Meet our Students

Meet our Students: Kyrie Vermette

This interview features Kyrie Vermette, a PhD student studying Korean history researching the interactions between Korean women and foreign women living in Korea during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Meet our Students: Ranbir Johal

This interview features Ranbir Johal, a Ph.D Student specializing in Punjabi literature with a focus on the contribution of women in the field of Punjabi theatre

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Meet our Students: Cyrus Qiu

This interview features Cyrus Qiu, a Ph.D. student studying Japanese popular culture and modern literature

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Meet our Students: Sukhwinder Gill (MA Student)

MA Student - Punjabi Studies "It is important to explore this topic because they lays close to the hearts of the Sikhs and because the Varran have been called the key to the treasure chest (The main scripture of the Sikhs, Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji). If this title holds true, then the Varran serve a far greater purpose than simply being poetry."

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Meet our Students: Julie Vig (Ph.D. Student)

This interview features Julie Vig who will be teaching Sikh Studies as an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto this upcoming September.

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Meet our Students: Ajay Bhardwaj

Ph.D Student Punjabi Literature and Religion
My research in both filmic and textual form will expand on this prior work as I explore the impact of Indian’s partition in 1947 on the language of subaltern resistance, performance tradition and social identity in post partition East Punjab. It interrogates the privileging of religion over caste in scholarly discourse, and foregrounds the voice of Dalit assertion for an independent identity that speaks through the tradition of Dalit Sufis in East Punjab.  My research offers an exciting possibility where an art practice engages with academic scholarship on an equal footing.

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Casey Collins

Ph.D. Student - Modern Japanese & Korean Religion
I mainly study Japanese and Korean religions that emerged within the last one-hundred years or so, including modern Buddhist institutions.

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Interview with Scott Wells

Ph.D. Student - Korean Linguistics
"Imagine studying the transition in England from a traditional education in Latin and Greek to a modern education in English. I study a similar transition but in early twentieth century Korea, as Koreans developed a modern educational system that pushed Literary Chinese to the margins of their teaching and centered vernacular Korean as the primary medium of instruction."

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Minami Orihara

Ph.D. Student - Japanese Intellectual History
My dissertation involves an examination on the evolution of trust and cooperation in Tokugawa Japan. It is often suggested in historical literature that Japanese people hold harmony and group conformity in high regard; I use what I call Bonds of Trust (tanomi shōmon), Tokugawa-period agreements, to study the mechanisms and guiding principles that buttress social cohesion.

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Kiran Sunar

Ph.D. Student - Punjabi Cultural History/Literature
My research engages the study of gender, sexuality, and the fantastical looking at the multilingual cornucopia of literary traditions in the early modern period (15th to 17th century) and their interactions with each other.

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