Archive for the ‘ Dissertation ’ Category

LabourStart Conference, Toronto, 2016

16th May 2016 | 0 Comments

We presented at LabourStart and met fascinating people working for social change.  Chris Ramsaroop, co-founder of Justicia, also joined our conversations. VIC203– CHANGING THE FRAME ON MIGRANT WORKER JUSTICE  THROUGH DOCUMENTARY PRAXIS The relationship between documentary and social movements is discussed in this workshop. For over a decade filmmaker Min Sook Lee has worked in collaboration with […]


KeyNote at #WesternU: Organizing Transnational Love

12th June 2015 | 0 Comments

Organizing Transnational Love among Mexican Migrant Farmworker Women By Evelyn Encalada Grez Temporary Foreign Worker Programs in Canada not only structure flexible labour regimes for diverse industries but in the process also induce subjectivities and ways of being among “non-citizen” migrant workers. To a great extent, people are commodified as “just in time” workers and […]


LASA Paper Abstract: Gendered Statelessness

12th June 2015 | 0 Comments

LASA2015 / Precariedades, exclusiones, emergencias San Juan Puerto Rico, May 27 – 30, 2015 Gendered Statelessness: Mexican Migrant Women in Canada Managing Transnational Families at the Margins Evelyn Encalada Grez York University Justice for Migrant Workers States in the Global North are increasingly turning to temporary labour migration schemes to offset a sleuth of tensions […]


Transnational Emotions, Transnational Organizing for Migrant Justice

12th June 2015 | 0 Comments

Migration and Late Capitalism Conference, University of Victoria, Coast Salish, (Victoria-BC) Jun 11-13, 2015 Conference Program: http://www.uvic.ca/research/centres/capi/assets/docs/MLC-Conference/MLC_ProgramBrochure_Web.pdf Paper Abstract: Emotion is increasingly finding itself in the literature of migrant work, primarily in domestic and sex work. However it has not infused the literature on Temporary Foreign Worker Programs in Canada beyond the Live-in-Caregiver Program.  This presentation […]


Laura’s escape from the apple orchards of rural Ontario

10th February 2015 | 0 Comments

I had to pick up Laura at the apple farm with two police officers. We left the farm in such haste that Laura’s belongings were scattered in various plastic bags. It was a rescue mission more reminiscent of a crime scene. She could not leave without lovingly saying goodbye to each of the women with […]


One of my past presentations: organizing around the SAWP

11th January 2015 | 0 Comments

Once upon a time Canada could do no wrong Luckily my father responded well when he was hypnotized, by an order of the Canadian migra to determine if he was a real refugee… If his family was worthy of Canada Once upon a time Canada was a haven All I had to do was to […]


Un corrido especial en defensa de trabajadores: dedicado personalmente

2nd January 2015 | 0 Comments

I have kept these lines private for a while but it is time to share words and sentiments that are part of transnational organizing work. I felt so honoured and blessed from Francisco’s beautiful corrido. Para personas valientes están hechos los corridos Y este que voy a cantarles lo tiene bien merecido Una mujer hermosa […]


Notes on Organizing and Emotions in the Farms: Bonifacio never returned

12th November 2014 | 0 Comments

Temporary Foreign Worker Programs structure marginality and exclusion among people who are part of the most precarious of these schemes. In turn people are pushed to the very edges of themselves as they fight to survive and hold themselves together. Bonifacio was falling apart in the hospital. It was his second or third visit. The […]


It’s summer

1st July 2014 | 0 Comments

Es verano, unas de nuestras compañeras migrantes se van, otras se transfieren a otras farmas, otras esperan regresar para la nueva cosecha de frutas; la vida gira con la producción, el tiempo y el amor pasa atreves de los contratos de trabajo y nuestra amistad sigue aquí y allá, atravez del tiempo en Mexico y […]


Transnational Storytellings: Power in Horizontal Hierarchies

26th March 2012 | 0 Comments

Migrant workers with the margins of the global economy seek power to assert themselves, to assert themselves over. Hmmmm…more to come…