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Graduate Research Workshop on Migration and Settlement


Wednesday, 11 June 2014 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM (EDT)

Graduate Research Workshop on Migration and Settlement

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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.

This event is free and open to the public. Breakfast and lunch will be served. For further details, please see below.

Session One: New Forms of Precariousness 

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.

“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:  case of Indian students in Canada (Gunjan Sondhi, York University)

Participation of Refugee Youth in the Educational System: Comparative Case Studies in Munich and Toronto (Annette Korntheuer, York University)


Session Two: Migrant Health and Wellbeing 

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. 

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 

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. 

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)



8:30 am


Opening Remarks

8:45 am

  • Adnan Turegun, CERIS Director

Session One: New Forms of Precariousness


Chair: Valerie Preston, Professor, Geography, York University

9:00 am - 10:10 am


  • Geraldina Polanco, York University
  • Oluwabukola Oladunni Salami, University of Toronto
  • Francisco Javier Villegas, University of Toronto
  • Gunjan Sondhi, York University
  • Annette Korntheuer, York University


10:10 am - 10:20 am


Session Two: Migrant Health and Wellbeing


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

10:20 am - 11: 30 am



  • Janette J. Brual, Queen’s University
  • S.M. Tariqul Islam, Laurentian University
  • Bharati Sethi, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Sajedeh Zahraei, University of Toronto
  • Christine Nabukeera, York University


11:30 am - 11:40 am


Session Three: Citizenship, Multiculturalism, and Identity


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

11: 40 am -12:50 pm


  • Laura Reidel, Wilfrid Laurier
  • Rhiannon Mosher, York University
  • Snežana Ratkovic, Brock University
  • Evadne Kelly, York University
  • Janine Rose, York University


12:50 pm – 1:30 pm


Training Session: Writing Research Summaries and Mobilizing Graduate Research

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm


  • Michael Johnny, York University, Manager, Knowledge Mobilization
  • Monica Valencia, CERIS, Knowledge Exchange Officer





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When & Where

York University, Kaneff Tower, Room 519
4700 Keele St
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3

Wednesday, 11 June 2014 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM (EDT)

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CERIS is Ontario’s leading knowledge exchange network and hub for researchers, policymakers, and practitioners working in the field of migration and settlement. 

As a network of stakeholder communities and a medium of knowledge exchange, CERIS strives to:

  • Bring together researchers, policymakers, and community-based practitioners
  • Organize, mobilize, and share knowledge 
  • Contribute to informed policy and service intervention
  • Contribute to informed discussion of migration and settlement issues 



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