Poster design by Sanzida Habib.


FASS Canada 150 Undergraduate Conference

December 01, 2017

FASS Canada 150 Undergraduate Mini-Conference

in conjunction with Dr. Habiba Zaman's GSWS 312 Immigrants, Women and Transnational Migration course

December 1, 2017
8:30 am - 1:00 pm

SFU Harbour Centre room 7000
515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Funded by SFU FASS Dean's Office

Dr. Catherine Murray, FASS Associate Dean will give opening remarks.

Student will present critical short essays on specific issues related to the course topics in a simulated academic conference setup to gain traing and experience on writing and submitting an abstract, presenting a paper, listening to peers, engaging in discussion, asking questions and offering constructive criticisms.

Organized by Dr. Habiba Zaman in collaboration with Somayeh Bahrami, GSWS PhD student.

Poster design by Sanzida Habib.

GSWS 312-4 Immigrants, Women and Transnational Migration Undergraduate Conference 2017
Sponsored by FASS Canada Associate Dean Dr. Catherine Murray's Office

Photos by Somayeh Bahrami.


Dear Dr. Zaman,

Thank you for including me as a guest at the FASS Canada 150 Mini-Undergraduate Conference, which was held at SFU’s Harbour Centre Campus on Friday, December 1.

I was impressed by the GSWS 312 students and the overall tenor of their five-minute presentations. They spoke well on such a diverse range of topics and their demeanour was confident and assured. The quality of the research the students had conducted was also impressive. It showed a full grasp of the course material as well as abstract concepts and indicated a depth of innovative scholarship that was remarkable.

What stood out for me in particular was the way in which the students were able to weave the strands of theory, lived experience, and practical applications together to examine the issues of immigration, migration, settlement, resettlement, discrimination and more.

From labour issues and policy to second-generation experiences to domestic violence to cultural representations, it was a whirlwind day of academic exploration and knowledge sharing. The students shared stories of migrant communities, whether Sri Lankan, Vietnamese, South Asian, South Korean, Syrian, — in fact the myriad backgrounds of those who consider Canada their home.  The students’ efforts in doing so were sensitive, tactful, and exhibited a mastery of critical thinking skills. I especially appreciated the efforts of the students who cast their gaze on the legacy of Canada’s history and the impact of state-building on the Indigenous communities in our own country.

What I came away with, in addition to admiration for the work of these young scholars, was an even greater understanding of how Canada’s success in the world today is dependent on the contributions of migrants who have made their home here or who have worked here. That the young students in your class appreciate this fact while understanding that there are voices that remain unheard and experiences that remain unexamined made me believe that the awareness they are helping to build through their studies, and the change that they will be a part of, ensures a better understanding of the past and a stronger future for the country we share.

It truly was an inspirational day!

With warmest regards,

Reema Faris
Ph.D Student,
Department of Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies (GSWS)