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CRS Roundtable: Gender, migration, and security: Canadian perspectives

A roundtable with presentations from CRS faculty, followed by discussion with the 2018 Halifax Peace With Women Fellows (a program of the Halifax International Security Forum)
The uneven regulation of migration, gendered political and legal dynamics, and concerns for national and human security intersect to produce paradoxicaloutcomes. Policies and practices for refugee governance and settlement often work to criminalize migration, despite legal obligations to protect asylum seekers coming to Canada. Growing perceptions of migration as a threat to national security undermine international commitments to protect displaced persons andsafeguardhumane mobility, and obscure human insecurity and destruction of livelihoods as drivers of survival migration. Moreover, rights and protections for migrating women are commonly contingent on their place in a male-headed family. Through distinct examples, this roundtable will examine the interplay between gender, migration and security. Our international guests for this discussion are the Peace with Women Fellows.
Featuring Centre for Refugee scholars:

Jennifer Hyndman: Gender, Migration, and Security
Özgün Topak: Canadian Digital Borders and Human Rights

This presentation will provide an overview of digital surveillance at and beyond the Canadian borders and discuss the negative consequences of digital surveillance for human rights.

Chris Kyriakides: Orientalised Gender Relations in Refugee Resettlement

This presentation will explore how refugee reception in the West often reinforces ethnocentric assumptions around gender relations which diminish resettlement success.
Dr. Jennifer Hyndman is Professor in the Departments ofSocial ScienceandGeography, and is Director of the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University. Her research spans political, economic, cultural and feminist dimensions of migration, and focuses on people’s mobility, displacement, and security.
Dr. Özgün Topak is Assistant Professor of Criminology in the Department of Social Science at York University. His research interests include surveillance studies, migration & border studies and human rights.
Dr. Christopher Kyriakides holds the Canada Research Chair in Citizenship, Social Justice and Ethno-Racialization with the Department of Sociology and is an Executive Committee Member of the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University.
About the Halifax Peace with Women Fellowship
This is a three week executive tour for women ranked Colonel or above from NATO and NATO partner countries. During the month-long fellowship, seven participants will travel to Washington DC, Silicon Valley, Toronto, and Ottawa before attending the Forum in Halifax. They will be meeting with thought leaders in a number of fields from humanitarian to traditional security and academia to help further develop their networks and leadership capacity.
As part of the Fellowship in Washington DC, they will be meeting with groups such as HIAS, Human Rights First, and UNHCR as well as visiting a refugee settlement site. Their intention is to give the Fellows an opportunity to learn from those working on the ground related to matters of migration from the U.S. perspective.
This event is free, but space is limited, so please RSVP:


Nov 07 2018


1:30 pm - 3:00 pm


280N York Lanes @ 4700 Keele St, North York, ON M3J 1P3, Canada
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