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October 2018

  • Tuesday, October 16th Dual MPP/MGA Information Session

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    Tuesday, October 16, 20184:00PM - 5:00PM208N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
    M5S 3K7
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    Description

    Come learn more about the Dual Degree MPP/MGA program with representatives from Sciences Po, Paris and the Master of Global Affairs.

    This two-year dual degree program combines the strengths of the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs and the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy to create a unique graduate program combining a Master in Public Policy and a Master of Global Affairs. Students gain complementary perspectives on the pressing challenges of the 21st century and benefit from the unique academic strengths of each institution. The program prepares students and future decision-makers for internationally-focused jobs, both in the private and public sectors.

    Contact

    Megan Ball-Chiodi
    416-946-8917


    Speakers

    Sophie Riviere-Dufour
    International Affairs Manager Canada Sciences Po, Paris

    Megan Ball-Chiodi
    Program Coordinator Master of Global Affairs Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy



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  • Tuesday, October 16th Taking Roots: Coding & Design for Platform Co-Ops

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    Tuesday, October 16, 20184:00PM - 6:00PM108N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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    Series

    Global Taiwan Lecture Series

    Description

    ABSTRACT:

    Before the 2018 Platform Coop Consortium (PCC platform.ccoop/2018, Sept. 28, 29) formal conference began, Huang SunQuan organized a two-day co-ops+hackathon (coopathon 2). Preceded by a series of panel discussions held in Taipei, Kaohsiung, Hangzhou, and Hong Kong, over forty interested programmers, artists, social innovators, and international tech organizations from greater China and other countries participated. The previous coopathon 1 was held in Shanghai in 2016. The aim of these coopathons is to figure out the collaborative possibilities of coders and cooperatives, addressing fundamental issues before more deeply thinking about the platform of cooperativerism, particularly in the Chinese context.

    A difference exists between coops and hacker geeks, which extends beyond the pursuit of economic equality to differences in cultural and political values. Cooperativism asks for the participation of all or nothing at all, while the hacker geek model mostly pursues individual, ‘genius’ achievement. Coops are threatened by privatization, while the latter is an updated neoliberal version of the Californian ideology of accelerationism and solutionism (1995, Richard Barbrook and Andy Cameron). The former pursues economic justice—that is, better relations of production; the latter pursues efficiently productive forces. Hackers don’t like doors that can’t be opened, but cooperatives hope the door will always open.

    These two groups are more or less unaware of the commonalities they share. They both need a sustainable model, and they both rely on the results of sharing and mutual benefit. In this talk, Huang SunQuan will share some of his experiences of coopathons and some Chinese cooperatives which he deeply engaged in, discussing strategies for introducing a social aspect into coding and the design of platform coops.

    BIOGRAPHY:

    Huang SunQuan (PhD, Building and Planning from National Taiwan University) is Professor at the China Academy of Art and Director of the Institute of Network Society, School of Inter-Media Art, CAA. He is an artivist engaging in architecture, media, social movements, and art, known for his long-term research and intervention in media, internet culture, and social activism.

    Huang SunQuan was the editor-in-chief of POTS Weekly (established in 1994) and the director of Cultural Express from 2007 to 2009. He organized the first anti-gentrification movement in Taiwan under the slogan “Against City Government’s Bulldozers” (1997) and made the documentary film Green Bulldozer: the Rise of Your New Homeland. In 2004, he created one of the most influential blogs in Taiwan (twblog.net) and the Taiwan Independent Media Center (tw.indymedia.org) as part of the network of Global Independent Media Center (indymedia.org).

    In recent years, he has undertaken a curatorial and artistic practice, running Monkey-Wrenching Art Center in the southern Taiwan. He has participated in the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture (2007, 2013), “Memoscape” at Cube Project Space, “Juke Box of Kaohsiung” at the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, and mounted a solo show, “U-topophilia”, at the Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing, among other projects. Curatorial projects include “Treasure Hill GAPP (Global Artivist Participation Plan)” (2003, 2004), “Lulu Shur-tzy Hou Solo Exhibition—Look toward the other side-Song of Asian Foreign Brides in Taiwan” at the Kaohsiung Museum of Arts (2010), and a migrant workers exhibition at Kaohsiung Labor Museum (2011-2012), etc.

    Contact

    Shannon Garden-Smith
    (416) 946-5372


    Speakers

    Huang Sun-Quan
    Speaker
    Professor and Director of Institute of Network Society, China Academy of Art

    Tong Lam
    Chair
    Director, Global Taiwan Studies Program


    Sponsors

    Global Taiwan Studies Program

    Asian Institute

    Co-Sponsors

    Daniels Faculty University of Toronto, Master of Visual Studies


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  • Tuesday, October 16th Book Launch Remaking Policy: Scale, Pace and Political Strategy in Health Care Reform

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    Tuesday, October 16, 20185:30PM - 7:30PMBloor - 1st floor Boardroom/Round Room/Library, 315 Bloor Street West
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    Description

    Focusing on health care policy but with an eye to the policy process at large, Carolyn Tuohy argues for a more nuanced conception of the dynamics of policy change, one that distinguishes between the opening of opportunities for change and the magnitude of the changes that then occur. Four possible strategies emerge: large-scale and fast-paced (“big bang”), large-scale and slow-paced (“blueprint”), small-scale and rapid (“mosaic”), and small-scale and gradual (“incremental”). As Tuohy demonstrates, these strategies are determined not by political and institutional conditions themselves, but by the ways in which political actors, individually and collectively, read those conditions to assess their prospects for success in the present and over time.

    Drawing on interviews as well as primary and secondary accounts of ten health policy cases over seven decades (1945—2015) in the US, UK, the Netherlands, and Canada, Remaking Policy represents a major advance in understanding the scale and pace of change in health policy and beyond.


    Speakers

    Carolyn Tuohy
    Speaker
    Professor Emeritus and Founding Fellow in Public Policy, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

    The Hon. Tony Dean
    Opening Remarks
    Senator, Parliament of Canada; Distinguished Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

    Gregory P. Marchildon
    Discussant
    Ontario Research Chair in Health Policy and System Design, IHPME; Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

    Rob Vipond
    Chair
    Professor, Department of Political Science and Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

    Linda White
    Discussant
    Professor, Department of Political Science and Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

    Randall Hansen
    Welcome Remarks
    Interim Director, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy


    Sponsors

    Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

    University of Toronto Press


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  • Wednesday, October 17th Sciences Po Info Session

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    Wednesday, October 17, 20186:00PM - 8:00PMBloor - 1st floor Boardroom/Round Room/Library, 315 Bloor Street West
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    Description

    Students, Parents, Counsellors,

    Join us for an info session about Sciences Po on Wednesday October 17th at 6pm ! Sophie Rivière-Dufour, International Affairs Manager for North America, will give an extensive presentation of one of the world’s best Universities for Politics and International Studies (QS 2018 rankings). Sciences Po students will also be present to share their experience and answer questions.

    The session will take place in the 1st floor Boardroom, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, 315 Bloor St W, Toronto.

    To attend, kindly register by filling out the following GoogleForm : RSVP Google Form

    We look forward to meeting you !

    Sponsors

    Sciences Po, Paris

    Co-Sponsors

    Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy


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  • Thursday, October 18th Social Closure and International Society: G7, G20 and Status Groups in International Relations

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    Thursday, October 18, 20182:00PM - 4:00PM208N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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    To mark the launch of his new book, Social Closure and International Society, Dr Tristen Naylor will present his theory of “international social closure,” improving the ability of international relations to analyze hierarchy and status seeking in international politics. In a wide-ranging historical survey drawing on the “family of civilized nations” and the great powers’ clubs of the past to the G7 and G20 today, Naylor demonstrates how a stratified international order is reproduced via competition for seats at the top global governance tables.

    Dr Tristen Naylor is a Fellow in International Relations at the London School of Economics and the Deputy Director of the G20 Research Group, London. He was previously the University of Oxford’s Lecturer in Diplomatic Studies, where he was named “Most Acclaimed Lecturer” in 2016. Prior to his academic career Dr Naylor was a foreign policy advisor to the Government of Canada. He is a recipient of the Canadian Public Service Award of Excellence.

    Contact

    Madeline Koch
    416-588-3833


    Speakers

    Dr. Tristen Naylor
    Fellow in International Relations at the London School of Economics; Deputy Director of the G20 Research Group, London


    Main Sponsor

    G20 Research Group


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  • Friday, October 19th Uncollecting India: Hidden Histories of a Museum

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    Friday, October 19, 20184:00PM - 6:00PM208N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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    Series

    Christopher Ondaatje Lecture on South Asian Art, History and Culture

    Description

    ABSTRACT:

    The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, has the largest collection of Indian artefacts outside India, which was mostly acquired during colonial times. The V&A’s Indian collections can be used to track a history of the impulses and opportunities underlying colonial collecting: artefacts entered the collection as loot, as gifts, and as documentation of resources available in the colony.

    Alongside a history of collecting, however, there is a history of uncollecting, where collections are trimmed and refined through the removal of artefacts that are considered unimportant or irrelevant to the museum’s changing aims. The process of “de-accessioning” is one that museums seldom discuss in public, but the museum’s records keep traces of this less visible process.

    This talk will track the fate of four grand, architectural-scale Indian artefacts that were collected by the V&A in the 19th century but are no longer available to view. Each of these four artefacts was collected in response to different impulses; each was hailed in its time as an important acquisition and was prominently displayed; each fell out of favour and was removed from the galleries for a different reason and in a different way. By tracking the histories of these objects the talk will open the door to a hidden history of the museum.

    BIOGRAPHY:

    Kavita Singh is Professor of Art History and is currently serving as the Dean of the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, where she teaches courses on the history of Indian painting and the history and politics of museums. She has published essays on issues of colonial history, repatriation, secularism and religiosity, fraught national identities, and the memorialisation of difficult histories as they relate to museums in India and beyond. She has also published essays on aspects of Mughal painting.


    Speakers

    Kavita Singh
    Speaker
    Professor of Art History, Jawaharlal Nehru University

    Kajri Jain
    Chair
    Associate Professor, Department of Visual Studies, University of Toronto Mississauga


    Sponsors

    Centre for South Asian Studies

    Co-Sponsors

    Department of Visual Studies, University of Toronto Mississauga


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  • Friday, October 19th Is There a World History of Genocide?

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    Friday, October 19, 20185:30PM - 6:30PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, 1 Devonshire Place
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    The lecture will explore some of the conceptual problems that are involved in writing a world history of genocide. The question posed is really a rhetorical one: genocide has occured in every period of human history and in a wide variety of geographical and cultural circumstances. This seems to be increasingly accepted by genocide scholars, if not necessarily by scholars who are focused on temporal and spatial boundaries of their discipline. The second part of the lecture examines some of the recurring themes that occur in the history of genocide: genocide and war; dehumanization; “cumulative radicalization;” issues of gender, among others.

    Norman M. Naimark received his A.B., M.A. and Ph.D (1972) from Stanford University. He spent fifteen years as Professor at Boston University and Research Fellow at the Russian Research Center at Harvard before returning to Stanford in 1988. He is presently Robert and Florence McDonnell Professor of East European Studies in the History Department at Stanford University, and is Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Freeman-Spogli Institute. He also served as Sakurako and William Fisher Director of Stanford’s Global Studies Division. Earlier he was Chair of the Department of History and Burke Family Director of the Bing Overseas Studies Program. He also directed the International Relations and International Policy Studies Programs. A selection of his books include Terrorists and Social Democrats: The Russian Revolutionary Movement under Alexander III (Harvard 1981); The Russians in Germany: A History of the Soviet Zone of Germany (Harvard 1995); Fires of Hatred; Ethnic Cleansing in 20 th Century Europe (Harvard 2001); Stalin’s Genocides (Princeton 2010); and Genocide: A World History (Oxford 2017).

    He is presently finishing a book project, “Stalin and Europe: The Struggle for Sovereignty, 1944-1949.” Naimark has been awarded the Officer’s Cross First Class of the German Federal Republic. He twice received the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Teaching at Stanford. He won the Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies from ASEEES (the Association of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies). He was recently elected as a member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

    Contact

    Marta Baziuk
    (416) 923-4732


    Speakers

    Norman M. Naimark

    Robert and Florence McDonnell Professor of East European Studies

    Stanford University


    Main Sponsor

    Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine

    Co-Sponsors

    Holodomor Research and Education Consortium, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta

    John Yaremko Chair in Ukrainian Studies, University of Toronto

    the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies


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  • Saturday, October 20th 2018 Toronto Annual Ukrainian Famine Lecture – “Genocide in Ukraine: The Holodomor and Its Lessons for the Future"

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    Saturday, October 20, 20186:30PM - 8:30PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, 1 Devonshire Place
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    Description

    Liudmyla Hrynevych is the Director of the Holodomor Research and Education Centre in Kyiv (HREC in Ukraine), and Senior Scholar at the Institute of the History of Ukraine of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.

    The Toronto Annual Ukrainian Famine Lecture began in 1998 at the initiative of the Famine-Genocide Commemorative Committee of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Toronto Branch. Past lecturers have included James Mace, Norman Naimark (Stanford University), Anne Applebaum (Washington Post), Timothy Snyder (Yale University), Serhii Plokhy (Harvard University), and Jars Balan (University of Alberta).


    Speakers

    Liudmyla Hrynevych
    Director of the Holodomor Research and Education Centre in Kyiv (HREC in Ukraine), and Senior Scholar at the Institute of the History of Ukraine of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.


    Main Sponsor

    Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine

    Co-Sponsors

    Holodomor Research and Education Consortium, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta

    Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

    Canadian Foundation for Ukrainian Studies

    Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Toronto Branch


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  • Monday, October 22nd The Nordic Model in the Era of Globalisation

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    Monday, October 22, 20184:00PM - 6:00PM208N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
    M5S 3K7
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    Description

     

    Like the Baltic states, Icelanders are now celebrating their 100th anniversary of restored independence. Initially, they were among the poorest of the poor in Europe. By the twenty-first century, they were among the top ten globally. A decade ago, Iceland was on the verge of national bankruptcy as a consequence of the international financial crisis. Having to rebuild its society from financial ruin, Icelanders faced a fateful choice: should they adopt the small government, low-tax model – the American way? Or should they try to reconstruct their original Nordic state? That is the question the speaker will discuss.

    Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson was the leader of the Social Democratic Party of Iceland (1984-96) and served as foreign minister from 1988 to 1995. During his tenure, Iceland joined the European Economic Area and became the first country to recognize the independence of the Baltic states. Subsequently, he served as ambassador to the USA, Canada, Finland, the Baltic states, and Ukraine. Before entering politics, Mr. Hannibalson obtained an MA in Economics from the University of Edinburgh and worked as a teacher and journalist. He has lectured extensively on the role of small states in international relations. He is the author of The Baltic Road to Freedom – Iceland’s Role (2017) and the subject of the documentary film Those Who Dare (2015).


    Speakers

    Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson
    Former Foreign Minister of Iceland


    Sponsors

    Elmar Tampõld Chair of Estonian Studies

    Nordic Studies Initiative, Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies


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  • Wednesday, October 24th Peter Alilunas: "Closed (to the Profane) Due to Pressure from the Morality Squad: The Cinema 2000, Porn Studies, and Cultural Consecration."

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    Wednesday, October 24, 20184:30PM - 6:00PMFaculty of Information
    140 St. George Street, Room 728
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    Peter Alilunas presents “Closed (to the Profane) Due to Pressure from the Morality Squad: The Cinema 2000, Porn Studies, and Cultural Consecration.”

    The growth of Porn Studies has been accompanied by an exciting surge in research related to adult film history, which has started to fill in long-neglected gaps in traditional film histories. With this growth, however, the field has also slowly begun constructing familiar boundaries and barriers, valuing and foregrounding some objects of study as worthy of scholarly interest while dismissing or ignoring others. To explore these tensions, this presentation explores a wide variety of historical moments, spaces, and places, and foregrounds the Cinema 2000, the legendary Yonge Street adult theater originally created by Max Allen. Drawing on Pierre Bourdieu’s formulations of “legitimate” cultural pleasures—and the ways in which they must be “closed to the profane”—this presentation will ultimately argue for an open and reflexive approach to studying adult film history.

    Peter Alilunas is an Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies at the University of Oregon. He is the author of Smutty Little Movies: The Creation and Regulation of Adult Video (University of California Press, 2016). His work on the history and regulation of the adult film industry has appeared in various edited collections and venues, including Porn Studies, Post Script, Television & New Media, Film History, Cinema Journal, and Creative Industries Journal. He is the creator and co-director of the Adult Film History Project, an online archive dedicated to the preservation of documents related to adult film history, and serves on the editorial board of Porn Studies. He is currently researching material for a new book on the pre-history of online pornography.

    Hosted by the Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, and co-sponsored by the Cinema Studies Institute, Centre for the Study of the United States, and Canadian Studies Program.


    Speakers

    Peter Alilunas
    University of Oregon



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  • Thursday, October 25th The Genealogies of Dalit Learning and Humanist Buddhism in 19th and 20th Century India

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    Thursday, October 25, 201810:00AM - 5:00PM108N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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    ABSTRACT:

    In the modern historiography of Dalit learning in Southern India certain names stand out: Ayothee Thass Pandithar (1845-1914) and Bhimrao Ambedkar (1891-1956) being the most prominent. Much of the historiographical narrative of their scholarly achievements tends to be placed against the backdrop of colonial modernity and particularly tied to the emergence of “Buddhism” as the religion favoured by modernists in the colonial period. Though much recent work has been done on Ambedkarite Buddhism there is still much more that remains to be done on its local
    and vernacular iterations within specific Dalit regional locations and communities and how it has specifically comes to be used as a vehicle for new religious imaginaries and for an ethical and humanist approach to living. This one-day workshop plans to focus on the resonances of Ambedkarite Buddhism in its South Indian (Tamil and Maharashtrian) context to address some of these issues. It is the intention of this workshop to bring into conversation these two seemingly divergent strands of Dalit learning in showing how in their convergence on the issue of religious authority and “caste” and in their complex negotiation of these we might be able to not just perceive certain common genealogies but that these, in turn, might also to enable us to gain new perspectives on the nature of Ambedkarite Buddhism in its specifically South Indian iterations.


    Speakers

    Dr. Jon Keune
    Michigan State University

    Dr. Stalin Rajangam
    American College, Madurai


    Sponsors

    Centre for South Asian Studies

    The Buddhist Education Foundation for Canada

    The Dr. Ho Centre for Buddhist Studies


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  • Thursday, October 25th Book Launch: Federalism and Decentralization in Health Care: A Decision Space Approach

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    Thursday, October 25, 20182:00PM - 4:00PMCanadiana Building, Room 160
    14 Queen's Park Cres W, Toronto
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    Description

    Even though health system decentralization is often associated with federations, there has been limited study on the connection between federalism and the organization of publicly financed or mandated health services. Federalism and Decentralization in Health Care examines eight federations that differ in terms of their geography, history and constitutional and political development. Looking at Canada, Brazil, Germany, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa and Switzerland, it explores vital health care issues such as constitutional responsibility, national laws, and the source and organization of public revenues.

    Beyond these structural features, each country case system is subjected to a “decision space analysis” to determine the actual degree of decentralization. A core question is whether national and subnational governments have narrow, moderate or broad discretion in their decisions on governance, access, human resources, health system organization and financing. This comparative approach highlights the similarities and differences among these federations.

    Contact

    Piali Roy


    Speakers

    Gregory P. Marchildon
    Ontario Research Chair in Health Policy and System Design, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and Professor of Public Policy, University of Toronto

    Thomas J. Bossert
    Director of International Health Systems Program, T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University


    Main Sponsor

    Public Policy


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  • Thursday, October 25th Asian-Canadian Futures

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    Thursday, October 25, 20184:00PM - 6:00PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, 1 Devonshire Place (Devonshire Pl. & Hoskin Ave.)
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    ABSTRACT:

    What does the future of Asian-Canadian relations hold? Ever-deepening connections with Asia are reshaping the ways that Canadians participate in global media, transnational business, international education, and cultural and historical production. This panel reflects on the influences of Asian-Canadian dynamics in transforming the speakers’ fields of expertise, including business and media, immigration politics, historical memory, curatorial and archival work, and university education.

    Reception to follow

    Sponsors

    Asian Institute

    Richard Charles Lee Canada - Hong Kong Library

    Richard Charles Lee Chair in Chinese Canadian Studies


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  • Thursday, October 25th Master of Public Policy Open House

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    Thursday, October 25, 20185:30PM - 7:00PMCanadiana Gallery, Room 160
    14 Queen’s Park Cres. West, Toronto ON M5S 3K9
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    Description

    Come and learn about applying to the Master of Public Policy program at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.

    At the Open House you will:

    • Lean in-depth about the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy
    • Gain insight into the graduate professional Master of Public Policy (MPP) program
    • Understand how to apply to the MPP 2019 program
    • Learn about Internships and Career Services
    • Meet with some of the MPP program, staff, students, and alumni

    The formal presentations will run from 5:30 to 6:30PM and will be followed by 30 minutes where staff, student, and alumni presenters will be available to answer questions.


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  • Thursday, October 25th The U.S., China, and the Future of the Liberal International Order

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    Thursday, October 25, 20185:30PM - 7:30PMBloor - 1st floor Boardroom/Round Room/Library, 315 Bloor Street West
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    The liberal international order now confronts two powerful governments whose attachment to its norms and institutions are questionable: the United States and China. China’s rise and its implications for the existing world order have been a central issue for some time; the equivocal support of the United States for existing rules is a more recent development. Now that these two powers have taken economic and political steps that threaten to spiral into a deeper conflict, what is the outlook for preservation or change in an order that neither government appears committed to preserve?

    Miles Kahler is Distinguished Professor at the School of International Service, American University, and Senior Fellow for Global Governance at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D. C. Previously, he was Rohr Professor of Pacific International Relations and Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. He has published widely in the fields of international politics and international political economy, including articles and books on global governance, international financial institutions, and Asia-Pacific regionalism.


    Speakers

    Miles Kahler
    Speaker
    Distinguished Professor at the School of International Service, American University; Distinguished Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

    Janice Stein
    Chair
    Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy



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  • Monday, October 29th Neurologic Music Therapy: Defining the foundations of clinical music neuroscience and applications

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    Monday, October 29, 20186:00PM - 7:30PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, 1 Devonshire Place
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    Series

    The Wiegand Memorial Foundation Lecture

    Description

    Over the past 25 years, research in the clinical neuroscience of music perception has shown how music and rhythm can effectively assist in brain
    rehabilitation, with breakthroughs in motor recovery, speech and language training, and cognitive rehabilitation. Professor Michael Thaut, will share research data and video illustrations that summarize the latest exciting developments in this field.

    Professor Michael Thaut of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, is a global leader in neuroscience and music, and has internationally
    recognized research in the applications of auditory neuroscience — specifically music and rhythm — to neurological rehabilitation. He holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Music, Neuroscience and Health, and is the Director of U of T’s Music and Health Research Collaboratory. A professional classical and folk violinist, he has recorded music and toured throughout Europe.


    Speakers

    Michael Thaut
    Professor, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto


    Sponsors

    Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto


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November 2018

  • Thursday, November 1st "Diasporas, Dual Loyalties, and Suspect Minorities: the (Canadian) Jewish Case"

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    Thursday, November 1, 20182:00PM - 4:00PM108N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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    Description

    Abstract:
    Countries which are diverse and formed largely through waves of immigration — like Canada — must face issues of competing identities and perhaps loyalties within their populations. At times these loyalties reflect competing values and interests, as well as the effects of victimization. When minority rights and interests are defended vigorously these minorities can be perceived as suspect. The Jewish group in its long diasporic history, often as an iconic “other,” has encountered these dilemmas and accusations regularly.
    This is true even for the Canadian Jewish community, which is at the same time highly integrated even while many members perceive themselves in an ongoing marginal position. Transnational ties of diasporic groups may continue to pose challenges even for ostensibly liberal-democratic societies such as Canada.

    Speaker bio: Morton Weinfeld is a Professor of Sociology at McGill University, where he holds the Chair in Canadian Ethnic Studies and directs the Minor Program in Canadian Ethnic and Racial Studies. In 2018-2019 he is a Visiting Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, as well as at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

    Contact

    Momo Podolsky
    416-978-4783


    Speakers

    Morton Weinfeld
    Sociology, McGill University



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  • Friday, November 2nd “Baby Miles”: Reproductive Rights, Labor, and Ethics in the Transnational Korean Reproductive Technology Industry

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    Friday, November 2, 20182:00PM - 4:00PM108N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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    Description

    This research project examines the transnational circuits of the assisted reproductive technology (ART) industry in South Korea to demonstrate how the concepts of reproductive rights and labor have been contested, negotiated, and reconstructed by various actors—including infertile couples, gamete donors, gestational surrogates, state agents, and medical professionals—across national boundaries. This study envisions reproductive ethics as part of a transnational feminist agenda by examining the ethical issues raised by the complicated relationships between intended parents and gamete donors/gestational surrogates. Drawing on three years of multi-sited ethnographic research conducted in South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Ukraine, this project disputes the unilateral understanding of ART, which is typically conceptualized as having a unidirectional flow from the “West” to Asia, by focusing on the complex relations between Korean intended parents and non-Korean gamete providers and gestational surrogates.
    Dr. Sunhye Kim is currently the Soon Young Kim Postdoctoral Fellow in Korean Studies at the Korea Institute, Harvard University. She earned her Ph.D. in Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland in 2018. She received her B.A. and B.A in Sociology at Yonsei University, Seoul, and worked at the Korean Women’s Development Institute as a researcher. Sunhye’s research and teaching interests are related to the politics of human (re)production in transnational Asia; in particular, her research centers on the study of the transnational circuits of the assisted reproductive technology (ART) industry as a site of interdisciplinary inquiry.


    Speakers

    Sunhye Kim
    Korea Institute, Harvard University



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  • Saturday, November 3rd Munk School Grad Programs Open House

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    Saturday, November 3, 201810:00AM - 3:00PMBloor - 1st floor Boardroom/Round Room/Library, 315 Bloor Street West
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    Description

    Come learn more about the graduate programs offered at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.

    Representatives from the following programs will be on hand:

    Collaborative Master’s and Doctoral Program in South Asian Studies
    Collaborative Master’s Program in Asia-Pacific Studies
    Master of Arts in European and Russian Affairs
    Master of Global Affairs
    Master of Public Policy

    A separate information session will be held for the Master of Global Affairs program 12:00-1:00pm.

    For more information please contact: mga@utoronto.ca

    To register please visit: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/munk-school-of-global-affairs-and-public-policy-graduate-programs-open-house-tickets-51304850188


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  • Monday, November 5th Reconceptualizing Nineteenth-Century Ukraine: Two Monographs on Intellectual, Political, and Social History

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    Monday, November 5, 20185:00PM - 7:00PM108N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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    Description

    This event will celebrate two recently published books on the 19th century Ukraine: “Brothers or Enemies: The Ukrainian National Movement and Russia from the 1840s to the 1870s” by Johannes Remy (2016) and “Imperial Urbanism in the Borderlands: Kyiv, 1800-1905” by Serhiy Bilenky (2017).

    Contrary to the prevailing opinion, the idea of Ukrainian independence did not emerge at the end of the nineteenth-century. In Brothers and Enemies, Johannes Remy reveals that the roots of Ukrainian independence were planted fifty years earlier. Remy contextualizes the Ukrainian national movement against the backdrop of the Russian Empire and its policy of oppression in the mid-nineteenth-century. Remy utilizes a wide range of unpublished archival sources to shed light on topics that are absent from current discourse including: Ilarion Vasilchikov’s alliance with Ukrainian activists in 1861, the forged revolutionary proclamation used to deport Pavlo Chubynsky (who is known today as the author of the Ukrainian national anthem), and the 1864 negotiations between Kyiv activists and the Polish National Government. Brothers and Enemies is the first systematic study of imperial censorship policies during the period and will be of interest to those who seek a better understanding of the current Ukrainian-Russian conflict.

    In the nineteenth and early twentieth century Kyiv was an important city in the European part of the Russian empire, rivaling Warsaw in economic and strategic significance. It also held the unrivaled spiritual and ideological position as Russia’s own Jerusalem. In Imperial Urbanism in the Borderlands, Serhiy Bilenky examines issues of space, urban planning, socio-spatial form, and the perceptions of change in imperial Kyiv. Combining cultural and social history with urban studies, Bilenky unearths a wide range of unpublished archival materials and argues that the changes experienced by the city prior to the revolution of 1917 were no less dramatic and traumatic than those of the Communist and post-Communist era. In fact, much of Kyiv’s contemporary urban form, architecture, and natural setting were shaped by imperial modernizers during the long nineteenth century. The author also explores a general culture of imperial urbanism in Eastern Europe. Imperial Urbanism in the Borderlands is the first work to approach the history of Kyiv from an interdisciplinary perspective and showcases Kyiv’s rightful place as a city worthy of attention from historians, urbanists, and literary scholars.

    Contact

    Olga Kesarchuk
    416-946-8938


    Speakers

    Johannes Remy
    Speaker
    Adjunct Professor at the Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, University of Helsinki

    Serhiy Bilenky
    Speaker
    Research Fellow, University of Alberta

    Piotr Wrobel
    Chair
    Associate Professor of History; Konstanty Reynert Chair of Polish History, University of Toronto


    Main Sponsor

    Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine

    Co-Sponsors

    Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies


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  • Monday, November 5th An Evening with The Honourable Gordon Campbell

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    Monday, November 5, 20186:30PM - 8:00PMGeorge Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire Place, Toronto M5S 2C8
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    Description

    The Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy invites you to an evening with the Hon. Gordon Campbell. As premier of British Columbia from 2001 to 2011, Gordon Campbell oversaw a period of major policy reforms in the province. Under his leadership, the Government of British Columbia introduced major reforms in a wide range of policy issues, and in 2008, introduced the first broad-based carbon tax in North America aimed at reducing provincial GHG emissions. The Hon. Gordon Campbell will speak about his experiences leading the province, the challenges to policy innovation at the provincial level, and his own experiences pushing against the status quo.

    The Hon. Gordon Campbell was recently named an officer of the Order of Canada for his service as the High Commissioner of Canada in the United Kingdom, from 2011-2016, and most recently advised the Government of Ontario as the Chair of the Independent Financial Commission of Inquiry.

    Registration is required (seating is limited and available on a first come first serve basis).


    Speakers

    Hon. Gordon Campbell
    Former High Commissioner of Canada to the United Kingdom Former Premier of British Columbia



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  • Wednesday, November 7th Slovakia: big dreams and fears of a small country

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    Wednesday, November 7, 20182:00PM - 4:00PM108N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
    M5S 3K7
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    Event description:

    As part of the events related to the 100th Anniversary of Czechoslovakia’s Independence in 1918, CERES is hosting a talk on events in contemporary Slovakia with one of the region’s leading experts.

    Speaker: Milan Nič, Senior Fellow, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), Berlin
    Milan Nič is a senior fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) in Berlin and outgoing head of Europe program at the GLOBSEC Policy Institute in Bratislava, Slovakia. He is also non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington.
    His expertise includes the EU, Central Europe and the Visegrad Group (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia), European security, the Western Balkans, EU and NATO enlargement, and transatlantic relations.
    Nič began his professional carrier as a broadcaster at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty covering the transition period in Central and Eastern Europe. He was later program director at the Pontis Foundation, adviser to the High Representative/EU Special Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina Miroslav Lajčák, and senior adviser to the Deputy Foreign Minister of Slovakia in the government of Iveta Radičová (2010-2012). In 2010, he co-authored a book of essays on the EU and Slovak foreign policy with Tomas Valasek, Balazs Jarabik, Jana Kobzova, and others.
    Nič earned his MPhil from the Charles University in Prague, his MA at the Central European University in Budapest, and also studied at the Bologna Center of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

    CERES

    Chair: Robert C Austin

    Contact

    Katia Malyuzhinets
    416-946-8962

    Main Sponsor

    Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

    Sponsors

    Cvachovec Foundation

    Co-Sponsors

    Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies


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  • Wednesday, November 7th – Friday, November 9th Making and Re-Making Europe: The Czech and Slovak Contribution

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    Wednesday, November 7, 20186:00PM - 9:00PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, 1 Devonshire Place
    Thursday, November 8, 20189:00AM - 9:00PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, 1 Devonshire Place
    Friday, November 9, 20189:00AM - 6:00PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, 1 Devonshire Place
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    Making and Re-Making Europe: The Czech and Slovak Contribution Draft Agenda

    Conference Patron: The Cvachovec Foundation

    7 – 9 November 2018

    In honour of the celebration in 2018 of the founding of Czechoslovakia and remembering fifty years since the Warsaw Pact invasion in 1968, the Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (CERES) at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy will hold a two-day conference to mark these important anniversaries and give visibility to the contribution of Czechs and Slovaks in Europe and North America. The conference combines academic panels, films and a graduate student conference.

    November 7
    5:30 PM Evening Cultural Event
    Havel and Underground Culture.
    Michael Kilburn, Endicott College, Beverly, Massachusetts.
    Paul Wilson, Writer and Translator.
    Michael Žantovský, Václav Havel Library, Prague, Czechia.

    Dramatic Readings from Tom Stoppard’s “Rock and Roll” and Václav Havel’s “Protest”

    Two Photo exhibits are open to the public in Cloister of the Munk School for viewing throughout the conference.

    “For Your Freedom and Ours”

    In cooperation with the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes in Prague and the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Toronto, we are pleased to present a photographic exhibit depicting protests against the occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1968 within the struggle for freedom in the Communist states of Europe.

    Introductory remarks by Ivan Počuch, Consul General of the Czech Republic in Toronto.

    The Story of an Image: Bare-Chested Man in Front of a Tank
    Photographs of August 1968 by Ladislav Bielik, Bratislava

    This exhibit is sponsored by the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Ottawa, Canada.

    November 8

    9:00 AM Opening Remarks: Randall Hansen, Interim Director, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, H.E. Pavel Hrnčíř, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Canada, H.E. Vit Koziak, Ambassador of Slovakia to Canada.

    9:15 – 11:00 Panel One: The Founding of Czechoslovakia: Was this a Harbinger of the Shaping of Twenty First Century Europe?
    • Hugh Agnew, The George Washington University, Washington, DC.
    • Jiří Přibáň – Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom.
    • Daniel Pratt, McGill University, Montreal.

    11:00 – 12:30 -Panel Two: The Interwar Years: Moving Away Multiculturalism?
    • Nadya Nedelsky, Macalester College, St Paul, Minnesota.
    • Melissa Feinberg, Rutgers, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
    • James Felak, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.

    Lunch 12:30 – 1:30

    1:30-3:15 Panel Three: The Legacy of Communism: Is it too Early to Assess?
    • Muriel Blaive, Eurias Senior Fellow, Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen, Vienna, Austria.
    • James Krapfl, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec.
    • Barbara J. Falk, Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario.
    • Libor Žídek, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic.

    3:15 – 3:30 Coffee Break

    3:30 – 17:00 Panel Four: Czechs and Slovaks as a Diaspora – Their Impact on the Evolution of Czechoslovakia and/or the Countries Which They Adopted
    • Jan Raska –Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
    • Veronika Ambros, University of Toronto, Toronto.
    • Xavier Galmiche, Sorbonne University, Paris, France.
    • Marketa Goetz-Stankiewicz, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

    17:00 – 19:00 Reception

    19:00 – Film Screening. FILM TBA.

    November 9 – Student Conference and Roundtable on the Post-Communist Experience

    Morning:

    9:30-11:00 Panel 1: Consolidation of States and Ideology
    Panelists are asked to explore the factors that led to the emergence of Austro-Hungarian successor states, and the issues of transition faced by these newly formed states, as well as to the movements that promoted independence during World War I. Additionally, panelists will discuss how the success or failure of these states related to the larger European political scene in the inter-war period, particularly regarding the merits and failings of democracy in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as the emergence and impact of fascist and communist ideologies.

    • Jovana Papović – EHESS, Paris: The Sokol Movement – Patriotic Gymnastics from the Czech Lands to Yugoslavia
    • Tess Megginson – University of Toronto: Mapping Czechoslovakia: The Czechs and Slovaks at Versailles
    • Daniela Bouvier-Valenta – University of Toronto – Title TDB

    11:00 – 11:15 Coffee Break

    11:15-12:45 Panel 2: The Evolution of the Nation-State in “Wilsonian” Central Europe
    Panelists will discuss the impact of World War II and Nazi occupation and hegemony in Central Europe, and how the war altered Central European nationalism domestically and internationally into the post-war period.

    • Anna Herran – University of Toronto: Not Carved in Stone: Building and Rebuilding Statues of T.G. Masaryk after 1938
    • Duncan Eaton – Charles University in Prague: Transitive Democracy: Edvard Beneš In and After Exile, 1938-1945
    • Mira Markham – University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill: Rural Partisans and Communists: Resistance and Revolution in Moravian Wallachia, 1945-1950

    Afternoon:

    12:45 – 13:45 Lunch

    13:45-15:45 Panel 3: Understanding Socialism and its Legacies
    In regard to the failed revolts against socialist regimes in Hungary in 1956, Czechoslovakia in 1968, and Poland in 1956, 1968, and 1970, Milan Kundera wrote that each of these regimes “could not have defended itself for more than three hours if it had not been backed by Russia.” (Milan Kundera, “The Tragedy of Central Europe,” The New York Review of Books vol. 31 no. 7 (April 1984).) Panelists are asked to debate whether socialism truly could have been reformed in Central Europe had the Warsaw Pact and the Soviet Union not intervened? How does this recent socialist past affect contemporary Central European politics?

    • Katja Perat – Washington University in St. Louis: The Straw man of Communism
    • Petra Skarupsky – University of Warsaw: Exhibition Poland – Czechoslovakia: Centuries of neighbourhood and friendship (1978)
    • Réka Krizmanics – CEU: Where is the Left? The Revolution of 1956 in Hungarian Memory Politics 1960–2018
    • Alexandra Yao – University of Toronto: The Development of Populism in the Czech Republic

    15:45 – 16:00 Coffee Break

    16:00-17:00 Panel 4: Central European Communities Abroad
    Panelists will outline how Central and Eastern Central European immigrants and diasporas have influenced North America and North American culture, and how the new environment and reasons for emigrating, in turn, influenced their cultures.

    • Alex Langstaff – New York University: Émigré Networks and The Politics of Exile
    • Zsolt Máté- University of Pécs: The reception of the 1956 Hungarian refugees in the United States and Canada

    The event would conclude with a conversation with a select group of our panelists on Central Europe since 1968 with an emphasis on events that happened after 1989.


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  • Thursday, November 8th Social (In)security: Pensions and the Postwar Soviet Economy

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    Thursday, November 8, 20184:00PM - 6:00PM108N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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    Pension reform is all over the news in contemporary Russia. This talk will look at another period in which pension reform was a ‘hot topic’: the postwar years. During the Second World War, the Soviet government’s spending on pensions and other social welfare benefits tripled, yet, most pensions were far from enough to meet the cost of living and pensioners remained some of the poorest members of Soviet society. This talk will place pension reform within the Soviet state’s larger economic project of improving living standards by increasing the real value of money in ordinary citizens’ hands, a project that began in the late Stalin years but came to fruition under Khrushchev in 1956.

    Kristy Ironside is an Assistant Professor of Russian History at McGill University. She is currently writing a book on the role of money in the pursuit of prosperity in the postwar Soviet Union. She has published articles on the Soviet welfare state, lotteries, taxation, and fundraising in Kritika, Slavic Review, the Soviet and Post-Soviet Review, Europe-Asia Studies, and the Journal of Social History. She recently penned an op-ed in the Washington Post on pension reform in contemporary Russia.

    Contact

    Olga Kesarchuk
    416-946-8938


    Speakers

    Kristy Ironside
    McGill University



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  • Friday, November 9th Hou Hsiao-hsien and Edward Yang: The Epistemological Stakes of Two Realisms in New Taiwan Cinema

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    Friday, November 9, 20182:00PM - 4:00PM108N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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    Series

    Global Taiwan Lecture Series

    Description

    ABSTRACT:

    If, as Umberto Eco has argued, a work of art can be read as an “epistemological metaphor,” then the fictional world created by a film can also be read as an analogical comment on the knowability of the “real” world. This paper explores two models of cinematic realism, one totalizing and one apophatic, the former represented by Edward Yang’s Yi Yi and the latter by the films of Hou Hsiao-hsien. The former raises the ideal of cinema as a means of revealing even the hidden aspects of reality and thereby providing increased epistemological certainty. In contrast, through techniques including editing ellipses and the mobilization of off-screen space, Hou’s realism paradoxically represents a reality that defies or exceeds representation and therefore can only be represented in a negative or subtractive manner. It will further be argued that the two modes of realism reflect opposing impulses in a central dialectic of modernity.

    BIOGRAPHY:

    Jason McGrath is Associate Professor in Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Minnesota, with affiliations in Moving Image Studies and Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature. His current book project is entitled Inscribing the Real: Realism and Convention in Chinese Cinema from the Silent Era to the Digital Age.


    Speakers

    Jason McGrath
    Associate Professor, Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Minnesota


    Sponsors

    Global Taiwan Studies Program


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  • Monday, November 12th Ukraine's Euromaidan: Five Years Later

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    Monday, November 12, 20184:00PM - 6:00PM108N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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    Five years ago Ukraine erupted in massive protests that came to be known as the Euromaidan. What’s changed and what hasn’t in the time that has passed? A panel of international and Canadian experts look at the key issues from a variety of perspectives.

    Marta Dyczok is Associate Professor at the Departments of History and Political Science, Western University, and Adjunct Professor at the National University of the Kyiv Mohyla Academy. She has published five books, including Ukraine’s Euromaidan. Broadcasting through Information Wars with Hromadske Radio (2016) Ukraine Twenty Years After Independence: Assessments, Perspectives, Challenges (co-edited with Giovanna Brogi, 2015), Media, Democracy and Freedom. The Post-Communist Experience (co-edited with Oxana Gaman-Golutvina, 2009), articles in various journals including The Russian Journal of Communication (2014), Demokratizatsiya (2014), and regularly provides media commentary. Her doctorate is from Oxford University and she researches mass media, memory, migration, and history.

    Olexiy Haran is Professor of Comparative Politics at the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy (UKMA). In 1991 93, he was Dean and organizer of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the re-born Kyiv Mohyla Academy. Since 2002, he has served as Founding Director of the UKMA School for Policy Analysis, and since 2015 as Research Director at the Democratic Initiatives Foundation, a leading Ukrainian analytical and sociological think tank. He is the co-editor of Constructing a Political Nation: Changes in the Attitudes of Ukrainians during the War in the Donbas (2017), Ukraine in Europe: Questions and Answers (2009), Russia and Ukraine: Ten Years of Transformation (Moscow 2003) and several other books. Also, he is a frequent commentator in Ukrainian and international media.In winter 2013-2014, Prof. Haran was a member of the Council of ‘Maidan’ movement. As a political scientist he spent several weeks at the frontline nearby Mariupol, Luhansk, Avdiivka, and Donetsk airport. He is a member of Public Council under Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and a member of Washington-based Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS-Eurasia).

    Dr. Olga Onuch (DPhil Oxford 2010) is a Senior Lecturer [Associate Professor] in Politics. She joined the University of Manchester in 2014, after holding research posts at the University of Toronto (2010-2011), University of Oxford (2011-2014) and Harvard University (2013-2014). She is an Associate of Nuffield College (Oxford) and of the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute. Onuch was also a Research Fellow at the Davis Center (Harvard) in 2017. Onuch’s comparative study of protest (as well as elections, migration & identity) in Eastern Europe and Latin America has made her a leading expert in Ukrainian and Argentine politics specifically, but also in inter-regional comparative analysis. Her book “Mapping Mass Mobilizations” (2014, reviewed in Europe-Asia Studies), explores the processes leading up to mass protest engagement in Ukraine (2004) and Argentina (2001). She is the author of several scholarly articles (in Journal of Democracy, Europe-Asia Studies, Problems of Post-Communism, Post-Soviet Affairs, GeoPolitics among other journals), book chapters, and policy briefs.

    Contact

    Olga Kesarchuk
    416-946-8938


    Speakers

    Olexiy Haran
    Speaker
    Professor of Comparative Politics, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

    Marta Dyczok
    Speaker
    Associate Professor at the Departments of History and Political Science, Western University

    Olga Onuch
    Speaker
    A Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Manchester

    Lucan Way
    Moderator
    Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto; co-director of the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine

    Andriy Shevchenko
    Speaker
    Ambassador of Ukraine to Canada


    Main Sponsor

    Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine

    Co-Sponsors

    Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies


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  • Wednesday, November 14th The Indo-Pacific: Security Governance for Peace

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    Wednesday, November 14, 20184:00PM - 6:30PMKaneff Research Tower, York University, 4700 Keele Street
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    Second in the Series of Annual Workshops on Ocean Frontiers

    Description

    About the Workshop:

    This second round of the annual series of workshops on Ocean Frontiers focusses on “The Indo-Pacific”. This workshop brings together scholars, officials and research experts to discuss a range of trans-frontier security issues emerging from the Indo-Pacific region. Of critical importance is clarity on what the “Indo-Pacific” construct means and implies, both as an epistemic category of geostrategic vision and as a geophysical domain in the larger context of perilous maritime-space-nuclear nexus. The workshop also aims to promote insights into international security governance norms, Canada’s role in Indo-Pacific security governance, and Canadian engagement in trans-pacific peace processes through ASEAN, NATO, and the U.N. The larger purpose is to foster critical thinking on geostrategic issues management, and promote discussions on peaceful ways of establishing global security governance mechanisms.

    Program Plan:

    4 – 4.30p.m: Reception & Registration: workshop participants (scholars, officials, researchers), York’s AVP Research, Heads of Depts. and faculty members (Political Science, Science & Technology Studies; Geography; Environmental Studies; Int. Law) & Science for Peace Committee members

    4.30 – 5.30p.m:
    I. Welcome Address: by AVP Research Dr. Celia Haig Brown/York U President, Dr. Rhonda Lenton; Exec. Dir., York Center for Asian Research, Dr. Abidin Kusno

    II. Introduction to the workshop objectives; on the 3 areas of focus, and on exploratory research questions – Venilla Rajaguru (York U; Science for Peace)

    5.30- 6.30p.m: Keynote Address by Canadian Ambassador to the UN (ret’d) Peggy Mason on Security Governance for Peace (past lessons, current challenges, policies and security norms for peace)

    Q & A with audience 15-20mins


    Speakers

    Peggy Mason
    President, Rideau Institute and Canadian Ambassador to the UN (ret'd)


    Sponsors

    Science for Peace, Canada

    Conference of Defence Associations Institute (CDAI)

    York University

    Co-Sponsors

    Asian Institute


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  • Wednesday, November 14th Reel Asian Film Festival Screening: This Shaking Keeps Me Steady

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    Wednesday, November 14, 20187:00PM - 9:00PMInnis Town Hall Theatre
    University of Toronto
    2 Sussex Avenue
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    Description

    The registration for this event is now open

    Please arrive 30 minutes before the show at the Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave (entrance off of St. George Street)

    Pakistan 2017
    61:00
    Urdu with English subtitles
    14A • Toronto Premiere

    Director
    Shehrezad Maher

    Official Selection
    2018 Montreal International Documentary Film Festival
    2017 Visions du Reel

    This visually reflective documentary by Shehrezad Maher attempts to reconstruct trauma — both of first responders in Karachi, confronted with death every day, and of the victims and survivors whose experiences are shown via televised re-enactments replayed for mass entertainment.

    Originating from a prompt to two ambulance drivers in Karachi to retell their recurring dreams, this film explores the permeable boundaries between memory and fiction, and between lived trauma, its recollection, and its re-enactment. First responders reflect on the aftermath of violent events, while television re-enactment actors audition for, and perform the gendered roles of victim, perpetrator, and witness in scenarios ranging from the banal to the tragic. Unfolding through rituals, preparations, dreams, and performance, we never see the tragic events themselves, but instead catch traces of the extent to which they have been internalized by a society. -KE

    Shehrezad Maher was born and grew up in Karachi, Pakistan (1988) and is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. She studied visual arts at Bennington College and received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale University (2014). Her work has screened at institutions and festivals such as Visions du Réel (Nyon, Switzerland), RIDM (Montréal, Canada), the LA Film Forum (Los Angeles, CA), Anthology Film Archives (New York, NY), and Experiments in Cinema (Albuquerque, NM).

    Please note, registration opens 30 minutes before showtime. Please arrive as all tickets become void as of 15 minutes before showtime

    Main Sponsor

    Asian Institute

    Sponsors

    Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

    Cinema Studies Institute


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  • Thursday, November 15th Silicon Politics | IPL Speaker Series

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    Thursday, November 15, 201810:00AM - 12:00PM108N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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    Series

    IPL - Speaker Series

    Description

    Behind current headlines about tech’s disruption of politics and user privacy lies a largely hidden political history that spans more than seven decades. Far from being the freewheeling, libertarian-leaning enclave of popular perception and stereotype, Silicon Valley in fact has been a place whose business leaders long have been deeply engaged with formal politics and US political leaders of both parties—and that engagement is part of why the region and its companies have been so successful. Drawing from her forthcoming book, The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America (Penguin, 2019), historian Margaret O’Mara addresses the critical moments and ongoing relationships between Silicon Valley and Washington DC that reshaped US national politics and enabled the extraordinary growth of American technology companies in the modern age.

    Contact

    Sole Fernandez
    416-946-8912


    Speakers

    Prof. Margaret O'Mara
    Professor of History - University of Washington



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  • Thursday, November 15th War Machines: Imagining Bodies, Technology, and Space Beyond the Battlefield

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    Thursday, November 15, 20183:00PM - 4:30PM108N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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    Series

    CSUS Graduate Student Workshop

    Description

    Abstract:

    Over the course of the 20thCentury, the United States’ military thinking has increasingly focused on the interaction between soldiers and technology, from ideas like Cybernetics through to a present focus on technologies like electrical brain stimulation, exoskeletons and augmented reality visors. This project addresses these present technological fascinations and how they exemplify a particular and novel approach to the relationship between soldier and technology. In examining this relationship, I trace the political economy, material implications, and ideologies surrounding and producing these emerging technologies, many of which have not (and may never) see the battlefield. This project follows three sites of military technological development and circulation: The Academy, The Start-Up City, and The Arms Fair in order to understand how war and its fighters are imagined and made, before and beyond the battlefield


    Speakers

    Andrew Merrill
    PhD Candidate Department of Geography and Planning University of Toronto



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  • Thursday, November 15th How Democratic Should Vietnam Be?: Anticommunist Nationalists and the Debate on the Constitutional Transition in the Republic of Vietnam (RVN), May-December 1955

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    Thursday, November 15, 20184:00PM - 6:00PM208N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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    ABSTRACT:

    In the eyes of many foreign observers, one of the most puzzling aspects of the Republic of Vietnam (RVN, or South Vietnam) was the continual in-fighting among anticommunists. Most accounts depict these internal conflicts as simply a struggle for power, but I contend that they also constituted a battle of ideas. Specifically, the presentation examines the debate between Ngô Đình Diệm and rival anticommunist nationalists in the summer and fall of 1955. Virtually all anticommunists agreed that the regime should become a constitutional republic, and they unanimously called for a democracy. Yet the seeming consensus belied starkly different definitions of democratic government. Diệm’s faction and the political parties associated with the southern sects called for a hybrid regime, that is, a regime that combined elements of authoritarianism and democracy. The sect parties demanded greater pluralism than Diệm, though the difference was of degree rather than of kind. The debate took a decidedly more liberal direction under the influence of the émigré politician Phan Quang Đán. Đán advocated for a militant democracy, that is, a full-fledged democracy that minimally limited liberty only to protect itself from extremist forces seeking to subvert democracy. In the end, Diệm prevailed over his rivals because he and his followers controlled the government. By seriously examining the diversity of political ideas in the RVN, the presentation suggests that the regime’s seeming intractable factionalism arose from substantive disagreements rather than factional squabbling.


    Speakers

    Nu-Anh Tran
    Speaker
    Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Connecticut

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


    Sponsors

    Centre for Southeast Asian Studies


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  • Thursday, November 15th Reel Asian Film Festival Screening: A Time To Swim

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    Thursday, November 15, 20187:00PM - 9:00PMInnis Town Hall Theatre
    University of Toronto
    2 Sussex Avenue
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    The registration for this event is now open

    Please arrive 30 minutes before the show at the Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave. (entrance off of St. George Street).

    Canada/Malaysia 2017
    82:00
    English, Malay with English subtitles
    PG • Toronto Premiere

    Director
    Ashley Duong (in attendance)

    Cast
    Mutang Urud
    Noeli Urud
    Agan Urud
    Natasha Blanchet-Cohen

    Official Selection
    2018 CAAMFest
    2017 LA Asian Pacific Film Fest

    Much has changed in Sarawak, Malaysia since Mutang Urud was exiled to Montreal, Canada, more than 20 years ago. A renowned activist for Indigenous rights, Mutang has started a family and now lives as a stay-at-home dad. Filmmaker Ashley Duong follows Mutang as he travels with his family back to Borneo to reunite with his village relations, their travel visa contingent on Mutang staying away from the local politics.

    The remote village in Sarawak, however, is not like he remembers it. His cousins who once fought for the forest alongside him have joined forces with the logging companies that are destroying it. Despite the threat of a lingering arrest warrant, Mutang can’t deny his activism. A Time To Swim traces Mutang’s search for belonging in a village where everyone is related, yet the very idea of home and heritage seems to be slipping away. – KE

    Ashley Duong is a Montreal-based filmmaker and multimedia storyteller working to amplify marginalized voices. A Time to Swim is her feature-length directorial debut. She has also recently produced Land and Legends, an interactive podcast about the connection between the landscapes and myths of the Kelabit.

    This screening will be followed by a discussion moderated by Takashi Fujitani, Professor of History at the University of Toronto where he holds the Dr. David Chu Chair and is Director of the Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies.

    Please note, registration opens 30 minutes before showtime. Please arrive early as all tickets become void as of 15 minutes before showtime.

    Main Sponsor

    Dr. David Chu Program in Asia Pacific Studies

    Sponsors

    Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

    Cinema Studies Institute


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  • Wednesday, November 21st Japan as a 'Normal Country'? Retrospect and Prospect

    DateTimeLocation
    Wednesday, November 21, 20184:00PM - 6:00PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
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    Series

    Japan Now Lecture Series

    Description

    THERE IS AN ONGOING DEBATE ABOUT WHETHER JAPAN IS—and if not, whether it can or should become—a “normal country.” For decades the received wisdom has been that Japan—at least in its international presence—lacked something vitally necessary for it to be taken seriously and treated with the respect befitting a country of its size and sophistication.

    Despite the general sense that Japan was not a “normal” country, neither the Japanese people, nor their leaders and officials, have been able to agree on the nature of the problem and the appropriate solution. For that matter, it has been a matter of some debate whether there is even a problem to fix. In what sense, if at all, is Japan an “abnormal” country? What would it mean for it to become normal?

    In 2011, the University of Toronto Press published a collection of essays on this theme[1]. The purpose of this symposium is to look back on the analysis in that volume to see how well it has stood up in the intervening tumultuous years, and what, if anything, we can learn from that exercise to inform Japanese policy and Japan’s regional and global role in the next several years to come. In addition, in view of the fact that this year marks the 90th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and Japan, what role might Canada play as a constructive partner?

    [1] Yoshihide Soeya, Masayuki Tadokoro, and David A. Welch, eds., Japan as a ‘Normal Country’? A Nation in Search of Its Place in the World. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011.

    Contact

    Shannon Garden-Smith
    (416) 946-5372


    Speakers

    Yoshihide Soeya
    Panelist
    Professor, Political Science and Faculty of Law, Keio University, Japan

    Masayuki Tadokoro
    Panelist
    Professor, Faculty of Law, Keio University, Japan

    David Welch
    Panelist
    CIGI Chair, Global Security, Balsillie School of International Affairs
    Professor, Political Science, University of Waterloo
    Founder, Japan Futures Initiative

    Louis W. Pauly
    Chair
    J. Stefan Dupré Distinguished Professor of Political Economy, Department of Political Science
    Interim Director, Centre for the Study of Global Japan

    Takako Ito
    Concluding Remarks
    Consul General of Japan in Toronto



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  • Friday, November 23rd Leaving Zion: Israel and Its Emigrants in the Early Years of the State

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    Friday, November 23, 20182:00PM - 4:00PM208N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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    Description

    Ori Yehudai teaches Jewish and Israeli history at the University of Toronto.He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago and has previously held positions at NYU and McGill. His main research interests include modern Jewish and Israeli history, migration and displacement, and the reconstruction of the Jewish after the Holocaust. He has recently completed a book manuscript entitled “Leaving Zion: Jewish Emigration from Palestine and Israel after World War II.”

    Contact

    Daria Dumbabze
    416-978-6062


    Speakers

    Ori Yehudai
    Speaker
    University of Toronto

    Emanuel Adler
    Chair
    Andrea & Charles Bronfman Chair of Israeli Studies, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy; Professor, Department of Political Science



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  • Friday, November 23rd Mahosadha’s Cunning and the Cretan Labyrinth

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    Friday, November 23, 20184:00PM - 6:00PM208N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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    Abstract:

    One of the Buddha Gotama’s numerous epithets was opamma kusalo muni – sage skilled in parables, exemplified in his life as Mahosadha. The remains of an early second millennium Burmese kingdom, named after its ceremonial center, Pagan, preserve several visual narratives of the story. They incorporate a labyrinth image to represent the setting where medicine curing human ailments was dispensed, and riddles and judicial problems were resolved – antecedent of the Bodhimanda – site of Gotama’s Awakening. Sometime in the late 11th century an unknown artisan, guided by a learned though anonymous Buddhist monk, selected the labyrinth image to reference his society’s conception of the human predicament. That monk’s vastly better known Christian counterparts, a millennium earlier and in another part of the world, chose likewise. The lecture speculates on the reasons and significance of the monk’s choice in the Pagan context.

    Biography:

    Lilian Handlin is a historian. She received her doctorate from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she taught until 1977. She is the author and co-author of several books, including the four volume Liberty in America,1600 to the Present (New York, 1986 – 1995) as well as articles and reviews in American history. More recently, she began to publish articles concerned with Myanmar’s early history, grounded in the material culture surviving the kingdom of Pagan. One of her publications compares two Pagan era narratives of the Vessantara with its first Burmese vernacular version composed by an influential 18th century Burmese monk and commentator. The article was published in Steven Collins, ed., Readings in the Vessantara Jataka (New York, Columbia University Press, 2016). An examination of the myth of the Buddha’s eye teeth, in the Pagan context, appeared this summer in Cristophe Munier Gaillard, ed., Mural Art, Studies on Paintings in Asia (Bangkok 2018).


    Speakers

    Christoph Emmrich
    Chair
    Director, Centre for South Asian Studies

    Dr. Lilian Handlin
    Speaker
    Professor, History Department, Harvard University


    Sponsors

    Centre for South Asian Studies

    Co-Sponsors

    Centre for Southeast Asian Studies


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  • Friday, November 30th De Gaulle, le Québec et le Canada: un bilan historiographique 50 ans après **IN FRENCH**

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    Friday, November 30, 20183:00PM - 5:00PM108N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
    M5S 3K7
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    Description

    N.B.: This event will be presented in French.

    De Gaulle, le Québec et le Canada: un bilan historiographique 50 ans après /
    De Gaulle, Quebec and Canada: An Historiographic Review 50 Years Later

    Il y a 50 ans, lorsque de Gaulle a crié à Montréal “Vive le Québec libre”, il a semé la consternation en France, au Canada et seuls les indépendantistes et les nationalistes québécois semblent avoir apprécié son discours. Depuis, l’historiographie s’est chargée de décortiquer les raisons de son discours, ainsi que l’histoire plus large des relations France-Québec sous de Gaulle et les conséquences pour le Québec, de sa présidence. Les avis sont partagés, encore aujourd’hui, concernant la vision de de Gaulle sur le Québec et de ses projets, planifiés ou non, pour ses cousins d’outre-mer. Par contre, l’historiographie récente des relations franco-québécoises, a souligné un élément consensuel entre les chercheurs; celui de l’impact fondamental de de Gaulle sur la redécouverte de la France au Québec, mais aussi au Canada à travers les enjeux de la francophonie au sein même de la jeune diplomatie canadienne. Nous aborderons cette redécouverte à travers un bilan historiographique qui témoigne de la richesse de cette histoire.

    When de Gaulle came to Montreal fifty years ago and shouted ‘’Vive le Québec libre’’, he spread dismay among the French and Canadian populations, and only the independentists and nationalists from Quebec seemed to have appreciated his words. Since then, historiography broke down the reasons for his speech as well as the wider historical ‘’France-Québec’’ relationship while de Gaulle was in power and the consequences of his presidency for Quebeckers. To date, opinions remain divided as to what de Gaulle’s vision and future projects for Quebec (his overseas cousins) were, whether these were planned or not. However, the recent historiography highlighted that there was a consensus on one element between the researchers; that being de Gaulle’s fundamental impact on the rediscovery of France in Quebec and in Canada, through what was at stake for the Francophony, within the young Canadian diplomatic circle itself. We will discuss this rediscovery through a historiographical review which testifies to this history’s richness.


    Speakers

    Magali Deleuze

    Professeure agrégée/Associate Professor

    Directrice des Études sur la guerre (Programme d'études supérieures) /Chair of War Studies (Graduate Studies Program)

    Département d'histoire/History Department
    Collège militaire royal du Canada / Royal Military College of Canada


    Main Sponsor

    Centre for the Study of France and the Francophone World (CEFMF)

    Co-Sponsors

    Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

    Glendon College, York University


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December 2018

  • Monday, December 3rd Ambiguities of the Ukrainian Women's Experiences of the Holodomor 1932-33: Victimhood, Agency, Perpetration

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    Monday, December 3, 20184:00PM - 6:00PM108N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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    Although the tragedy of the Holodomor (the Great Famine) of 1932-33 figures prominently in public discourse and scholarship in Ukraine today, its gender dimension remains understudied. This talk is based predominantly on an analysis of personal narratives of female survivors of the Holodomor, which allows exploring peculiarities and controversies of women’s experiences of survival under the genocidal circumstances. It focuses on women’s coping strategies and life-saving practices under conditions of total starvation. It also exposes a spectrum of women’s agency aimed to protect family possessions and food supplies from violent expropriations by authorities. The social characteristics, motivations, and roles of local female perpetrators of the famine will be discussed as well.

    Dr. Oksana Kis is a historian and anthropologist, a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Ethnology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (in Lviv). She obtained her academic degree “kandydat nauk” (Ph.D. equivalent) from Ivan Krypyakevych Institute of Ukrainian Studies, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in 2002. In April 2018, she completed her habilitation (“doctor nauk” degree). Since 2010, Dr. Kis has served as a President of the Ukrainian Association for Research in Women’s History. She is also a co-founder and a vice-president of the Ukrainian Oral History Association. Oksana Kis is an Editor-in-Chief of the academic web-site Ukraina Moderna. Her research interests include women’s history, feminist anthropology, oral history, and gender transformations in post-socialist countries. Dr. Oksana Kis will be at CERES in October-November 2018.

    Contact

    Olga Kesarchuk
    416-946-8938


    Speakers

    Oksana Kis
    Speaker
    A Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Ethnology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (in Lviv)

    Lynne Viola
    Chair
    Professor of History, University of Toronto


    Main Sponsor

    Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine

    Co-Sponsors

    Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

    Holodomor Research and Education Consortium, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta


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  • Tuesday, December 4th How it Happened. Documenting the Tragedy of Hungarian Jewry

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    Tuesday, December 4, 20185:30PM - 7:30PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, 1 Devonshire Place
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    HOW IT HAPPENED
    Documenting the Tragedy of Hungarian Jewry
    By Ernő Munkácsi

    Edited by Nina Munk
    Translated by Péter Balikó Lengyel
    Introduction by Ferenc Laczó
    Annotated by László Csősz and Ferenc Laczó, with a brief biography of Ernő Munkácsi by Susan Papp

    A gripping first‐hand account of the devastating “last chapter” of the Holocaust, written by a privileged eyewitness, the secretary of the Hungarian Judenrat, and a member of Budapest’s Jewish elite, How It Happened is a unique testament to the senseless brutality that, in a matter of months, decimated what was Europe’s largest and last‐surviving Jewish community.

    Writing immediately after the war and examining only those critical months of 1944 when Hitler’s Germany occupied its ally Hungary, Ernő Munkácsi describes the Judenrat’s desperation and fear as it attempted to prevent the looming catastrophe, agonized over decisions not made, and struggled to grasp the immensity of a tragedy that would take the lives of 427,000 Hungarian Jews in the very last year of the Second World War.

    This long‐overdue translation makes available Munkácsi’s profound and unparalleled insight into the Holocaust in Hungary, revealing the “choiceless choices” that confronted members of the Judenrat forced to execute the Nazis’ orders. With an in‐depth introduction, a brief biography of Ernő Munkácsi, ample annotations by László Csősz and Ferenc Laczó, two dozen archival photographs, and detailed maps, How It Happened is an essential resource for historians and students of the Holocaust, the Second World War, and Central Europe.

    Ernő Munkácsi (1896‐1950), a distinguished Hungarian jurist and writer, was general counsel of the Israelite Congregation of Pest and Director of the Hungarian Jewish Museum. In 1944, during the Nazi occupation of Hungary, he served as secretary for the Hungarian Central Jewish Council or Judenrat.
    Nina Munk is a Canadian‐American journalist and author. She is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and the author of The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty.
    László Csősz is senior archivist at the Hungarian National Archives in Budapest and co‐author, with Gábor Kádár and Zoltán Vági, of The Holocaust in Hungary: Evolution of a Genocide.
    Ferenc Laczó is assistant professor of history at Maastricht University and author of Hungarian Jews in the Age of Catastrophe: An Intellectual History, 1929–1948.
    Péter Balikó Lengyel is a Hungarian writer and translator who earned his master’s and PhD candidacy in English at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
    Susan Papp is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of Toronto and author of Outcasts: A Love Story.

    Contact

    Daria Dumbabze
    416-978-6062


    Speakers

    Nina Munk
    Speaker
    Editor
    Canadian‐American Journalist and Author

    Doris Bergen
    Chair
    Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Professor of Holocaust Studies, Department of History, University of Toronto

    Randall Hansen
    Opening Remarks
    Interim Director, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

    Attila Pók
    Speaker
    Deputy Director of the Institute of History, the Research Centre for the Humanities at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences; Executive Vice President of the Hungarian Historical Association; Senior Researcher at the Institute of Advanced Study in Kőszeg

    Judit Molnár
    Speaker
    Professor at the University of Szeged


    Main Sponsor

    Hungarian Studies Program

    Sponsors

    Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

    German Academic Exchange Service


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January 2019

  • Friday, January 25th Lost in Transition: What’s Next for the Left in Post-Soviet States

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    Friday, January 25, 201912:00PM - 2:00PM108N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
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    Lost in Transition: What’s Next for the Left in Post-Soviet States
    Protests, political activism and the growth of social and political movements have been a defining feature of the Russian political landscape during the 1990s. With the arrival of Vladimir Putin in 2000, political activism declined, only to be brought back to life after the contested parliamentary election of 2011. Since then, the Russian political landscape has become diverse with groups ranging from pro-Western liberals to hard-line nationalists and left-wing Marxists. This presentation offers an overview of the transformation of the non-systemic left-wing political movements in post-Soviet Russia, paying particular attention to the formidable revival of these movements since the late 2000s and the structural impediments to their further participation in the political system. This case study is part of a bigger ongoing book project that provides insights into the factors undermining the development of the left-wing politics and the consolidation of the leftist forces in the post-soviet states.

    Elena Maltseva is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Windsor in Windsor, Canada. Elena holds a PhD degree in Political Science from the University of Toronto (2012). Her current research focuses on left-wing politics in post-Soviet states, social security reforms, labour issues and regime stability in post-communist countries.


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