Interrogating Dependence: Gender and Labor Regimes in Immigrant and Refugee Families in Canada and the U.S.

11:00am -12:00pm
Friday, March 3rd, 2023
Social Science Centre 5220

A lecture by Pallavi Banerjee

The talk will explore how immigration and refugee policies in U.S. and Canada reproduce gendered and racialized labour regimes for families of newcomers. The first part of the talk will unpack how Canada’s refugee resettlement policies recreate regimes of gendered labour within the homes and service providing organizations. The first part will also include a discussion of the ways in which land-based programming based in Indigenous knowledges allows refugee women to engage with the earth to process the trauma of forced migration and the regimes of oppression in the host country.  The second part of the talk will quickly take us through Pallavi’s newly published book, The Opportunity Trap, and will bring uo similar topics as nuances of carework and resistance of state-imposed dependency.


Pallavi Banerjeeis Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Calgary since 2015.  Before this she was a postdoctoral fellow at the sociology department at Vanderbilt University.  She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Illinois, Chicago in December of 2012. Her research interests are situated at the intersections of sociology of immigration, refugee studies, gender, unpaid and paid labour, intersectionality, transnationalism, minority families and the Global South. Her book entitled, The Opportunity Trap: High-Skilled Workers, Indian Families and the Failures of Dependent-Visa Policywas published by NYU Press in 2022, explores how the immigration and visa regimes of United States affect men tech-worker and women nurses’ families of Indian immigrant professional workers in the U.S.  Her other award-winning research has been published in many peer-reviewed journals including the American Behavioral Scientist, Gender Work and Organizations, Sociological Forum, Women, Gender, and Families of Color among other journals. She has also written opinion-pieces in venues such as The Globe and Mail, The Conversations and Ms Magazine and her research has been cited widely in the media in the U.S., Canada and India. She is currently co-editing two Special Issues for the journals Gender and Society and the Canadian Ethnic Studies and has been on the editorial boards of Gender and Society and Journal of Family and Economic Issues for the last four years. Dr. Banerjee directs the Critical Gender, Intersectionality and Migration Research Group at the University of Calgary, and her research is supported by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Canada and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). 

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