Canadian South Asian Youths Conference Call for Abstracts

August 09, 2018


Canadian South Asian Youths Conference:
Identity, Gender, Sexuality, Employment, and Activism

Date: April 6, 2019 Saturday
Venue: SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver
Time: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Dr. Habiba Zaman, Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, SFU
Dr. Sanzida Habib, Research Associate, Center for India and South Asia Research, UBC

The need for the proposed conference grew out of the many issues and challenges identified by a group of young speakers at the Canada 150 Conference on Migration of Bengalis held in September 2017 realized by the same organizers. The experience of growing up by the Canadian South Asian Youths, like those in many other immigrant communities in Canada, reveals a constant struggle within the family and beyond. The mixed experiences of life, personal identities, sexuality, intergenerational and intercultural conflicts over family values, honor/shame, and work place encounters require many social and cultural adjustments. The Conference is expected to explore the identity formation/negotiations, the role of gender/family/community, sexuality, dilemmas and intergenerational conflicts, job market experiences and un/der/employment, the interface between immigrants and the wider community, and the role of social and community activism as Canadians.

An abstract of 250 words with email address and a short paragraph of biographic information should be submitted to Professor Habiba Zaman (email address: as an attachment by December 15, 2018. The complete written paper should be submitted after the conference by April 30, 2019 to be considered for publication. Accepted papers will be published in the digitized version of the Conference Proceedings to be available online at the SFU Library.

For further details and enquiries, please contact Professor Habiba Zaman (
No registration fee is required for presenting or attending the conference.

To attend the conference, one must register by February 28, 2019.

For registration, please send an email to GSWS Manager Roberta Neilson ( with your full name, affiliation and email address, and write Canadian South Asian Youths Conference in the subject line.