Asian Canadian Studies: A Graduate Workshop



Asian Canadian Studies: A Graduate Workshop


June 26-28, 2011

Vancouver, BC

(co-hosted by Simon Fraser University & University of British Columbia)


Faculty Conveners:

Roland Coloma (Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, OISE/University of Toronto)

Christine Kim (English, Simon Fraser University)

Chris Lee (English, University of British Columbia)


Despite the continuing growth of Asian Canadian Studies in recent years, graduate students encounter unique challenges having to do with the relatively recent emergence of the field, the uncertainties of trans/inter/multi-disciplinary research, and the relative lack of opportunities to engage with other students and faculty in the field. This workshop aims to:


  • provide mentoring opportunities for graduate students in Asian Canadian Studies

  • offer an opportunity for graduate students to present their research to an interdisciplinary audience

  • discuss topics of common concern including professionalization, community relations, institutionalization, academic publishing, and grants/resources

  • allow graduate students to receive feedback on practical matters such as grant applications, field statements, and the job market

  • build scholarly networks with faculty and graduate students across Canada


The workshop will consist of plenary sessions/discussions as well as smaller breakout groups led by the conveners. In addition to the conveners, other faculty with expertise in Asian Canadian Studies will participate in various sessions and interact with workshop members. All participants will be asked to present a summary of their current research projects. Graduate students at any level and any discipline who are committed to pursuing research topics and careers in Asian Canadian Studies are encouraged to apply; approximately 12 applicants will be selected on the basis of their projects, as well as geographical and disciplinary considerations.


Costs and Logistics: There are no registration costs. Meals will be provided for the duration of the workshop and those traveling to Vancouver from other locations will be provided with three nights of accommodations at St. John's College, UBC (additional nights are available at discounted rates). Participants are expected to arrive by the afternoon of June 26 and stay until the end of the workshop on the evening of June 28. While the organizers will try to make subsidies available for those traveling to Vancouver from elsewhere, we are unable to guarantee such funding at this time; participants are encouraged to seek support from their home departments and other sources (please indicate in your application if you would like to be considered for travel funding).


Application Procedures: Please send a current CV and a brief statement (around 500 words) outlining your current research project, interest in Asian Canadian Studies, and reasons for applying to this workshop. Applications and other inquiries should be sent to Chris Lee (; applications should be received by April 30, 2011 to receive full consideration.  

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