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.
Poster design by Sanzida Habib.
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,
Department of Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies (GSWS)
My Reflection on the Conference
Videos of the Canada 150 Conference on Migration of Bengalis - click the link below to watch
Interview with Zee TV with Rishma Johal on ZEE TV. (Starts at the 4 minute mark)
PROJECT DALIT - The Daily Star click here to read article
Dr. Habiba Zaman has organized the upcoming performance event with Arno Kamolika as part of the Margaret Lowe Benston Lecture Series for Social Justice.