DLC Funded Research

SFU Researchers' Projects Funded by the DLC

SFU David Lam Centre (DLC) offers funding opportunities to continuing DLC Members interested in organizing events and conducting projects that support the goals of the Centre. Besides projects listed below, also visit our events page for other events sponsored by the DLC.

Major projects

Visual Story-Telling and Intercultural Communication
Stacy Pigg, Department of Sociology & Anthropology

Research Project

Creation of a graphic novel in collaboration with Nepali illustrators, researchers, and journalists. The project develops procedures for transforming community story-telling into visual narrative. The graphic novel in this case will depict how roads are seen, experienced, and built in rural remote districts of Nepal, communicating insights from in-depth research on the politics of local development to wider audiences.

Taiwan Studies Group's Speakers Series
Weiting Guo, Department of History

Speakers Series

The Taiwan Studies Group is a working group that brings together scholars and students who are interested in studying Taiwan through diverse methodological and disciplinary approaches. Aiming to enhance the understanding of Taiwan, TSG hosts a regular monthly series of brown bag lunch meetings for members and interested scholars to share ideas and experiences related to studying Taiwan. Scholars and students are invited to present their works in progress and share innovative ideas and newly- discovered sources. TSG also invites researchers, artists, and scientists to present in its Speaker Series to foster intellectual and scholarly conversations.

Canada 150 Conference on Migration of Bengalis
Habiba Zaman, Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies


(Digitized proceedings are now available on SFU Library's website)

A 2-day Conference on Migration of Bengalis to British Columbia was packed with many scholarly, informative and stimulating presentations over the Six Sessions and two Round Tables involving community leaders, front-line settlement workers and community activists. On Day 1, the Conference Organizers – Professor Habiba Zaman (GSWS, Simon Fraser University) and Dr. Sanzida Habib (CISAR, University of British Columbia) welcomed the participants at the SFU Harbor Centre. In her opening remarks, Dr. Jane Pulkingham, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) underscored the importance of the Conference in documenting the history of Bengalis in Canada due to lumping this linguistic and cultural group under the umbrella category of South Asians by Statistics Canada as well as academic researchers. As a result, the Dean observed, the presence and contributions of Bengalis in Canada are not visible and easily recognized. The keynote speech for the day was by Professor Tania Dasgupta of York University, a Torontonian Bengali, who questioned what it means to be a Canadian Bengali. This was followed by a lively discussion on the Bengali identity in the diaspora. The discussions then moved on to migration and settlement, history, demography, religion, and health and wellbeing with many personal stories of initial encounters as new immigrants, survival and adjustments in their newly adopted homes. The papers in the afternoon sessions largely focused on gender, culture, family, work, and community organizations with a discussion of multiculturalism, relationship with Indigenous/First Nation people and social justice issues.