2016/2017 Seminar Participants

Dr. Neilesh Bose

Neilesh Bose is the Faculty Convenor of the Global South Colloquium at the University of Victoria. A historian of modern South Asia from the eighteenth century to the present, Dr. Bose focuses on nationalism, religion, and decolonization, with a particular focus on colonial India. Additionally, he hold interests in theater, performance studies, popular culture, and diasporas in the modern world.  Publications include Recasting the Region: Language, Culture, and Islam in Colonial Bengal (Oxford, 2014), as well as articles in Modern Asian Studies, The Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, South Asia Research, and Modern Intellectual History. An abiding interest is the relationships between local histories and global processes and formations in the making of the modern world. Dr. Bose has taught at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX, and St. John’s University in Queens, NY, before joining the University of Victoria in 2015 as Tier II Canada Research Chair in Global and Comparative History.

Marta Bashovski

Marta Bashovski is a PhD candidate in Political Science and Cultural, Social, and Political Thought at the Univeristy of Victoria. Her research brings together the study of global social movements and the politics of knowledge and language, or the politics of classification. Her dissertation, “Determinations of dissent: Protest and the politics of classification,” analyzes the conditions and effects of the framing of mass global protest movements from 2009-2013 (with specific emphasis on anti-austerity protests in southern Europe, the Occupy Wall Street movement, and protests in Brazil, Bulgaria and Turkey during the summer of 2013). Marta takes as significant the commentaries and redescriptions of these events that emerge from academic and media spaces and connects them to a longstanding politics of classifying practices of dissent, specifically in the history of modern European political thought. This approach to thinking about how protests and practices of dissent are described offers a new understanding of how the urge to classify associated with modern forms of knowledge poses conceptual limits to possibilities of dissent.

Joanna Cordeiro

Joanna Cordeiro is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science and and Cultural, Social, and Political Thought at the University of Victoria. She is interested in the broad theme of the politics of history in the field of international relations, how history shapes our political possibilities, how it is used politically and consequently who is included and excluded from history and international politics. She is particularly interested on the critical limits of historiography and international theory.


Bikrum Gill

Bikrum Gill is a Phd Candidate in the Department of Political Science at York University in Toronto and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria. He has a wide range of research interests and expertise in a variety of fields, including political economy, political ecology, international relations, development studies, critical race theory, transnational feminisms and postcolonial studies. Applying a critical approach to the study of the global dimensions of ecology, violence, conflict, inequality, migration, and poverty, Bikrum has conducted research within, and across, a variety of regions, including South Asia, East Asia, the Middle East, East Africa, North America and South America. For his PhD dissertation, Bikrum is examining the developmental implications of growing South-South linkages in the fields of agricultural investment and co-operation, with a particular focus on the involvement of the Indian state and capital in the commercialization and industrialization of agriculture in Africa.

Joel Legassie

Joel Legassie is a PhD candidate in the department of history at the University of Victoria. His research explores the colonization of Hokkaido, Japan in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with a focus on the exchange of information among Japanese, indigenous peoples and Western (primarily English and American) foreigners. Joel also works as a freelance website developer, building and maintaining sites for a variety of clients, primarily in the non-profit and academic worlds.