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Registration for the Asian Canadian Studies Graduate Student Conference 2014 is now OPEN!

Registration for the Asian Canadian Studies Graduate Student Conference 2014 is now OPEN!

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Since this is a full-day conference, we kindly ask that you register your attendance so we can guarantee you food, beverages, and lunch. If you are a presenter, speaker, or discussant, you do not need to register. The deadline to register is March 24, 2014! Help us spread the word!

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Call For Papers

Call for Papers: Asian-Canadian Studies Conference, OISE, University of Toronto

What Difference Does “Asian Canadian” Make? 

Power, Knowledge, and Resistance

 A Graduate Student Conference on Asian Canadian Studies

Conference Date and Time: March 28, 2014

Conference Venue:  University of Toronto

How can we use “Asian Canadian” as a rubric to analyze, interrogate, and explore dominant and existing discourses that govern our individual and collective areas of study? How do we think about Asian Canadian studies in relation to anti-racism, anti-oppression, and decolonizing work?  How do we re/work with the term “Asian Canadian” from a transnational lens while simultaneously engaging with indigeneity and settler colonialism? In what ways can the deployment of “Asian Canadian” become generative? How do we build a scholarly field broad enough to be mobilized in different ways, but specific enough to attend to its complexities and nuances? What difference could an “Asian Canadian” analytic make to critical intellectual and political interventions?

The conference seeks scholarly papers from graduate students that focus on, grapple with, and track the use of “Asian Canadian” as a subject and object of study, as a theoretical and methodological framework, and as a site for social justice work. We welcome inquiries into the wide range of subjectivities, structures, cultures, conditions, sites, and movements that are vital in imagining and articulating the discursive, material, and affective impact of this analytic and scholarly field of study.

While being cognizant of various historical, socio-cultural, and political conditions and effects, we hope to forge a collective discussion which explores the complexities, potentials, wonders and problematics of the “Asian Canadian”. We encourage papers regarding issues of particular communities or across communities, relationships with wider social justice issues, solidarity and dialogue across epistemologies, and robust praxis. Ultimately, we aim to facilitate the growth of graduate work through critical bridge-building across disciplines in order to imagine and lay claim to the direction and future of the field.

Possible themes may include but are not limited to:

  • Settler colonialism
  • Critical intersectionality (race, gender, sexuality, ability, age, etc.)
  • Comparative racialization
  • Nationalism, interrogating/contesting the nation state
  • Transnationalism, migration, diaspora
  • Decolonization
  • The academy and the professoriate
  • Investments, ambivalences and explorations of “Asian Canadian Studies” as a field
  • Rethinking disciplines
  • Identity and Dis/identification
  • Political resistance and praxis
  • Social movements and community building across communities (within/among Asian groups and across communities of colour)
  • Multiculturalism
  • Challenging “Asian Canada” (concepts, dichotomies, representations, etc.)

To be considered, send the following to acsc.oise@gmail.com by December 20, 2013

Paper title, abstract of no more than 250 words, and personal details (name, mailing address, telephone, email, and graduate program, degree and year in program).

Applicants whose abstracts are selected will be contacted with details for submitting full paper and panel times for conference presentation by January 22, 2014.

Please send any inquiries to acsc.oise@gmail.com