INDePth Conference 2017: Worlding South Asia Beyond Borders

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Friday, March 10th, 2017

Friday, March 10, 201710:30AM - 6:00PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs
1 Devonshire Place
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Interrogating Notions of Development and Progress (INDePth) is an annual undergraduate conference hosted by the Asian Institute at the University of Toronto. Founded by Contemporary Asian Studies major students, the series has held conferences on Indonesia, China, Korea and Japan. Our aim is to foster dialogue on Asia through interdisciplinary analysis. INDePth utilizes research methodologies offered by courses from the Asian Institute to unpack the prism of ‘Asia’ through notions of ‘development’ and ‘progress’.

The theme for this year’s conference is South Asian Worlds. Dominant discourse within mainstream agencies such as the World Bank and IMF, domestic national programs and academic discourse imagine South Asia as an active site of intervention. Discourse that is embedded into the imagining and practice of institutions characterize ‘developing’ space as ‘backward’, ‘lacking’ or otherwise a systematic ‘standard’. Participants will engage with how such South Asian Worlds are simultaneously constructed through the human imagination and physically materialized through uneven processes of development practice. We aim to emphasize South Asia as a conceptual site of research that extends beyond national borders and traditional ‘area studies’.

By doing so, we look at the ways in which the concept of Worlding challenges notions of ‘third world’ development discourse and helps to understand the region.

Join us on March 10th for the 2017 Conference to debate and take part in workshops with fellow delegates, the executive members of the INDePth team, and academic speakers from leading universities in Canada and the United States.

Keynote Address:

Professor Chandrima Chakraborty, Department of English & Cultural Studies, McMaster University


Professor Rachel Silvey, Interim Director of the Asian Institute, Geography & Planning, University of Toronto
Dr. Antonela Arhin, Diaspora and Transnational Studies, University of Toronto
Professor Francis Cody, Department of Anthropology


10:30 AM – 11:00 AM Registration and Informal Lunch

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM Conference Introduction

11:15 AM – 12:00 AM Keynote Speech

12:00 AM – 1:00 PM Panel 1: Remapping Boundaries

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM Breakout Workshops

1:45 PM – 2:10 PM Coffee Break

2:10 PM – 2:30 PM Dance Performance

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM Panel 2: Worlding Beyond Borders

4:00 PM – 4:15 PM Conclusion

4:15 PM – 6:00 PM Reception


Jae Park


Asian Institute

Munk School of Global Affairs

Woodsworth College Student Association

Hart House Good Ideas Fund


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