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 specialization and other departments at Western. The conference also draws students from universities in Ontario and Quebec and around the world.  

Date: April 13th, 2018
Theme: MER 2018: Migration in Changing Global Contexts

This 2018 MER Conference, “Migration in Changing Global Contexts”, 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.
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Past Conferences:

2017      2017 MER Graduate Student Conference - "Migration in Uncertain Times"

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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. 


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 Perspectives 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