South Asian Studies Institute


SACDA workshop poster for conferences‌SACDA Knowledge Mobilization Workshop

The South Asian Studies Institute hosted an SSHRC funded workshop on August 24th and 25th. The workshop brought together scholars, community historians, librarians, archivists, curators, digital humanities experts, and students to develop a South Asian Canadian Digital Archive (SACDA) and a network of South Asian Canadian Studies.

View our SACDA workshop program

2013 Conference Proceedings: Interpreting Ghadar Echoes of Voices Past

In 2013, the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies hosted a conference commemorating the centennial of the starting of Ghadar, ie. Mutiny, which was the first anti-Colonial movement to emerge out of India.

Ghadar Conference Proceedings now available online as a PDF. Physical copies are available at the UFV Library.

View Ghadar Resources.
View the Conference Program.
View the Speakers List.


Remembering Wisconsin papers

On August 5, 2012, an armed gunmen went on a shooting rampage at the Sikh Gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Six people were killed and many other wounded either physically or emotionally. The man's motivation for shooting at the Gurdwara was unequivocally racially motivated. In order to reflect on this tragedy, the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies hosted a forum titled We are all Sikhs: Blind spots in racial landscapes of “mistaken identities.” on October 16th, 2012. Faculty and staff members took a moment at this juncture to present their thoughts and emotions. View the Wisconsin Paper Abstracts

Transitional PunjabisTransnational Punjabis in 21st century: Beginings, Junctures and Departures

May 5-7, 2011

University of the Fraser Valley

33844 King Road, Abbotsford, BC


The Centre for Indo Canadian Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley welcomes our colleagues and participants to the TRANSNATIONAL PUNJABIS IN THE 21ST CENTURY: BEGINNINGS, JUNCTURES AND DEPARTURES conference.

A century ago, in 1908 determined pioneers from Punjab India came together against many odds to build one of the first Sikh gurdwaras in North America - the Khalsa Diwan Society Gur Sikh Temple in the small rural community of Abbotsford, BC. The Gurdwara opened in 1911 amidst much fanfare and ceremony. This historically significant gurdwara has since been designated as a National Historic Site by the Canadian Government in 2002 and is the only one of its kind in the Americas to be bestowed with this honour.

In honour of the centennial, the Centre for Indo Canadian Studies at UFV is hosting this international conference. The theme of the conference builds on the concept of juncture as a point of time, especially one made critical or important by an occurrence of circumstances. The conference questions the juncture of transnational Punjabis in their collective realities and imagination in the 21st century and/or departure from accepted norms. We seek to better understand the guide posts for this transnational cultural community in its continuous trajectory of immigrant, settler, citizen, activist, futurist and leader.

The goal of the conference is to develop a greater understanding of Punjabis in the 21st century as a transnational entity with an ever-evolving identity, form and development of communities.

The conference seeks to engage local, national and international scholars on Punjabi Diaspora, Migration, Transnational communities, Religion, Language and Literature, Art and Culture, and Identity and Cultural Politics. Thank you for your contributions to this academic response to 100 years of heritage and for travelling short and long distances to be part of this historic moment in Canadian history.

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