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Critical Approaches to South Asian Studies Workshop

Friday, 5 April 2013 | 9am to 6pm | Founders College, Room 305 | York University

The YCAR South Asian Studies Workshop will offer an intimate forum for exploring research and methodological issues in the study of South Asia and South Asian Diasporas.

The workshop, which is being organized by YCAR’s South Asia Research Group (SARG), will be a step towards building a network of scholars, artists and community organizers working on South Asia and South Asian Diasporas at York University and in the GTA.

Workshop Programme
9:00 - 9:30      Breakfast, Registration and Welcome
9:30 - 11:00    Panel 1: Anti-Colonial and Self-Determination Struggles in Contemporary South Asia
o Nausheen Quayyum (Political Science, York University): Staking Claims, Staking Territory: The Making of an Indigenous Movement in Bangladesh

o Daphne Jeypal (Social Work, University of Toronto): The 2009 Tamil diaspora protests: Representations of Race and the Strange Encounter?

o Idrisa Pandit (Studies in Islam, University of Waterloo): Kashmiri Struggle for Self Determination: A Political and Human Tragedy

o Murtaza Haider (Ryerson University, School of Management): The Balochistan Insurgency in Pakistan: When Natural Resources and Vested Interests Collide


Reeju Ray (History, Queens University): Discussant
Nishant Upadhyay (Social and Political Thought, York University): Chair

11:00 - 11:15  Break

11:15 - 12:45  Panel 2: Cultural Productions and South Asian Studies: Epistemologies and Representations
o Nedra Rodrigo (Humanities, York University): Suffering and Security: Complicating ethnicity in the Sri Lankan Civil Conflict

o Saad Sayeed (Interdisciplinary Studies, York University): The Concealed Face of Violence: Constructing Self and Other in Rumours

o Nayani Thiyagarajah (Interdisciplinary Studies, York University): Shade-ism: Exploring Film as a Space for Questioning in the Diaspora    

o Meghana Rao (Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto): Suicide and Activism: A Study through Films   

Lauren Pragg (Social and Political Thought, York University): Discussant
Omme-Salma Rahemtullah (Sociology, York University): Chair

12:45 - 2:00    Lunch

2:00 - 3:30      Panel 3: Gendering South Asian Studies
o Tania Ahmad (Anthropology, York University): White Clothes: Gender, Piety and the Labor of Respectability in Karachi, Pakistan

o Anindo Hazra (English, York University): Frontier-Writing: Sett(l)ing Queer India

o Amina Jamal (Sociology, Ryerson University): Dislocated Traditions, Islamist Discourses and Muslim Women's Agency in Pakistan

o Savitri Persaud (Social and Political Thought, York University): Offering Another Story: Examining the Discursive Representations of Female Indo-Caribbean Subjectivity

Soma Chatterjee (OISE, University of Toronto): Discussant
Nadia Hasan (Political Science, York University: Chair

3:30 - 3:45      Break

3:45 - 5:15      Roundtable: Who is the Native Informant?
o Shahnaz Khan (Women and Gender Studies/Global Studies, Wilfred Laurier University)

o Radha Shah (Anthropology, York University)

o Rudhramoorthy Cheran (Sociology, Anthropology, Criminology, University of Windsor)

o Aparna Sundar (Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University)

o Sheila Batacharya (Victoria College, University of Toronto)

Tina Virmani (Political Science, York University): Facilitator
Sailaja Krishnamurti (Historical Studies, University of Toronto): Chair

5:15 - 6:00      South Asia Research Group (SARG) Meeting

7:30     Dinner (location TBD)

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The Workshop programme is also available as a PDF: Workshop Programme

Information for presenters is available here: Logistics

This event is sponsored by the York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR), The Departments of Political Science and Sociology and the Faculty of Graduate Studies, all at York University.

For more information or to RSVP to attend (before 1 April 2013 please), please email sargyork@yorku.ca.

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