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  • The workshop will be held in the Atkinson building, #33 on the map
  • Closest parking garage which will likely have spots available is the Student Services garage #84
  • Or you can try your luck at the Atkinson lot #83.

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Workshop Program!

Critical Approaches to South Asian Studies Workshop

January 30-31, 2014
Harry Crowe Room, Atkinson 109
York University, Toronto

Thursday Janurary 30, 2014
10:00 – 10:30 am     Registration, coffee/tea
Welcoming Remarks – Janice Kim (Associate Director, YCAR)
and Sailaja Krishnamurti (Humanities)

10:30 – 12:00 pm     Roundtable: Religiosity and Spirituality in the Academy

Chair: Sailaja Krishnamurti, Humanities, York University
Idrisa Pandit, Studies in Islam, University of Waterloo
Zulfikar Hirji, Anthropology, York University
Shaista Patel, OISE, University of Toronto
Preet Virdi, SOAS, University of London
Bonita Lawrence, Equity Studies, York University

12:00 – 1:00 pm    Lunch

1:00 – 2:30 pm        Panel: Borders & Nationalisms Panel

Hamara Pakistan: Unwanted Identities and the Construction of ‘Home’
Saad Sayeed, Interdisciplinary Studies, York University

Situating Testimonies made to the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission
Jessica Chandrashekar, Gender, Feminist, and Women’s Studies, York University

Orchids’ identity: non-citizenship status of stateless Rohingya refugees
Ishrat Sultana, Sociology, York University

Discussant: Eve Haque, Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, York University

2:30 – 2:45 pm     Coffee break

2:45 – 4:15 pm     Panel: Culture and Performance

Borders and Spiritual Refuge: Unravelling the Sikh Nation and diaspora through ghost stories
Amardeep Kaur, Urban Development, Ryerson University

Sikh Beats and Burdens on Repeat: Reformings of Body and Borders
Amrita Kauldher, Anthropology, York University

Bollywood’s queer Dostana: Articulating a transnational queer Indian identity and family in 2008’s Dostana
Aaron Rohan George, Media Studies, University of Western Ontario

Discussant: Sam Tecle, Sociology, York University

4:15 – 5:45 pm     Keynote

Rethinking ‘South Asia’ in a New Imperial Age
Saadia Toor, City University of New York

Friday January 31, 2014

9:00 – 9:30 am         Breakfast

9:30 – 11:00 am     Panel: Critiques of the Postcolonial

Critical approaches to ‘post-colonialism’ and the ‘nation’ within history writing: The case of masculinization of the public sphere in Tamilnadu
Ponni Arasu, History, University of Toronto

Post-Orientalism, Post-Occidentalism, Subaltern Studies and Guyana
Nalini Persram, Social and Political Thought, York University

Bhadralok’s celebration of a Chotolok’s Story(ies): The curious Case of Monoranjan Byapari and the politics of caste and culture in Twenty First Century Bengal
Kalyan Das, English, Presidency University, Kolkata

Discussant: Anindo Hazra, English, York University

11:00 – 11:15 am     Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:45 pm     Panel: Categories of Difference: Discrimination and Political Subjectivities

Ill/Elusive Peace: Sinhala Nationalism and Minority Politics in Post-War Sri Lanka
Amaranath Amarasingham, Centre for Refugee Studies, York University and Shobhana Xavier, Religious Diversity in North America, Laurier-Waterloo University

Identity Politics: Authenticity and Cultural Citizenship among Indo Canadian Women
Preeia Surajbali, Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, University of Toronto

Multiple Exclusions, Marginal Struggles: Migrant domestic workers in Saudi Arabia
Jolin Joseph, Gender, Feminist, and Women’s Studies, York University

Discussant: R. Cheran, Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology, University of Windsor

12:45 – 2:00 pm     Lunch

2:00 – 3:30 pm        Undergraduate Research in South Asian Studies
** Panel coordinated in collaboration with the United South Asians at York (USAY)**

Migrating to Pakistan after partition: Reading works on Muhajirs in Pakistan as diasporic literature
Sonia Baweja, International Development Studies and South Asia Studies, York University

Communal card at play: The Sikh quest for justice
Hasrat Grewal, York University

The Naxals and the Indian State
Nabila Islam, Political Science, York University

South Asian Queer Women: Education and Support Systems
Meha Patel, Anthropology, York University

Negotiating participation: Muslim females’ perspectives on sport and physical activity
Urooj Shahzadi, Physical Health and Education, University of Toronto

Discussant: Shobna Nijhawan, Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, York University

3:30 – 3:45 pm     Coffee Break

4:00 – 5:30 pm     Roundtable: Critical Approaches to Area Studies

Chair: Reeju Ray, History, Queens University
Omme-Salma Rahemtullah, Sociology, York University
Saadia Toor, Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, City University of New York
Radha Shah, Anthropology, York University
Sylvia Bawa, Sociology, York University
Amar Wahab, Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, York University

7:00 pm:          Social event (location TBA)