South Asian Studies Institute

Recent programs and events

C‌all for Artists(Young Contemporaries) for Desis in the Diaspora 2018 Exhibition‌

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‌Call for young Canadian contemporaries artists to submit photographic work which reflects upon Canadians of South Asian heritage - now and in the past.

Work should reflect the artist's ideas or perspectives on the diversity of:
Experiences | Aesthetics | Cultural Embodiments | Religious Symbols

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2017

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‌South Asian Canadian Digital Archive, ‌‌Knowledge Mobilization Workshop

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When: 24th and 25th of August, 2017
Hosted by: South Asian Studies Institute, University of the Fraser Valley
Centre for India and South Asia Research and Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia
Royal BC Museum, Victoria, BC.

Detailed program coming soon!

J‌oin us at Our first open house

Save the date for our first open house since our rebranding.
When: 7th of September, 2017: 1pm-5 pm
Where: F125, Uhouse, South Asian Studies Institute.

‌SASI welcomes Dr. Gurvel Singh Malhi

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Dr.Malhi is presenting his views on "The issues raised, political agenda, nature of leadership, sub-regional patterns in electoral behaviour, speehces and statements in the recent Punjab elections."

When: 21st of Wednesday, 2017: 12 noon-1pm
Where: F125, Uhouse, South Asian Studies Institute

‌Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits SASI exhibit at National Historic Site Gur Sikh Temple.

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A crowd of excited community members spent Friday afternoon waiting patiently for a special visitor on the grounds of the Gur Sikh Temple national historic site on South Fraser Way in Abbotsford.

And, at around 1:45 pm, they were rewarded as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau emerged from a private tour inside the gurdwara to give a brief address in the courtyard.

He spoke about the importance of multiculturalism in Canada, especially during this year as the nation celebrates 150 years since Confederation.
Read our blog for more. 

UFV Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies celebrates 10 years, rebrands as South Asian Studies Institute.

‌UFV’s Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies began with an idea and a commitment from the community.

Now, as it celebrates 10 years of serving as a centre of activity, events, information, scholarship, and research related to the Indo-Canadian community, it is extending its focus to embrace regions of South Asia.
Read our news release for more.

Sikh Heritage Museum Exhibit Launch Commemorating Canada 150:

(Dis) Enfranchisement 1907-1947: The Forty-Year Struggle for the Vote

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WHERE: Sikh Heritage Museum, National Historic Site Gur Sikh Temple: 33089 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford, BC.

ALL ARE WELCOME and the exhibit is available for viewing year long.

Read more about Canada 150.

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