting-edge of academia. The event will be composed of a Keynote presentation and reception Friday evening, as well as four panels (Rural Protests, Urban Protests, Social Media, and Hacktivism) and a debate on the efficacy of protests on Saturday.

    Speakers:

    Keynote: Suzanne Staggenborg, University of Pittsburgh

    Hacktivism: Molly Sauter, McGill
    Hacktivism: Alan Carswell, University of Maryland
    Hacktivism: Rafal Rohozinski, Practitioner–SecDev Group

    Social Media: Nahed Eltantawy, High Point University
    Social Media: Jason Q. Ng, University of Toronto
    Social Media: Greg Elmer, Ryerson University
    Social Media: Robert Austin (Moderator), University of Toronto

    Rural Protest: Gerald Otero, Simon Fraser University
    Rural Protest: Raju Das, York University
    Rural Protest: Marie Massicotte, University of Ottawa
    Rural Protest: Phil Monture, Native Land Rights Expert
    Rural Protest: Michael Morden (Moderator), University of Toronto

    Urban Protest: Michael Rios, UC Davis
    Urban Protest: Amara Possian, Leadnow.ca
    Urban Protest: Judy Lubin, American University
    Urban Protest: Lesley J. Wood, York University
    Urban Protest: Wilson Prichard (Moderator), University of Toronto

    Debate : Don Kingsburry, University of Toronto
    Debate : Dylan Clark, University of Toronto
    Debate: Mary Lou Lobsinger, University of Toronto
    Debate : Joanna Robinson, University of Toronto

    Facebook Page:

    https://www.facebook.com/ProtestinProgress

    Co-Sponsors

    Asian Institute


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  • Monday, February 9th The Young and the Clueless: the Strategic Promotion of Junior Officials to the Top Echelon in Chinese Politics

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    Monday, February 9, 20152:00PM - 4:00PM208N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
    M5S 3K7
    416-946-8900
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    Series

    East Asia Seminar Series

    Description

    Both Mao and Deng used the excuse of rejuvenating the party to “helicopter” very junior officials into the upper echelon of the party. This paper provides an analytical explanation of why Mao and Deng pursued this strategy. Furthermore, using both historical and statistical evidence will be used to illustrate how the promotion of junior officials afford the incumbent leader greater policy flexibility and less threat to their power. This talk will conclude with a discussion of how this strategy has affected contemporary politics in China.

    Victor C. Shih is a political economist at the University of California at San Diego specializing in China. An immigrant to the United States from Hong Kong, Dr. Shih received his doctorate in Government from Harvard University, where he researched banking sector reform in China with the support of the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship and the Fulbright Fellowship. He is the author of a book published by the Cambridge University Press entitled Factions and Finance in China: Elite Conflict and Inflation. It is the first book to inquire the linkages between elite politics and banking policies in China. He is further the author of numerous articles appearing in academic and business journals, including The American Political Science Review, The China Quarterly, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Politics, The Wall Street Journal and The China Business Review, and frequent adviser to the financial community. Dr. Shih holds a B.A. from the George Washington University, where he studied on a University Presidential Fellowship and graduated summa cum laude in East Asian studies with a minor in economics

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    Speakers

    Victor Shih
    Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University


    Main Sponsor

    Asian Institute


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  • Friday, February 27th Balancing Opportunity and Risk: How Multinationals are Viewing China

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    Friday, February 27, 20152:00PM - 4:00PM208N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
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    Description

    Views on China are diverging. Some see a property bubble, a looming debt crisis, protectionism, regulatory uncertainty, a divided elite and inability to reform. Others see a desirable deceleration in growth, potential for productivity gains, an economy following a normal Asian path rather than falling into crisis, and a broad policy consensus driving structural reform. Foreign direct investment from the US, EU, and Japan is declining. The Shanghai Stock Exchange outperformed all major indexes through most of 2014 but corrected sharply in December, with no apparent link to fundamentals. Chinese outbound direct investment is rising. This talk will offer the view that the transitions China are undergoing presents major challenges that paradoxically support the likelihood of successful economic reforms.

    Christian Murck is currently Interim Executive Director of the Yale-China Association, a foundation engaged in educational, medical and cultural exchange programs between the U.S and China. In 1996-2001, Murck was the Managing Director and Senior Country Officer of The Chase Manhattan Bank in Beijing. From 2001 to March 2010, Chris served as Vice Chairman-Asia, Chief Executive Officer-Asia and Managing Director-China of APCO Worldwide. In that capacity, he advised clients on government relations, public affairs and corporate communication in China and the broader Asia Pacific region. Murck was nominated in 2003 to the Board of Directors of Bank of Shanghai by the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank group, from which he resigned in 2008 to become independent director of J.P. Morgan Chase (China) Co. Ltd. From 2010-13, Murck was President, American Chamber of Commerce in China, known for its policy and advocacy work and for innovative public-private partnerships in aviation, clean energy, healthcare, agriculture and food, work safety, and export compliance. Murck received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and a PhD in East Asian Studies from Princeton University.

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    Speakers

    Christian Murck
    Trustee, United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia; Member, International Advisory Council at APCO Worldwide; and Vice Chair, Board of Trustees at Yale-China Association



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March 2015

  • Monday, March 2nd Born Out of Place: Migrant Mothers and the Politics of International Labor

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    Monday, March 2, 20154:00PM - 6:00PM208N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
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    Reimagining the Asia Pacific

    Description

    This talk introduces Born Out of Place: Migrant Mothers and the Politics of International Labor (University of California Press and Hong Kong University Press). The book, based on over fifteen months of ethnographic research among Filipino and Indonesian migrant workers who become pregnant while working in Hong Kong, makes three main arguments: (1) that temporary workers must be considered people, not just workers; (2) that policies often create the situations they aim to avoid; and (3) that the stigma of single motherhood often causes migrant mothers to re-enter what is called the “migratory cycle of atonement.” Professor Constable will also discuss the current socio-political climate of Hong Kong today, in relation to the book’s recent reception, including attitudes towards outsiders, economic and class anxieties, and relations with mainland China. Questions will also be raised about the role of “public anthropology” and how this book relates to migratory contexts beyond Hong Kong.

    Nicole Constable is Director of the Asian Studies Center in the University Center for International Studies, and professor of anthropology in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. She is author or editor of seven books, including: Christian Souls and Chinese Spirits: A Hakka Community in Hong Kong; Maid to Order in Hong Kong: Stories of Migrant Workers; and Romance on a Global Stage: Pen Pals, Virtual Ethnography, and “Mail-Order’ Marriages.

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    Rachel Ostep
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    Speakers

    Nicole Constable
    Director, University Center for International Studies; Professor, Department of Anthropology, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pittsburgh



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  • Friday, March 6th Living on Your own: Single Women, Rental Housing, and Post-Revolutionary Affect in Contemporary South Korea

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    Friday, March 6, 20152:00PM - 4:00PM208N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
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    Critical Korean Studies Workshop

    Description

    The Centre for the Study of Korea is pleased to present the launch of Professor Jesook Song’s new book Living on Your Own: Single Women, Rental Housing, and Post-Revolutionary Affect in Contemporary South Korea. Interweaving personal interviews, archival sources and media analyses, this illuminating ethnography profiles the stories of young, single women in South Korea who confront difficulties in their pursuits to live independently and achieve residential autonomy. Living on Your Own skillfully exposes the clash between women’s burgeoning desire for independence and traditional conservative norms in Korean housing practices and financial institutions.

    Professor Jesook Song is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto and a faculty affiliate of the Centre for the Study of Korea at the Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs. Jesook Song received her B.A. in Education Science at the Yonsei University, Seoul, Republic of Korea. She received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology with a minor degree in Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA.

    For more information on the book and to purchase the book, please visit the link below.

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    Rachel Ostep
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    Speakers

    Jesook Song
    Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto

    Lisa Yoneyama
    Professor, Department of East Asian Studies & Women and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto

    Laura C. Nelson
    Associate Professor, Gender and Women’s Studies, UC Berkeley



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  • Friday, March 6th Intimacy and Reconciliation Otherwise: Tsushima Yuko’s Exceedingly Barbaric

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    Friday, March 6, 20154:00PM - 6:00PM208N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
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    East Asia Seminar Series

    Description

    In recent years, there has been a booming cultural market for products that articulate Japanese colonial period and its legacy in Taiwan in an amicable if not nostalgic way. From films to literature, from memoirs to pop culture, they produce what I call the sentiment of “intimacy” between Taiwan and Japan across time and space, an affective turn that is markedly different from the anti-Japanese representations in mainland China and the two Koreas. While this reconstituted intimate relationship has the benefit of assuaging political tensions, it runs the risk of misrepresenting historical colonialism and its messy legacies that collapse personal accounts to colonial relations. While nation-states remain important sites for official rapprochements, and demands for apologies and compensations, interstate relations alone do not attend to the complexity, ambivalence and contradiction of people’s lives under extraordinary historical circumstances. Through the reading of the Japanese novelist, Tsushima Yuko’s “Exceedingly Barbaric” (2008), I argue for an inter-generational and gendered understanding of colonial and postcolonial sites of violence, survival and reconciliation. Revisiting the brutal insurgency and suppression of the 1930 Musha (Wushe) Incident, Tsushima’s novel crosses time (1930s and 2005) and traces the lives of two Japanese women (aunt and niece) across the colonial divide to expose the “barbarity” of both colonial suppression and patriarchal oppression.

    Leo Ching is the author of Becoming Japanese: The Politics of Identity Formation in Colonial Taiwan. He teaches Japanese and East Asian cultural studies at Duke University.

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    Rachel Ostep
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    Speakers

    Leo Chin
    Associate Professor, Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University


    Main Sponsor

    Asian Institute


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  • Sunday, March 8th Contentious Politics on the Korean Peninsula: A Workshop for Koreanists

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    Sunday, March 8, 201511:30AM - 1:30PMKoffler House, MultiFaith Center
    569 Spadina Ave.
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    Part of the Comparative Politics Student Group Conference

    Description

    This workshop consists of two groups and four panelists exploring contentious politics in both Koreas. Dr. Adam Cathcart (University of Leeds) and Christopher Green (Leiden University) will present work on contentious politics in North Korea during the Kim Jong-un era, focusing on the government’s use of information strategies, namely “re-defector” press conferences and the Moranbong Band, to maintain a “domain consensus” (i.e, its legitimacy). Professors Jennifer Chun and Judy Han will present their latest work on contentious politics in South Korea, focusing on politically active conservative religious groups and the social and political activities of South Korea’s more precarious workers.

    Click the link below to register.

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    Rachel Ostep
    416-946-8996

    Sponsors

    The Comparative Politics Student Group (CPSG) Conference

    Co-Sponsors

    Centre for the Study of Korea


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  • Thursday, March 19th On the historicity of space and urban imagination in South Asia

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    Thursday, March 19, 20154:00PM - 7:00PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs - 1 Devonshire Place
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    India-Canada Association Lecture 2014/2015

    Description

    Following David Harvey’s notion of dispossession many urban scholars assume that global capital flows, commodification and capitalization of land universally affect urban areas all over the globe. However, not all spaces are equally amenable to commodification or gentrification and in many cases the specific historical character of a city, a neighborhood or an urban space tends to stick to it for many generations. What happened in a space, who lived there before, which community or class is associated with it, leave marks that do not easily evaporate or change. This is particularly true in post-colonial cities marked by deep historical segmentation. Drawing on material from India (and South Africa) I will show how religious markers and boundaries of caste and community mark space in an enduring way that gets etched onto the urban imagination, profoundly and durably structuring the use and habitation of urban space.

    Thomas Blom Hansen is Reliance-Dhirubhai Ambani Professor of Anthropology at Stanford University and director of the Center for South Asia at Stanford. He is the author of multiple books and articles on Hindu nationalism, Hindu-Muslim violence, urban life, religious identity politics, sovereignty and the modern state in South Asia and South Africa.

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    Rachel Ostep
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    Speakers

    Thomas Blom Hansen
    Reliance-Dhirubhai Ambani Professor, Director, Center for South Asia, Department of Anthropology, Stanford University



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  • Friday, March 20th Xi Jinping in Zhejiang (2002-2007)

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    Friday, March 20, 20152:00PM - 4:00PM108N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
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    East Asia Seminar Series

    Description

    Chinese political succession literature on Xi Jinping’s accession to becoming general secretary tends to emphasize patronage and factional politics (power struggle, factional balance, etc.) whereas other equally significant factors, such as the deliberate grooming by the Chinese Communist Party CCP) and Xi’s own performance and policy-making records, are often neglected. By focusing on Xi’s career in Zhejiang from 2002-2007, this paper attempts to describe and explain Xi’s performance and policy-making record and the extent to which this had contributed to a “perfect resume” for the CCP’s top position. Specifically, the paper discusses how Xi dealt with the challenging issues of development, economic growth, political participation, rural/urban gap, and environmental degradation. It will also evaluate Xi’s contribution to the modification of the “Zhejiang Model.”

    Alfred L. Chan, PhD (Toronto), is professor and chair of political science at Huron University College, Western University. An alumnus of the University of Toronto, he has maintained his affiliation with the university (and the Asian Institute) since graduation. Current research projects include one book on Hu Jintao and China in the 21th Century, and another one on Chinese political recruitment and succession.

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    Rachel Ostep
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    Speakers

    Alfred L. Chan
    Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science, Huron University College, Western University


    Main Sponsor

    Asian Institute


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  • Friday, March 20th King Dhammacetī and the Kalyāṇī Inscriptions: Ideas, Borders, Culture

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    Friday, March 20, 20152:00PM - 4:00PMDepartment for the Study of Religion
    Jackman Humanities Building
    Room 318
    170 St. George Street
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    Description

    In the 15th century, the Buddhist king Dhammacetī sponsored a sīmā (ordination hall) reform that was to become the most famous of its kind in mainland Southeast Asia. Having wrangled with the hairs of monastic law concerning sīmās, Dhammacetī sent monks from his kingdom centered in what is now lower Myanmar to Sri Lanka in order to return with a pure ordination line. In a most significant historical decision, Dhammacetī had an account of these reforms inscribed on ten large stone slabs, which became known as the Kalyāṇī Inscriptions. While addressing matters of law, history, and political order, the inscriptions are also at their heart a sīmā text, that is, a text about the regulation of ritual boundaries and religious land. Drawing especially on these inscriptions, this paper explores elements of the ideational and border-making and border-crossing world Dhammacetī and others participated in and helped cultivate, even as they established innovations that would dramatically shape future memory, religio-political culture, and transregional identity.

    Jason A. Carbine is the C. Milo Connick Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Whittier College. His research and teaching about religion and society combines historical and ethnographic approaches, and draws from an interdisciplinary body of research pertaining to the history and sociology of religions, textual studies, anthropology, and comparative religious ethics. His publications include Sons of the Buddha: Continuities and Ruptures in a Burmese Monastic Tradition (2011) and the co-edited volume How Theravāda is Theravāda? Exploring Buddhist Identities (2012). Carbine is currently preparing a new text and translation of the famous Kalyāṇī Inscriptions.

    For information please contact Christoph Emmrich at christoph.emmrich@utoronto.ca.

    Contact

    Rachel Ostep
    416-946-8996


    Speakers

    Jason A. Carbine
    Associate Professor, Religious Studies, Whittier College


    Sponsors

    Centre for South Asian Studies

    Co-Sponsors

    Centre for Southeast Asian Studies


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  • Wednesday, March 25th Governance Feminism in the Post-Colony: India’s Rape Law Reforms of 2013

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    Wednesday, March 25, 201512:00PM - 2:00PM208N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
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    Description

    Against the backdrop of the phenomenal international successes of governance feminism, my paper considers governance feminism in the post- colony. In particular, the paper uses the wide-ranging law reforms on rape and trafficking in India in the wake of the rape and murder of a Delhi student in December 2012 to make two arguments. First, that Anglo-American governance feminism has a rather limited and contingent influence on postcolonial feminism. Second, that a mapping of Indian feminist interventions on the law of rape over the past three decades suggests that Indian feminism displays key characteristics of governance feminism. Viewing the 2013 reforms as the culmination of decades of feminist lobbying of the state for rape law reform, the paper argues that Indian governance feminism is deeply committed to a highly gendered understanding of sexual violence. Further, that Indian feminism has increasingly resorted to the use of the criminal law to address sexual violence even as its historical suspicion of postcolonial state power has reduced considerably and is now mostly evident in its opposition to the death penalty for rapists. On the pathway to increased influence, Indian governance feminism has faced challenges from advocates of the LGBT community, children’s rights groups and sex workers’ groups. The paper considers in detail mobilizational efforts of one such group, namely, sex workers to illuminate both aspects of governance feminism, namely, the politics of feminism in relation to sex work but also the challenges for governance feminism as sex workers have mobilized outside the folds of the Indian women’s movement and in the space of what Partha Chatterjee calls political society. Brought together in the struggle for the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013, I compare and contrast the ways in which Indian feminists and sex workers approached law reform. This illuminates ways in which governance feminism relates not just to juridical power but also to highly mobile forms of governmentalised power. This paper thus tells a highly contextual story of fragmentation, partial reception, partial rejection, and the local production of feminist ideas and stances towards governance.

    Prabha Kotiswaran is Senior Lecturer in Law, King’s College London where she teaches criminal law, transnational criminal law, jurisprudence, law and social theory and sociology of law. She is the author of Dangerous Sex, Invisible Labor: Sex Work and the Law in India. Published by Princeton University Press (2011) and co-published by Oxford University Press, India (2011), Dangerous Sex, Invisible Labor won the SLSA-Hart Book Prize for Early Career Academics in 2012. She is also the editor of Sex Work, an anthology published by Women Unlimited (2011) for a series on issues in contemporary Indian feminism. Current projects include an edited volume on Shaping the Definition of Trafficking in the Palermo Protocol, a co-authored book on Governance Feminism and a co-edited Handbook on Governance Feminism (both with with Janet Halley, Rachel Rebouche and Hila Shamir). She is also the Co-Convener (with Peer Zumbansen) of the King’s Summer Institute in Transnational Law and Governance.

    Contact

    Rachel Ostep
    416-946-8996


    Speakers

    Prabha Kotiswaran
    Lecturer, Department of Law, King's College


    Main Sponsor

    Centre for South Asian Studies

    Co-Sponsors

    Asian Institute


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April 2015

  • Thursday, April 9th Towards a Grounded, Immanent Critique: The Politics and Cosmologies of Migrant Workers in Delhi

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    Thursday, April 9, 20154:00PM - 6:00PM108N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
    M5S 3K7
    416-946-8900
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    Description

    This talk explores possibilities for developing a grounded critique of capitalism in contemporary India, drawing on the politics and cosmologies of migrant workers in Delhi. I begin by discussing the workings of categories (e.g. freedom, dignity, and consciousness), the ambivalence towards religion, and the relative absence of workers’ categories and self-understandings in works of Indian labor studies. Next, I describe the intertwining of politics and cosmology in the discourses and activities of migrant workers working in a metal polishing factory of Delhi. According to the implicit visions of workers, oppressive, work-intensifying processes in factories arise due to a dynamic interplay between souls and the present, ‘decivilizing’ epoch (the Kalyug in Hindu cosmology, the impending Qayamat in Islam), in which thoughts, actions, and dealings become distorted by egoistic and demonic proclivities. Workers attempt to non-cooperate with this distorting interplay through body-conserving resistances, humor and joking, multiple forms of collectivity, public protests, and religious festivity. Through these ‘anti-decivilizing’ activities, workers create possibilities for survival, respect, integrative relations, and glimpses of justice. I conclude by suggesting how categories from multiple sources (workers, proximate discourses, and remote thinkers) might be integrated to construct a grounded, immanent critique of capitalism, which analyses oppressive practices of capital and the state, recognizes distortions in workers’ activities, and intimates possibilities for autonomous transformations in workers’ worlds.

    Shankar Ramaswami is a Lecturer on South Asian Studies at the Department of South Asian Studies at Harvard University, where he teaches courses on anthropology, religion, literature, and cinema. He completed a B.A. in Economics at Harvard College and a Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Chicago. He is currently working on a book entitled, Souls in the Kalyug: The Politics and Cosmologies of Migrant Workers in

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    Rachel Ostep
    416-946-8996


    Speakers

    Shankar Ramaswami
    Lecturer, Department of South Asian Studies, Harvard University



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May 2015

  • Saturday, May 16th – Sunday, May 17th The Toronto Festival of Literature and the Arts 2015 (FSALA)

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    Saturday, May 16, 20159:00AM - 6:00PM108N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
    M5S 3K7
    416-946-8900
    Saturday, May 16, 20159:00AM - 6:00PM208N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
    M5S 3K7
    416-946-8900
    Sunday, May 17, 20159:00AM - 6:00PM108N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
    M5S 3K7
    416-946-8900
    Sunday, May 17, 20159:00AM - 6:00PM208N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
    M5S 3K7
    416-946-8900
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    Description

    This is an international festival with a difference, truly reflecting the diversity of Toronto. Over 30 writers from Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, Philippines, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Tanzania, and of course all across Canada will be present. Saturday night dance performance by Hari Krishan and InDance. African guitar by Tichaona Maradze. There will be panels on a variety of subjects, including New Theatre in Canada, East Asian Writing, South Asian Writing, Writing in Languages Other than English.

    Admission is free except for the Saturday night event. It is advisable but not essential to pre-register.

    The event runs May 15-17, 2015. For more information and the full program click the link below.

    Contact

    Rachel Ostep
    416-946-8996

    Sponsors

    Toronto Festival of Literature and the Arts

    Co-Sponsors

    Asian Institute

    Centre for South Asian Studies


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