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Permanently Under Construction: Canadian Nation Building and Immigration

Permanently Under Construction: Canadian Nation Building and Immigration
41 Willcocks Street, Faculty Club
Time: Oct 12th, 1:00 pm End: Oct 13th, 6:30 pm
Interest Categories: Sociology (UTSC), Sociology (UTM), Sociology (FAS), Religion, Study of (FAS), Political Science, Law, Faculty of , Indigenous, Human Geography (UTSC), History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), Geography & Planning (FAS), English (UTSC), English (FAS), Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in (OISE/UT), Canada, 2000-

University College presents

Permanently Under Construction: Canadian Nation Building and Immigration





Canada pursues immigration as part of a continuing nation-building project. This interdisciplinary conference probes legal, artistic, and historical dimensions of the Canadian immigrant experience. Showcasing the expertise of scholars at the University of Toronto and elsewhere, the conference will foster future networks and collaborations across disciplines by bringing together the perspectives of lawyers, artists, social scientists, and historians to address the constraints, opportunities, and challenges of being an immigrant society.


Thursday, October 12:

1-1:30 PM       Registration

1:30-1:45PM   Greetings          Principal, University College

                                             Director, Canadian Studies Program

1:45-2:45 PM                  Keynote Opening Address: Rawi Hage (novelist)          

2:45 – 3:15 PM                Coffee Break

3:15-4:45 PM                  Indigeneity and Immigration

Chair: Audrey Macklin                             

Damien Lee (Indigenous Studies/University of Saskatchewan)

Edward Chamberlin (English/University of Toronto)

Heidi Bohaker (History/University of Toronto)

Dinner for conference participants 

Friday, October 13:

9-10:30 AM              Perspectives on Refugee Resettlement

 Chair: Nelson Wiseman                                            

 1. Stephanie Stobbe (Conflict Resolution Studies/University of Winnipeg)

2. Emily Gilbert (Geography/University of Toronto)

3. Arif Virani (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship)

10:30-11:00 AM              Coffee Break

11:00 AM-12:30 PM        Integration and Conflict

Chair: Anna Korteweg           

1. Rupaleem Bhuyan (Social Work/University of Toronto) 

2. Patricia Landolt (Sociology/University of Toronto)

3.  Phil Triadafilopoulos  (Political Science/University of Toronto))

12:30-1:30 PM                Buffet Lunch

1:30-2:30 PM                 Reading and a Talk    

Larissa Lai (Creative Writing/University of Calgary)

2:30-3:00 PM                  Coffee Break

3:30-5:00 PM                  Challenges and Future Directions

Chair: Siobhan O’Flynn                

1. Rinaldo Walcott (Social Justice Education/Ontario Institute for Studies in Education)

2. Joseph Carens (Political Science/University of Toronto)

3. Sandra Bucerius (Sociology/University of Alberta)

5:00-6:30 PM                 Reception

Organizing Committee:

Nelson Wiseman, Director, Canadian Studies Program, and Professor, Dept. of Political Science

Audrey Macklin, Professor and Chair in Human Rights Law, Faculty of Law

Smaro Kamboureli, Professor, Avie Bennett Chair in Canadian Literature, Department of English

John Marshall, Vice-Principal, University College and Associate Professor, Department for the Study of Religion

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