South Asian Studies Institute

Recent programs and events

UFV Research Encounters lectures focus on innovation — Nov 20 and 29

The Research Encounters series will feature one UFV faculty member and one guest lecturer from India.

Dr. Jon Thomas, who holds the BC Regional Chair in Canada-India Partnership Development at UFV and is a faculty member in the School of Business, will speak on Tues, Nov 20, from 4 to 6 pm, in University House (Room F124) on the UFV Abbotsford campus.

Dr. Thomas will speak on the topic of Building an Innovation Ecosystem.

“Innovation and entrepreneurship are increasingly important in a rapidly changing world,” he notes “The Fourth Industrial Revolution will transform existing industries and create new ones. How can universities, firms, governments, and individuals be better prepared to benefit from this transformation?”

Join Dr. Thomas as he discusses the need to build an innovation ecosystem to accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship in the Fraser Valley.

Dr. Arjun Kalyanpur, a visiting lecturer from India, will speak on Thurs, Nov 29 from 4 to 6 pm, also in University House (Room F124) on the UFV Abbotsford campus.

His topic will be Teleradiology: options for Canada and the story of a start-up.

Dr. Kalyanpur is CEO and founder of Teleradiology Solutions, a global health-care company headquartered in Bangalore that reports radiology scans for over 150 hospitals worldwide. The organization was showcased to former U.S. President Barack Obama on his visit to India in 2010.

He will speak on teleradiology and its relevance to Canada (particularly in remote locations and for First Nations). The talk will also cover the business aspects of scaling this tech start-up in India.

The series is co-presented by the UFV offices of Advancement and Research, Engagement and Graduate Studies.


November 30, 2018 at UFV Abbotsford Campus

9 – 5 pm

The South Asian Studies Institute (SASI) invites abstracts for its second South Asia Research Symposium. Building on the 2017 symposium which invited scholars to reflect on their idea(s) of the understanding and representation of South Asia in Canada, we open a broader conversation about how we address South Asia and South Asian Canadians’ evolving experiences across different disciplines, sectors, and modes of expression.
‘South Asia’ as a region in part is a complex enigma when it becomes attached to Canadian diaspora experience(s). This call for papers seeks scholarly work that:

  • Critically examines the ways in which specific disciplines reflect, investigate, teach and research South Asia and evolving South Asian Canadian Diaspora experiences and narratives
  • Investigates and interprets the evolution of ways in which South Asian Canadians define, explore and represent themselves as South Asian Canadian
  • Responds to whether there are coherent body politics that adopt a taxonomy of ‘South Asian Canadian’ and the ensuing ramifications

Our aim is to continue the dialogue on the intersections between retrospection, identification, and aesthetic within Canadian teaching, research, performance, critique and translation.

If you are interested in registering for this symposium, please email:


You are all invited to attend a reading from the winning authors and finalists of the 2018 Dhahan Prize for Punjabi Literature

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018


South Asian Studies Institute

University of Fraser Valley

33844 King Road, Abbotsford, BC

Room F125 Uhouse

History Missed Her Story - Gendered Perspectives on the Indian Diaspora in East Africa - A Lecture by Dr. Renu Modi 


Date: May 28, 2018

Time: 1-2pm

Venue: South Asian Studies Institute, Room F125, Abbotsford 

UFV Campus 


This presentation attempts to highlight the role of women who immigrated with their entrepreneurial husband
and families to East Africa in the late 19th and early 20th century. Through a study of select auto-biographical
writings by Asian businessmen, it showcases the relentless determination of these entrepreneurs and their endeavors
to achieve business goals and thus make visible the positive role of Asians in the economic development of
East Africa.




Desis in the Diaspora - Please join us for artist talk and keynote address.

Featured Exhibit by Jagdeep Singh Raina 

A new Legacy Hall will be unveiled. 

When: Sunday, June 10th, 3-5pm

Where: Sikh Heritage Museum National Histroric Site Gur Sikh Temple, 33089 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford BC

‌ Amardeep Singh's latest book "THE QUEST CONTINUES: LOST HERITAGE The Sikh Legacy in Pakistan‌" motivates all communities to become aware of their past, and through it, learn to live in harmony for mutal progress.

 Learn more about the book at the book launch and get a chance to interact with the author- Amardeep Singh 

 When: Saturday, March 24, 12-2pm 

 Where: Gur Sikh Temple 33089 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford BC

 All are welcome 

 Copies of both books will be available for cash purchase.


Between Indigenous and Immigrant: South Asian Migrations in Global History

Poster for South Asian Global ForumKeynote: Gaiutra Bahadur, Conjure Women and Coolie Women

When: Thursday, 26 Oct 2017 4:30-6:00 pm

Where: DSB C126

Free and Open to the Public

Due to Limited Space - Friday and Saturday Workshop Registration Required:
Friday, October 27, 2017, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Fraser 152 & 142)
Saturday, October 28, 2017, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Fraser 142)


View our detailed brochure.


The theme for the 2017 symposium is Sharing Our Understanding of South Asia as a geographic, cultural, political, economic, linguistic, religious, diasporic, historical and contemporary phenomenon. 

Important Dates: 

Submission of abstract: October 15, 2017 

Acceptance of response: October 30, 2017

Symposium: November 30, 2017 2-6pm 

Where: SASI Seminar Room F125

A play, written and performed in Punjabi by Mazhar Tirmazi

Focusing on the separation from homeland and longing for it in the context of Partition of 1947, Mazhar Tirmazi's Ummran Langhiyan Pabbhan Bhar [A Lifetime on Tiptoes] draws attention to syncretic cultural values and human interaction that can forge connections in a world marred by violence, prejudice, and communalism.

When: Sunday, 8 Oct 2017 2:00-3:30 pm
Where: Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, 32315 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford

A gathering of Poets and Writers on 5 Oct at UFV Abby campus

‌Readings and discussion in English and Punjabi

When: October 5th, 2017, 3:00-6:00 pm
Where: Room F-125, University House, University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford

You are invited to our first open house

Open house poster

Join us in our first open house since our rebranding.

All are welcome - do drop by

When: Thursday, 7th of September, 2017: 1 pm-5 pm
Where: F125, Uhouse, South Asian Studies Institute, Abbotsford campus.

Schedule: 3:00 pm - Cake cutting
                   3:15 pm - Speakers
                   3:30 pm - Bhangra performance

*Refreshments will be served

Contact or email: for more information.

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

Call for artists poster

‌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

For more details email us at:

‌South Asian Canadian Digital Archive, ‌‌Knowledge Mobilization Workshop

workshop poster
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.

SACDA workshop program‌.

‌SASI welcomes Dr. Gurvel Singh Malhi

Event Invitation poster

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

Sikh Heritage Museum Exhibit Launch Commemorating Canada 150:

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

with black fontTIME: 1:30PM
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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