Sociologist to give talk: Rethinking South Asia in a New Imperial Age

CASAS Workshop

Sociologist Saadia Toor will give a talk, Rethinking South Asia in a New Imperial Age, Jan. 30 at York.

The State of Islam
The State of Islam, a book by Saadia Toor

Toor is the keynote speaker at the second annual Critical Approaches to South Asian Studies Workshop (CASAS) Jan. 30 and 31. She is a professor at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York and has written extensively on issues of gender/sexuality, nationalism, neoliberal globalization and the war on terror. Her book, State of Islam: Culture and Cold War Politics in Pakistan, was published by Pluto Press in 2011.

The workshop offers a forum for scholars to discuss their research on South Asia and South Asian diasporas. Organized by the South Asian Research Group at York, it will feature five panels and two roundtables on topics such as borders and nationalisms, culture, postcolonial critiques, and religiosity and spirituality in the academy.

The CASAS workshop will be held in the Harry Crowe Room, 109 Atkinson. It is free and open to the public. RSVP at by Jan. 27. Send questions or inquiries to

Support for this year’s workshop has come from the York Centre for Asian Research; South Asian Studies, and Social and Political Thought programs; departments of Anthropology, Humanities, Sociology and Political Science; and the Faculties of Graduate Studies, and Liberal Arts and Professional Studies.