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Lecture Series by the Indo-Canadian Studies Centre (ICSC)

On 4th October 2011, the Indo-Canadian Studies Centre (ICSC) had organised the first two lectures in its Lecture Series initiative where two international scholars in the field of Indo-Canadian Studies gave lectures at the University of Mumbai. 

The first lecture was given by Professor Susan Fisher, Professor of English at the University of the Fraser Valley, Canada on The Great War: Canada’s Creation Story? Dr. Fisher spoke on how the first world war resulted in poetry and literature that came to symbolise the Canadian Nation and in that sense became the foundational creation story of Canada. 

The second lecture was given by Professor Barbara Schmidt-Haberkamp, Professor of English at the University of Bonn, Germany, on Spatial Politics in Yann Martel's Life of Pi. Dr. Schmidt-Haberkamp spoke of how the protagonist of the novel is stuck on the boat and has to share the cramped space with a Royal Bengal tiger. He survives like this for many months until he reaches the shore. Through this novel Dr. Schmidt-Haberkamp dealt with how space is a major marker in this novel and subsequently in the lives of the diasporics. 

The lectures were attended by university students and faculty members. Also with their responses the audience made the lectures a very enriching experience.