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Academic, Student: Research Opportunity: Joint Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research with Re:Locations Journal

Research Opportunity: Joint Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research with Re:Locations Journal

If you are interested in filling one of the graduate student positions, please apply for our program using this form:

A research experience is available to both undergraduate and graduate students through a collaboration between Synergy: The Journal of Contemporary Asia Studies and Re:Locations: Journal of the Asia-Pacific World. Hosted by the Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, these undergraduate and graduate journals are offering students the opportunity to produce a research project for publication. Students will learn how to work collaboratively, gain a better understanding of research processes, and successfully complete the publication of their project to a high standard in a special edition of these academic journals. We are currently taking proposals for graduate co-authors and research mentors.

During the school year, each team develops a small research project that addresses Contemporary Asia or the Asia-Pacific World. We are looking to stimulate creative and analytical thinking and collaboration. The program is run from October 2018 to May 2019, with the opportunity to extend research into Fall 2019.
Listed below are the topics for research and publication (art, international relations, economics and translations). We encourage graduate students with a broad range of interests related to the contemporary Asia and Asia-Pacific to apply as graduate advisers.

If you are interested in filling one of the graduate student positions, please apply for our program using this form:

Any student enrolled at the University of Toronto is eligible to partake in this program. We are interested in working with a wide variety of students with a range of backgrounds and experiences, including members of equity seeking groups. For graduate students, this is a unique opportunity to provide research advice and mentorship, gain teaching experience, and produce a high-level project to be published.

Research Topics:
• Japan-Korea Relations through an International Relations lens
• China’s connectivity projects in Southeast Asia – a project that pays attention to “development” – the theme that runs through the whole BRI initiative and takes a transnational perspective.
• Examination of the impact of British colonialism and the legacy it left behind on women across the South Asian diaspora – emphasis on the use of photography and media in portraying women.
• Materialization of history and the politics of memories in the case of New Order period in Indonesia
• China’s new ‘Silk Road’ initiative (economic geopolitical relationship between China and Sri Lanka)
• The impact of China’s man-made islands on the country’s economy
• Article on the impact of photo journalism and documentary photography/the creation of a photo journal project.
• The translation of important scholarly work into English

Deadline: Ongoing

Deadline March 27, 2019


The Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies at the Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy seeks photographic representations of the Asia-Pacific (East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific) that incites us to imagine the region from unique perspectives. The photos may have been taken in any location within or outside the region (including Toronto). The judges are seeking photographs of high artistic quality that offer thought provoking images, including those that may be highly abstract. All entries will be considered for prizes as well as displayed on the Chu Program’s website and promotional materials. The first prize photo will be displayed at the Asian Institute.

See previous winners photos here:

DEADLINE: MARCH 27, 2019 AT 9:00 AM


First Prize: $100 and exhibition of the photograph at the Asian Institute
Second & Third Prize: a book of the entrant’s choice that has been authored by a core faculty member of the Asian Institute (subject to availability and cost restrictions by the Chu Program Director) and the exhibition of the photograph at the Asian Institute.


  • Entrants must email the completed entry form and the images to by March 15, 2019 at 9:00 AM.
  • The subject of the email should follow as: LAST NAME, FIRST NAME, Photo Contest and have your student ID in the subject.
  • Each file is required to be labeled: LAST NAME, FIRST NAME FILE and LAST NAME, FIRST NAME PHOTO 1, 2,3 etc.
  • If the total file size of the attachments exceeds the allowable limit of your email server, the images may be emailed separately in consecutive emails.
  • Images must be a minimum of 1600×1200 and 300dpi and must be jpeg format. Higher resolution images are strongly suggested.



Registered undergraduate and graduate students from any of the University of Toronto’s three campuses are eligible to enter the contest. Each Entrant may enter up to five (5) photographs. Photographs must be in digital format as jpegs. No print or film submissions will be accepted. However, photos need not be taken with a digital camera; scans of negatives, transparencies, or photographic prints are acceptable. Photos submitted must be taken at any time prior to the entry deadline.

Photos that include sculptures, statues, paintings, or other works of art will be accepted provided they do not constitute copyright infringement or fraud (when photographing someone else’s work, the object must be in the environment and not a full-frame close-up of the art in question). Photographs should not contain identifiable persons. Entrants should submit an appropriate caption for each entry that briefly describes the image and indicates where the photo was taken. The photograph, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material taken by the Contestant Entrant. By entering the Contest, the Entrant acknowledges and warrants that the submitted photograph is an original work created solely by the Entrant, that the photograph does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim or interest in the photograph. The entrant accepts all responsibility for any copyright issues that may arise. Contest Judges reserve the right not to accept any photograph without explanation.

By entering the contest, the Entrant grants permission to the Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies to use the photo on the Asian Institute and Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies program websites as well as in other promotional materials.


Photographs will be judged by the Chu Program Director and one or more additional faculty or staff members affiliated with the Asian Institute, or an external photography expert. Winners will be decided within one week after the close of the Contest, and will be notified directly unless unforeseen circumstances necessitate a postponement of cancellation. Winners will be announced on or before April 1, 2019.


The Sponsor reserves the right to suspend or cancel the contest for any reason


By entering this Contest, all entrants agree to release, discharge, and hold harmless the Sponsor and its affiliates from any claims, losses and damages arising out of their participation in the Contest or any Contest-related activities.


Katherine MacIvor

Deadline: March 27, 2019

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Student: Call for Blog Posts: Asian Institute Student and Alumni Blog

The Asian Institute is looking for student journalists who are interested in contributing short articles about Asia to our new blog. Current and former students of the University of Toronto are invited to submit short blog entries (about 250-500 words) that relate to contemporary South, East, or Southeast Asia, as well as Asian culture in Canada.

For example, you could write an article about any of the following topics:

  • A place you discovered on a trip to Asia and your thoughts about it.
  • A critique of an Asian film that was screening at a neighbourhood arts festival.
  • A popular Toronto Asian restaurant or a new food craze, like the Japanese izakayas or Korean pojang-machas that are popping up in the hip areas of the city.
  • An interesting concept or fact that you learnt about in a South Asian Studies or Contemporary Asian Studies course that blew your mind.
  • Your thoughts on an event or phenomenon taking place in Asia that you’ve been following but that hasn’t been getting much attention in international news.

But those are just ideas – we welcome any submissions that examine Asian topics in a thoughtful way. This is a great opportunity for students to engage with topics that interest them personally, and have their work published for others to enjoy.

Photos to accompany your article are highly encouraged. Please make sure to let us know if someone other than you took the photo, and include the photographer’s name in your submission, so that we can properly credit the artist.

If you’d like to a submit an article to be considered for publication on our student blog, please send an e-mail to with your name, program, year of study (or let us know if you are an alumnus), your entry, and any photos you’d like to include.

We look forward to reading your entries, and seeing Asia through your perspective.

Deadline: Ongoing


Graduate Student Network

We encourage U of T graduate students researching Asia and Asian worlds – whether or not you are currently active at the Asian Institute or new to it – to sign up formally to the Asian Institute Graduate Student Network. We will use this list to keep you informed about events, awards, opportunities, and invite you to take part in our vibrant graduate student community.

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