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May 2016

  • Friday, May 27th Enchanting India: A Photo Exhibit and Conversation

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    Friday, May 27, 20166:30PM - 9:30PMInnis Town Hall
    2 Sussex Avenue
    (at St. George, south of Bloor)
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    Description

    This keynote photographic presentation features images made in the northern parts of India, capturing the beauty of the region’s geography and glimpses of its culture through the eyes of global travellers Neville and Vivienne Poy. Neville, now a retired Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, has had a life-long passion for visual and performing arts. He found at an early age that the camera was the best instrument through which he could express his artistic abilities, and it became his constant recreational companion. As a historian and author, Vivienne delights in acquiring knowledge of cultural diversity and experiencing and learning about the people and places of our world, both in the present and the historic past. The pair found their visual perception of India to be enchanting; therefore they will present images that are as much artistry as they are a record of the people and places visited. Neville and Vivienne’s combined artistic and intellectual interests promise to make for an enjoyable and rewarding presentation.

    Dr Neville Poy graduated from McGill University in 1960 with the degrees of BSc, MD, CM, MSc (surgery), FRCS©, and FACS. He is a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, and was Director of the first burn unit in Canada at the Scarborough General Hospital beginning in 1967. He became its Inaugural Recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. Dr Poy was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1998 and an Officer of the Order of St. John in 2003. He is a recipient of both the Queen’s Gold and Diamond Jubilee Medals. He was appointed Honorary Lt Colonel of the Queen’s York Rangers (oldest Reserve Army Regiment in Canada) in 2003, Honorary Colonel in 2007, and Honorary Colonel Emeritus in 2010 including the present. He has served on numerous boards, medical and non-medical. He retired from medical practice in 1995.

    The Honourable Dr Vivienne Poy is Chancellor Emerita of the University of Toronto, an author of non-fiction, and a historian. In 1998, she was the first Canadian of Asian heritage to be appointed to the Senate of Canada, where she focused on gender issues, multiculturalism, immigration, and human rights. She retired from the Senate in September 2012 and continues to be actively involved with communities across Canada. She travels extensively and has a special interest in the study of Chinese diaspora.

    Contact

    Rachel Ostep
    416-946-8996


    Speakers

    Dr Neville Poy

    The Honourable Dr Vivienne Poy


    Main Sponsor

    Asian Institute


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June 2016

  • Friday, June 10th Taiwan Studies in Trans* Perspectives: Transdisciplinary, Transnational, and Transcultural

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    Friday, June 10, 20169:00AM - 5:00PMUniversity of Toronto, Canada
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    North American Taiwan Studies Annual Conference

    Description

    We are pleased to announce that the 22nd North American Taiwan Studies Association (NATSA) Annual Conference will be held from June 10-11, 2016. This year’s conference, titled “Taiwan Studies in Trans* Perspectives: Transdisciplinary, Transnational, and Transcultural,” welcomes scholars interested in studying Taiwan from all disciplines and explores how Taiwan—as a case, a theory, or even a method—can further transform current knowledge constructs toward an inclusive global vision.

    Trans*, used in transgender studies as an umbrella term to include individuals seeking gender identities within and beyond the traditional male-female dichotomy, sheds light on an insightful and radical approach to Taiwan Studies. The asterisk in trans*, originating from computer science, serves as a wildcard character that stands for any words starting with trans, and symbolizes the openness and inclusiveness of the transdisciplinary community of Taiwan Studies. In line with this inclusive spirit, Trans* opens up new approaches to encourage scholars of Taiwan Studies to boldly transgress disciplinary boundaries and cull perspectives from various intellectual communities.

    Of all the relevant trans* themes in this conference, participants are encouraged, but not limited, to set transdisciplinarity, transnationality, and transculturalism as a point of reference. Transdiciplinarity is not only a series of cross-disciplinary activities but also a transformation among contexts and the transcendence of multiple disciplines to create innovative context-based theories. Taiwan Studies from a transdisciplinary perspective offers a lens for researchers to examine, discuss, and understand issues in multiple contexts. Transnationality both emphasizes and questions the existence of universal values or a one-size-fits-all nation-state theory. It not only digs out the diversity derived from the uniqueness of local contexts, but also tries to clarify the imbalanced power structure among the units. Transculturalism, a theoretical concept that seeks to break the boundaries between different communal, cultural, societal, and national sectors. Additionally, a new framework is established in which participants are understood not as members exclusively belonging to particular groups but as constantly crossing categorical boundaries in a search for self-identity.

    Contact

    Rachel Ostep
    416-946-8996

    Sponsors

    North American Taiwan Studies Association

    Co-Sponsors

    Dr. David Chu program for Asia-Pacific Studies

    Asian Institute


    Disclaimer:

    Please note that events posted on this website are considered to be public events – unless otherwise stated – and you are choosing to enter a space where your image and/or voice may be captured as part of event proceedings that may be made public as part of a broadcast, webcast, or publication (online and in print). We make every effort to ensure your personal information is kept and used in compliance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). If you have any questions please get in touch with our office at munkschool@utoronto.ca or 416-946-8900.



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