CFUW Kanata History Group

Friday, March 29, 2019      9:30-11:30 a.m.

Kanata Seniors Centre  (click to see map)

On the History of Refugees:
From the Personal to the Political

Laura is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Classical Studies at McGill University. Her research focuses on the history of humanitarianism and refugees,  and  currently she is  researching the history of sanctuary.

Dr. Laura Madoroko

PhD (University of British Columbia), 2012

MA (University of Toronto), 2000

A native of Quebec’s Eastern Townships, Laura rambled off along a series of different paths, including a teaching gig in Japan and a stint as an archivist at Library and Archives Canada, before making a return to academic life in 2007. After completing her PhD in History at UBC, she spent the following year with the History Department at Columbia University as a postdoctoral fellow.

Laura is the author of Elusive Refuge: Chinese Migrants in the Cold War (Harvard University Press, 2016), which documents the experience of Chinese migrants during the cold war and the politics of exclusion and humanitarianism among the white settler societies of the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

Elusive Refuge received recognition and prestigious awards from a number of academic history groups. In addition to this major work, Laura has published numerous articles related to the history of migration and humanitarianism.  She is  co-editor of the Dominion of Race: Rethinking Canada’s International History, in which she authored a history of Canada’s ambivalent relationship to the international refugee regime. She is also  a co-investigator with the Landscapes of Injustice project on the history of Japanese Canadian property dispossession in the Second World War.

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