WSSS webinar: Reflections on migrant activism and community-based research in a global pandemic

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This webinar highlights three scholars whose research bridges academia, advocacy, and community-based work in the area of migrant justice. The panelists will reflect on questions such as:

  • What does it mean to do community-based work in the midst of a pandemic?
  • How do we give space in our pedagogy for our community work and what our communities are going through?
  • How has migrant activism adapted to our current political realities?
  • How have regional and international advocacy shifted with the many competing priorities we (and our various institutions) are facing?


Evelyn Encalada Grez is a transnational labour scholar, community-labour organizer, and Assistant Professor in Labour Studies at Simon Fraser University. She is also the co-founder of the award winning collective, Justice for Migrant Workers (J4MW), that has advocated for the rights of migrant farmworkers in Canada for two decades. Her research bridges grass-roots activism with academic scholarship and through this approach she has extensively documented the lives of Mexican migrant farmworker women who work and forge transnational livelihoods between rural Canada and rural Mexico.

Petra Molnar is a lawyer and researcher specializing in migration, technology, and human rights. She is currently co-creating the Migration and Technology Monitor, a collective of civil society, journalists, academics, and filmmakers interrogating technological experiments on people crossing borders. Petra is the author of the recent report Technological Testing Grounds, foregrounding the perspectives of people on the move in Greece and Europe, and is the associate director of the Refugee Law Lab, Osgoode Hall Law School.

Ethel Tungohan is a Canada Research Chair in Canadian Migration Policy, Impacts and Activism (Tier 2) and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics at York University. She has worked closely with Migrant Resource Centre Canada, Migrante-Alberta, and Gabriela-ON on socially-engaged research projects. Her work has been published in numerous academic journals and she is the co-editor of Filipinos in Canada: Disturbing Invisibility (University of Toronto Press, 2013).


Julie Young
Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Critical Border Studies
Department of Geography and Environment, University of Lethbridge

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