Dr. Habiba Zaman

Profile

Dr. Habiba Zaman is Professor in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, Simon Fraser University. She earned her M.A. in Political Science and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Manitoba. Her areas of research interest include Immigrants, settlement and work in Canada; Global south and social justice movements; Gender and development; Globalization and labour mobility; Race, gender and class; South Asia. She has published extensively in international journals.

Conference News

Dr. Habiba Zaman has organized the upcoming performance event with Arno Kamolika as part of the Margaret Lowe Benston Lecture Series for Social Justice.

Conference Papers/Activities

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE PAPERS

2014 "Academic Research and Racialized Community Activism: Exploring International Theory and Practices", International Intersectionality Conference, SFU Harbour Centre, April 24-26

2011 "South Asian Immigrants in BC: Migration and Agency", Women's Worlds: An International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women, Ottawa

2009 “The Political Economy of Immigrant Labour in Canada: Intersections of Race, Gender and Class”, XII International Conference titled The Political Economy of Social Division: Race, Gender, Class and Caste as Fetishized/Fetishizing Borders, Trivandrum, Kerala, India.

2009 "Reflections on Research with Im/migrant Women: Challenges and Rewards." Participated in the Workshop 25: "Revisiting Feminist Methods in Migration Research", Feminist Research Methods: An International Conference, Stockholm University, Sweden.

2008 “Labour Market Regulations and Economic Insecurity for Immigrants in Canada: Intersections of Gender and Class”, 10th International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, July  3-9 (to be  presented).

2005 “Asian Immigrants’ Vision of an Alternative Society in Australia and Canada: Impossibly Utopian or Simply Social Justice?” Globalism and Its Challengers Conference, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia, April 18-21.

2005 “Feminized Transnational Migration,” Globalism and Its Challengers Conference, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia, April 18-21.

2004 “Neo-liberal Policies and Immigrant Women in Canada,” International Conference titled The WTO and Beyond: Global Governance and State Power in the Twenty First Century, Harbour Centre, Simon Fraser University, June 10-13.

2003 “The Feminization of Transnational Migration in a Globalized Economy: Quantity or Femininity?” International Conference titled Neo-liberal Globalism and Its Challengers: Reclaiming the Commons in the Semi-periphery—A Comparative Study of Mexico, Norway, Australia and Canada, Bergen, Norway, October 4—7.

2003 Co-Chair of Workshop E: Women and Globalization in the Semi-Periphery: Changing Social Forces for Women in Mexico, Norway, Australia and Canada,” Neo-liberal Globalism conference in Bergen, Norway, October 4—7.

2002 “Commodifying Immigrant Female Labourers in Canada: Intersections of Globalization, Migration & De-skilling,” Challenging Neo-liberal Globalism in the Semi-periphery: Mexico City Conference, February 19-21.

2002 “Globali2004 “Neo-liberal Policies and Immigrant Women in Canada,” International Conference titled The WTO and Beyond: Global Governance and State Power in the Twenty First Century, Harbour Centre, Simon Fraser University, June 10-13.

2002 "Globalization from Below”: Feminization of Migration, Resistance, and Empowerment – A Case Study,” Challenging Neo-liberal Globalism in the Semi- Periphery: Mexico City Conference, February 19-21.    

1999 “Paid Work, Multiple Roles, and Socio-Political Consciousness of Women Workers: Reshaping Bangladesh’s Future Women’s Movement, 7th International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women, Tromso, Norway,  June 20 - 26.

1998 “Women’s Studies at SFU, Canada: History, Current Programs and Future Directions”, Theme: Women’s Studies and Development in the 21st Century, June 21-23, Organized by Peking University, Beijing, China.

1998 “Garment Workers in Bangladesh,” Centre for Research on Women’s Theory, Capital Normal University, Beijing, China, June 1998.

1998 “Violence against Women in Bangladesh,” Gender and Development Group, Beijing, China, June,1998.

1997 “The Case of Taslima Nasrin and the Women’s Movement in Bangladesh,” 10th International Conference; Theme: Women, Policy and Politics, July 14-17, Organized by the Centre for Research and Education on Gender, Institute of Education, University of London, England.

1996 “Victims of Globalization: Women and Children,” 6th International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia, 22-26 April.

NATIONAL CONFERENCE PAPERS

2014 "The PWC of BC: A Link between the Filipino Community and BC Labour Union", Invited Speaker, History, Rupture and Continuity: Creating and Nurturing a New Path, Organized by the Philippine Women Centre of BC, May 31

2013 "Immigrants in British Columbia: Dimensions of Precariousness in Labour Market", RCIS Conference entitled Immigration and Settlement: Precarious Futures? Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

2012 "Asian Immigrant Women in Canada", Congress/Canadian Women's Studies Association Meeting

2012 "Asian Immigrant Women's Labour: Recent Trends in Canada", Congress/Canadian Sociological Association

2011 "Informal and Formal Sources of Support Used by Immigrants from South Asia: Some Preliminary Findings", Metropolis Conference, Vancouver

2010 “Naturalized Social Inequality via Racialized and Genderized Immigrant Labour: Fact or Fiction in Canada?”, The 10th Annual Critical Race and AntiColonial Studies Conference. Theme: Race-Making and the States: Between Postracial Neoliberalism and Racialized Terrorism, 8-10 October, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB.

2009 “Skilled Immigrant Women in Metro Vancouver: An Exploratory Study", The Canadian Women’s Studies Association Meeting/The Congress, Carleton University, Ottawa.

2008 "Transnational Migration: Does it Contest or Create New Form of Identities in a Global Economy?", Canadian Women's Studies Association Meetings/The Congress, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, June 1-3, 2008.

2007 “Employment Standards Act and Recent Immigrants: What Does Economic Restructuring Mean in BC?” Canadian Women’s Studies Association Meetings, U of Saskatchewan, May.

2007 “BC Employment Standards Act and Recent Immigrants: The Case of the Filipino,” Jobs and Justice Conference: Strategies and Solutions for Economic Security, Maritime Labour Centre, Vancouver, March 29-31.

2006 “Immigrant Women as Agents of Change: Formal and Informal Networks,” Canadian Women’s Studies/Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Meetings, York University, Toronto, May.

2004 “Transnational Migration in a Globalized Economy: Intersections of Gender, Race, and Class,” Canadian Women’s Studies Association, Winnipeg, May 30—June 1.

2003 "Immigration Policies in an Era of Neo-Liberal Globalism: A Comparison of Four Semi-Peripheral Countries,” Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, Halifax, June 1—4.

2003 “Gender and Migration in Canada, Australia, and Norway: A Comparison of Race,   Gender and Class Issues in Immigration Policies,” CSAA/CWSA, Halifax, June   1—4.

2002 “Transnational Activism,” Canadian Women’s Studies Association, Toronto, May 27.

2002 “Immigrant Women and Globalization”, Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, Toronto, May 28 to June 1.      

2002 “Women and Development in Bangladesh”, Gender and Development Workshop sponsored by the Programme in Inter-Cultural Studies, UBC, Vancouver, March 15 (Invited). 

2001 “The Feminization of Migration, Poverty, and the De-skilling of Women Workers: How are Immigrant/Women’s Groups Mobilizing Against Global Forces?” International Conference: Global Turbulence: Instability in National and International Political Economy, Organized by SFU Political Science    Department, July 19-20, Vancouver.          

2000 “The Feminization of Migration: Examples from Bangladesh and the Philippines,” International Colloquium: Globalization, Societies, Cultures, organized by Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada, May 29-30, Edmonton (Invited lecture).

2000 “Women against Globalization: The Case of the Philippine Women Centre in Vancouver,” Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association Meeting, May 28-31, Edmonton (with Gina Tubajon and Joy Sioson).

1999 “Labour Rights, Networking, and Empowerment: Mobilizing Garment Workers in Bangladesh,“ Socialist Studies/Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association Meetings, Sherbrooke, Quebec, May 28-31.

1999 Chaired, Session on “Gender and Race,” International Film Conference, UBC, March 26-28.

1998 “Women Organizing for Change: The Case of the Philippine Women Centre in Vancouver”, Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, June 2-4, Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities Meeting, Ottawa.

1998 “Teaching a ‘Women of Colour’ Course: Issues and Challenges”, Canadian Women’s Studies Association, May 30 - June 2, Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities Meeting, Ottawa.

1997 "Garment Workers and Social Change in Bangladesh,” Joint Canadian Sociology and Anthropology and Socialist Studies Session, June 8, Learned Societies Meeting, St. John’s, Newfoundland.

1997 “Taslima Nasrin and the Women’s Movement in Bangladesh,” Joint Canadian Women’s Studies and Canadian Association for the Study of International Development, June 7, Learned Societies Meeting, St. John, NFD.

1996 “Women’s Struggles and Self-Determination: Reflections of a Feminist/Native Researcher,” University of Victoria conference Praxis Nexus: Feminist Methodology, theory & Community, January.

1994  “Women of Colour and Canadian Feminism: A Vision for the Twenty-First Century,” Canadian Studies Conference held at the University of Manitoba, October 14-16.