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International Women’s Day Panel: Celebrating Graduate Student Research at the IMRC

March 8, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Each year, in honour of International Women’s Day, the IMRC organizes a panel discussion that showcases graduate student research and is co-hosted by the Migration, Mobilities and Social Politics Research Cluster. This event is normally a luncheon, but this year we invite people to join us for the lunch hour to hear current graduate students discuss their research findings.

We will also be launching the IMRC’s new and exciting podcast series “Displacements” at this event.


Kearney Coupland is a PhD candidate (ABD) in Geography at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her research interests are informed by her training as a landscape architect and explore how people experience and adapt to changing environments in response to conflict and climate change. Her current research is focused on hurricane displacement in The Bahamas. The title of Kearney’s talk is “Hurricane Dorian: mapping post-disaster mobility in The Bahamas”.

Jennifer Kandjii is the Research Officer on the LERRN-IDRC initiative on localizing knowledge production on forced displacement. She is also a Ph.D. Candidate (ABD) in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Her dissertation focuses on refugee governance and experiences in South Africa, drawing links and interrogating tensions between policy and practices of policy implementation, citizenry xenophobic discrimination and violence, and refugees’ precarious existence while elucidating the struggles, resistance, and resilience strategies that refugees espouse in this context. Jennifer’s talk is entitled “Exclusionary citizenship and precarious existence: Assemblages of refugee exclusion in South Africa’s urban spaces”.

Anahid Shirkadoee is a PhD candidate (ABD) in Geography at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her PhD project focuses on Muslim immigrant women’s lived experience in Canada. She is interested in how geopolitical discourses such as the war on terror affect the content of immigration policy, the process of integration and subsequently the lived experience of Muslim immigrants in the Canadian society. The title of Anahid’s talk is “Feminist research practice in geography”.

Moderated by the Director of the IMRC, Alison Mountz


March 8, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Balsillie School of International Affairs, 67 Erb Street West
Waterloo, ON Canada
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