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March 2019

  • Friday, March 1st Development and Impact of the Thai Military’s Political Offensive

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    Friday, March 1, 201910:00AM - 12:00PM208N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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    Abstract:
    It is recognized that the military coups in Thailand in 2006 and 2014 were the orchestrated attempts of the anti-democratic alliance of the old powers against the rise of electoral politics. After the coups, they have tried to establish firm control through various measures, including the constitutions of 2007 and 2017 and strengthening the bureaucracy. However, little attention has been paid to the Thai military’s expansive civil affairs projects, including rural and urban development programs, mass organizations and mobilization campaigns, ideological and psychological programs. Puangthong argues that the Thai military has always paid great importance to its civil affairs projects as a political offensive to control popular politics since the counter-insurgency period. The conservatives craftily manipulated legal and moral legitimacy in order to protect and expand the army’s role beyond its combatant sphere. The entrenchment has been more apparent and aggressive since the 2006 coup. Old apparatuses were reactivated and new ones were created. Power of the army over other state agencies increased more than ever. On one hand, the military’s civil affairs projects allow the military and conservative elites to dictate the country’s long-term political direction. This potent tool, on other hand, effectively polarizes the populace deeper and thus makes democratization in the future difficult.

    Biography:
    Puangthong R. Pawakapan is Associate Professor of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. She is currently a visiting scholar at the Harvard Yenching Institute, Harvard University, 2018-2019. Her recent works include “The Central Role of Thailand’s Internal Security Operations Command in the Post-Counter-insurgency Period,” Trends in Southeast Asia (ISEAS: Singapore 2017); “The Foreign Press’ Changing Perceptions of Thailand’s Monarchy.” Trends in Southeast Asia. (2015); State and Uncivil Society in Thailand at the Temple of Preah Vihear, (2013).


    Speakers

    Nhung Tran
    Chair
    Director, Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Toronto

    Puangthong R. Pawakapan
    Speaker
    Department of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand


    Sponsors

    Centre for Southeast Asian Studies


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  • Friday, March 1st Book Launch for "Diasporic Media Beyond the Diaspora: Korean Media in Vancouver and Los Angeles"

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    Friday, March 1, 20193:00PM - 5:00PM108N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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    Join the Centre for the Study of Korea in a celebration of Dr. Sherry Yu’s book “Diasporic Media beyond the Diaspora: Korean Media in Vancouver and Los Angeles.” Dr. Yu will be joined by Dr. Karim Karim who will be the discussant for the event.

    Sherry S. Yu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media and the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto.

    Karim H. Karim is a Professor at the School of Journalism and Communication and the Director of the Carleton Centre for the Study of Islam at Carleton University. He is also an Associate of Migration and Diaspora Studies and the Centre for European Studies at Carleton University.

    Coffee and refreshments available at event.


    Speakers

    Karim H. Karim
    Discussant
    Professor, School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton Universty; Director, Carleton Centre for the Study of Islam

    Sherry Yu
    Speaker
    Assistant Professor, Department of Arts, Culture and Media, and the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto



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  • Friday, March 1st Yoga as the Art of War

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    Friday, March 1, 20194:00PM - 6:00PM208N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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    THE B. N. PANDEY MEMORIAL LECTURE IN THE HISTORY OF INDIA

    Today we think of yoga as a practice of spiritual and physical health that originated in the search by India’s ancient sages for ultimate truth and release from the world of suffering. But the history of yoga is more than postures, breathing, and meditation. The oldest associations with the word “yoga” in the Rig Veda involved war, and as recently as the 19th century in India, yogis were not only associated with ascetic practices of ultimate liberation, but also the mundane world of politics, violence, and power. The most recent invocation of yoga in the context of domestic and international politics by India’s current prime minister, Narendra Modi, is another example of the way yoga remains deeply invested in the world of political power. This talk, based on a forthcoming book by Sunila S. Kale and Christian Lee Novetzke, revisits a history of yoga in India through the lens of political action and worldly power to suggest that at the core of all practices associated with the term “yoga” lies a theory of practice around mediating the relationship between the self and its many, sometimes agonistic, others.

    Christian Lee Novetzke is a Professor of Indian Religions, History, and Culture at the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. He is the author of Religion and Public Memory (2008), The Quotidian Revolution (2016), and co-author (with Andy Rotman and William Elison) of Amar Akbar Anthony: Bollywood, Brotherhood, and the Nation (2016).


    Speakers

    Christian Novetzke
    Speaker
    Professor of Indian Religions, History, and Culture at the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington

    Christoph Emmrich
    Chair
    Director, Centre for South Asian Studies


    Sponsors

    Centre for South Asian Studies


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  • Thursday, March 7th Democracy in Asia: Building Sustainable Institutions and Practices in Turbulent Times

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    Thursday, March 7, 20192:00PM - 6:00PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, 1 Devonshire Place
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    This symposium brings together a distinguished group of scholars whose work either frames contemporary global assessments of the state of democracy around the world or focuses attention directly on the political struggle now underway between democracy and authoritarianism across the Asian region. Its purpose is to bring current comparative research on the evolution of democratic institutions and practices of government into dialogue with cutting-edge conceptual work on democracy and democratization. The participants together address the challenge of maintaining domestic and international stability when countries are facing competing political imperatives generated both by globalizing capitalism and by the contemporary diffusion of systemic power.

    SYMPOSIUM PROGRAM
    2:10-2:15PM Welcoming Remarks
    RANDALL HANSEN
    Interim Director, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy
    Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto

    2:15-4:00PM Panel I
    LUCAN AHMAD WAY

    Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto
    Are we actually in the Midst of a Democratic Recession?

    SEVA GUNITSKY
    Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto
    Great Powers and the Future of Democracy

    LYNETTE ONG
    Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Asian Institute, University of Toronto
    Studying “China in the World” in 2019

    PHILLIP LIPSCY
    Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Stanford University
    Thomas Rohlen Center Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
    Democracy, Financial Crises, and Economic Volatility

    MAIKO ICHIHARA
    Associate Professor, Graduate School of Law and the School of International and Public Policy, Hitotsubashi University, Japan
    Understanding Japan’s International Democracy Assistance Policy

    Chair:
    LOUIS PAULY
    Interim Director, Centre for the Study of Global Japan
    J. Stefan Dupré Distinguished Professor of Political Economy, Department of Political Science

    Discussant:
    DAVID A. WELCH
    University Research Chair and Professor of Political Science, University of Waterloo and Balsillie School of International Affairs

    4:00-4:15PM Break

    4:15-5:55PM Panel II

    YUSUKE TAKAGI
    Assistant Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Japan
    Democracy in Asia: The Case of the Philippines

    JOSEPH WONG
    Professor, Department of Political Science
    Ralph and Roz Halbert Professor of Innovation, Munk School
    Associate Vice-President and Vice-Provost, International Student Experience, University of Toronto
    Japan: Asia’s First Unlikely Democracy

    DAN SLATER
    Professor of Political Science
    Ronald and Eileen Weiser Professor of Emerging Democracies
    Director, Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies (WCED), University of Michigan
    Indonesia: Asia’s Newest Unlikely Democracy

    SANG-YOUNG RHYU
    Professor, Political Economy, Graduate School of International Studies, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea
    Upgrading Democracy in Korea: Resilient Consolidation and Complex Challenges

    DIANA FU
    Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto
    State Control in China under Xi Jinping

    Chair:
    LOUIS PAULY
    Interim Director, Centre for the Study of Global Japan
    J. Stefan Dupré Distinguished Professor of Political Economy, Department of Political Science

    Discussant:
    DAVID A. WELCH
    University Research Chair and Professor of Political Science, University of Waterloo and Balsillie School of International Affairs

    5:55-6:00PM Closing Remarks
    TAKAKO ITO

    Consul General of Japan in Toronto

    6:00-7:00PM Reception

    Event Program and Announcement

    Democracy in Asia Symposium Program

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Contact

    Shannon Garden-Smith
    (416) 946-5372


    Speakers

    Randall Hansen
    Opening Remarks
    Interim Director, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

    Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto

    Louis W. Pauly
    Chair
    Interim Director, Centre for the Study of Global Japan

    J. Stefan Dupré Distinguished Professor of Political Economy, Department of Political Science

    David A. Welch
    Discussant
    University Research Chair and Professor of Political Science, University of Waterloo and Balsillie School of International Affairs

    Takako Ito
    Closing Remarks
    Consul General of Japan in Toronto

    Diana Fu
    Panelist
    Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto

    Seva Gunitsky
    Panelist
    Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto

    Maiko Ichihara
    Panelist
    Associate Professor, Graduate School of Law and the School of International and Public Policy, Hitotsubashi University, Japan

    Phillip Lipscy
    Panelist
    Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Stanford University

    Thomas Rohlen Center Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

    Lynette Ong
    Panelist
    Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Asian Institute, University of Toronto

    Sang-young Rhyu
    Panelist
    Professor, Political Economy, Graduate School of International Studies, Yonsei University, South Korea

    Dan Slater
    Panelist
    Professor Political Science

    Ronald and Eileen Weiser Professor of Emerging Democracies

    Director, Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies (WCED), University of Michigan

    Yusuke Takagi
    Panelist
    Assistant Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Japan

    Lucan Ahmad Way
    Panelist
    Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto

    Joseph Wong
    Panelist
    Professor, Department of Political Science

    Ralph and Roz Halbert Professor of Innovation, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

    Associate Vice-President and Vice-Provost, International Student Experience, University of Toronto


    Main Sponsor

    Centre for the Study of Global Japan

    Sponsors

    Consulate General of Japan in Toronto

    Co-Sponsors

    Department of Political Science

    Asian Institute


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  • Friday, March 8th Notes for a History of Prakrit Literature

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    Friday, March 8, 20194:00PM - 6:00PM208N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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    THE INDIA-CANADA ASSOCIATION LECTURE

    Prakrit was, along with Sanskrit and Tamil, one of the main languages of literature in premodern South Asia. It flourished in the first half of the first millennium BCE, although it continued to be cultivated for many centuries afterwards. This talk will begin by sketching the historical outlines of this tradition and then explain why it is important to corroborate, elaborate, and reflect upon its history. First, Prakrit textuality was closely connected to broader developments in the religious and expressive literatures of South Asia, and gives us a unique perspective onto those developments. Second, the many ways in which Prakrit texts defy being ‘historicized’—verses that slip in and out of anthologies, stories told again and again, works that survive only in fragments or abridgements—actually tell us something important about the historical being of literary texts.

    Andrew Ollett is a Junior Fellow at Harvard University’s Society of Fellows. He works on the literary and intellectual traditions of premodern South Asia.


    Speakers

    Andrew Ollett
    Speaker
    Junior Fellow at Harvard University’s Society of Fellows

    Christoph Emmrich
    Chair
    Director, Centre for South Asian Studies


    Sponsors

    Centre for South Asian Studies


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  • Monday, March 11th Life Force Atrocities during the Korean War and their Aftermath: Repression, Resistance and the Construction of Solidarities of Bereavement

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    Monday, March 11, 20193:00PM - 5:00PM108N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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    During the Korean civil war, thousands of real and imagined “leftists” were massacred by the emerging South Korean state. In the wake of South Korea’s long process of post-authoritarian transitional justice, the nature of many of these atrocities has to come to light, in turn leading to increased interest from South Korean and international scholars. This talk builds upon this research by focusing on the role that the family structure played in determining the targets and methods of the perpetrators. Drawing on Elisa Von Joeden-Forgey’s concept of “life force atrocities,” I discuss the ways in which counter-insurgency forces incorporated the decimation the family unit as part of the broader process of anti-leftist liquidation. This pattern was continued into the post-war years, as survivors and families of accused “leftists” were denied the right to properly mourn and placed under the “guilt by association system”. I argue that this process of systematic persecution gave rise to novel forms of communal identities, anchored around the notion of the collective bereaved family. This, in turn, led to unique forms of political resistance in the 1960-1961 period.

    Dr Wright is currently the Korea Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto. He completed his PhD at the University of British Columbia in 2016. He is currently working on completing his manuscript “Civil War, Politicide, and the Politics of Memory in South Korea, 1948-1961”. His work has been published in Cross Currents, The Asia Pacific Journal, and by Routledge.


    Speakers

    Brendan Wright
    Speaker
    Korea Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Toronto

    Yoonkyung Lee
    Chair
    Associate Professor, Department of Sociology; Director, Centre for the Study of Korea, University of Toronto



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  • Saturday, March 16th A Body in Fukushima: Reflections on the Nuclear in Everyday Life

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    Saturday, March 16, 20191:00PM - 5:00PMInnis Town Hall, University of Toronto, 2 Sussex Avenue
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    NOTE: This event consists of three components: (1) Photo Exhibitions – March 4 to April 14; (2) A Body in a Library Performance by Eiko Otake – March 15; (3) Video Screening and Symposium – March 16. All three are free of charge. Registration is required ONLY for the the third part – Video Screening and Symposium.

    This is a multi-sited, multi-media, and multi-disciplinary event that demonstrates how art can contribute to critical reflection on the nuclearization of everyday life in our contemporary world. Since 2014 Eiko Otake and William Johnston have photographed the performer among the ruins and abandoned places that have been left in the aftermath of the nuclear catastrophe of March 2011. Following a magnitude 9 earthquake off the coast of Northeastern Japan, a massive tsunami inundated reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Plant, resulting in meltdowns in three reactors. The Fukushima disaster is regarded as the second largest nuclear accident in history, and yet its full consequences remain temporally and spatially boundless and ultimately unknowable — a reality that Otake’s haunting bodily performances and Johnston’s striking photography make so compelling. Otake’s and Johnston’s collaborative work on Fukushima has been exhibited in major venues across the Americas and appears in Canada for the first time.

    Otake is a world-renowned, movement-based artist who performed as Eiko and Koma for more than forty years before beginning her solo performances for the project, A Body in Places. Her awards include a Guggenheim, MacArthur, Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award, and Dance Magazine Award for lifetime achievement. William Johnston is a photographer and historian whose critically acclaimed written work and photography have focused on issues of the body, sexuality, disease, the environment, and public health. The symposium accompanying the exhibitions and performance will feature presentations by leading scholars and artists working across disciplines.

    PHOTO EXHIBITIONS
    DATES: March 4 – April 14, 2019 (depending on the library hours)
    LOCATIONS:
    Robarts Library, 130 St. George Street, Toronto, ON
    1st floor exhibition area,and 8th floor, Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library
    Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St., Toronto, ON
    3rd and 5th floors

    CURATORS:
    Takashi Fujitani, Director, Dr. David Chu Program in Asia Pacific Studies
    Henry Heng Lu, Independent Curator and Founder, Call Again

    A BODY IN A LIBRARY PERFORMANCE BY EIKO OTAKE
    DATE: Friday, March 15, 5:15 – 7:00 PM
    LOCATION: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON

    VIDEO SCREENING AND SYMPOSIUM
    * Registration is required *
    DATE: Saturday, March 16, 1:00 – 5:00 PM, followed by reception
    LOCATION: Innis Town Hall, Innis College, 2 Sussex Ave., Toronto, ON
    SYMPOSIUM PARTICIPANTS:
    Eiko Otake, Independent movement-based performance artist
    William Johnston, Department of History, Wesleyan University

    CHAIR
    Takashi Fujitani, Department of History and Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies, University of Toronto
    PANELISTS
    Marilyn Ivy, Department of Anthropology, Columbia University
    Photography and 3.11, with a meditation on William Johnston’s photographs of Eiko Otake in Fukushima
    Katy McCormick, School of Image Arts, Ryerson University
    Searching for A Body, Finding Trees
    Lisa Yoneyama, Women and Gender Studies Institute and Department of East Asian Studies, University of Toronto
    Post-Fukushima Epistemology
    Tong Lam, Department of History, University of Toronto
    Fallout, promise! Some reflections on pink landscapes

    For more information from the Toronto Public Library, please click here.

    Main Sponsor

    Dr. David Chu Program in Asia Pacific Studies

    Sponsors

    Asian Institute

    Toronto Reference Library

    University of Toronto Libraries

    Co-Sponsors

    East Asian Studies Department, University of Toronto

    School of Image Arts, Ryerson University


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  • Thursday, March 21st Identification Technologies and Biometric Power: A Transition from Occupied China to Post-World War II Japan

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    Thursday, March 21, 20194:00PM - 6:00PM208N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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    The invention of identification technologies is deeply connected with the surveillance of colonial populations. Fingerprinting, the forerunner of biometrics, was created by the British police in colonial India in 1897, and was also employed in Manchuria and Northeast China under Japanese occupation from the 1920’s to 1945. Why did fingerprint identification attract the Japanese imperialist power, and how effectively was it practiced? We examine narratives surrounding the Japanese identification systems in Manchuria, especially regarding Chinese workers who were placed under severe surveillance, and discuss how a similar scheme survived the lost war and was actually legitimated in post-World War Ⅱ Japan. The expansion and transformation of biometric power can be seen in the Japanese government’s repeated attempts to establish “perfect” identification systems. Surveillance has spread from ex-colonial populations to foreign workers and to citizens, culminating in recent legislative changes concerning enhanced technologies.

    ASAKO TAKANO is an Associate Professor at Meiji Pharmaceutical University in Tokyo, Japan. She received her Ph.D. in Social Sciences from Hitotsubashi University, and published her book in Japan in 2016, Fingerprints and Modernity.

    MIDORI OGASAWARA is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Queen’s University, and a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Ottawa. She conducted field research in China to investigate the Chinese experiences of Japanese colonial identification systems and obtained her Ph.D. in Sociology from Queen’s in 2018.


    Speakers

    Asako Takano
    Associate Professor, Meiji Pharmaceutical University in Tokyo, Japan

    Midori Ogasawara
    Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Queen’s University; Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Ottawa


    Sponsors

    Dr. David Chu Program in Asia Pacific Studies


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  • Friday, March 22nd – Saturday, March 23rd Beauty, Brutality, and the Neocolonial City

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    Friday, March 22, 20199:30AM - 3:00PM108N, North House, University of Toronto
    Saturday, March 23, 20194:00PM - 6:00PMUniversity of Toronto
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    Please use the registration button above to sign up for the lecture on March 22. To sign up for a reading on March 23, please click here to register on Eventbrite.

    This two-day event brings together international scholars and critics to explore the complexity, dynamism, and significance of Manila within and beyond Asia. As a city that has experienced the multiple vestiges of empire, the disciplinary machinations of dictatorial rule, the effects an infamous “war on drugs”, and the continued realities of uneven resource distribution, Manila serves as a productive physical and ideological space to explore the dialogic nature of beauty and brutality—as these concepts intertwine in the urban repertoires of the global south. On March 22, speakers will reflect on how Manila influences their work as diasporic critics scholars. On March 23, renowned Filipino American author Jessica Hagedorn will have her Toronto debut and read from her most famous works. She will also converse with Lucy San Pablo Burns (UCLA), discussing her thoughts on the city, and Manila, as an imaginative space for her artistry and craft. Books can be purchased at the venue, in collaboration with Another Story Bookshop.

    FRIDAY, MARCH 22
    108N – NORTH HOUSE, MUNK SCHOOL OF GLOBAL AFFAIRS AND PUBLIC POLICY,
    1 DEVONSHIRE PLACE
    Program:
    9:30 AM – 10:00 AM – Welcoming Remarks
    10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Dialogue 1: Sensing the City
    SPEAKERS: Ferdinand Lopez (Toronto); Gary Devilles (Ateneo De Manila); Paul Nadal (Princeton); Genevieve Clutario (Harvard)
    12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch
    1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Dialogue 2: Intimacies and the City
    SPEAKERS: Robert Diaz (Toronto); Denise Cruz (Columbia); Martin Manalansan (Minnesota); Christine Balance (Cornell); Allan Isaac (Rutgers)

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    SATURDAY, MARCH 23
    NEXUS LOUNGE, 12TH FLOOR, OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education), 252 BLOOR ST. W.
    A Reading with Noted Author Jessica Hagedorn, in Conversation with Lucy Mae San Pablo Burns (UCLA)
    Program:
    4:00 PM – 4:10 PM – Welcoming Remarks
    4:10 PM – 4:30 PM – Performance by Patrick Salvani
    4:30 PM – 6:00 PM – Reading with Jessica Hagedorn, and Conversation with Lucy Burns (UCLA)


    Speakers

    Christine Bacareza Balance
    Associate Professor, Asian American Studies and Performance Studies, Cornell University

    Lucy Mae San Pablo Burns
    Associate Professor, Asian American Studies Department, University of California, Los Angeles

    Genevieve Clutario
    Assistant Professor, Department of History, Harvard University

    Denise Cruz
    Associate Professor, English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

    Robert Diaz
    Assistant Professor and Graduate Coordinator, Women and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto

    Gary Devilles
    Chair and Assistant Professor, Department of the Filipinos Studies, Ateneo De Manila University

    Jessica Hagedorn
    Author of Toxicology, Dream Jungle, The Gangster of Love and Dogeaters; Winner of the American Book Award

    Allan Punzalan Isaac
    Associate Professor, English and American Studies, Rutgers University

    Ferdinand Lopez
    Associate Professor of English, University of Santo Tomas; an incoming PhD student in Women and Gender Studies, University of Toronto

    Paul Nadal
    Post-Doctoral Research Associate of American Studies, Princeton University

    Martin Manalansan
    Associate Professor, American Studies, University of Minnesota


    Co-Sponsors

    Centre for Southeast Asian Studies

    Women and Gender Studies Institute (WGSI)

    New College Initiatives Fund

    Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies

    Dr. David Chu Program in Asia Pacific Studies

    School of Cities, University of Toronto


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  • Friday, March 22nd The Feminist Awakening in China

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    Friday, March 22, 201910:00AM - 12:00PMBloor - 1st floor Boardroom/Round Room/Library, 315 Bloor Street West
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    On the eve of International Women’s Day in 2015, the Chinese government arrested five feminist activists and jailed them for thirty-seven days. The Feminist Five became a global cause célèbre, with Hillary Clinton speaking out on their behalf and activists inundating social media with #FreetheFive messages. But the Five are only symbols of a much larger feminist movement of university students, labor activists, civil rights lawyers, performance artists, and online warriors prompting an unprecedented awakening among young Chinese women. Through interviews with the Feminist Five and other Chinese activists, Hong Fincher illuminates both the difficulties they face and their “joy of betraying Big Brother,” as one of the Feminist Five wrote of the defiance she felt during her detention. Tracing the rise of a new feminist consciousness now finding expression through the #MeToo movement, Hong Fincher describes how the movement against patriarchy could reconfigure China and the world.

    Dr. Leta Hong Fincher is a journalist, scholar and author of Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China (Verso 2018), which was named a best book of 2018 by Vanity Fair, Newsweek and others. She is the first American to receive a Ph.D. from Tsinghua University’s Department of Sociology in Beijing. She also has a master’s degree from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree with high honors from Harvard University. Her first book was the critically acclaimed Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China (Zed 2014).


    Speakers

    Prof. Rachel Silvey
    Opening Remarks
    Richard Charles Lee Director, Asian Institute; Professor, Department of Geography & Planning, University of Toronto

    Prof. Lynette Ong
    Discussant
    Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Asian Institute, University of Toronto

    Dr. Leta Hong Fincher
    Speaker
    Journalist, scholar and author


    Sponsors

    East Asian Seminar Series at the Asian Institute

    Co-Sponsors

    Asian Institute

    Dr. David Chu Program in Asia Pacific Studies

    Centre for the Study of Korea


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  • Monday, March 25th Sex and Power in Occupied Japan

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    Monday, March 25, 20194:00PM - 6:00PM208N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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    Description

    Abstract:

    Based on my book Sanitized Sex, the talk will discuss the various attempts to sanitize sexuality through the regulation of prostitution, venereal disease and intimacy in occupied Japan after World War II. It features sexuality as key element in issues of security, health and morale during the occupation period. In doing so it underscores how the sanitization of sex was a male-dominated struggle for control and authority in the clash of two competing patriarchal, imperial powers: Japan and the United States. That said, the talk is more than a study of the postwar sexual encounters. An analysis of sex, its regulation and negotiation between occupiers and occupied sheds new light on the everyday experiences and asymmetries of power in occupied Japan, the legacies of the Japanese Empire, and the particularities of postwar U.S. imperialism in the postcolonial formation of the Asia-Pacific region.

    Robert Kramm is a post-doctoral fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities and is affiliated with the Department of History at the University of Hong Kong. He holds a doctoral degree in history from ETH Zurich and received his B.A. and M.A., also in history, from the University of Erfurt.


    Speakers

    Robert Kramm
    Speaker
    Post-doctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Department of History, University of Hong Kong

    Takashi Fujitani
    Chair
    Director, Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies


    Sponsors

    Dr. David Chu Program in Asia Pacific Studies


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  • Thursday, March 28th Trends in Internet Control in Southeast Asia and China

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    Thursday, March 28, 201910:00AM - 12:00PM208N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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    What are the current trends in internet control in China and Southeast Asia? How has increasing state control over the internet impacted human rights and civil liberties in the region? What implications do such trends hold for Canada?

    As a fast-growing region with increasing ties to Canada, issues of technology, security, privacy and surveillance across Asia cannot be ignored. From increasing threats to press freedom in the Philippines under Rodrigo Duterte to the broad monitoring of telecommunications in Singapore, Southeast Asia is home to numerous examples of state control over the internet, media, and speech at large. Such a discussion would be incomplete without considering China, where the Communist regime continues to tighten its grip on information flow across cyberspace. And with the recent Sino-Canadian dispute over the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, the presence of Chinese cybertechnology in Canada and the intersection between cybertechnology issues and the Asia-Pacific at large have been thrust to the forefront of socio-political discourse in our country.

    Irene Poetranto is a Senior Researcher for the Citizen Lab and a Doctoral Student in Political Science at the University of Toronto. Her primary research interest is on the cybersecurity policy development in the Global South, especially in Asia. Her dissertation project focuses on the issue of Internet controls in Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. She obtained her Master’s degree in Political Science and Asia-Pacific Studies from the University of Toronto, and Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of British Columbia.

    Lotus Ruan is a researcher at The Citizen Lab, University of Toronto. Her research focuses on the interplay of the state and private companies in terms of internet management and innovation in the digital age with an area focus on China. Prior to joining University of Toronto, Lotus received her master’s degree in Asia Pacific Policy Studies at the University of British Columbia and worked as a journalist and news editor in China for over two years.

    Contact

    Mia Nguyen


    Speakers

    Irene Poetranto
    Senior Researcher, Citizen Lab; Doctoral Student, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto

    Lotus Ruan
    Researcher, Citizen Lab, University of Toronto


    Sponsors

    Contemporary Asian Studies Student Union (CASSU)

    Asian Institute


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  • Friday, March 29th Cosmogony and Literacy in the Bengali “Book of Light”

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    Friday, March 29, 20195:00PM - 8:00PM208N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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    THE ANNUAL BENGAL STUDIES LECTURE

    Once considered the “primordial source of all books” and a proxy for the Qurʾān itself, the Persian and Bengali versions of theNūrnāma (Book of Light) virtually disappeared from the religious landscape of contemporary Bangladesh and West Bengal. The Book of Light narrates the creation of the world by God through the body of the Muḥammad of light. This creation story played a key role in shaping the popular understanding of Islamic cosmology, language, and the significance of the written word in Bengali Islam. With this lecture, I will address the topic of vernacular literacy and multilingualism in Bengal between the 17th and 19th century through the study of the Nūrnāma tradition. A fresh look at the textual tradition that surrounded the transmission of this creation story reveals ways to conceive of vernacular Islam beyond categories of elite vs. popular, or orthodox vs. heterodox.

    Thibaut d’Hubert is associate professor in the department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations (SALC) at the University of Chicago. He published several articles in periodicals and collective volumes, and contributed entries on Bengal for Brill’s Encyclopedia of Islam, THREE. In his book titled In the Shade of the Golden Palace: Ālāol and Middle Bengali Poetics in Arakan(New York: Oxford University Press, 2018), d’Hubert studies the encounter of Persian, Sanskrit, and vernacular poetics in the courtly milieu of the frontier region between today’s Bangladesh and Myanmar. He is also the co-editor with Alexandre Papas of the volume Jāmī in Regional Contexts: The Reception of ʿAbd al-Raḥmān Jāmī’s Works in the Islamicate World, ca. 9th/15th-14th/20th (Handbook of Oriental Studies, Leiden: Brill, 2019).

    Reception to follow

    Contact

    Dasha Kuznetsova
    (416) 946-8996


    Speakers

    Thibaut d'Hubert
    Speaker
    Associate Professor, Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago

    Christoph Emmrich
    Chair
    Director, Centre for South Asian Studies


    Sponsors

    Centre for South Asian Studies

    Co-Sponsors

    Department for the Study of Religion


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April 2019

  • Tuesday, April 2nd Innovation under Hypercompetition: Firm Capabilities and Strategies for Survival

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    Tuesday, April 2, 20191:00PM - 3:00PM208N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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    Description

    Innovation is the source of sustainable competitive advantage for firms. Innovation itself has been argued to stem from control of valuable and non-imitable resources. As the pace of technology change has increased, however, firms find that resources or resulting innovations fail to secure sustained competitive advantage. Drawing upon field research on contract manufacturers in China, this paper shows how resource-constrained SMEs develop different categories of innovations and their impacts on firm organization and performance.

    Michael Murphree is assistant professor of international business at the University of South Carolina and is currently a visiting professor with the Innovation Policy Lab at the University of Toronto. Professor Murphree is currently working with the Innovation Policy Lab on a study of knowledge transfer, innovation, entrepreneurship, economic growth and employment in the offshore petroleum industry in Newfoundland and Labrador. His primary research interests include globalization, innovation in emerging economies, technology standards and market formation, and intellectual property rights. His research considers China in comparative perspective with other emerging economies and the developed West, particularly Europe. His other research interests are globalization, state-firm relations, innovation, technology standards and market formation, and intellectual property rights, especially in China and East Asia. He has conducted field research in China since 2007 and speaks fluent Mandarin. Professor Murphree has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, as well as a book, chapters in edited volumes and numerous commissioned reports for groups including the Global Commission on Internet Governance and the U.S. National Academies.


    Speakers

    Michael Murphree
    Speaker
    Assistant Professor of International Business, University of South Carolina; Visiting Professor with the Innovation Policy Lab, University of Toronto

    Darius Ornston
    Discussant
    Assistant Professor, Munk School of Gobal Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto

    Joseph Wong
    Chair
    Ralph and Roz Halbert Professor of Innovation, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy; Professor, Department of Political Science; Associate Vice-President, International Student Experience, University of Toronto



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  • Wednesday, April 10th A New Era of China-Canada-US Relations: Strategic Tensions & Economic Interests

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    Wednesday, April 10, 20195:30PM - 7:00PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, 1 Devonshire Place
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    Dr. Cheng Li is Director and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution’s John L. Thornton China Center. Dr. Li is also a director of the National Committee on US-China Relations, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Committee of 100, and a Distinguished Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy. He is the author/editor of numerous books, including Rediscovering China: Dynamics and Dilemmas of Reform (1997), China’s Leaders: The New Generation (2001), Bridging Minds Across the Pacific: The Sino-US Educational Exchange (2005), China’s Changing Political Landscape: Prospects for Democracy (2008), China’s Emerging Middle Class: Beyond Economic Transformation (2010), China’s Political Development: Chinese and American Perspectives (2014), Chinese Politics in the Xi Jinping Era: Reassessing Collective Leadership (2016), and The Power of Ideas: The Rising Influence of Thinkers and Think Tanks in China (2017).He is the principal editor of the Thornton Center Chinese Thinkers Series published by the Brookings Institution Press.

    Dr. Li has advised a wide range of US government, education, research, business and not-for-profit organizations on work in China and has frequently been called upon to share his unique perspective and insights on China, appearing on BBC, CCTV, CBS, CNN, C-SPAN, ABC World News, NPR, PBS and more. Li grew up in Shanghai during the Cultural Revolution. In 1985, he came to the United States and later received an M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of California and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Princeton University.


    Speakers

    Dr. Cheng Li
    Speaker
    Distinguished Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy; Director and Senior Fellow of the John L. Thornton China Center, Brookings Institution

    Diana Fu
    Chair
    Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto

    Lynette Ong
    Discussant
    Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Asian Institute, University of Toronto


    Sponsors

    Asian Institute


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  • Friday, April 12th In the Presence of the Divine: Identity and Meaning in Newar Buddhist Art

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    Friday, April 12, 20196:00PM - 8:00PM108N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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    Event Series "The Newars and Their Neighbours"

    Description

    Vibrant colors and pulsating sounds of religious devotion punctuate the streets and gullies of Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley. Among the Valley’s Newar Buddhist community, art and ritual work in concert to make the divine present in the urban landscape of the city. For Newar Buddhists, art and ritual performance reinforce core philosophical principles and cultural ideals related to sacred space and ritual cosmology. This lecture examines the role of festivals and image processions in manifesting the divine in the city of Patan. The vibrant ritual festivities and artistic traditions build layers of sacred geography and Buddhist cosmology into the streets and courtyards of the city spaces. Thus, this lecture explores the creation of sacred space in the city of Patan through festivals and other celebrations to examine how the Newar Buddhist community navigates the diversity of religious experience in the Kathmandu Valley to ultimately reaffirm their own religious identity.

    Kerry Lucinda Brown, Professor of Art History at Savannah College of Art and Design, is a specialist in South Asian and Himalayan art. Her research explores the relationship between art and religious identity in Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley, situating Newar Buddhist art within the larger context of South Asian Buddhist heritage.


    Speakers

    Kerry Lucinda Brown
    Speaker
    Professor of Art History, Savannah College of Art and Design

    Christoph Emmrich
    Chair
    Director, Centre for South Asian Studies


    Sponsors

    Centre for South Asian Studies


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