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National Imaginaries and Canadian Immigration and Citizenship Policy

March 3, 2017 at 3:45 PM to 5:00 AM

Location:Second Floor Conference Rooms Richcraft Hall

Immigration and multiculturalism play a role in the ways in which white settler nations, such as Canada, imagine themselves. Canada has been seen as a nation that is welcoming of immigrants, that offers the promise of citizenship to all and is a pioneer of a multicultural model of integration. Will this narrative be true in the future. The papers in this section address recent developments in immigration and multiculturalism as a starting point to consider how Canadians might see their national community in the future.


Yasmeen Abu-Laban is Professor of Political Science at the University of Alberta, specializing in ethnic and gender politics; nationalism, globalization and processes of racialization; immigration policies and politics; multiculturalism and anti-racism; human rights; and citizenship theory. She has published extensively on these subjects, including as co-author of Selling Diversity: Immigration, Multiculturalism, Employment Equity and Globalization (2002).

Janine Brodie is a Distinguished Professor and Canada Research Chair in Political Economy and Social Governance at the University of Alberta. Brodie is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She is editor or author of ten books, covering topics from women and politics in Canada to Canadian regionalism. She is especially known for her outstanding scholarship on gender and politics, political economy, citizenship and social policy, and governing paradigms. She has also been named one of FPA’s 75 most inspiring alumni.

Alexandra Dobrowolsky is Professor of Political Science at Saint Mary’s University. Her research centers on theories and practices of representation, mobilization, citizenship, and democratic governance, and she is currently undertaking a larger research project on the impact of the devolution of Canadian Immigration Policy on equality and multiculturalism.

Raffaele Iacovino received his PhD from McGill University and is currently Associate Professor of Political Science at Carleton University. He was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Canada Research Chair on Democracy and Sovereignty at l’Université du Québec À Chicoutimi and a Skelton-Clark postdoctoral fellow of Canadian Affairs in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University. His teaching, research, and writing interests include Canadian federalism, Quebec politics, nationalism, citizenship, and immigration.

This panel will be chaired by Dr. Pauline Rankin. Dr. Rankin researches and teaches in the area of gender and politics.  Her current research is part of multi-disciplinary initiative at Carleton University, Gender Equality Measurement, focused on examining the ‘measurement turn’ in public policy and the questions related to epistemology, political change, policy innovation and feminist activism that arise from assumptions that equality can be quantified. Dr. Rankin is a past Director of the Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s Studies (2000-2005) and a former Director of the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies (2005-2007). She served as Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Affairs for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Acting Director of the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies (2013-2014). She is currently Interim Associate Vice-President, Research & International.