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International Women’s Day Panel: Migration Research in the Field

March 9, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

In honour of International Women’s Day, the IMRC will hold a lunch and panel discussion by current graduate students on their experiences working and conducting research in the field as women and with women. Participants and themes include:

Lana Gonzalez Balyk, “Reflecting on Research in Ecuador.” Lana touches on the context of Colombian refugees in Ecuador, and then describes and discusses the warm welcomes and frank chats that she experienced with research participants. She concludes that little has changed for them, and that the situation of Colombian refugees in Ecuador goes increasingly unnoticed due the recent large scale displacement of Venezuelans (a focus of her doctoral research).

Allison Petrozziello, “Tracking Exclusionary Birth Registration Practices Affecting Migrant Women’s Children.” Allison will discuss ethnographic field research experiences with Haitian migrants and stateless people in the Dominican Republic, and how this informs her current research tracking exclusionary birth registration practices around the world.

Monica Romero, “Erasing boundaries between the researcher and research participants: interviewing asylum seekers in Canada.” This talk will focus on the issues emerging from interviewing and doing participant observation with asylum seekers in Ontario, particularly how asymmetrical relations and self-reflexivity can counter hierarchies of power.

Yazgulu Sezgin, “Syrian refugees in Turkey and protection mechanisms available for Syrian women.” In her talk, Yazgulu focuses on the gaps and challenges faced by Syrian refugee women in Turkey and protective as well as preventative mechanisms of sexual and gender-based violence. Additionally, she discusses good practices aiming to promote gender equality among refugee communities.


March 9, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


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Balsillie School of International Affairs, 67 Erb Street West
Waterloo, ON N2L 6C2 Canada
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(226) 772-3001
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