Founded in 2014 by a group of undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Toronto, Re:locations is a student-run journal and academic forum that seeks to bridge disciplinary and geographical divides. In order to foster dialogue among a wide range of scholars interested in Asia and the Pacific, we invite quality submissions from both graduate and undergraduate students in any discipline who are conducting research related to the Asia-Pacific world.
In acknowledgement of shared histories of migration, cultural exchange, and trade—and a simultaneous recognition of the exciting but underdeveloped potential of comparative research– Re:locations disrupts traditional delineations of Asia to highlight a broadly Pacific-centric perspective. Geographically, the journal spans East, Southeast, and South Asia, Australasia, Polynesia and Oceania, the Americas, and other places that are connected to the Pacific world.
Contributors may submit their original writing and artwork to either the academic forum or the journal. Shorter, topical pieces and reviews are published in the academic forum, while more formal research, reviews, and artwork are published in the journal.
Jacob Hogan received his undergraduate (2007) and masters (2010) degrees in history at the University of Ottawa, before coming to the University of Toronto to start his PhD in history (2011). Under the working title of Beyond the Westphalian World and Cold War? The IMF, US, and China, 1963-1976, his dissertation examines to what extent Washington and Beijing moved toward a new global economic order built beyond the nation-state. He is interested in how the US and Japan began to build a regional system in the Asia-Pacific – led by the creation of the Asian Development Bank (1966) – focused on containing China in both the short and long runs. He is currently the Editor-In-Chief of Past Tense, the history department’s graduate journal, and Co-Chair of the World History Association’s Graduate Student Committee.
Alexandre Paquet is Ph.D. student in the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Toronto. His research interests focus on gender representations in regards to their relation to war and violence in anime and manga through the themes of posthumanism, environment and ruin/catastrophe. More broadly, he is interested in how the exploration of these themes can contribute to the elaboration of a theoretical framework understanding anime and manga in terms of a transnational cultural apparatus.
Michael Roellinghoff received his Combined Honours BA from McMaster University (2007) in Multimedia and Japanese Studies before spending three years teaching in Japan. Coming back to Canada, he started his graduate studies at the University of Toronto, completing a MA in East Asian Studies in 2013 and is currently engaged in research for his PhD dissertation. Michael’s work focuses on the Ainu, the indigenous people in northern Japan, and late 19th century Japanese settler colonialism in Hokkaido. He is particularly interested in how the Japanese colonization of Hokkaido and the treatment of the Ainu relate to contemporary discourses and practices in the British and American empires.
Jessica Wilczak is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Geography and Program in Planning at the University of Toronto. Her undergraduate interest in Tang dynasty poetry has transformed into a fascination with the dynamism of contemporary China, and with urbanization processes in particular. She still has soft spot for all of forms of written expression and has worked as a writing instructor at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University. Her current research examines the socio-economic and environmental impacts of reconstruction on rural residents in metropolitan Chengdu following the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake.
Brittany Myburgh is a PhD student in Art History at the University of Toronto. She completed her undergraduate degrees in Fine Arts, Art History and Literature at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. Her current research centres on the use of technology in modern and contemporary art. She has an active interest in global Art Histories, contemporary Pacific Art, the history of New Zealand and Pacific Art and cultural preservation.
Lily Chen is a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto specializing in Political Science, with a Contemporary Asian Studies major.
Symon is a fourth-year H.B.A and B.Ed. student specializing in human geography and urban education. Her most recent work is focused on the gendered educational geographies of Indonesian and the Filipino migrant domestic worker training programs. Adopting a multidisciplinary approach to transnational scholarship, her research explores the potential for governmental, non-for-profit, and private sector sponsored initiatives in countries of origin and destination to provide learning opportunities that serve as a catalyst for transformative human rights education and legal empowerment.
Jessie is a BA student in Architectural Theory, History, and Criticism, Urban Studies, and Human Geography. Her independent study is topically and formally based on Anthony Vidler’s The Architectural Uncanny and Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness Of Being. Jessie is interested in critical theory, criticism, and graduating.
Kelly Yang is a third-year undergraduate student at University of Toronto pursuing her studies in International Relations, Economics, and French Studies. Being raised in different regions of the world, Kelly is interested in foreign affairs. Her Asian roots encourage Kelly to take further steps in her studies related to the Asia-Pacific world.