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


Artist: Vasuki
Artist: Kiko
Artist: Vasan

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.

Usha George

Professor and Dean
Faculty of Community Services
Ryerson University

Older Tamil Immigrant Women and Their Attitudes Toward Breast Cancer Screening
Friday, June 1st |  9:00 - 11:00 AM
Co-respondents: Sepali Guruge & Parvathy Kanthasamy

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. George's scholarship, teaching and creative professional activity has been in the area of social work with diverse communities. Her research focuses on three areas: social development; newcomer settlement and integration; and diversity and organizational change. Dr. George was instrumental in developing the Anti-racism, Multiculturalism and Native Issues (AMNI) Initiative at the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto, which is a comprehensive approach to embracing diversity in the organisational functioning of the faculty.