INDePth Conference 2018: Asian Cities

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Friday, March 16th, 2018

Friday, March 16, 201810:00AM - 7:00PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, 1 Devonshire Place (Devonshire Pl. & Hoskin Ave.)
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INDePth is an award winning annual student-run conference hosted by the Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.

We are excited to present this year’s conference theme “ASIAN CITIES”.

In order to analyze ASIAN CITIES, we are using multidisciplinary—especially historical, anthropological, and geographical—theoretical frameworks to present our theme in a comprehensively textured manner. We challenge current narratives which present the development of Asian Cities as a standardized model by problematizing the idea that these spaces across the continent represent a similar type of growth.

Conference attendees will gain insight into how national and global discourse intersects with and shapes the standardized model of development of Asian Cities. We also focus on thinking critically about the structures and actors supporting or countering the progress of this standardized model.

We hope to disrupt these notions and offer a more holistic view of these living and breathing spaces. We do so by showcasing the transformative, evolving subjectivities and experiences of those who actively inhabit, build, and create Asian Cities.

Please join us for an invigorating day of panel speakers and workshop discussions while we explore critical perspectives of cities from the ground up!

Check out our website for more detailed information about the conference themes, conference agenda, and conference speakers.


Speakers by topic:

Shiaoshiao Chen, Undergraduate Student, Contemporary Asian Studies and Anthropology
Tori Sheldon, PhD Candidate, Anthropology
Dr. Kristin Bright, Assistant Professor, Anthropology

Deniz Yilmaz, Undergraduate Student, Diaspora and Transnational Studies, Political Science
Zixian Liu, PhD Student, Department of History
Dr. Tong Lam, Associate Professor, History; Director, Global Taiwan Studies Program

Anna Aksenovich, Undergraduate Student, Anthropology and Religion
Siddhartha Sengupta, Undergraduate Student, Political Science
Symon James-Wilson, Research Assistant, Department of Geography and OISE
Dr. Deborah Cowen, Associate Professor, Geography and Planning

INDePth Conference 2018: ASIAN CITIES
March 16, 2018, 10:00AM-7:00PM

10:00am – 10:30am: Light Breakfast and Registration

10:35am – 10:55am: Opening Remarks
10:35am – 10:40am: Professor Rachel Silvey
10:40am – 10:50am: Co-Chairs

10:55am – 11:55am: Topic 1: Interpretations of Modernity (Student: Shiaoshiao Chen; PhD Candidate Tori Sheldon; Professor Kristin Bright)
11:55am – 12:10pm: Topic 1 Q&A

12:10pm – 1:30pm: Lunch
12:40pm: Film Screening – PUSO NG LUNGSOD, by filmmaker Ilang-Ilang Quijano; Supported by the York Centre for Asian Research as part of their Emerging Asian Urbanisms Series

1:35pm – 2:35pm: Topic 2: Conceptualizing the City: Urban vs Rural (Student Deniz Yilmaz; PhD Student Zixian Liu; Professor Tong Lam)
2:35pm – 2:50pm: Topic 2 Q&A

2:50pm – 3:05pm: Coffee Break

3:10pm – 4:10pm: Topic 3: Migration and Solidarities (Student: Anna Aksenovich; Symon James-Wilson, Research Assistant, Department of Geography and OISE; Professor Deb Cowen)
4:10pm – 4:25pm: Topic 3 Q&A

4:25pm – 4:30pm: Break out into Groups for Workshops
4:30pm – 5:30pm: Workshops: Topics 1-3

5:35pm – 5:55pm: Co-Chairs Closing Remarks

6:00pm – 7:00pm: Reception

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