Interpretations and Expressions: Evolution of South Asian Canadian Experiences — Nov 30

Interpretations and Expressions:
Evolution of South Asian Canadian Experiences
November 30, 2018 at UFV Abbotsford Campus
9 am–5 pm

The South Asian Studies Institute (SASI) invites you to attend their second annual research symposium. Building on the 2017 symposium which invited scholars to reflect on their idea(s) of the understanding and representation of South Asia in Canada, we open a broader conversation about how we address South Asia and South Asian Canadians’ evolving experiences across different disciplines, sectors, and modes of expression.

‘South Asia’ as a region in part is a complex enigma when it becomes attached to Canadian diaspora experience(s). This conference present scholarly work that:

– Critically examines the ways in which specific disciplines reflect, investigate, teach and research South Asia and evolving South Asian Canadian Diaspora experiences and narratives

-Investigates and interprets the evolution of ways in which South Asian Canadians define, explore and represent themselves as South Asian Canadian.

-Responds to whether there are coherent body politics that adopt a taxonomy of ‘South Asian Canadian’ and the ensuing ramifications.

Our aim is to continue the dialogue on the intersections between retrospection, identification, and aesthetic within Canadian teaching, research, performance, critique and translation.

The symposium will feature a keynote address from Dr. Renisa Mawani. Mawani is Professor of Sociology and recurring Chair of the Law and Society Program at the University of British Columbia. She works in the fields of critical theory and colonial legal history and has published widely on law, colonialism, and legal geography. Her first book, Colonial Proximities (2009) details a set of legal encounters between indigenous peoples, Chinese migrants, “mixed-race” populations, and Europeans in late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century British Columbia. Her second book, Across Oceans of Law (Duke University Press, 2018), is a global and maritime legal history of the S.S. Komagata Maru, a British-built and Japanese-owned steamship. Drawing on oceans as method, the book traces the vessel’s 1914 route across the Pacific and Indian Oceans and figuratively through Atlantic worlds. With Iza Hussin, she is co-editor of “The Travels of Law: Indian Ocean Itineraries” published in Law and History Review (2014); with Antoinette Burton, she is co-editor of Animalia: An Imperial Bestiary of Our Times (under contract with Duke University Press). In 2015-2016, she received the Killam Prize for Graduate Instruction, a Dean of Arts Faculty Research Award, and was a Wall Scholar at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies.

Fri, Nov 30
8:30 am-5:30 pm
South Asian Studies Institute/F125

For more information, contact Sharanjit Sandhra at