Asia-Global-Cultural-Studies-Forum (AGCSF) (Toronto)

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I hope you are doing very well at this busy time of the semester.

I’m writing to you regarding inaugural event the Asia-Global-Cultural-Studies-Forum (AGCSF) and its upcoming event that I am organizing, and to ask if you would kindly circulate this (forum) announcement (for May 17, 1-6 pm, room 115, 205 Richmond St. West) to your emailing list.
The presenters for the event include OCADU students-researchers from both (under)graduate programs (Art, Design, Material, CADN, VCS, CRCP, and IAMD ) and faculty members as well as graduate researchers from other institutions (more information below)

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Thank you in advance and should you need more information, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

 

All the best,

Dr Soyang Park( Assistant Professors, LAS)

 

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You are invited to the inaugural event of Asia-Global-Cultural-Studies-Forum (AGCSF) (Toronto based) in May 17 (room 115, 205 Richmond St West).

The event poster is also attached in this email. Please pass on this to anyone who might be interested in this event, and also to be presenters (in the future event) and/ discussants. If you are a faculty member and want to be invited as a member of its advisory board, please let me know. This forum aspires primarily to be a young researchers-artists-designer-activist-strategists-oriented research platform. Yet it is also an integrated fora aiming to facilitate a lively intellectual conversation between students, professors, and professionals in the field.

Read the vision statement at the bottom of this email and also on our website.  https://asiaglobalculturalstudiesforum.wordpress.com

 

Dr. Soyang Park  (Liberal Studies at OCAD U; a former chair of Pacific-Asia-Cultural Studies-Forum at Goldsmiths College, University of London (London, UK), 2000-2001)

 

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Asia-Global-Cultural-Studies-Forum (AGCSF)   

AGCSF is a forum of a lively discussion of Asia and Asia Global-related art, design, culture, media, creative strategy, and research.

 

The inaugural event


Date: May 17 (Friday), 1-6 pm

Venue: Room 115, 205 Richmond St. West (OCAD U)

Facilitated by professor Soyang Park (Liberal Studies)

3 tiers of presenters: Students, professors, and professionals

Participatory forum: Presenters, discussants, and the audience

Ongoing forum: regularly from September 2019: open for public submission of ideas: email to: spark@faculty.ocadu.ca.

 

*Everyone is welcome to participate in this forum/become a presenter in future events.

*AGCSF does not support any form of ethnocentric or regional chauvinism or hegemonic nationalism unfit for our vision for the future. It solely focuses on promoting cosmopolitan learning and exploration of cultures and multi-directional decolonization.

*AGCSF supports the emergence of other cosmopolitan research groups and fora at OCAD U – based a non-hierarchical and non-exclusionary notion of regional, national, ethnic, and cultural identities.

*For further information: find the “Asia-Global Cultural Studies Forum” (AGCSF) event page  on Facebook.

Or visit our website: https://asiaglobalculturalstudiesforum.wordpress.com

(work-in-progress)

 

 

List of Presentations

Dr. Soyang Park (OCAD U), A Cosmopolitan Remapping of East Asia and the Asia-Global: Notes Towards Asia-Global-Cultural Studies Forum(AGCSF)

Leon Hsu (OCAD U), Reinventing Tradition Beyond Cultural Paradigm: A Brief Discussion of Cai Guo-Qiang’s Pyrotechnic Ephemera Works

Christine Carriere (OCAD U), Returning the Gaze: Contemporary Asian Female Artists Responding to (Techno) Orientalism

Richard Luong (OCAD U), Directing Orientalism: The Scent of Green Papaya (1993)

Jessica Liu (OCAD U), Painting My Own Being in the World, Falling in and out of Past and Contemporary

Christine Li (OCAD U), Manuel Ocampo and Colonial Legacy: Trauma, Multidirectional Memory, and Redemption

Ema Dan (OCAD U),  Idol, Not Celebrity: K-Pop, K-Pop Fans, and their Symbiosis

Yilong Liu (OCADU), Confronting Ambiguity: The Intersection of Racial and Sexual Repression and Marginalisation in Rex vs Singh and Seeking Single White Male

Florence Yee (OCADU), Bad Forgeries Make for Good Originals: A Studio-Research Project into Cantonese-Canadian Issues of Authenticity, Belonging and Diaspora Subjectivities Working with Text-based Art

Yujia Shi (University of Toronto), From One-Child to Two-Child: Understanding Birth Planning Policies in China’s Population Governance

Hannia Cheng(TeaBase), Tea Base: Against the Displacement and Gentrification of Chinatowns

 

What is Culture

Culture is the shared value system and code of conducts that exist in interconnected and contingent differences across communities, cultures, and nations.

Culture in all its manifestations – conventional, popular, emergent, marginal, and resistant – are constantly shaped by and are (re-)shaping our status quo, ways of thinking, and visions.

Culture is not fixed but constantly shifts through the intersecting influences of politics, economy, populations, migrations, and even environment.

The study of culture is empirical as well as theoretical, and most importantly, it is an interdisciplinary endeavor. The set of questions, analyses, and evaluations it involves itself in interacts with other fields of study such as the study of economy and politics; social studies, ethnic studies; cultural anthropology and media studies; identity, gender, sexuality, class, and ideology studies.

 

What is a Forum

A gathering place for exchanges of ideas and views. It is also the agora (Greek), a proto-site of democracy.

 

The ethos of AGCSF:

  • A syncretic forum of all levels of researchers (students, professors, and professionals)
  • Merit- and contents-based (not rank or prestige).
  • No ethnocentric/regional chauvinism or hegemonic nationalism.
  • Cosmopolitanism and exploration of difference and alternative epistemologies.
  • Non-hierarchical organizational model for the promotion of a culture of open discussion.
  • Participatory forum: The participants will consist of the presenters, the discussants, and the audience whose participation is to be equally valued to bring about diverse and multidirectional discussions.
  • The Discussants are an important category of this forum. They are the generators of discussion as well as latent presenters. Those who are interested in presenting are recommended to participate as the discussants first. The discussants – along with the audience – who have previously participated in the forum and substantially contributed to the discussions will be considered with priority as the presenters for the following event.
  • Embodied participation is implied in its growth model based on merit and contribution (rather than on rank or prestige). AGCSF hopes to make this forum truly an intellectually viable place for lively exchange and discussion of ideas and visions, a lively intellectual fora filled with genuine curiosity and openness to different perspectives.
  • Embodied and experiential knowledge: AGCSF values embodied and experiential knowledge, research, and ideas rather than the overly academicized outcomes short of the conductive power to generate grounded and real conversations.
  • ESL students are the most welcome. You are the holders of up-to-date global knowledge. If you have any ideas to share but the only thing that makes you hesitate is your English, please bring a translator or discuss the ideas with us.