Toronto, ON – On Wednesday, June 11th CERIS offers an all-day event where recent and prospective PhDs present on three major themes including New Forms of Precariousness; Migrant Health and Wellbeing; and Citizenship, Multiculturalism, and Identity.

Session one explores the policies and experiences that affect migrant workers and international students at a global and local level. Session two focuses on the physical and mental health of immigrants and refugees, especially women. And, session three looks at the factors that shape migrants’ identity formation and expression.

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

Behind the Counter: Migration, Labour Policy and Temporary Work in a Global Fast Food Chain (Geraldina Polanco, York University)

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

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

Gendering international student mobility: The case of Indian students in Canada (Gunjan Sondhi, York University)

Mapping literacy learning opportunities and identity construction among African immigrant youth in Canadian classrooms (Wambui Gichuru, Western University)

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

Social Determinants and Place: Challenging the Health Status and Utilization of Health Services by Later-life Immigrants (Janette J. Brual, Queen’s University)

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

Intersectional Exposures: Exploring the Health Effect of Employment with KAAJAL Immigrant/Refugee Women in Grand Erie through Photovoice (Bharati Sethi, Wilfrid Laurier University)

Memory, Trauma, and Citizenship: Arab Iraqi Women (Sajedeh Zahraei, University of Toronto)

“Animals in Canada have more value than women in Congo”: A dialogic encounter with refugee women from Sub Saharan Africa (Christine Nabukeera, York University)

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

If not multiculturalism, then what? Normative contestation and competing approaches to the governance of immigrant diversity in Canada and the Netherlands (Laura Reidel, Wilfrid Laurier University)

Speaking of Belonging: moral and cultural dimensions of citizenship in the Netherlands (Rhiannon Mosher, York University)

Teachers Without Borders: Exploring Experiences, Transitions, and Identities of Refugee Women Teachers from Yugoslavia (Snežana Ratkovic, Brock University)

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

Identity, Community and Place: Jamaican Immigrant Organizations in the GTA (Janine Rose, York University)

Join us

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
8:30 am – 3:30 pm
York University, 4700 Keele Street
Kaneff Tower, 5th Floor, Room 519

This event is free and open to the public.


CERIS is Ontario’s leading network of researchers, policymakers, and practitioners working in the field of migration and settlement. It serves as the knowledge exchange hub for all three communities and in the interest of all migrants and the general public.

Media Contact

Monica Valencia
CERIS Knowledge Exchange Officer
416-736-2100 ext: 22819

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