Conferences, Events, and Publications
Upcoming Conferences and Events
This year's prestigious Hung Lecture is titled "Histories and Competitive Societies: Temporal Foundations for Global Theory". It will be presented by world renowned scholar Prasenjit Duara on August 2nd. Prasenjit Duara - Raffles Professor of Humanities, Director of the Asia Research Institute, and Director of Research in Humanities & Social Sciences at the National University of Singapore - is also the keynote speaker of the Demcon conference "De-parochializing Political Theory" which takes place August 2-4, 2012.
During UVic's 50th Anniversary Festival, CAPI will host an open house in our offices on September 29th. CAPI interns who have returned from their placements in Bangladesh and the Philippines will hold 20-minute presentations about their experiences, photos from our 2012 Photo Contest will be displayed, and of course we'll have snacks, beverages and an anniversary cake. Come by and join us between 11am and 4pm!
November 16/17th, 2012 CAPI will host a symposium on the 75th anniversary of the entry of the Japanese army into Nanjing. The symposium will explore what the events that followed mean today, including their resonance in the histories and cultures of both nations. We are very pleased to welcome Diana Lary as keynote speaker and Lansdowne lecturer. The symposium will finish with the showing of "The Flowers of War".
"The Governance of Religious Diversity in China, India and Canada" is the title of a conference hosted by CAPI and the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society, November 22-24, 2012. The event will draw together numerous international scholars and graduate students along with invited guests from local religious/cultural organizations, media, government and business for a multidisciplinary discussion to explore issues and challenges related to the governance of religious diversity. Check back here for more info to come.
Recent Conferences and Events
CAPI had a busy and engaging season of Lunch and Learn Lectures as well as evening talks and conferences. All of this season's lectures are available in video format, on CAPI's website and on Vimeo. For photos please check CAPI's Flickr site and find us on Facebook.
Conferences and Workshops
On June 10/11 CAPI hosted a Workshop on Post-311 Challenges and Opportunities: Gender and Diversity Mainstreaming in the Priorities and Planning of Tohoku Reconstruction, 2012-2015. Organised by Jackie F. Steele, CAPI's Visiting Japan Chair and Associate Professor at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Tokyo, the workshop provided a forum for leading Canadian and Japanese scholars from a wide range of disciplines: Hiroko Hara, Mari Osawa and Kumiko Hagiwara (University of Tokyo), Sunhee Lee (Tohoku University), Yoshi Kawasaki (Simon Fraser University), Millie Creighton, David Edgington and Shigenori Matsui (University of British Columbia), Caroline Andrew (University of Ottawa), Sikata Banerjee and Natasha Fox (University of Victoria).
CAPI's Japan Program Visitor, Madhumita Bhattacharya, organized a two day conference in early April on Innovations in Learning and Technology: Asia-Pacific Perspectives, with a pre-conference symposium two weeks before which focused on Progress in Technology: Educational and Social Changes.
The conference on April 10-11, 2012 brought together researchers from the Asia-Pacific and other parts of the world to discuss innovations in learning and share their experience in incorporating technology into education, a highly relevant topic as complex interactions of people and technology and their impact on society is becoming increasingly visible in today's world especially in the Asia-Pacific region.
The Conference Opening Address was given by Reeta C. Tremblay, Vice President Academic and Provost, University of Victoria. Hiroshi Kato from the Open University of Japan gave the keynote "Emergent Division of Labor - Source of learning opportunities in collaborative learning". Other distinguished guest speakers included Shelley Young, National Tsing Hua University (NTHU), Taiwan; Susan A. Kelly, University of South Pacific, Fiji; Madhulika Kaushi, Commonwealth of Learning, Canada; Mahnaz Moallem, University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA; Alan Pence and Allison Benner, University of Victoria, Canada; Valerie Irvine, University of Victoria, Canada. In addition, scholars from Canada, India, Israel, Brazil, USA, Australia, New Zealand and Japan presented their research: Kalyanamalini Sahoo, Robert Aucoin, Michael Haim, Beatriz Pacheco & Eliani Kfouri, Thamarai Selvi Somasundaram, Virginia Vandall-Walker, Rita Santillan, Hengameh Kermani, Yayoi Anzai, Siew Mee Barton, and Suhaimi Abd Latif. A follow-up conference is planned in Sao Paolo, Brazil, in September 2013.
The symposium on 28 March, 2012 involved three presentations looking at using traditional tools and new media technology in learning environments and associated socio-cultural changes. Presenters discussed how natural disasters and technological progress are shaping our educational scenario. This symposium was organized to commemorate the one year anniversary of the triple disaster that hit Japan in March 2011.
Madhumita presented a session on 危機 (kiki) = With crisis comes the opportunity: Unveiling knowledge using constructivist approaches to learning. The other two presentations were: Emerging changes in educational and social scenario in Japan by Satoru Fujitani, Mejiro University, Japan; and Characteristics comparison of Paper, PCs and iPads as learning devices by Kanji Akahori, Hakuoh University, Japan.
Lunch & Learn Talks
Along with organising a fundraiser to support a newly initiated trade union of informal workers, Supriya Routh, PhD candidate at the Faculty of Law, also gave a lecture on March 19th titled "Revolution on post-Red Bengal: Informal Workers fight back". In this talk he discussed his work towards the formation of a trade union of informal workers in Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal, India, in order to argue that it is possible for a trade union of informal workers to realise constitutionally guaranteed dignified life for their members in absence of state initiative in this regard.
On March 6th, 2012 Feng Xu, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Victoria, introduced her recently published book "Looking for Work in Post-Socialist China: Governance, Active Job Seekers and the New Chinese Labour Market". In this book she explores unemployment as one of the most politically explosive issues in China, a topic which gained further prominence as a result of the present global financial crisis.
On February 20th CAPI hosted Eben Kirksey, post-doctoral fellow at the City University of New York Graduate Center, who introduced his soon to be published book "Freedom in Entangled Worlds". Usually CAPI's Lunch and Learn lectures are scheduled for one hour. This one, however, had to be extended to almost two hours because a captivated audience kept asking question after question. Eben answered them all, in a very knowledgable, eloquent way, after he had brought together stories from activists and his own experiences to describe the complicated avenues to freedom for Papua's indigenous peoples.
After his first lecture had to be cancelled due to heavy snowfall in Victoria, Grant Hayter-Menzies came to UVic on February 8th to talk about "The Empress and Mrs. Conger: The Uncommon Friendship of Two Women and Two Worlds". Showing unpublished letters, diaries, photographs and many other treasures Grant Hayter-Menzies traces the parallel lives of Empress Dowager Cixi and American ambassador's wife Sarah Pike Conger, which converged to alter their perspectives of each other and each other's worlds.
February 28th, CAPI hosted a panel on "Robots, Theatre and the Future of Humanity". On a stormy and rainy evening, people gathered to hear Brazil-based electronics artist and robotics researcher Zaven Paré and UVic Japanese theatre specialist Cody Poulton discuss recent collaborations between playwright Oriza Hirata and roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro in theatrical productions using robots and androids.
In the evening of January 31st, 2012, over 130 people gathered at UVic to listen to Koko Tanimoto Kondo's informative, captivating, and very emotional account of a life overshadowed by the first atomic bomb. One of the remaining survivors of the Hiroshima atomic bombing, Ms. Kondo has spent many years working for peace. She has made it a priority to share her perspective on the effects of the bombing that reverberate through her life and the lives of others and to bring a greater understanding of how we can make a difference in the world. The lecture was presented together with the Neil Burton Commemorative Fund, with the co-operation of Satoko Norimatsu and the Peace Philosophy Centre.
On February 24, 2012, UVic's up-and-coming researchers shone at the annual"CAPI Student Symposium on the Asia-Pacific". Six graduate students presented their work from a diverse range of research areas. The symposium not only gave students valuable presentation experience and provided an excellent opportunity for students to meet each other and to network, but also showcased the top-notch student research on the Asia-Pacific being carried out at UVic. For more details and excerpts see "Student and Intern Stories".
CAPI's 2010-11 Annual Report is now available on our website. The report includes highlights of all of CAPI's events and activities over the past academic year, as well as reports from our Chairs and Director. All of CAPI's Annual Reports, dating back to 1995, are available electronically on the CAPI website.