Colloquium with Geraldine Pratt, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia
Geraldine Pratt is Professor of Geography, University of British Columbia. She is completing a 15 year research collaboration with the Philippine Women Centre of BC that has moved from looking at the circumstances of Filipino women working in Canada as domestic workers on temporary work visas, to the issue of family separation and the long term marginalization of families sponsored by domestic workers after they gain permanent resident status in Canada. This feeds into a larger debate about the growing number of temporary work visa and ‘bridging’ immigration programs. She is experimenting with novel ways of bringing her research to a wider public, most notably through testimonial theatre. Her group's play, "Nanay" was performed in Vancouver in February 2009 and at the Hebbel Theatre in Berlin in June 2009.She has been preoccupied with how to put stories of family separation into circulation, with the politics of testimony and witnessing, and the obligations of witnessing beyond national boundaries.
Sponsored by the Department of Geography's Tod Spieker Colloquium.
Cost: Free and open to the public.
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