Collaborative Graduate Program in Migration and Ethnic Relations

Graduate Student Conferences

Each year the members of the Collaborative Graduate Program in Migration and Ethnic Relations Student Executive Committee organize a one-day conference to showcase the research of graduate students in the Migration and Ethnic Relations program and other departments at Western. The conference also draws students from universities in Ontario and Quebec and around the world.  

April 7 2017: 2017 MER Graduate Student Conference - "Migration in Uncertain Times"

This 2017 MER Conference - “Migrartion in Uncertain Times”, gives graduate students the opportunity to present original research on aspects of migration, integration, settlement, and/or ethnic relations in both Canadian and international contexts.

This conference is devoted to investigating immigrant experiences, identities, and labour market outcomes from a variety of theoretical perspectives and/or methodological approaches. Research may be theoretically or empirically driven or both, and work traversing disciplinary boundaries is especially welcomed. Please click here for the conference poster.

Keynote: Dr. Anton Allahar
                Professor of Sociology, University of Western Ontario 
                "The political economy of migration: ‘race’ and ethnicity in Canada’s Caribbean diaspora” 
                Click here to watch the keynote address. 

Past Conferences: 

2016    Mobile Roots: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Migration
            Click here to view the full conference program.

            Keynote Speaker: Katy Boychuk
            Intercultural Education Specialist, London Cross Cultural Learner Centre
            "The Role of Intercultural Competencies in the Workplaces"

2015    Interdisciplinary Perspectves on Migration and Settlement
            Click here to view the full conference program.

            Keynote Speaker: Evelyn Encalada Grez
            Department of Work and Labour Studies, York University 
            "Organizing Transnational Love among Mexican Migrant Farmworker Women"

2014    Mobility and Immobility: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Migration and Settlement 
            Collaborative with Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement and Ryerson Policy Studies.
            Watch Graduate Student Presentations

            Keynote Speaker: Sedef Arat-Koç, PhD.
            Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University. 
            Exaltations Of A Shrinking Citizenship:Depoliticizing & Disciplining Citizenship In The New Hard Times
            Watch Keynote Address 

2013    Graduate Student Symposium 

2012    Graduate Student Conference