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November 2020

  • Friday, November 27th The Indian Economy at the Crossroads: Towards Reform or Further Stagnation?

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    Friday, November 27, 202010:00AM - 12:00PMExternal Event, External Event
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    Description

    The Indian economy, one of the largest in the world, is set to contract significantly this year. Our panel of experts will discuss policy measures adopted by the Indian government to tackle the economic downturn as a result of the devastating effects of COVID 19 pandemic in the country. The panel will also discuss short and medium run scenarios for the Indian economy highlighting the interdependence between democratic institutions, economic growth and welfare. Finally, the panelists will also discuss India’s regional and international economic relations in the context of the present crisis in globalization and the country’s border impasse with China.


    Speakers

    Dr. Sanjay Reddy
    Panelist
    Associate Professor, Department of Economics, New School University, New York, USA

    Dr. Lekha Chakraborty
    Panelist
    Professor, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP), New Delhi, India and Research Associate, Bard College, NY, USA

    Dr. Saon Ray
    Panelist
    Senior Fellow, Indian Council of International Economic Relations (ICRIER), New Delhi, India

    Dr. Bharat Punjabi
    Moderator
    Research Fellow, Global Cities Institute and Lecturer, Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto

    Dr. John Harriss
    Panelist
    Professor Emeritus, International Studies, Simon Fraser University, Canada


    Sponsors

    Canadian International Council - Toronto Branch

    Co-Sponsors

    Centre for South Asian Studies, Asian Institute


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  • Friday, November 27th The "Skeleton in the Closet": Unveiling Submerged Histories in Contemporary Asia

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    Friday, November 27, 20204:00PM - 6:00PMOnline Event, Online Event
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    Description

    Which histories of Asia are remembered and which are forgotten? The process of remembering is selective, such that certain histories are granted the status of truth and highlighted in public dialogue, while others are forgotten or deliberately swept under the rug. This event seeks to unearth some examples of the latter to underscore the histories of marginalized groups and their lived experiences. In order to do so we are delighted to be joined by two experts:
    Dr. Takashi Fujitani will discuss the issue of comfort women and how it ties into the transnational cover-up of Japanese war and colonial crimes.
    Dr. Jessica Soedirgo will focus her discussion on the little known Ahmadiyah minority in Indonesia and why its members are being discriminated against today.

    After their respective talks we will have a 45 minute Q&A session to address any queries and to facilitate dialogue between the speakers and audience members.

    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). Much of his past and current research has centered on the intersections of nationalism, colonialism, war, memory, racism, ethnicity, and gender, as well as the disciplinary and area studies boundaries that have figured our ways of studying these issues. He is the author of Splendid Monarchy (UC Press, 1996; Japanese version, NHK Books, 1994; Korean translation, Yeesan Press, 2003) and Race for Empire: Koreans as Japanese and Japanese as Koreans in WWII (UC Press, 2011; Japanese version forthcoming from Iwanami Shoten); co-editor of Perilous Memories: The Asia Pacific War(s) (Duke U. Press, 2001); and editor of the series Asia Pacific Modern (UC Press).

    JESSICA SOEDIRGO is a postdoctoral fellow in the Asian Studies Program at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Studies, Georgetown University. She will be starting as an Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam in April 2021. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Toronto. Her research is motivated by an interest in ethnic and religious conflict, with a regional focus on Southeast Asia. She primarily uses qualitative methods, grounded in extensive fieldwork. Her book project, The Threat of Small Things: Patterns of Repression and Mobilization Against Micro-Sized Groups in Indonesia, asks why very small groups become targets of state repression and mobilization despite their economic and political insignificance. Her work has been published in Citizenship Studies, Southeast Asia Research, Qualitative and Multi-Method Research, and PS: Political Science and Politics.


    Speakers

    Deep Leekha
    Moderator
    President of the Contemporary Asian Studies Student Union at the Asian Institute

    Takashi Fujitani
    Speaker
    Professor, Department of History, University of Toronto

    Jessica Soedirgo
    Speaker
    Postdoctoral Fellow in the Asian Studies Program at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Studies, Georgetown University


    Main Sponsor

    Asian Institute

    Sponsors

    Contemporary Asian Studies Student Union (CASSU)


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    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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December 2020

  • Thursday, December 3rd Landscapes for Authoritarianism: Japan, China, India, and Beyond

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    Thursday, December 3, 20202:00PM - 4:00PMOnline Event, Online Event
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    Series

    Asia-Pacific Conversation Series

    Description

    How do ideas of forestry, rural life, nature, and environment contribute to the rise of fascism and authoritarian rule? In this timely conversation, a group of historians and visual scholars will draw on specific cases from early twentieth-century Japan to contemporary China and India to examine the relationship between aesthetics, politics, and temporality.


    Speakers

    Yi Gu
    Speaker
    Associate Professor, Department of Art, Culture & Media, University of Toronto

    Kajri Jain
    Speaker
    Associate Professor, Department of Visual Studies, University of Toronto

    Richard Reitan
    Speaker
    Associate Professor and Chair, Department of History, Franklin & Marshall College

    Tong Lam
    Moderator
    Associate Professor, Department of History and Interim Director, Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies at the Asian Institute, University of Toronto


    Main Sponsor

    Asian Institute

    Sponsors

    Dr. David Chu Program in Asia Pacific Studies


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  • Friday, December 4th Envisioning the Buddhist Mandala of Bhutan: The Importance of Terminology, Language, and “Secularities”

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    Friday, December 4, 20204:00PM - 5:00PMOnline Event, Online Event
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    Description

    Tibetan emic terminologies used as functional equivalents for “religion” and “politics” in Bhutanese textual sources shed light on institutionalized and conceptualized boundaries between societal spheres in pre-modern Bhutan―in the spirit of the multiple secularities approach understood as social distinction and differentiation in a non-evaluating sense. Among the three major Buddhist governments established in the Tibetan cultural area in the 17th century, the Bhutanese government, nowadays as a constitutional monarchy with a Buddhist king, is the only one still in existence. Since Bhutan’s societal order is still profoundly grounded in the cosmological order of Tantric Buddhism, I present here an alternative analytical and inclusive framework for determining social distinction and differentiation in Bhutan in a chronological perspective that does include not only actual institutional arrangements but also integrates formative religious-doctrinal conceptualizations. Consequently, discourses about Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness (GNH) can adequately consider the importance of terminology, language, and “secularities.”

    Dagmar Schwerk is the Khyentse Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Tibetan Buddhist Studies at the University of British Columbia and recipient of the Khyentse Foundation Award for Excellence in Buddhist Studies 2012. Her forthcoming monograph addresses the longstanding philosophical debate about Mahāmudrā, an essential Buddhist doctrine and meditative system in Tibetan Buddhism, from a Bhutanese perspective. In general, her research focuses on Tibetan and Bhutanese intellectual and political history.


    Speakers

    Dagmar Schwerk
    Speaker
    Khyentse Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Tibetan Buddhist Studies, University of British Columbia

    Christoph Emmrich
    Moderator
    Director, Centre for South Asian Studies; Associate Professor in Buddhist Studies, University of Toronto


    Main Sponsor

    Asian Institute

    Sponsors

    Centre for South Asian Studies


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