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Migration and Diaspora Student Research Conference

April 29, 2022


MDS Student Research Conference on Friday April 29, 2022. This one-day conference will be a virtual event via Zoom.

MDS Student Conference 2022

Please register below in order to receive the Zoom meeting link and information. Zoom details will be released via email shortly prior to the event.

Final Schedule – 2022 Migration and Diaspora Student Research Conference

All times are in EDT (Ottawa time)

8:30-9:15 – Zoom room open, optional technology test for presenters

9:15-9:30 – Welcome (15 minutes)

9:30-10:10 Panel 1 (40 minutes) – Refugee and Migrant Journeys

Chair: Allison Kingston

  • Being in Limbo: The Lived Experiences of Iranian Refugee Claimants in Turkey and Canada – Sanam Vaghefi, PhD Candidate, Sociology, University of Victoria
  • Care Here, Care There, Can Care Be Everywhere?: An Ethics of Care Analysis of Migrant Live- in- Caregivers and Privately Sponsored Nannies – Georgette Morris, PhD Student, Law and Legal Studies, Carleton University

10:10-10:30 – Break (20 minutes)

10:30-11:40 Panel 2 (70 minutes) – Seeking Refuge in Canada and Navigating Irregular Routes

Chair: Sarita Grant

  • “I thought Canada was better than this” The Detention of Irregular Arrivals in Canada – Alice Craft, MA Student, Political Science, Dalhousie University
  • Understanding Irregular Migration to Canada through Technology-Mediated Communication: YouTube as a Case Study – Wael Nasser, MA Student, Geography, University of Lethbridge
  • Predicting Country-Specific Asylum Flows to Canada – Nitya Nalamari, MA Student, Norman Patterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University

11:40-12:20 – Lunch Break (40 minutes)

12:20-1:00 – Networking Session (40 minutes)

Breakout room options:

  • Getting Involved with the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies: Student Essay Contest and More (CARFMS)
  • Conference Social
  • Small-Group Discussion

1:00-2:00 – Panel 3 (60 minutes) – The Political Economy of Migration

Chair: Rachel McNally

  • Trade Policy and Migration: European Union’s Free Trade Policy Impact on Tunisia – Ifrah Arif, MA Student, Migration and Diaspora Studies, Carleton University
  • « Take in less but take better care of them »: A closer look at the CAQ’s electoral promises – Cassandre Gratton, MA Student, Political Science, Concordia University
  • Small Business Social Responsibility: Unlocking the power of contributions of immigrant entrepreneurs – Shikha Shukla, MSc Student, Management, University of Ottawa

2:00-2:20 – Break (20 minutes)

2:20-2:45 – Panel 4 (25 minutes) – Critically Theorizing State Power and Borders through Lived Experience

Chair: Courtney Joshua

  • Nation-state borders: Modern concentration camps – Mostafa Hetteh, PhD Student, Political Science, York University

2:45-3:00 – Break (15 minutes)

3:00-4:00 – Panel 5 (60 minutes) – Barriers and Opportunities for Newcomer Integration in Canada

Chair: Sarita Grant

  • Being an immigrant and becoming a mother in times of pandemic in Quebec – Elisa Beatriz Ramírez Hernández, Maîtrise sur mesure en sciences sociales sur les liens familiaux, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique- Centre Urbanisation, Culture et Société (INRS-UCS)
  • Play with Purpose: The use of Sport as a Tool for Integration – Allison Kingston, MA Student, Migration and Diaspora Studies, Carleton University

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