Special Evening Presentations

Special Evening Presentations

Ali KazimiAli Kazimi

Filmmaker, author, and visual artist
Associate Professor, Film
York University

Ali Kazimi is an award winning filmmaker, critically acclaimed author and visual artist whose work deals with race, social justice, migration, history and memory. His documentaries include Narmada: A Valley Rises (’94), Shooting Indians: A Journey with Jeffrey Thomas (’97), Passage from India (’98), Continuous Journey (’04), Runaway Grooms (’06), Rex versus Singh (’09). His book Undesirables: White Canada and the Komagata Maru – An Illustrated History (Douglas & McIntyre) was a finalist for both, the 2012 Vancouver Book Award and the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize in the 2013 BC Book Prizes. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Film, School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design, York University where he is also the principal investigator of the Stereoscopic 3D Lab @ York. Fair Play his most recent stereoscopic 3D video/multi-media installation was the centerpiece of Ruptures in Arrival: Art in the Wake of the Komagata Maru group exhibition at the Surrey Art Galley and is scheduled to be mounted at in Toronto during the ReelAsian International Film Festival in November 2014. 

Presentation Time and Location:  Thursday October 2 – 7:00-9:30pm in the Nickle Theatre
Room Capacity: 180 (overflow live streaming seating will be available)

History, Art & Public Engagement 

My work over the past three decades has dealt with race and the immigrant experience in Canada: central to this has been the history of the Komagata Maru and the attendant early South Asian history in Canada. Through three films, a book, photo-based art and video installation I have sought to bring to the foreground not only the history of the Komagata Maru but also its on-going legacy in current Canadian immigration policies. This presentation will examine the ways in which this body of work has added to ongoing public conversation about the history and legacy of the Komagata Maru not only through the work itself, but also by the resultant media exposure nationally and internationally. It will explore possibilities, limitations and effect of using art to engage the public in history.

Shauna Singh Baldwin

Shauna Singh Baldwin

Ms. Shauna Singh Baldwin is an award winning, Canadian born, Sikh author whose numerous works focus on such themes as belonging, diaspora, identity, race, and gender among Sikhs. Ms. Singh Baldwin brings to the conference an international literary reputation, and a capacity to mentor new and emerging writers. Shauna Singh Baldwin's talk will appeal to faculty and students across the university as well to broadly to the general public.



Presentation Time and Location: Friday October 3 – 7:30-9:00pm in the Nickle Theatre
Room Capacity: 180 (overflow live streaming seating will be available)

No Place Like Home

Building on her literary mastery and astute cultural observations, this talk takes on fundamental questions about belonging, and particularly as it relates to diasporic Sikhs. Ms. Baldwin’s presentation explores a discussion on how we belong, and reveals a magic word that can enlarge the space of belonging for ourselves and others.


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