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March 2020

  • Friday, March 6th The Politics of the Fatwa: Modern Islamic Legal Authority and Rise of the Indonesian Council of Ulama

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    Friday, March 6, 202010:00AM - 12:00PM208N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON, M5S 3K7
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    Description

    Fatwas from Islamic organizations are prominent elements of public debates in democratic Indonesia, as well as the broader Muslim world. Yet scholars lack a clear theoretical explanation for the power of fatwas in politics. This paper draws on original archival material to explicate the legal authority of the fatwas from the Indonesian Council of Ulama (Majelis Ulama Indonesia, MUI), which over the past twenty years has become one of the country’s most influential actors. The paper distinguishes three periods in the growth and transformation of MUI’s authority; starting with charismatic authority and state corporatism, MUI later gained formal regulatory authority, and now uses agenda setting, lobbying, mass mobilization, and the threat of violence. By examining how the power of MUI’s fatwas increased as the organization accrued more forms of authority, this periodization demonstrates that explaining the political power of the fatwa requires understanding the modern organizational authority of Islamic actors. In the modern age, Islamic legal authority reflects the dominant logic of political authority in society.

    Jeremy Menchik is Assistant Professor in the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University and faculty affiliate in Political Science. His first book, Islam and Democracy in Indonesia: Tolerance without Liberalism (Cambridge University Press, 2016) was the co-winner of the 2017 International Studies Association award for the best book on religion and international relations.


    Speakers

    Jeremy Menchik
    Speaker
    Assistant Professor, Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University

    Faisal Kamal
    Discussant
    PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto

    Jacques Bertrand
    Chair
    Professor and Associate Chair (Graduate) of Political Science, Director of the Collaborative Master’s Program in Contemporary East and Southeast Asian Studies and Director of the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies


    Main Sponsor

    Asian Institute

    Sponsors

    Centre for Southeast Asian Studies

    Co-Sponsors

    Institute of Islamic Studies, University of Toronto


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  • Friday, March 6th Book Launch: The Transcultural Streams of Chinese Canadian Identities

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    Friday, March 6, 202010:30AM - 12:30PMExternal Event, Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library, 8th floor, Robarts Library, University of Toronto, 130 St. George Street
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    Description

    Focusing on the geopolitical and economic circumstances that have prompted migration from Hong Kong and mainland China to Canada, The Transcultural Streams of Chinese Canadian Identities examines the Chinese Canadian community as a simultaneously transcultural, transnational, and domestic social and cultural formation. Taking an innovative interdisciplinary approach to the ways in which Chinese Canadian adapt to and co-construct the Canadian cultural mosaic, the book explores various patterns of Chinese cultural exchanges in Canada and how they intertwine with the community’s sense of belonging and disengagement.

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    or by calling 416-946-8978


    Speakers

    Dr. Jessica Tsui-yan Li
    Associate Professor, York University

    Dr. Lily Cho
    Associate Professor, York University

    Dr. Guida Man
    Associate Professor, York University

    Dr. Jack Hang-tat Leong
    Director, Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library, University of Toronto


    Sponsors

    Richard Charles Lee Canada - Hong Kong Library

    Richard Charles Lee Chair in Chinese Canadian Studies

    University of Toronto Libraries

    Asian Institute

    Canadian Studies at University College

    York Centre for Asian Research


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  • Friday, March 6th Reading and Writing "Possessed by the Virgin," with Kristin Bloomer

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    Friday, March 6, 20204:00PM - 6:00PM208N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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    Description

    Kristin Bloomer’s Possessed by the Virgin: Hinduism, Roman Catholicism, and Marian Possession in South India introduces readers to three women who become possessed by the Virgin Mary: Rosalind, Nancy, and Dhanam. In this rich ethnographic account of Marian possession, healing, and exorcism in Tamil Nadu, Bloomer pays particular attention to the experience of possession as articulated by these women and the various community members that surround them, from the skeptical Catholic priest to the devotees, and everyone in between. This beautifully written ethnography raises questions about possessed subjectivities and agencies, gender, Tamil language, Hinduism and Catholicism in South India, and, more generally, how to write about possession.

    In this panel, a group of graduate students from the University of Toronto, with diverse research interests ranging from Tamil Studies to Possession Studies, will critically engage with the author and her book from various perspectives. The event aims to raise questions, deeply reflect, and start a critical conversation about the book and its contents.

    PANELISTS:

    Kainat Bashir, Department for the Study of Religion, UofT
    Janani Mandayam Comar, Department for the Study of Religion, UofT
    Stephanie Duclos-King, Department for the Study of Religion, UofT
    Jesse Pruitt, Department for the Study of Religion, UofT
    Kristina Rogahn, Department for the Study of Religion, UofT
    Austin Simoes-Gomes, Department for the Study of Religion, UofT

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    Kristin C. Bloomer is an Associate Professor of Religion at Carleton College in Northfield, MN. She is currently working on a book about Tamil family gods and lineage deities, with support from the American Institute of Indian Studies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Carleton College.


    Speakers

    Kristin Bloomer
    Speaker
    Department of Religion, Carleton College, Northfield, MN

    Francis Cody
    Chair
    Department of Anthropology; Centre for South Asian Studies, Asian Institute


    Main Sponsor

    Asian Institute

    Sponsors

    Centre for South Asian Studies

    Co-Sponsors

    Tamil Worlds Initiative, University of Toronto, Scarborough

    Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto


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  • Friday, March 13th Making and Unmaking of the Speculative City: Urban Politics in South Korea + film screening of “Family in the Bubble

    This event has been postponed

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    Friday, March 13, 20209:00AM - 4:00PM208N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON, M5S 3K7
    Friday, March 13, 202010:00AM - 2:00PM202N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON, M5S 3K7
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    Description

    Symposium & Documentary Screening
    Making and Unmaking of the Speculative City: Urban Politics in South Korea
    For screening event info and tickets please go to: https://family-in-the-bubble.eventbrite.ca

    March 13-14, 2020 (Friday-Saturday)

    Friday Symposium: 9:30am-3:15pm
    Saturday Documentary Screening: 2:15-5:30pm

    This event is sponsored by The Academy of Korean Studies, York University’s Korean Office for Research and Education, Center for the Study of Korea (U of Toronto), School of Cities (U of Toronto), and Hope21.

    March 13 (Friday) Symposium

    Room 208N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place, University of Toronto-St. George campus

    9:30-9:40 Welcome remark by Hyun-Ok Park (York)

    9:40-9:50 Welcome remark by Yoonkyung Lee (U of Toronto)

    9:50-10:00 Introduction to the Symposium: Hae Yeon Choo (U of Toronto)

    10:00-11:00 Keynote Speech
    Chair: Yewon Lee (U of Toronto)
    Discussant: Hae Yeon Choo (U of Toronto)

    Laam Hae (York) “Toward a Dialectical Vision of Planetary Urbanization: Ecological Pro-Greenbelt Movements against the Construction State in Korea”

    11:00-11:15 Coffee Break

    11:15-12:45 Panel 1: The Making of the Speculative City
    Chair: Yoonkyung Lee (U of Toronto)
    Discussant: Seung-Cheol Lee (U of Mississippi)

    Hyun-Chul Kim (U of Toronto) “Juxtaposing biopolitics with speculative urbanisms: the development of private welfare/health institutions in South Korea”

    Hae Yeon Choo (U of Toronto) “The Dictatorship of Capital: Urban Redevelopment and the Democracy of the Have-Nots in Post-Authoritarian South Korea”

    12:45-2:00 Lunch Break

    2:00-3:30 Panel 2 The Unmaking of the Speculative City
    Chair: Hyun-Chul Kim (U of Toronto)
    Discussant: Jesook Song (U of Toronto)

    Seung-Cheol Lee (U of Mississippi) “Seeing like a community entrepreneur: The capitalization of ‘community’ in Seoul’s community building project (maul mandulgi)”

    Yewon Lee (U of Toronto) “Precarious Workers in the Speculative City: Making Worker’s Power of Self-Employed Tenant Shopkeepers in Seoul through the Production of Space”

    March 14 (Saturday) 2:15pm-5:30pm

    Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue, University of Toronto-St. George campus

    Documentary Screening of Family in the Bubble and Panel Discussion

    For screening event please go to: https://family-in-the-bubble.eventbrite.ca

    Moderator: Michelle Cho (U of Toronto)
    Panel: Yewon Lee (U of Toronto) and Hae Yeon Choo (U of Toronto)

    Symposium and Documentary Screening Participant Bios

    Michelle Cho is Assistant Professor of East Asian Popular Culture at the University of Toronto. She has published on Asian cinemas and Korean wave television, video, and pop music in such venues as Cinema Journal, the International Journal of Communication, The Korean Popular Culture Reader, and Asian Video Cultures. She’s currently at work on a book about gender, media, and fandom in Korean-wave popular cultures.

    Hae Yeon Choo is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. She is an author of Decentering Citizenship: Gender, Labor, and Migrant Rights in South Korea (Stanford University Press, 2016), a comparative study of three groups of Filipina women in South Korea: factory workers, wives of South Korean men, and hostesses at American military camptown clubs. Her current research examines the politics of land ownership in contemporary South Korea, delving into macro-level political contestations over land rights, together with the narratives of people who pursue class mobility through real estate speculation. She has also translated Audre Lorde’s Sister Outsider and Patricia Hill Collins’s Black Feminist Thought into Korean.

    Laam Hae is an Associate Professor in the department of Politics at York University. Her research areas are urban political economy, neoliberal urbanism and urban social movements. She is the author of The Gentrification of Nightlife and the Right to the City: Regulating Spaces of Social Dancing in New York (2012, Routledge), and co-edited On the Margins of Urban South Korea: Core Location as Method and Praxis (2019, University of Toronto Press). She is currently developing a research project that examines the spatiality of social reproduction and gender inequality in South Korea.

    Hyun-Chul Kim is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Geography & Planning, University of Toronto. Her research interests include the varied degree of confined, segregated spaces in East Asian regions, from nursing homes to prisons, considering urban constructions, intimacy, and disability. She is writing her dissertation tentatively titled “Between Communal ‘Village’ and an Atomized ‘Home’: Blurring the boundaries of community organization movement and segregated-confined welfare spaces of South Korea in 1950s-1960s”.

    Seung Cheol Lee received his PhD from Columbia University in 2018 and is now an assistant professor of anthropology and East Asian Studies at the University of Mississippi. His research interests are focused on the question of how neoliberal financialization has reshaped people’s social, affective, ethical, and political lives. He is currently working on a book manuscript that examines how the ethicality and sociality of gift-giving are grafted onto neoliberal market rationality in the social economy sector in South Korea.

    Yewon Andrea Lee is a Korean Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Study of Korea at University of Toronto. She is an ethnographer and urban and labor sociologist and received her Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at UCLA. She is interested in speculative urbanism and how it generates new politics of dissent. In particular, her dissertation focuses on tenant shopkeepers whose livelihoods are disrupted by speculation on the urban spaces on which their shops stand and how these subjects organize via transforming everyday mundane spaces of work into symbolic spaces of dissent.

    Yoonkyung Lee is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and the director of the Center for the Study of Korea at the University of Toronto. She is a political sociologist specializing in labor politics, social movements, political representation, and the political economy of neoliberalism with a regional focus on East Asia. She is the author of Militants or Partisans: Labor Unions and Democratic Politics in Korea and Taiwan (Stanford University Press 2011) and numerous journal articles that appeared in Globalizations, Studies in Comparative International Development, Asian Survey, Journal of Contemporary Asia, and Critical Asian Studies.

    Hyun Ok Park teaches sociology and the director of the Korean Office for Research and Education (KORE) at York University. With archival and ethnographic research, her research investigates global capitalism in colonial, industrial, and financial forms, democracy, socialism, and post-socialist transition. She is the author of Two Dreams in One Bed: Empire, Social Life, and the Origins of the North Korean Revolution in Manchuria (Duke University Press, 2005). Her latest book is The Capitalist Unconscious: From Korean Unification to Transnational Korea (Columbia University Press, 2015). She is completing a book manuscript, “A Sublime Disaster: The Sewŏl Ferry Incident and the Politics of the Living Dead.”

    Jesook Song is Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on contemporary urban transformation and welfare issues, including homelessness, youth unemployment, single women’s housing, mental health in South Korea. She is author of South Koreans in the Debt Crisis: The Creation of a Neoliberal Welfare Society (Duke University Press, 2009) and Living on Your Own: Single Women, Rental Housing, and Post-Revolutionary Affect in Contemporary South Korea (SUNY Press, 2014), On the Margins of Urban South Korea: Core Location as Method and Praxis (University of Toronto Press 2019, co-edited with Laam Hae).


    Speakers

    Laam Hae
    Keynote
    Associate Professor, Department of Politics, York University

    Yoonkyung Lee
    Chair
    Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto

    Seung-Cheol Lee
    Discussant
    Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Mississippi

    Hyun-Chul Kim
    Speaker
    Ph.D Candidate, Department of Geography, University of Toronto

    Hae Yeon Choo
    Speaker
    Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto

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

    Yewon Andrea Lee
    Chair
    Post-doctoral Fellow, Centre for the Study of Korea at the University of Toronto


    Main Sponsor

    Centre for the Study of Korea

    Co-Sponsors

    School of Cities, University of Toronto


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May 2020

  • Friday, May 8th Asian Institute Student Leadership Celebration

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    Friday, May 8, 20205:00PM - 6:00PMOnline Event, Online Event:
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    We’re marking the achievements of students at the Asian Institute with a virtual Asian Institute Student Leadership Celebration this Friday, May 8, 5:00-6:00PM (EST). Faculty, staff, friends, family, pets etc. welcome!

    During the ceremony, we encourage you to fold a paper crane with us, following these simple instructions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTY-nGYYq_c

    Please RSVP to ai.coordinator@utoronto.ca for the Zoom Video Conferencing details.


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