Asia-Global-Cultural-Studies-Forum (AGCSF)  Inaugural Event

Friday, May 17, 2019 - 1:00pm to 6:00pm

The inaugural event

Date: Friday, May 17, 2019

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Venue: 205 Richmond St. West, Room 115

Facilitated by professor Soyang Park (Liberal Studies)

3 tiers of presenters: Students, professors, and professionals

Participatory forum: Presenters, discussants, and the audience

Ongoing forum: regularly from September 2019: open for public submission of ideas: email to:


List of Presentations

Dr. Soyang Park (OCAD U), A Cosmopolitan Remapping of East Asia and the Asia-Global: Notes Towards Asia-Global-Cultural Studies Forum(AGCSF)

Leon Hsu (OCAD U), Reinventing Tradition Beyond Cultural Paradigm: A Brief Discussion of Cai Guo-Qiang’s Pyrotechnic Ephemera Works

Christine Carriere (OCAD U), Returning the Gaze: Contemporary Asian Female Artists Responding to (Techno) Orientalism

Richard Luong (OCAD U), Directing Orientalism: The Scent of Green Papaya (1993)

Jessica Liu (OCAD U), Painting My Own Being in the World, Falling in and out of Past and Contemporary

Christine Li (OCAD U), Manuel Ocampo and Colonial Legacy: Trauma, Multidirectional Memory, and Redemption

Ema Dan (OCAD U),  Idol, Not Celebrity: K-Pop, K-Pop Fans, and their Symbiosis

Yilong Liu (OCADU), Confronting Ambiguity: The Intersection of Racial and Sexual Repression and Marginalisation in Rex vs Singh and Seeking Single White Male

Florence Yee (OCADU), Bad Forgeries Make for Good Originals: A Studio-Research Project into Cantonese-Canadian Issues of Authenticity, Belonging and Diaspora Subjectivities Working with Text-based Art

Yujia Shi (University of Toronto), From One-Child to Two-Child: Understanding Birth Planning Policies in China’s Population Governance

Hannia Cheng(TeaBase), Tea Base: Against the Displacement and Gentrification of Chinatowns


What is Culture

Culture is the shared value system and code of conducts that exist in interconnected and contingent differences across communities, cultures, and nations.

Culture in all its manifestations – conventional, popular, emergent, marginal, and resistant – are constantly shaped by and are (re-)shaping our status quo, ways of thinking, and visions.

Culture is not fixed but constantly shifts through the intersecting influences of politics, economy, populations, migrations, and even environment.

The study of culture is empirical as well as theoretical, and most importantly, it is an interdisciplinary endeavor. The set of questions, analyses, and evaluations it involves itself in interacts with other fields of study such as the study of economy and politics; social studies, ethnic studies; cultural anthropology and media studies; identity, gender, sexuality, class, and ideology studies.


What is a Forum

A gathering place for exchanges of ideas and views. It is also the agora (Greek), a proto-site of democracy.

The ethos of AGCSF:

  • A syncretic forum of all levels of researchers (students, professors, and professionals)
  • Merit- and contents-based (not rank or prestige).
  • No ethnocentric/regional chauvinism or hegemonic nationalism.
  • Cosmopolitanism and exploration of difference and alternative epistemologies.
  • Non-hierarchical organizational model for the promotion of a culture of open discussion.
  • Participatory forum: The participants will consist of the presenters, the discussants, and the audience whose participation is to be equally valued to bring about diverse and multidirectional discussions.
  • The Discussants are an important category of this forum. They are the generators of discussion as well as latent presenters. Those who are interested in presenting are recommended to participate as the discussants first. The discussants – along with the audience – who have previously participated in the forum and substantially contributed to the discussions will be considered with priority as the presenters for the following event.
  • Embodied participation is implied in its growth model based on merit and contribution (rather than on rank or prestige). AGCSF hopes to make this forum truly an intellectually viable place for lively exchange and discussion of ideas and visions, a lively intellectual fora filled with genuine curiosity and openness to different perspectives.
  • Embodied and experiential knowledge: AGCSF values embodied and experiential knowledge, research, and ideas rather than the overly academicized outcomes short of the conductive power to generate grounded and real conversations.
  • ESL students are the most welcome. You are the holders of up-to-date global knowledge. If you have any ideas to share but the only thing that makes you hesitate is your English, please bring a translator or discuss the ideas with us.

*Everyone is welcome to participate in this forum/become a presenter in future events.

*AGCSF does not support any form of ethnocentric or regional chauvinism or hegemonic nationalism unfit for our vision for the future. It solely focuses on promoting cosmopolitan learning and exploration of cultures and multi-directional decolonization.

*AGCSF supports the emergence of other cosmopolitan research groups and fora at OCAD U - based a non-hierarchical and non-exclusionary notion of regional, national, ethnic, and cultural identities.

*For further information: find the “Asia-Global Cultural Studies Forum” (AGCSF) event page  on Facebook.

Or visit our website:

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, 205 Richmond St. W., Room 115
"AGCSF" in black text on a flat pink background

Sustainability Forum 2017: Making Meaning, Taking Action

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 12:30pm to 3:30pm

Food will be provided!

Celebrating ideas from across disciplines, let’s grow our collective understanding of sustainability at OCAD U over food, systems thinking games, and pecha kucha-style talks. A pecha kucha refers to a presentation of 20 slides, shown for 20 seconds each. This is an opportunity to meet up, showcase work, or even practice a pitch prior to final thesis presentations. The Forum is open to all and we are happy to invite participation in a variety of forms.

This event is hosted by the Sustainability Committee and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Sustainability Initiatives (ODESI). Contact ODESI’s Sustainability Coordinator Victoria Ho at to with any ideas or questions!

RSVP for catering and accessibility purposes:

Venue & Address: 
49 McCaul St.
Free and open to all
Poster for the Sustainability Forum.

GradEx Information Forum

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

The GradEx information forum for graduating students is Wednesday, March 29. 

This forum will have essential info about your participation in GradEx. Learn what the 102nd Annual Graduate Exhibition is all about and how you can capitalize on 40,000 people coming to see your work. the forum will cover the schedule of events, how to book equipment, and safety and security rules, among other important things you to need to know. An info package will be sent to you soon via your student email. 


Venue & Address: 
Auditorium, Room 190, 100 McCaul St.
Gradex forum poster

GradEx Creative Process Discussion

Monday, March 6, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Questions or feedback about the process to determine this year's GradEx creative? Join us on Monday March 6 to meet the creative jury leadership.

Venue & Address: 
Room 322, 230 Richmond St. W.
Gradex forum poster

GradEx Creative Reveal

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

We'll be revealing the creative (the poster) for this year's GradEx on Wednesday, March 1. This is your chance to see the new creative before it's launched and to meet the student who designed it. 


Venue & Address: 
Auditorium, Room 190, 100 McCaul St.
Gradex forum poster

Open Forum: Why is Digital Technology so Important

Tuesday, February 12, 2008 - 9:30pm

Seven international authorities on digital practice in art and design will discuss the future learning and research and related topics. Ample opportunity will be provided for the audience to engage in discussion with the consultants. All are welcome to attend.

Red Burns, Tish School of the Arts, NY
Lizbeth Goodman, Director, SMARTlab Digital Media Institute & MAGICGamelab, University of East London
Janis Jefferies, Goldsmiths
Ilpo Koskinen, University of Art & Design, Helsinki
Bo Reimer, Malmo University, Sweden
Victoria Vesna, University of California at Los Angeles
Ron Wakkary, Simon Fraser University

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Open Forum: Change is the Challenge, Climate is the Problem

Open Forum
Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Accept the climate challenge. See how focused you and your friends are. This workshop is based on an 'open space' structure where you set the agenda and ask the questions. You also supply the answers.

David Buckland, director of the Cape Farewell project and one of the authors of the now famous 'Tipping Point' conferences in Oxford, will run this workshop and tackle this all-important subject. Contribute your voice. Consider solutions. It's guaranteed to be fun.
All are welcome.

Venue & Address: 
Open Studio, 6th Floor, Sharp Centre for Design 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

JUICE2: Making the invisible visible

Thursday, October 25, 2007 - 4:00am to Saturday, October 27, 2007 - 4:00am

Juice2, a Think Tank initiative includes presentations, conversations and food for thought. All events are free of charge.
For a complete schedule visit

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

CAFKA.07: Haptic

CAFKA: Haptic
Thursday, September 20, 2007 - 5:00am to Sunday, September 30, 2007 - 5:00am

CAFKA (Contemporary Art Forum | Kitchener & Area) promised you a Bigger, Better, Biennial visual arts forum and we plan to deliver! For eleven days in September we will once again transform the Waterloo Region into a world-class venue for contemporary art.
Kent Anderson
Jennifer Angus
Diane Borsato (Cambridge Galleries)
Doug Buis
Judy Chicago (Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery)
Mark Cypher
Christine Marie Davis
Max Dean (Waterloo Regional Children's Museum)
Wim Delvoye (Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery)
Nicolas Dumit Estevez & Maria Alos
Wyn Geleynse
Ann Hamilton (Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery & Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics)
Marcia Huyer
In-Sun Kim
Jems Robert Koko-Bi
Kristiina Lahde & Adam Brown
Edmund Law
Kelly Mark
Jens J. Meyer
Michael Pinsky
David Rokeby (OCAD alumnus)
David Spriggs
Nicholas Stedman & Kerry Segal
Ehryn Torrell
Plus a video programme curated by Laurel Woodcock.
And there's even more to come! Make sure you visit and sign up for our e-newsletter so that you can see exclusive Artist Previews and receive updates as details are confirmed.

Venue & Address: 
Contemporary Art Forum | Kitchener and Area 141 Whitney Place, Kitchener, Ontario

GradEx Information Forum for Graduating Students

GRADEX101 Information Forum Banner
Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Are you graduating from OCAD U this year? Do you plan on showcasing your work in GradEx? Learn what the 101st annual Graduate Exhibition is all about and how you can capitalize on more than 30,000 people coming to see your work.

Thursday, March 31st
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Auditorium, Room 190
100 McCaul Street

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street Auditorium, Room 190
GradEx Needs You! poster with event info and photo of GradEx attendees