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Fuir vers la liberté : l'expérience des réfugiés au Canada depuis 1957


                                                                 21-23 OCTOBRE 2017


Cette conférence de trois jours vise à réfléchir et à examiner l’évolution des politiques et des programmes canadiens en matière de réfugiés depuis 1957 (date d’arrivée de 38 000 réfugiés hongrois), principalement ceux touchant les mouvements de réfugiés vietnamiens et ougandais asiatiques dans les années 1970 et l’arrivée plus récente de réfugiés syriens, ainsi que d’autres groupes. Cette conférence réunira des universitaires, des décideurs politiques, des parrains, des ONG, des étudiants, des personnes travaillant au service des réfugiés et des réfugiés de divers horizons avec leurs récits personnels, en vue de susciter une discussion autour des questions centrales de notre époque : la quête mondiale des réfugiés pour un foyer sûr et le rôle de l’immigration dans le processus de construction de la nation canadienne aux 20e et 21e siècles, ainsi que la montée récente des discours anti-immigration. Un programme culturel riche et diversifié encadrera la conférence.



Samedi 21 octobre

Saint Paul University/Université Saint-Paul, Amphithéâtre (223, rue Main, Ottawa, K1S 1C4)


14:00 Conference registration

15:00 Welcome and introduction of the conference – Members of organizing committee.  

15:15 Official opening in the presence of (and greetings by) dignitaries and representatives of government, refugee agencies, academic institutions. 

Session 1. Creative expressions of migration, displacement and multiple identities. 

16:00 Paper presentations followed by Q&A period

Chair: Lilly Koltun, artist, former Director of the Portrait Gallery of Canada  

Amina Jalabi and Asem Malouh, Montreal: First Flashes: Photographs of a New Life in Canada

David DeGrow, Doctoral candidate, University of Toronto: The Vietnam War and experimental theatre in Toronto

Gábor Gelencsér, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest: There and back: Displacements in Hungarian Feature Film After 1989 

Salim A. Nabi, Independent scholar, Toronto: Refugee Children and Educational Gaps: The Case of Afghan Youth in GTA & Lesbos

17:30 Reception and reading by author Tasneem Jamal


Dimanche 22 octobre

Saint Paul University/Université Saint-Paul, Amphithéâtre

8:15 Registration, Coffee and pastries

Session 2. Canada’s refugee movements and policies since 1957 

8:30 Overview presentation by Harold Troper, University of Toronto: Refugees to Canada: an historical overview

9:00 Paper presentations followed by Q&A period 

Chair: Monica MacDonald, Manager of Research, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21  

Laura Madokoro, McGill University: Resisting Change: White Settler Societies and the Question of Refugees in Asia, 1949-1960

Mike Molloy, Canadian Immigration Historical Society: Refugee Policy from 1957- A Barometer of Evolving Values

Jan Raska, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21: Stability, Treatability, Recovery: Canada and Medical Admissions during World Refugee Year, 1959-1960 

Mária Palasik, Department of Scientific Cooperation and Public Education, Historical Archives of the Hungarian State Security: Those Who Did Not Integrate: Political considerations as a reason to stay in Canada or return to Hungary 

10:45 Break

11:00 Roundtable discussion. Living the experience. Former refugees present their experiences, followed by discussion and Q&A period. 

Moderator: Marie Boglari, University of Ottawa/Saint Paul University

Peter Duschinsky, Ottawa: The refugee experience and personal identity

Ranjith Kulatilake, Toronto: Serving LGBTQ+ Newcomers – A Narrative of a Gay Frontline Worker

Judy Trinh, CBC Ottawa: Beyond Settlement toward Success   

Rabea AlRiffai, University of Ottawa: A Spring of Hope and Motivation: a Syrian refugee

12:30-13:45 Catered lunch  

Session 3: Settlement and integration, multiculturalism and inter-ethnic relations

13:45 Overview presentation by Leslie Laczko, Emeritus, University of Ottawa

14:15 Paper presentations followed by Q&A period

Chair: Sophie Cloutier, directrice, Centre de recherche en éthique publique et gouvernance, Université Saint-Paul   

Christopher Adam, Carleton University: Two Solitudes: The 1956-57 Hungarian refugee crisis in the English and French Canadian press

Fernando Mata, University of Ottawa: Tracking the Interregional Mobility of Recently Arrived Refugees in Canada: Data Snapshots from the IMDB

Nivedita Das Kundu, Centre for Refugee Studies, York University: Refugee Afghan Women’s Journey from Kabul to Canada through India

Khaliq Martin, York University: Hooyos: Somali Settlement Difficulties and the Resilience of Somali-Canadian Mothers

16:00 Coffee and refreshments

16:30 Roundtable discussion. Receiving refugees: The role of settlement and advocacy agencies 

Moderator and introductory remarks: Janet Dench, Executive Director, Canadian Council for Refugees/ Conseil canadien pour les réfugiés


Corinne Prince St Amand (Director General, Settlement and Integration Policy Branch, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada)

Gina Csanyi-Robah (Executive Director, Canadian Romani Alliance, Vancouver)

Sylvain Thibault (coordonnateur du volet parrainage des réfugiés, Table de concertation des organismes au service des personnes réfugiées et immigrantes, Montréal) 

Carl Nicholson (Executive Director, Catholic Centre for Immigrants, Ottawa) 

18:00 Reading by award-winning author M. G. Vassanji 


Lundi 23 octobre

Saint Paul University/Université Saint-Paul, Amphithéâtre

9:00 Coffee and pastries  

9:30 Conference Keynote presentation by The Hon. Bob Rae, PC, CC, OOnt, QC (Senior Partner, Olthuis Kleer Townshend, and Professor, Victoria University, University of Toronto) followed by Q&A period

Session 4: The global rise of anti-immigration, anti-refugee political and populist movements 

10:30 Paper presentations followed by Q&A period

Introduction and Closing Remarks by Chair: Paul Heinbecker, former Canadian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN, former Ambassador to Germany, Director of the Laurier Centre for Global Relations, and Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in Waterloo

Katalin Fábián, Lafayette College: The Immigration Debate between Hungary and the EU: A Clash of Civilizations?

Réka Sárközy, National Library of Hungary / Hungarian Theatre and Film Academy: Behind Hungary’s poster wars

Harini Sivalingam, York University: Waves of Fear: Forced Migration by Sea

Jaime Lenet, McGill University: Deter, deny, and deport: Canada and the “other” Hungarians

13:00 Bagged lunch (contributed by St Joseph’s Parish) and Transfer to Canadian Museum of History, 100, rue Laurier Street, Gatineau, QC K1A OM8

14:00 Meeting at the Canadian Museum of History for a Guided Tour of the Canadian History Hall, the vibrant new exhibition inaugurated on July 1st, 2017 

Location for afternoon program: Theatre of the Canadian Museum of History

15:30 Closing panel discussion: Protecting Refugees in Challenging Times: Canada’s role at home and abroad. Open to the public.

Words of Welcome: Mark O’Neill, President and CEO, Canadian Museum of History 

Moderator:  Andrew Burtch, Post 1945 History, Canadian War Museum and Adjunct Research Professor, Carleton University 

Introduction: Peter Showler, University of Ottawa / former Chairperson, Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada 

Other discussants: 

Naomi Alboim, Distinguished Fellow, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University 

Emilie Coyle, Director, Refugee Sponsorship Support Program, Refugee Hub, University of Ottawa 

Janet Dench, Executive Director, Canadian Council for Refugees 

Mitchell Goldberg, President, Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers 

James Trepanier, Curator of Post-Confederation Canada, Canadian Museum of History  

17:00 Reception - with presentation by Mathieu Fleury, Councillor for Rideau-Vanier Ward, Ottawa, of the prize for the winner of the “Refugee Experience and Inclusion” art competition for children (organized by St. Joe’s Women’s Centre, Ottawa)

18:30 Public screening of the documentary Une nuit sans lune/A Moonless Night. Boat People: 40 ans après/40 Years Later (2016). The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Executive Producer Thi Be Nguyen and Director/Producer Marie-Hélène Panisset.



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