Beyond Resettlement Conference Program

November 14-16, 2022
Carleton University

Registration will open in September 2022.

Monday, November 14, 2022

Location: Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre, 355 Cooper Street, Ottawa, Ontario
Time: TBD

Time  Description
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm (to be confirmed) Literary panel

Featuring a panel of authors of recent fiction. The event will feature discussions on gendered, racialized and generational dynamics of memory, displacement and emplacement, and diasporic cultures. In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Ugandan Asian expulsion and subsequent resettlements in the UK, India, Canada, and other countries, the panel discussion and author readings aim to share and explore the histories and experiences of the Ugandan Asian expulsion and the realities of the Ugandan Asian diaspora after half a decade of displacement.

Details to follow.

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Location: Richcraft Hall, Carleton University
Time: 8:30 am – 4 pm; 7 pm – 9 pm (online)

Time Description
8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration
9:00 am – 9:30 am Opening remarks
9:30 am – 11:00 am Panel I: The Expulsion Order and A Warm Welcome? (Re)Settling and Early Experiences of Life in Canada among East African Asians

Panelists will explore the historical context of the expulsion decree including the chain migration of Ugandan Asians as “twice migrants” who moved from the Indian sub-continent to Uganda and subsequently to Canada, the UK, India and elsewhere following the decree. Discussants will touch on the politics of belonging, the distinct nomenclature of the resettlement, chain migration, and an auto-ethnography of expulsion.

11:00 am – 11:15 am Break
11:15 am – 12:15 pm Panel II: Gender in Motion: The Cultural, Economic, and Political Impact of Migration on East African Asian Women

International migration is a multifaceted element of the human experience and intersects with multiple levels of analysis include race, class, and gender. Panelists will explore how Asian women in East Africa navigated the expulsion decree and their subsequent resettlement internationally. Discussions will focus on explorations of home and homeland from a gendered perspective along with how gender affects cuisine, migration, and labour.

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm – 2:45 pm Keynote presentation
2:45 pm – 3:00 pm Break
3:00 pm – 4:30pm Panel III: Home and Homeland: Explorations of Transnationalism and Faith amongst the Ugandan Asian Refugee Diaspora in Canada and Beyond

Being resettled internationally throughout the 1970s presented unique challenges for Ugandan Asian refugees. Panelists will engage with how faith intersects with concepts of home and homeland, resettlement in South Carolina, and a specific group of Ugandan Asians who remain stranded in Dubai.

Location: Online
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00 pm

Time Description
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Workshop I: Documentary Screenings (Online only)

In commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary, CTV producer Shelley Ayers with support from international journalist Omar Sachedina and a host of community members created a W5 series exploring the expulsion, resettlement, and connections to East Africa amongst Ugandan Asian refugees. After viewing the one our feature from CTV the producer and participants will participate in an interactive online Q&A hosted in partnership with the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Location: Richcraft Hall, Carleton University
Time: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Time Description
8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration
9:00 am – 10:30 am Panel IV: Investigating the Legacy: Understanding the Ugandan Asian Refugee Resettlement Initiative, Impacts, and Conceptions of Identity 

After 50 years of resettlement and heightened levels of forced displacement, revisiting the Ugandan Asian experience reveals insights on the global refugee regime and key questions on personal identity. Panelists will touch on globalizing resettlement, the Ugandan Asian crisis in Australia, comparisons between Ugandan Asians and recent East African refugee resettlements and exploring how Ugandan Asians define themselves today.

10:30 am – 10:45 am Break
10:45 am – 12:15 pm

Panel V: British Ugandan Asians @ 50 

29,000 Ugandan Asians were resettled in the United Kingdom following Idi Amin’s expulsion order. In collaboration with the British Ugandan Asians at 50, a group of scholars, oral historians, and members of the British Ugandan Asian community will investigate the resettlement process from a UK perspective. The panel will also feature newly captured video oral histories amongst volunteers and British Ugandan Asian who were originally housed in 16 resettlement centres throughout the United Kingdom.

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Workshop II: Roundtable on Commemoration, Remembrance, and Identity among Ugandan Asians 

This workshop offers an opportunity for the Ugandan Asian refugee community to share personal stories about their resettlement journeys and life experiences following the expulsion. Community members will be encouraged to discuss pertinent reflections on what it means to mark the 50th anniversary and why remembering these lived experiences are important for the public.

For online participants: Self-directed activity. Details to follow.

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm Break
3:15 pm – 5:15 pm Workshop III: Global Café on Intergenerational Identities and Conceptions of Self 50 Years On 

The goal of the workshop is to facilitate small group discussions on identity and belonging amongst all conference participants. We want to encourage people to share stories and conceptions of what it means to be members of a national community while simultaneously embodying diverse religious, ethnic, and gendered identities. Ultimately, we hope to uncover some of the real ways that our conceptions of self are influenced by our histories of migration, our cultural surroundings, and most importantly the inclusive and exclusive elements pathways of belonging.

For online participants: Self-directed activity. Details to follow.

5:15 pm – 5:30 pm Closing remarks