Global South Asia Forum
Established in 2016, the University of Victoria’s Global South Asia Forum promotes academic research, teaching and public engagement with South Asia and multi-faceted South Asian diasporic populations as a link to globally situated questions and conversations.
As a part of the Center for Asia-Pacific Initiatives, the forum provides a hub for explorations of South Asia and its trans-regional and trans-Oceanic linkages to the world. Building upon the University of Victoria’s location as a central node in the globalized Asia-Pacific region, the forum enables and directs critical conversations about the role of South Asia and its diasporas within local, trans-regional and global contexts.
The forum sponsors a regular lecture series, an annual mini-conference and occasional events of academic interest, such as book launches, film screenings and roundtable discussions about issues of pressing contemporary concern. Additionally, the forum serves as an informational clearinghouse for faculty, students and UVic community members interested in South Asia and related topics in Victoria, BC.
Associated faculty include scholars who centre South Asia and/or South Asian diasporas within their research questions and agendas. Spread across the many units of the university, the forum features faculty who specialize in art history and visual culture, business, gender studies, history, law, and political science. With an emphasis on South Asia’s trans-regional cultural, political and trade links to the outside world (particularly in the Asia-Pacific Rim), the forum promotes interdisciplinary approaches to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka (currently the states in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) and their associated diasporas and migrant populations.
The forum encourages wide-ranging approaches to the region and its peoples through comparative engagement with themes that connect South Asia with ongoing studies of globalization, such as postcolonial democracy, indigeneity, migration and border politics, sustainability, labour movements, student protests, land rights and resource extraction, cultural flows in and out of South Asia, religion and nationalism, literary activism, cinema, legal pluralism and transnational regulation, trade and economic issues in the region, art and the public sphere, and the contested terrain of history in public culture.