“Who Grows Our Food?” An Illustrated lecture on Migrant Farm Workers in Ontario

Award–winning photographer, Vincenzo Pietropaolo, has been documenting migrant farm workers in Canada and in their home countries of Mexico, Jamaica, and Montserrat. He is the author of Harvest Pilgrims, Mexican and Caribbean Migrant Farm Workers in Canada, Between the Lines, 2009.

When: Tuesday February 25, 2014 Time: 11:30-1pm
Where: DAWB 2-104

Everyone is welcome to attend

The event is co-sponsored by the Student Life Levy Fund, International Migration Research Centre, North American Studies Program, North American Mobility Program, and the Department of Sociology.

Climate and Human Migration, book launch and panel discussion

Friday, January 31, 2014 in the CIGI Seagram Room, 57 Erb Street West, Waterloo, Ontariorobert mcleman book cover

12:30pm lunch, 1:00-2:30pm panel discussion (taped). All are welcome, a light lunch is provided.

Participants: Dr. Jenna Hennebry (Moderator), Dr. Robert McLeman, Dr. Simon Dalby, Dr. Alison Mountz, and Gabriel Williams.

Book launch and panel discussion presented by IMRC, as part of the BSIA International Governance Speaker Series.

There is growing concern that climate change will lead to large-scale population displacements and migration in coming decades. Some estimates suggest that by mid-century, hundreds of millions of people worldwide risk becoming environmental refugees. In 2013, a Kiribati man claimed political asylum in New Zealand, claiming that rising sea levels made it unsafe for him to continue living on his home island.

This panel of researchers will explore the scientific, political, and policy dimensions of the current debate over environmentally-related migration, and consider some of the    important challenges that will face researchers and decision-makers in the years ahead.

McLeman, Robert A. 2013. Climate and Human Migration: Past Experiences, Future Challenges. Cambridge University Press. 9781107606708

See the video HERE


Dal Puri Diaspora

The Journey of Indian Rotis Across Three Continents

A documentary by Richard Fung

Friday, January 17,2 014 at 7:00pm

Original Princess Cinema, 6 Princess Street, Waterloo, Ontario

Free/Open to the Public

Screening followed by a discussion with the director. Shot in Toronto, Trinidad and India, Dal Puri Diaspora tracks dal puri’s remarkable passage across space and time, linking colonialism, migration and the globalization of tastes.


An event of the CACS-ACEC national conference Dispersions 2014



Damage Control, and the Art of Governing Freedommimithinguyen

Saturday January 18, 2014

5:00pm CIGI Auditorium, 67 Erb Street West

Presented by the Cultural Studies Program and the Canadian Association of Cultural Studies

Sponsored by IMRC

Mimi Thi Nguyen is Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her book The Gift of Freedom: War, Debt, and Other Refugee Passages, focuses on the promise of “giving” freedom concurrent and contingent with waging war and its afterlife (Duke University Press, 2012). She is also co-editor with Fiona I.B. Ngo and Mariam Lam of a Summer 2012 special issue of positions on Southeast Asian American Studies (20:3, Winter 2012). Nguyen was recently named a Conrad Humanities Scholar for 2013-2018, a designation supporting the work of outstanding associate professors in the humanities within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois.

Nguyen has made zines since 1991, including Slander (formerly known by other titles) and the compilation zine Race Riot. She is a former Punk Planet columnist and Maximumrocknroll volunteer; she is also a frequent collaborator with Daniela Capistrano for the POC Zine Project. In June 2013, Sarah McCarry‘s Guillotine (“a series of erratically published chapbooks focused on revolutionary non-fiction”) released PUNK, a conversation between Nguyen and Golnar Nikpour.


For more information about the CACS-ACEC national conference go to Dispersions2014.sched.org

IMRC presents Kathy Kopinak

“The Contribution of Export Processing Wages to Migration from Mexicao to the United States and from Morocco to Spain”

November 15 at 12:30, a lunchtime lecture at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, room 142kathykopinak

Export industries, called Maquiladoras or maquilas in Mexico, are the result of regionalized and globalized economies, in which industries move to reduce their costs. The focus of this presentation is the distinct impact that characteristics of export processing industries (mainly wages) and borders have on emigration. Although it is widely agreed that cheap wages are a fundamental cause of industrial relocation from a company’s point of view, much less is known about how employees perceive and respond to such wages. We draw on several distinctions Marx made among different kinds or aspects of wages and also concepts from the new economics of labour migration, which rejects the idea that income is a homogeneous good. We show how several different types of wages are important in considerations of emigration: nominal, real, indirect, relative and source of income. In focusing on how distinct borders affect emigration, we take into account the impact that the state in different jurisdictions has on wages and geography.

Room 142, Balsillie School of International Affairs
67 Erb Street West, Waterloo ON N2L 6C2

IMRC presents Mat Coleman

“Migra/Policia: Automobility and Immigrant Policing in the US South”

November 13 at 12:30pm, the IMRC welcomes Dr. Mat Coleman from The Ohio State University to Waterloo.MatColeman

Research on new immigration to the US South says little substantively about how immigrant livelihoods have been shaped by the recent devolution of immigration enforcement powers to county sheriffs and city police. Drawing on new fieldwork findings from two counties in central North Carolina, Dr. Coleman explores the site-specific practices that constitute non-federal immigration enforcement, with a specific focus on policy surveillance of immigrant “automobility”. His research draws on feminist political geography insights about the state as an aggregation of local-scale practices rather than as a coherent, homogenous, single-minded entity.

As a political geographer, with a longstanding interest in political economy, Dr. Coleman is interested in how the contingencies and specificities of territory, place, and space shape what we can say about the exercise of state power.

All are welcome to the lecture at 12:30pm on Wednesday, November 13, at the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) in room 142. A light lunch will be provided.

Room 142, Balsillie School of International Affairs
67 Erb Street West, Waterloo ON N2L 6C2