Speaking Diasporas: Interrogating Inter-generational Diasporas - Student Conference

April 23, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm America/Toronto Timezone
305 Founders

Join, as Founders College hosts its first annual Student Conference on Speaking Diasporas: Interrogating Inter-generational Diasporas on April 23, 2019 from 9:00-2:30pm in 305 Founders College.

Humans are called to and are oriented towards home. Nostos, finding home, appears to be among the deepest of human needs; it is a commonly shared emotion to return to the place left behind or to “found a new home in which hopes for the future can nest and grow”. Whether by volition and choice, or unwillingly and forced, whether individually or collectively for people a new place of settlement means, among other things, and often violently and painfully, leaving much behind while having to invest one’s psychic and physical resources into a different and new place. Diaspora at once captures many of the ambiguities about replacing home and relocation, and about imagining, memorializing and/or reconnecting with what was left behind that forms the new self and collective identity of community. Diaspora is one of the most common notions that condenses the depictions capturing the many, and often violent, processes of “uprooting’, ‘scattering’, ‘transplanting’ and ‘hybridity'. Its Greek origins, derived from the word speiro, to disperse or to sow, evokes variations of twin meanings of looking backwards to the past and into the future to grow because of that past. That past is multi-generational; that future depends upon understanding the continuities and discontinuities across those generations.

An initial, small one day and student-focused conference at Founders College in April is a first iteration of a restatement about diaspora through a larger conference next year that will involve other academics from outside York, as well as community members and policy-makers. While acknowledging the differences between the old and the new diasporas, and between the many different categories of diasporas, that conference seeks to begin to build ongoing conversational dialogues within and across generations of those conceiving themselves as belonging to diasporas. We seek to better understand the representations, discourses, and practices about diaspora through the differently evolved conversations among those generations, those in the "new" place and space", as well as looking at those left behind.

Conference Program:
9.00 Registration and breakfast

First Panel, 9.30 - 10 .45
Chantal Joachim, Political Science: “Being Part of Diasporic Happenings”
Adabu Brownhill Jefwa, Environmental Studies: “Finding Home Through Land Relations”
Nuren Saif, International Studies and Health Studies: “Diasporas - facing new conceptual challenges in a world of globalization”
Khadeja Elsibai, French Studies: “An Arab Diaspora in Canada: a Double Identity”

Second Panel, 11 .00 - 12. 45
Luísa Cruz, Film Production: “Expectation and Desires in a Religious Community in Goiás, Brazil”
Gurleen Tak, International Development Studies: “Punjabi Fashion Through Hyphenated Identity"
Ian Hood, Disaster Management and Tubman Institute: “四世 - Yonsei”
Ranjith Kulatilake, Post - Degree Social Work: “From the fi re into the frying pan! A dialogical encounter with my diasporic being”

Lunch 12.45- 1.15

Third Panel, 1.15 - 2.30
Nirvana Chainani, Department of History: “Becoming Greek - Canadian” Catherine Grant: Income Inequality and Intersectionality, History Department
Shivanie N. Mahabir “Roti and Doubles: A History of (Indo-)Caribbean Food Culture in Toronto, 1967 - 2002”, Department of History
Leidy Marcela Alpízar, Department of History, Harriet Tubman Institute: “Afro Jamaican Diasporas and Social Networks in Costa Rica, 1900 - 195”

2.30 - 2.45

Wrap up and futuresDiaspora Conference Poster(1)