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Summer 2023

CRS is happy to announce that we will be offering our Summer Course in 2023, from June 5 - 9.

The course will be offered in a hybrid format, with some participants attending in person and some attending remotely.

Canada is a global leader in refugee research, policy making, and in refugee resettlement. Ten to twelve thousand refugees are resettled annually in Canada – this is ten percent of all those who are resettled globally. Our goal at the Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS), one of the largest and most active refugee studies centres in the world, is to assist with building and updating the increasing and changing knowledge needs of refugee scholars and practitioners.

The summer course is an internationally acclaimed, non-credit professional development course that provides an interdisciplinary, interactive and experiential approach to the study of forced migration and refugee issues. It embraces a comparative global approach that exposes participants to the different perspectives of scholars and field-based specialists from Canada and abroad, presents highlights from research and practical work in different regions including North and South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, and involves a blend of well-respected academics and practitioners with an excellent national and international track record of research, policy engagement and publications.

The Summer Course provides an interdisciplinary, interactive and experiential approach to the study of forced migration. Through attending lectures and related small group sessions, course participants develop a deepened understanding of the political, economic, social and cultural contexts of forced migration, and the major state and non-state institutions involved in refugee protection and advocacy. Participants will  have an opportunity during the course for structured networking and idea collaboration through panels and small group discussion.

All participants who complete the full course receive a York University Centre for Refugee Studies Summer Course Certificate.

If you would like to be kept updated about CRS, please let us know that you’d like to be added to our listserv by emailing Michele Millard at mmillard@yorku.ca.

- Draft Program -

Theme: Rethinking Refugee-ness?

Online pre-work: participants should view our "CRS Online Introduction to Refugee Studies" videos below prior to arrival.  In-class assignments/discussions  will be drawn from these videos.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_nkOWatePylqtRcXEu0RlvNH7WtOJP8N

Contents:

  • Categories & Definitions
  • Overseas Protection: Resettlement & Sponsorship in Canada
  • The Canadian Refugee Determination System
  • International Refugee Law,
  • International Politics of Refugee Protection

Resettlement & Sponsorship in Canada

  • Overseas Protection: Resettlement & Sponsorship in Canada
  • The Canadian Refugee Determination System
  • Migration experiences: Citizenship and non- citizenship
  • Alternative pathways to protection in Canada
  • What refugee mental health tells us about integration and settlement in Canada
  • Gender and age mainstreaming in Canada
  • Determination and Biases in the Canadian refugee system?
  • Resettlement policies and long-term integration

Global Migration Policies and Practices

  • International Refugee Law
  • International Politics of Refugee Protection
  •  Current state of the global compact
  • Refugee law and indigenous policies
  • Indigenous displacement
  • Disasters and environmental displacement (Intersectional analyses)
  • The Growing role of artificial intelligence in migration management
  • Mixed migration flows and irregular migration 

Race, Power and Representation (Panel Discussions)

  • Refugee Led Organizations
  • Racial equity in international migration policy and resettlement
  • Representation in research: Research from the Global South
  • Displacement crisis, in-Canada response: Musing on race and colonialism

Conclusion: Rethinking “refugee-ness”: Definitions, policies and discourses

Hilary Evans Cameron

Hilary Evans Cameron is an Assistant Professor at the Lincoln Alexander School of Law in Toronto, Canada. A former litigator, she represented refugee claimants for a decade and holds a doctorate in refugee law from the University of Toronto. Her research largely focuses on credibility assessment in the refugee law context. She is the author of numerous publications, including a book about the law of fact-finding in Canadian refugee status decision-making (Refugee Law’s Fact-finding Crisis: Truth, Risk, and the Wrong Mistake, Cambridge 2018). Her work has been influential internationally and has been included in a leading anthology of “the finest scholarship available” in refugee law from the 1930s to the present (Hathaway 2014).

Christina Clark-Kazak

Christina Clark-Kazak is Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. She has previously served as President of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration, Editor-in-chief of Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, and President of the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies. Prior to joining the University of Ottawa, she worked for York University (2009-2017), Saint Paul University (2007-2008) and the Canadian government (1999-2007). Her research focuses on age discrimination in migration and development policy, young people’s political participation, and interdisciplinary methodologies in forced migration contexts. She holds a Doctorate from Oxford University, a Master’s from Cambridge University and a BA from the University of British Columbia.

Heba Gowayed

Heba Gowayed is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Boston University

Her research, which is global and comparative, examines how low-income people traverse social services, immigration laws, and their associated bureaucracies, while grappling with gender and racial inequalities. Her writing has appeared in academic journals including Gender & Society, Ethnic & Racial Studies, American Behavioral Scientist and Sociological Forum, as well as in public outlets including Slate, Al Jazeera English, The New Humanitarian, and Teen Vogue.

She is author of Refuge, published with Princeton University Press, which explores how states shape the potential of people pursuing refuge within their borders. She is currently working on her second book, The Cost of Borders, which theorizes borders as a costly, and often deadly, transaction.

Jennifer Hyndman

Jennifer Hyndman is Associate Vice-President of Research at York University where she is Professor and former director of the Centre for Refugee Studies. Her research focuses on refugee resettlement in Canada, social inclusion and private sponsorship, as well as the geopolitics and management of displacement abroad, including the biopolitics of refugee camps and humanitarian responses to war and other disasters. Hyndman’s most recent book is Refugees in Extended Exile: Living on the Edge, with Wenona Giles (Routledge, 2017). Hyndman is author of Dual Disasters: Humanitarian Aid after the 2004 Tsunami (2011), Managing Displacement: Refugees and the Politics of Humanitarianism (2000), and co-editor with W. Giles of, Sites of Violence: Gender and Conflict Zones (2004).

Jennifer Hyndman is a Professor in Social Science and Geography at York University in Toronto. Her forthcoming book with Wenona Giles is Refugees in Extended Exile: Living on the Edge (Routledge). Among other published pieces and two films, Hyndman is author of Dual Disasters: Humanitarian Aid after the 2004 Tsunami (2011), Managing Displacement: Refugees and the Politics of Humanitarianism (University of Minnesota Press, 2000), and co-editor with Wenona Giles of, Sites of Violence: Gender and Conflict Zones (University of California Press, 2004).

Jennifer Hyndman is a Professor of Geography at York University in Toronto. Her research focuses on the geopolitics of forced migration, the biopolitics of humanitarian responses to displacement, and refugee resettlement. Her most recent book (with Giles) is Refugees in Extended Exile: Living on the Edge (Routledge).

Jennifer Hyndman is a Professor of Geography at York University in Toronto. Her research focuses on the geopolitics of forced migration, the biopolitics of humanitarian responses to displacement, and refugee resettlement. Her most recent book (with Giles) is Refugees in Extended Exile: Living on the Edge (Routledge).

Petra Molnar

Petra Molnar is a lawyer and anthropologist specializing in technology, migration, and human rights. She is the Associate Director of the Refugee Law Lab at York University and runs the Migration and Technology Monitor, a multilingual archive of work interrogating technological experiments on people crossing borders. Petra is currently working on her first book, Artificial Borders: AI, Surveillance, and Border Tech Experiments, and is a 2022-2023 Fellow at the Berkman Klein Centre for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

Portrait of Craig Damian Smith

Craig Damian Smith

Craig Damian Smith (he/him) earned his PhD in Political Science from the University of Toronto. His research uses mixed methods to explore the global politics of irregular migration governance, refugee resettlement, and refugee integration. He was previously a Senior Research Associate at the CERC in Migration & Integration at TMU (2020-2022) and the Associate Director of the Global Migration Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy (2017-2020). He is a Research Affiliate at the Centre for Refugee Studies, where he has conducted SSHRC-funded projects on the drivers of irregular migration to Canada, and access to legal aid and access to justice for refugee claimants. His new SSHRC project, with partners in Tijuana, Mexico will explore relationships between global visa and asylum policies and intercontinental mixed migration to Latin America, the U.S., and Canada. Craig is also the Executive Director and Principal Investigator at Pairity (www.pairity.ca), which applies data-driven solutions to refugee resettlement and community sponsorship. 

Website: www.craigdamiansmith.com

More information to come 

2023 Course Director

Mavis Odei Boateng, CRS Scholar in Residence

Administrative Support

Humaima Asfaque, Summer Course Program Assistant

Administrative Support

Michele Millard, Centre for Refugee Studies Coordinator

Apply Online

Applicants must submit a complete Summer Course Application Form along with a resume or CV, letter of reference from an employer or volunteer supervisor, and a short autobiographical sketch outlining their academic and practical background with respect to refugee issues as well as a short statement of particular interests in this field.

Funding for the CRS Summer Course is organized by participants themselves. CRS offers partial bursaries to a  limited number of participants based on availability of internal funding and need. In order to organize your funding, we recommend that you obtain sponsorship from the training allocation of a project or programme attached to your organization or donors that fund professional development activities.

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2023 tuition fees

In-person*:

Early bird rate: $1,075 CAD + 13%HST (deadline April 1, 2023)

Early bird for participants based in the Global South: $750 CAD + 13% HST (deadline April 1, 2023)

Regular rate: $1,500 CAD + 13%HST (deadline May 12, 2023)

*This includes coffee breaks and a light lunch. Accommodation, travel and other costs are not included and must be covered by the participant.

Attending virtually:

Early bird rate: $925 CAD + 13%HST (deadline April 1, 2023)

Early bird for participants based in the Global South: $600 CAD + 13% HST (deadline April 1, 2023)

Regular rate: $1,350 CAD + 13%HST (deadline May 12, 2023)


All payments are by credit card only. Please click on the Eventbrite logo to complete your payment.

Tuition subsidies are very limited and subject to availability. Submission deadline: February 17, 2023

At York University

Information coming soon

Off-campus

Other hotels near campus might be a little cheaper but require a short commute (please note that bus service may be irregular especially on the weekend, and taxi rides may end up adding up to the difference in hotel price, for this reason we recommend on-campus accommodation as a first choice).

Hotels near York (10-minute taxi ride):

Best Western Plus Toronto North York Hotel and Suites

50 Norfinch Drive, North York, Ontario M3N 1X1
Tel: 416-663-9500

Hotel rate: Check for room rates here
Map and transportation information: Click here

Comfort Inn Toronto North

66 Norfinch Drive, North York, Ontario M3N 1X1
Tel: 416-736-4700
Toll Free calls: 1-877-424-6423

Hotel room rate: Check for room rates here
Map and transportation information: Click here

Holiday Inn Express Toronto-North York

30 Norfinch Drive, North York, Ontario M3N 1X1
Tel: 1 – 416-665-3500
Fax: 1 – 416 - 665-0807
Toll-Free calls: 1-800-HOLIDAY (465-4329)
Email: whg4106@whg.com

Hotel room rate: Check for room rates here
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Downtown Options (*please note: it will take you about 1 hour to get to York University from downtown Toronto).

Planet Traveler (Hostel) (*best option for the price and location)

357 College Street; close to Spadina and College (closest subway station, Spadina) Dorms and 2-person private rooms available.  For Room Rates, please see: http://theplanettraveler.com

You can also find accommodation through third party booking services:

Airbnb: https://www.airbnb.ca/

Booking.com: https://www.booking.com/

Expedia: https://www.expedia.ca/

Travelocity: https://www.travelocity.ca/

York University is located at 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA  M3J 1P3

Directions

Taxi from Toronto Pearson International Airport
You can take a taxi directly from the airport to the York University Keele Campus. A taxi from the airport to the University is approximately $50 Canadian Dollars. Many taxi companies also offer a flat rate.

Driving from Toronto Pearson International Airport
Take Hwy 401 East to Hwy 400 North, exit at Finch Avenue going east, and turn left at Sentinel Road. Follow Sentinel until the end where you will find Pond Road. Turn right onto Pond Road. You are now on York University Campus. *If staying at the ELC continue on Pond Road and make a left onto James Gillies Street (the Student Services Parking Garage will be visible on the left). The Executive Learning Centre (ELC) is next door to the Student Services Parking Garage, on Fine Arts Road, adjacent to the Schulich School of Business.

Driving from Downtown Toronto
Take the Allen Expressway north to Finch Avenue. Turn left, going west on Finch Avenue to Keele Street. Turn right onto Keele Street going north to The Pond Road entrance. Turn left onto the campus via The Pond Road entrance. Take The Pond Road to James Gillies Street, the Student Services Parking Garage will be visible on the left. The Executive Learning Centre (ELC) is next door to the Student Services Parking Garage, on Fine Arts Road, adjacent to the Schulich School of Business.

Public Transit (TTC)
The subway now runs directly to York University on Line 1 Yonge-University.
http://www3.ttc.ca for more information

Course Location
To access a York University campus map, please click HERE.
*The summer course will take place in the Kaneff Tower (#95 on the map) in room 519.

Mavis Boateng
Summer Course Academic Director
Centre for Refugee Studies
York University
Kaneff Tower, Room 850
4700 Keele Street, Toronto
Ontario, Canada M3J 1P3

E-mail: summer@yorku.ca