South Asian Studies Institute

Recent programs and events

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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