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The conference will host over 40 scholars of various disciplines from North America, Europe, South Asia, and Australasia:


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Abraham, S.
Ambalavanar, D.
Arasu, V.
Champakalakshmi, R.
Cheran, R.
Fukao, J.
George, G.
George, U.
Ghose, R.
Guruge, S.
Jegathesan, M.
Kanaganayakam, C.
Kanthasamy, P.
Karunakaran, K.
Karunanithi, G.
Kingsolver, A.
Mason, R.
Maunaguru, S.
Maunaguru, Sitralega
McNaughton, S.
More, J.B.P.
Orr, L.
Pai, G.
Palaniappan, S.
Pandian, M.S.S.
Rajesh, V.
Renganathan, V.
Sangarasivam, Y.
Seylon, R.
Shanmugam, K.
Sivalingam, H.
Sriramachandran, R.
Sundar, A.
Tambiah, S.J.
Tyyskä, V.
Vaitheespara, R.
Vivekananthan, P.
Whitaker, M.
Xavier, S.
Young, K.
Younger, P.

Robin Mason

Assistant Professor
Department of Public Health Sciences
University of  Toronto

Perceptions of and Response to Intimate Partner Violence Among Tamil Women
(co-authored by Ilene Hyman, Helene Berman, Sepali Guruge, Pushpa Kanagaratnam, Lisa Manuel, Rajini Tarcisius, and Tharshi Yoganathan)
Friday, June 1st |  9:00 - 11:00 AM

Traditionally, in Tamil societies the responsibilities of health and well-being tend to be assigned to women who are wives, mothers, care-givers, and cultural-carriers. However, displacement, exile, and forced migrations have had a drastic impact on gender relations in Tamil society in the diaspora. This symposium will address gender roles, changing familial relations and functions as well as health and well-being of Tamil families in the diaspora in Toronto. While exploring how notions and perceptions of Tamil culture are instrumental in shaping and defining family and gender relations, the three individual papers in the panel will highlight: relationships between children and their parents; perceptions of and responses to intimate partner violence among Tamil women; and older immigrant women and their attitudes toward breast cancer screening.

Dr. Mason is a community-based researcher interested in intimate partner violence (IPV) in minority cultural communities, as well as training and educating health care professionals about these issues. She is currently a Research Scientist with the Violence and Health Research Program at the Women’s College Research Institute and an Assistant Professor with the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Toronto. Dr. Mason is co-chair of an Expert Panel charged with developing curricula on IPV for Emergency Department staff across the province (funded by the Ontario Women’s Directorate) and also manages the REACH program (Research, Education and Action to Create Health and hope for survivors of violence) at Women’s College Hospital.