Saturday, November 7th, UVic

Please note: all events in Fine Arts rm 103 unless otherwise listed

9:30: Coffee and light catered breakfast for participants on campus

10:00-11:45: panel Identity and “Authenticity”: Heritage and Innovation in Contemporary Asian Garments and Textiles (Cristin Mc Knight Sethi, Terza Kuldova, Lynne Milgram, Zabeen Khamisa, Claire Aitken).

Artists and fashion designers throughout Asia and in the diaspora appropriate styles, motifs, and materials from their cultural heritage in their designs for local and global markets. Presenters in this panel discuss flows of heritage motifs, styles, and materials, paying particular attention to issues of “authenticity,” tensions between tradition and innovation, gendered labor and consumption, and impacts of globalization.

11:45-12:45: keynote by Susan Bean Considering Four Vignettes of Gendered Globalization from Southern Asia

12:45-1:30: Lunch

1:30-3:45: Panel Labor, Agency, and Workers’ Lives and Rights” (Chaumtoli Huq, Maureen Kilgour, Sanchita Saxena, Emma Alexander, Dipti Bapat)

Presenters discuss the human cost of the global garment industry, the lives of those who work in the field at various levels, and ways policymakers, lawyers, and activists work to improve this.

3:45-4:00: Tea

4:00-5:00: keynote by Pun Ngai, Conceptualizing Garment Women Workers’ Power in Global Production Networks in China

5:00- 6:15: Screening of Made in Bangladesh, a documentary chronicling the lives and working conditions of garment factory workers in Bangladesh in the wake of the 2013 Rana Plaza factory collapse. The screening is followed by discussion and Q&A with political scientist Sanchita Saxena, who has written extensively about the garment industry and Rana Plaza in particular, and Chaumtoli Huq, Professor of Law at CUNY School of Law (with a focus on labor and employment law and human rights) and founder/editor of the law and media non-profit Law@theMargins.

6:30: Dinner for participants