Soma Chatterjee: Borders are no Longer at the Border

From our Seminar Series Roxana Ng. February 4, 2014. Soma Chatterjee on:

“Borders are no longer at the Border”: Professional Immigrants’ Labour Market Integration & Exclusionary Nationalism

In this presentation Soma Chatterjee discusses the Canadian state’s contradictory practices of welcoming immigrant labour as crucial for its prosperity and simultaneous construction of that very labour as skill deficient. Soma argues that this simultaneous welcoming and expulsion of immigrant labour ensures a form of ideological bordering through which Canada continues to procure exploitable labour, and at the same time, constructs itself as a nation with ‘naturally’ superior standards.

Embodied Approaches to Immigrant Labour

We’re a little behind, but here’s the recording of our January 27th event with Adam Perry in our ongoing series in honour of Roxana Ng, on “Image Theatre: Embodied Approaches to Immigrant Labour”.

In this presentation Adam Perry discusses the use of an embodied approach to qualitative research with migrant farm workers. He explores how he engaged with the practice of “Image Theatre” to facilitate counter-discursive stories shaped by workers’ invitation to play in the space between aesthetic representation and social reality. Expect to move around a bit during this presentation.

This event was part of a year-long series of lunch time events in honour of CWSE Head Roxana Ng, who passed away in January 2013. Roxana was a prolific and dedicated feminist whose work focused on globalization, migration, and labour relations; immigrant women and Canadian institutions; Institutional Ethnography; anti-racism; Qi Gong and alternative holistic health and healing; embodied learning; and critical feminist pedagogy.

More information about the series.

We have only one more event in this series, taking place April 3rd at the CWSE. Come check it out.