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Workshop on Recent Doctoral Research Regarding Migration and Settlement

June 11, 2014 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Video recordings of the presentations can be accessed via our YouTube channel.

CERIS invites you to an interactive workshop showcasing research findings on migration and settlement by emerging scholars in Ontario. In this all-day event, recent and prospective PhDs will present on three major themes including  New Forms of Precariousness; Migrant Health and Wellbeing; and Citizenship, Multiculturalism, and Identity. Following the presentations, the audience will have an opportunity to receive hands-on training on how to write research summaries and mobilize research to the general public. For further details, please see below.

Session One: New Forms of Precariousness (9:00 am – 10:10 am)

This session explores the policy and experiences that affect migrant workers and international students at a global and local level. Topics include temporary work, live-in caregivers, access to education and student mobility.

Chair: Valerie Preston, Professor, Geography, York University


Behind the Counter: Migration, Labour Policy and Temporary Work in a Global Fast Food Chain (Geraldina Polanco, York University) geraldinapolanco@alumni.ubc.ca

“All for the Family”: A Case Study on the Migration of Philippine Educated Nurses to Ontario through the Live-in Caregiver Program (PowerPoint Presentation - Oluwabukola Oladunni Salami, University of Toronto) bukola.salami@ualberta.ca

The Politics of “Access”: Undocumented Students and Enrollment in Toronto Schools (Francisco Javier Villegas, University of Toronto) villegasf@gmail.com

Gendering international student mobility:  case of Indian students in Canada (PowerPoint Presentation - Gunjan Sondhi, York University) gunjan.sondhi@gmail.com

Participation of Refugee Youth in the Educational System: Comparative Case Studies in Munich and Toronto (PowerPoint Presentation – Annette Korntheuer, Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich / York University) annette.toronto@gmail.com

Session Two: Migrant Health and Wellbeing (10:20 am – 11:30 am)

This session focuses on the physical and mental health of immigrants and refugees, especially women. Topics include utilization of and access to health services, memory and trauma, employment and its effects on health.

Chair: Rupaleem Bhuyan, Associate Professor, Social Work, University of Toronto


Social Determinants and Place: Challenging the Health Status and Utilization of Health Services by Later-life Immigrants (PowerPoint Presentation – Janette J. Brual, Queen’s University) janette.brual@gmail.com

Human Development of South Asian Immigrants Living in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA): Access to Health Care (PowerPoint Presentation – S.M. Tariqul Islam, Laurentian University) sy_islam@laurentian.ca

Intersectional Exposures: Exploring the Health Effect of Employment with KAAJAL Immigrant/Refugee Women in Grand Erie through Photovoice (PowerPoint Presentation - Bharati Sethi, Wilfrid Laurier University) seth3820@mylaurier.ca

Memory, Trauma, and Citizenship: Arab Iraqi Women (Sajedeh Zahraei, University of Toronto) sajedeh.zahraei@mail.utoronto.ca

“Animals in Canada have more value than women in Congo”:   A dialogic encounter with refugee women from Sub Saharan Africa (Christine Nabukeera, York University) christine.nabukeera@phac-aspc.gc.ca

Session Three: Citizenship, Multiculturalism, and Identity (11:40 am – 12:50 pm)

This session looks at the factors that shape migrants’ identity formation and expression. Topics include immigrant diversity, dimensions of citizenship, identity re-negotiation, and belonging.

Chair: Sutama Ghosh, Associate Professor, Geography, Ryerson University


If not multiculturalism, then what? Normative contestation and competing approaches to the governance of immigrant diversity in Canada and the Netherlands (PowerPoint Presentation – Laura Reidel, Wilfrid Laurier University) lreidel@balsillieschool.ca

Speaking of Belonging: moral and cultural dimensions of citizenship in the Netherlands (PowerPoint Presentation – Rhiannon Mosher, York University) rmmosher.yorku.ca@gmail.com

Teachers Without Borders: Exploring Experiences, Transitions, and Identities of Refugee Women Teachers from Yugoslavia (PowerPoint Presentation – Snežana Ratkovic, Brock University) sratkovic@brocku.ca

Identity Re-Negotiation in the “Traditional” Dances of Fiji and Fiji’s Canadian Diaspora: Towards a Generative Politics of Movement-Based Affects (PowerPoint Presentation – Evadne Kelly, York University) evadne_f@yahoo.com

Identity, Community and Place: Jamaican Immigrant Organizations in the GTA (PowerPoint Presentation – Janine Rose, York University) janiner@yorku.ca

Training Session: Knowledge Mobilization and Research Summary Writing (1:30 pm – 3:30 pm)

Michael Johnny, Knowledge Mobilization Manager, York University (PowerPoint Presentation, planning template) mjohnny@yorku.ca

Monica Valencia, Knowledge Exchange Officer, CERIS (PowerPoint Presentation, writing guide) monvalen@yorku.ca

To attend, please RSVP at http://cerisgraduateresearch.eventbrite.ca

This event is free and open to the public. Breakfast and lunch will be served.

To see event agenda, click here.


June 11, 2014
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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