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June 2019

  • Tuesday, June 4th RIZAL: THE HERO AS TRAVELLER

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    Tuesday, June 4, 20194:00PM - 6:00PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, 1 Devonshire Place
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    Description

    While the words travel and tourism are often used interchangeably, there is a difference between the two: a tourist travels for leisure, he dips into a foreign culture but remains largely unchanged while a traveller aims for experience as a means of understanding himself in the context of the foreign. Every Filipino child knows that Rizal travelled a great deal when air travel was but a figment of the imagination, but what is not emphasized is how Rizal was formed by his exposure to other lands, peoples, and cultures. It is not well known that Rizal travelled to America, travelling by land from San Francisco to New York to catch a voyage to London. Looking back on Rizal’s travels helps us understand the hero, ourselves, and the emergence of the Filipino nation.

    José Rizal, in full José Protasio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda, was born on June 19, 1861 in Calamba, Philippines and died on December 30, 1896 in Manila. Jose Rizal, the Philippine National Hero was a man of gifts: a multilingual writer, poet, artist, scholar, and physician, as well as a leading figure in a movement that called for basic reforms and civil liberties in the Spanish overseas colony.

    AMBETH R. OCAMPO is a public historian whose research covers the late 19th century Philippines: its art, culture, and the people who figure in the birth of the nation.

    Prof. Ocampo is Associate Professor and former Chairman of the Department of History, Ateneo de Manila University. He served as Chairman, National Commission for Culture and the Arts (2005-2007) and Chairman, National Historical Commission of the Philippines (2002-2011), and President of the Philippine Historical Association.

    Prof. Ocampo has published over 30 books, writes a widely read Editorial Page column for the Philippines Daily Inquirer, and moderates a growing Instagram and Facebook Fan Page.

    Reception to follow


    Speakers

    Dr. Ambeth Ocampo
    Speaker
    Associate Professor, Department of History, Ateneo de Manila University 

    Nhung Tran
    Chair
    Director, Centre for Southeast Asian Studies; Professor, Department of History, University of Toronto 


    Main Sponsor

    Asian Institute

    Sponsors

    Centre for Southeast Asian Studies

    National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA)

    Sentro Rizal Toronto

    Consulate General of the Philippines, Toronto


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  • Saturday, June 8th Tong Lam: Moving Images, Moving People

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    Saturday, June 8, 201911:00AM - 6:00PMBachir/Yerex Presentation Space, 401 Richmond Street West, Suite 450A
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    Description

    Presented by the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival in partnership with Vtape. Supported by the University of Manitoba, the University of Toronto, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

    Tong Lam’s series meticulously documents contemporary China’s outdoor film phenomena, where films are sometimes screened next to dancing people and even animals, and where propaganda films have to compete with images of conspicuous consumption. In addition to showing the diversity of people and places in a rapidly changing nation, Lam’s work also invites viewers to consider an increasingly complex global media environment overrun with commercials, misinformation, and media spectacle.

    Curated by Tina Chen (Head, Department of History, Unviersity of Manitoba)

    Main Sponsor

    Asian Institute

    Sponsors

    Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada

    University of Manitoba


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  • Tuesday, June 25th Governing the Environment of Small Cities: The Role of Municipalities in Gujarat and West Bengal

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    Tuesday, June 25, 20192:00PM - 3:30PM208N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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    Description

    There is a widely shared belief that decentralization has the potential to lead to more efficient, responsive and accountable government. In the Indian context, however, the existing literature indicates that state (provincial) governments failed to devolve substantive powers and funds to municipalities. This presentation discusses municipal-state relations through the lens of urban environmental governance and in the case of small cities, which are generally understudied. While our findings based on in-depth research in Gujarat and West Bengal largely confirm the conclusions from the literature, they also point to important differences between the two states and to differing degrees of municipal agency and relative autonomy influenced by institutional frameworks and the flow of funds and personnel.

    René Véron is professor of social geography based at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. His research focuses on urban environmental governance with a regional specialization on India. He is particularly interested in exploring socio-environmental processes related to urban environmental services, waste and pollution using an approach of urban political ecology.


    Speakers

    René Véron
    Speaker
    Professor, Social Geography, University of Lausanne, Switzerland; Visiting Professor, Asian Institute

    Rajyashree Narayanareddy
    Chair
    Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Planning; University of Toronto at Scarborough


    Main Sponsor

    Asian Institute

    Co-Sponsors

    Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance

    Department of Geography and Planning

    Centre for South Asian Studies


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August 2019

  • Thursday, August 8th Growing Religious Conservatism in Indonesian Higher Education: The Case of Bandung

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    Thursday, August 8, 20193:00PM - 5:00PM108N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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    Description

    While scientific inquiry is often expected to be free from ideological interference, religiosity has become a feature in Indonesian higher education. In this paper, we explore the formation of scholars’ identity in terms of religious orientation. We show that many student groups in Indonesia have made it a mission to raise religious consciousness and experiences on campus. Over the last 20 years, there are significant tensions between managing students’ exposure to religiously conservative efforts, maintaining religious tolerance, and balancing these elements with religious freedom and association. These questions are important because they determine the kinds of identities and organizational forms that students contribute to nation-building projects.

    Teti A. Argo is a Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at Bandung Institute of Technology – Indonesia. Her research on religious conservatism in universities is a part of a larger research dedicated to looking at the role of higher education and nation building.

    Frans A. Prasetyo holds a masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia. He is currently a fellow at the University of Toronto.


    Speakers

    Teti A. Argo
    Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia

    Frans A. Prasetyo
    Fellow, University of Toronto


    Main Sponsor

    Asian Institute

    Sponsors

    Centre for Southeast Asian Studies


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