POSTPONED indefinitely: MDS Workshop Migration Research in the Age of Messy Politics

May 11, 2020 at 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Location:Dominion-Chalmers Church, 355 Cooper Street
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 0G8

This event has been postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 situation

Migration Research in the Age of Messy Politics is an inter-disciplinary workshop that brings together scholars from MDS and the Migration Research Collective-Collectif de Recherche sur les Migrations (MRC – CRM) for a public discussion of researching migration issues in an era of polarized tensions and fractious political debate. Working through the question of “How does political discourse shape research agendas and programs?”, researchers from the fields of geography, history, political science, philosophy and law will share insights from their own research projects while reflecting on how to engage with shifting mainstream politics in Canada, the United States and Europe.

The goal of the workshop is to document the impact of politicized discourses on migration research and develop strategies for addressing this phenomenon. The workshop is open to all but registration is required to ensure access to pre-circulated papers. Please rsvp at:

Draft Program

 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.          Welcome and Coffee / Refreshments

 9:30 – 11:00                 Borders

Dr. Luna Vives, Université de Montréal, “Playing with kids: Children and the Border”

Dr. Jamie Liew, University of Ottawa, “The Mess at the Border: Interpreting Law, Legality and Rights”

Discussant:                  Dr. Megan Gaucher, Carleton University

11:00 – 11:15                Break

 11:15 – 12:00               Labour

Dr. Sarah Zell, University of Winnipeg, “Migration and a Politics of Recruitment and Non-Belonging”

Discussant:                  Dr Christina Gabriel, Carleton University

 12:00 – 1:00                 Lunch

 1:00 – 2:30                   Politics

Dr. Mireille Paquet, Concordia University, “Quebec’s Messy Immigration Politics”

Dr. Lyubov Zhyznomirska, St. Mary’s University, “Election 2019: The Politics of Irregular Border Crossing and Asylum Claiming ”

Discussant:                  Dr. Daiva Stasiulis, Carleton Univeristy

2:30 – 3:00:                  Wrap-up