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Home/Land: Transnationalism, Identity and Arab Canadians

Mar 5, 2014 to Mar 6, 2014

The Second Symposium on Arab Canadian Studies will be held at Founders College, York University, on March 5 and 6 and is co-organized by ACANS members and York University faculty members, Ratiba Hadj-Moussa and Walid El Khachab.

The symposium will focus on five areas of research:

  • the socio-cultural intersections of home, belonging, citizenship and multiculturalism;
  • the history of arab Canadian immigration and diasporic communities;
  • Arab Canadians in domestic and foreign policy;
  • Arab Canadian media perceptions and social challenges; and 
  • Arab Canadian contributions in arts and culture.

Abstract: In our globalized world and with the enshrining of multiculturalism as a fundamental value system in Canada, cherishing double or multiple identities, assuming a sense of belonging to more than one homeland, and experiencing subjective and political connections to a culture virtually, without being “anchored” in a land, have almost become mainstream. How does multiculturalism inform the perception of homeland? Also, given the recent debate over the Charter of Quebec’s Values, how does the sense of belonging intersect with intercultural policies and what kind of home does it generate? Do the recent changes in the Arab world (the Arab Spring) affect Canadians’ imagined or effective sense of belonging to one or multiple countries? Are there particular characteristics of homeness as expressed in the cultural productions of Arab Canadians (in film, music, visual arts and literature)?


Location:305 Founders College
Sponsor:Offfice of the Master, Founders College
Posted by:Marco Sestito
Web Sitehttp://artsites.uottawa.ca/arab-canadian/en/projects-2/toronto-symposium-2014/
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