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Soma Chatterjee

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School of Social Work

Associate Professor

Office: Ross Building, S868
Phone: (416) 736-2100 Ext: 33385
Email: schat@yorku.ca

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My research interests have a few distinct yet interconnected trajectories. Primarily I am interested in migration, mobility and border scholarship. Within that overarching interest, I look into the politics of state formed identity categories (e.g., ‘immigrant’, ‘Canadian’, ‘Canadian-born’, ‘non-status’, ‘refugee’ etc.) and their implications for contemporary Western nation building, the institutionalization of the civilizational ideologies of skills and standard in immigration and citizenship policies, the global race for knowledge (e.g., discourses of internationalization and study migration policies etc.). Given above interests, the ‘entanglement’ of immigration policies/immigrant integration, anti-racist politics and indigenous self-determination in contemporary settler nations, primarily Canada, forms another important pillar of my research interests. Finally, I am a keen follower of social and political issues of relevance to South Asia and South Asians (in diaspora and beyond), including student migratory patterns from South Asia, and diaspora engagement policies of major South Asian emigration states. I am currently working on a book length manuscript titled Skills to Build the Nation, which is a study of Canadian skilled labour policies in relation to post-liberalization Canadian nationalism.

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Degrees

PHD, OISE-University of Toronto, Canada
MSW, University of Toronto, Canada
MA, University of Burdwan, West Bengal, India

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Community Contributions

2019 - Chatterjee, S. & Sultana Jahangir (ED, SAWRO). Better jobs, living wages. A forum organized with South Asian Women’s Rights Organization. For York University Community Conversations - Series 4 – Immigrant Experience in Canada.

2018 - Chatterjee, S. & Campbell, M. “First peoples to newcomers: How do we know each other?” Workshop facilitation. Community – Education – Change. KIHKINOOHAMAAKEWIN - Indigenous Ways of Knowing. Tommy Douglas Institute. George Brown College.

2016 - Roundtable Participant. Report to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in Canada. The Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic & the Colour of Poverty–Colour of Change Campaign

Research Interests

Immigration , Race and Racism, Anti-racism and Indigenous self determination , Teaching migration and nationalism in social work , International higher education, student migration from Asia , Social and political issues in South Asia and the South Asian diaspora

Current Research Projects

Developing Responsible Global Citizenship through the Teaching of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Society

    Summary:

    The purpose of this project is to explore cultural representations and diasporic imagination in the study of language and literatures. In so doing it aims to bring together literary studies with the study of these issues as dealt with in disciplines of social work, sociology and the larger transnationalism and diaspora studies.

    Description:

    Scheme for the Promotion of Academic Research and Collaboration (SPARC) Grant: A Govt. of India Initiative. Developing Responsible Global Citizenship through the Teaching of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Society. Co investigator with Drs. Kalpana Hulluru & Lakhimai Mili (English, Pondicherry U), Shobna Nijhawan (DLLL, York U).

    See more
    Role: Co-investigator

    Funders:
    Scheme for the Promotion of Academic Research and Collaboration (SPARC) Grant: A Govt. of India Initiative
Asian International Students in Canadian Universities Examining Racialization Processes of/by Chinese, Indian and South Korean Students in Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg

    Summary:

    The main objective of this research project is to shed light on the experiences of international students as migrants to specific communities, beyond their academic affiliation, by using the ways in which racialization affects them on and off-campus, and has repercussions on their migratory experiences and trajectories as a whole.

    For more detailed summary, see here: https://ycar.apps01.yorku.ca/rais/

    Description:

    SSHRC Insight Grant. Co-investigator with Drs. Jean Michel Montsion (Multidisciplinary Studies, York U), Ann Kim (Sociology, York U) & Shirin Shahrokni (Sociology, York U). (CAD 285,882)

    See more
    Role: Co-investigator

    Funders:
    SSHRC
Competing or complementary?: A study of Indigenizing and internationalizing initiatives in key Canadian postsecondary institutions

    Summary:

    This project is part of a larger, multi-sited project on the role of the postsecondary education in facilitating reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada, USA and Australia. It builds on my scholarly interest in two apparently disparate but deeply conceptually connected developments in postsecondary education in these countries – international student recruitment, and enhancing Indigenous content in teaching and learning.

    Description:

    The proposed project focuses on Canada. It aims to study how Indigenizing and internationalizing initiatives sit in relation to each other, how they are in tension/conflict, and/or offer a historic opportunity for reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians, and whether/how the postsecondary sector is facilitating dialogue between Indigenous, diasporic and international students. In the process, the project aims to challenge the mutual disconnect between ‘Indigenizing’ and ‘internationalizing’ initiatives in the public and policy realms.

    See more
    Role: Principal Investigator

    Funders:
    MITACS
Decolonial solidarity and social change in the context of xenophobic nationalism: Dialogues and deliberations in the postsecondary educational site

    Summary:

    The project aims to engage student voices and perspectives on the deeply entangled political phenomena of migration (e.g., via dominant and subaltern, “outside-of-state” forms), various disparate diasporic formations (e.g., non-status workers, asylum seeker and international students), and xenophobic white nationalism (a reactionary force). A series of conversations on global social movements and transnational solidarity are organized to both enhance student learning about the application of critical social work tools in responding to reactionary forces, and engage student perspectives on critical decolonial solidarity.

    Description:

    A collaborative project with Dr. Nicole Penak, Chair, Aboriginal Advisory Committee, York University.

    See more
    Role: Co-facilitator

    Funders:
    YUFA Teaching/Learning Development Grant
Practicing theory, theorizing practice

    Summary:

    Review of critical Social Work theories and their practical application in key Social Work fields.

    Description:

    The project explores the dominant Social Work understanding of integration between theory and practice and aims to understand why the divide between theory and practice been a long-standing issue in social work. It asks the following series of questions: How does theory-practice integration look like in Social Work classrooms? How does it look like in various practice sites? What needs to change in the ways we think about theory and practice and their relationship to make integration tangible, especially for upper year Social Work students getting ready for practice? Finally, are there similar debates in other professions? If yes, what are these debates (e.g., medicine, law, Psychiatry)? Is there anything we can draw from in other professional disciplines?

    See more
    Role: Principal investigator

    Start Date:
      Month: May   Year: 2018

    End Date:
      Month: Aug   Year: 2018

    Funders:
    Dean's Award for Research Assistantship - Liberal Arts and professional Studies
Teaching migration and Indigenous self determination relationally

    Summary:

    This was an upper year undergraduate course on migration and refugee protection where I challenged the very idea of immigrant settlement (a historically popular area of social work practice) as an innocent, desirable enterprise for social work. Instead, I placed Canada within a global system of nation states, and actively oriented the discussion toward the global project of imperial dispossession even if ‘the global’ seems vast and distant, and therefore, impossible to comprehend. I introduced content aimed to bridge the purported gap between the local and global modes of displacement; in the process, made both relentlessly visible. This is currently being developed as a graduate course.

    Description:

    See above

    See more
    Role: N/A

    Funders:
    Indigeneity in Teaching and Learning Fund. Office of the Vice President Academic & Provost, York University
'Talented' citizens?: study-migration policies in traditional immigration and higher education destinations

    Summary:

    This is the preliminary phase of a larger project on high skilled labour migration (including postsecondary international student migration), and the shifting nature of national membership in our world dominated by knowledge economic discourses. In this phase a comparative review of various study-migration policies of Canada, Australia, USA, UK and Germany, all introduced in response to the global race for professional talent, will be conducted. This review will build the foundation for the second phase of the study where I plan to explore postsecondary international students’ experience of navigating and making sense of the increasing entanglement between higher education and immigration policies of the aforementioned states, which construct them as 'knowledge diplomats' and 'ideal immigrants' but also maintains a gap between their economic welcome and political disenfranchisement.

    See more
    Role: Principal Investigator

Book Chapters

Publication
Year

Chatterjee, S., Mucina, M. & Tam, L. (2012) . “Telling Multiple Stories of Race in Canadian Higher Education”. In R.J. Gilmour, D. Bhandar, J. Heer & M.C. K. Ma (Eds).“Too Asian?” Racism and Post-Secondary Education. pp. 121-133. Toronto: Between the Lines Press.

2012

Curling, D., Chatterjee, S. & Massaquoi, N. (2009) . “Women’s Transnational Locations as a Determinant of Mental Health: Results from a participatory action research project with new immigrant women of colour in Toronto.” In J. Gulliver & S. Cooper (Eds). Pathways, Bridges and Havens: the psychosocial determinants of women’s health. pp. 81-98. Sydney, N.S., Canada: Cape Breton University Press.

2009

Book Reviews

Publication
Year

Chatterjee S. Review of Borderline Canadianness. Border crossings and everyday nationalism in Niagara by Helleiner, J. (2016. In Journal of American Ethnic History. University of Illinois Press.

2018

Chatterjee, S. (2015) . Review of Transnational Migration and Lifelong Learning – Global Issues and Perspectives by Shibao Guo (ed., 2014). In Studies in Continuing Education.

2015

Chatterjee, S. (2013) . Review of Immigration Dialectic: Imagining community, economy, and Nation & Immigration & Settlement: Challenges, Experiences, & Opportunities by Harald Bauder (2011). Antipode: A radical journal of geography. Available online.

2013

Chatterjee, S. (2013) . Review of Knowledge Mobilization and Educational Research: Politics, Languages and Responsibilities, by Tara Fenwick and Leslie Farrell (eds. 2011). Canadian Journal of Studies in Adult Education, 24(2), 71-73.

2013

Chatterjee, S. (2013) . Review of Toward Improving Canada's Skilled Immigration Policy: An Evaluation Approach. By Charles M Beach, Alan G Green and Christopher Worswick (2011). Work, Employment & Society, 27(1), pp. 191-192.

2013

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

Chatterjee S. & Das Gupta, T. (Eds.). Indigenous self-determination in a ‘chronically mobile’ world: Critical perspectives from anti-racist scholars of migration and mobility. In press for Studies in Social Justice.

2021

Chatterjee, S. & Barber, K. (2020). Between “here-now” and “there-then”: The West and Asia’s colonial entanglements in international higher education. Higher Education. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10734-020-00538-x

2020

Chatterjee S. (2019) . "‘What is to be Done?’: The hegemony of solutions in immigrants’ labour market integration. Canadian Journal of Studies in Adult Education.

2019

Chatterjee, S. (2018) . Immigration, anti-racism and Indigenous self-determination: Towards a comprehensive analysis of the contemporary settler colonial. Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture.

2018

Chatterjee, S. (2018). Teaching migration for reconciliation: A pedagogical commitment with a difference. Intersectionalities: A global journal of social work analysis, research, polity and practice.

2018

Chatterjee, S. (2015) . “Skills to Build the Nation: The ideology of ‘Canadian experience and nationalism in global knowledge regime”. Ethnicities. 15(4), 544-567.

2015

Chatterjee, S. (2015) . “Re-thinking Skill in Anti-oppressive Social Work Practice With Skilled Immigrant Professionals”. British Journal of Social Work, 45, 363-377. Advanced access online, 2013.

2015

Martinez, A., Chatterjee, S., Stille, S., Hassidim, D. Y. (2013) . Countering Normative Discourses of Community. Critical Intersections in Education: An OISE-UT Students’ Journal, 1(2), i-iii.

2013

Chatterjee, S. & Chapra, A. (2009) . “Talking Race, Talking Colour: Racialized women, their home and belongingness in multicultural Canada”. Canadian Woman Studies, 27 (2,3), 14-20.

2009

Conference Papers

Publication
Year

Chatterjee, S. (2019). Colonial Divides: Social Work's chasm between Black, Caribbean, International, and Indigenous Communities and the Critical Work of Reaching Across.

2019

Chatterjee, S. (2019). Panelist. Thinking through borders. Adult Learning and Education in the Context of Immigration: Perspectives in Canada. A joint pre-conference of the Comparative and International Educational Society of Canada (CIESC) and the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (CASAE). Congress of the Social Science and Humanities, Vancouver, Canada.

2019

Chatterjee, S. (2017) . Immigration, anti-racism and Indigenous self-determination: Moving beyond dualism in solidarity and social change. Opening Address. 10th Annual Critical Social Work Research Symposium. York University, Toronto.

2017

Chatterjee, S. (2017) . Race, labour, knowledge and the nation: Proposing a Canadian research agenda on study migration. Workshop: 'Supporting international students' Labour market Integration. Organized by Ryerson Centre for Settlement and Integration and Royal Roads University. Toronto.

2017

Chatterjee, S. (2016) Bordering the borderless nation: A conditional welcome. London School of Economics & Political Science. London. United Kingdom.

2016

Chatterjee. S. (2016) . Tensions and contradictions between immigrant integration and Indigenous ‘self-determination’, Decolonization Conference. OISE-University of Toronto

2016

Chatterjee, S. (2015) . “When those new Canadians succeed, Canada succeeds”: The ideology of Canadian experience and ongoing practices of racially and ethnically exclusionary nationalism in Canada. Critical Ethnic Studies Association Conference. York University. Toronto

2015

Chatterjee, S. (2014) .“Borders are no longer at the border”: Professional immigrants’ labour market integration as a discursive site for the enactment of exclusionary nationalism in Canada. Presentation at Roxana Ng memorial speaker series. Centre for Women’s Studies in Education, OISE-UT.

2014

Chatterjee, S. (2013) . “This Way to the Nation: Enactments of nationalism in and through labour migration and integration policies in settler nations”. Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement Studies Annual Conference. Toronto.

2013

Chatterjee, S. (2012) . “Canadian Experience Class and Building the Nation” at the Social Science History Association Annual Conference, Vancouver, Canada.

2012

Chatterjee, S. (2012) . “Living Together 'with' Diversity: Discourses of labour market skill building as practices of nationalism in Canada” at the National Societies in Multicultural Age Conference, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary.

2012

Chatterjee, S., Berlingieri, A., Dossa, S., Mirchandani, K. & Tambe, S.(2011) “Marginalizing through Mobilizing the Discourse of Skill” at the Canadian Association for Studies in Adult Education & Adult Education Research Conference. Toronto.

2011

Chatterjee, S., Stewart, S. & Cheng, J. (2009) . Workshop organizer/facilitator. “Are you Missing Anything? Creating Positive Spaces for LGBTQ Newcomers”, at Ontario Council for Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) Summer Professional Development Conference, Nottawasaga, Ontario.

2009

Chatterjee, S., Bhalru, M. & Chapra, A. (2008) . Workshop organizer/facilitator. “Forced Marriages in the South Asian Community: Definition, context, politics and how a community responds” at Right to Choose: Conference on forced marriages, South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario, Toronto.

2008

Chatterjee, S. (2008) . “Family Class Migration: Understanding the discourse & addressing knowledge gap” at the 1st Immigration and Settlement Studies Graduate Students' Conference, Ryerson University.

2008

Chatterjee, S., & Curling, D. (2008) . “Women’s Transnational Locations as a Determinant of Mental Health: Results from a participatory action research project with new immigrant women of colour in Toronto” at the Canadian Psychological Association Annual Conference, Halifax.

2008

Chatterjee, S. (2007) . “The Problem Focused Discourse on South Asian Immigrant Women: The role of social science research and settlement services” at the 9th Colloquium for Students and Recent Graduates, University of Montreal, Canada & Roundtable Presentation at the 9th National Metropolis Conference, Toronto.

2007

Conference Proceedings

Publication
Year

Chatterjee, S. (2013) . This Way to the Nation: Enactments of nationalism in and through labour migration and integration policies in settler nations”. Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement Studies Annual Conference. Toronto.

2013

Chatterjee et al. (2011) . Marginalizing through Mobilizing the Discourse of Skill. In Canadian Association for Studies in Adult Education (CASAE) and Adult Education Research Conference (AERC). Joint Conference Proceedings.

2011

Chatterjee, S. (2007) . The Problem Focused Discourse on South Asian Immigrant Women: The role of social science research and settlement services. 9th National Metropolis Conference, Toronto.

2007

Research Reports

Publication
Year

Chatterjee, S. International education: An untapped archive of Canadian nation formation. Asia Research Brief. York Centre for Asian Research.

2018

Williams, C.C., Massaquoi, N., Redmond, M. & Chatterjee, S. (2011) . “A Collaborative Process to Achieve Access to Primary Health Care for Black Women and Women of Colour”. Toronto: Women’s Health in Women’s Hands Community Health Centre.

2011

Public Lectures

Publication
Year

Chatterjee, s. (2016) . Keynote address: A paradox or a productive contradiction? A proposal to historicize discourses and scholarship on skilled immigrants’ labour market integration. 9th Annual Critical Social Work Research Symposium: Interdisciplinary conversations on social transformation and critical practices. York University. Toronto. Canada

2016

Keynote address: Practicing Decolonial Love. 3rd Annual Decolonizing our Minds Conference. New College. University of Toronto. Coverage in The Newspaper: University of Toronto’s Independent Paper, February, 2013.

2012

The Discourse of Skill in Immigrants’ Labour Market Integration and Practices of National B-ordering in Canada. Senior Doctoral Fellow Speaker Series, 2012. New College, University of Toronto.

2012

“Poverty and health of South Asian immigrant women”. Council of Agencies Serving South Asians, Toronto. On behalf of Women's Health in Women's Hands Community Health Centre, Toronto.

2008

Conferences

Publication
Year

Chatterjee, S. (2017) . Session Organizer & Discussant. Immigration, anti-racism and Indigenous self-determination: Reflections on decolonial solidarities. Canadian Sociological Association. Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Toronto.

2017

Other

Publication
Year

Chatterjee S. & Das Gupta, T. (Eds.). Indigenous self-determination in a ‘chronically mobile’ world: Critical perspectives from anti-racist scholars of migration and mobility. Special issue in progress for Studies in Social Justice

2020

Interviewed by Juro Kim Feliz (Resident, Canadian Music Centre Library) for Nomadic Sound Worlds, a four-part blog/podcast series that explores Canadian contemporary music through the lens of present-day global migration

2019

Guest speech. Not an easy place to be: Thoughts on Indigenous decolonization from an immigrant scholar of immigration & anti-racism. In Immigrant Scarborough (undergraduate class Dr. Emine Fidan Elcioglu, Sociology. University of Toronto)

2018

Chatterjee, S. (2017) . School of Social Work celebrates 10th research symposium. Available from: http://yfile.news.yorku.ca/2017/05/08/school-of-social-work-celebrates-10th-research-symposium/

2017

Teaching immigration and Indigenous self-determination relationally. http://yfile.news.yorku.ca/2017/09/21/teaching-immigration-and-indigenous-self-determination-relationally/

2017

Guest speech. Re-orienting discussion on solidarity: Some thoughts on anti-racist and Indigenous struggles. Race and ethnicity in Canada (undergraduate class of Dr. Luisa Swartzman, Sociology. University of Toronto)

2017

Guest speech. Critical discourse analysis. Seminar on research design and methodology (doctoral seminar of Dr. Anne O’Connell, Social Work. York University)

2017

Chatterjee, S. (2015) . Intersections of Higher Education and Student Migration to the West. Café Dissensus. Available at: http://cafedissensus.com/2015/06/14/intersections-of-higher-education-and-student-migration-to-the-west/

2015

Chatterjee, S. (2014) . "Inland Labour Migration in India: Patterns of the Phenomenon and Critical Possibilities". Guest editorial in Café Dissensus. Available at: http://cafedissensus.com/2014/08/01/guest-editorial-inland-labour-migration-in-india-patterns-of-the-phenomenon-and-critical-possibilities/

2014

Discussant. Gendering South Asian Studies. York Centre for Asian Research - South Asia Research Group. York University.

2012

Guest teacher. Women and development (undergraduate class of Dr. Himani Bannerji, Sociology. York University)

2012

Chatterjee, S. (3rd April, 2009) . "'Really want me here, welcome me': Engaging racialized young women in a holistic discussion on their health and well being". Ontario Health Promotion e-Bulletin. No. 610.

2009

Chatterjee, S. & Bhuyan, R. (2009) . Toronto Project Report for Redrawing Resistance: South Asian Women's Stories of Survival and Resistance.

2009

Approach to Teaching


I teach the graduate research seminars. I also teach upper year undergraduate courses in integrating social theories in social work practice, and immigration and refugee protection. Following a firm belief in the inadequacies of discipline bound singular answers, my research questions and plans draw from multiple disciplinary perspectives. Similarly, my pedagogy is informed by three key principles – an appreciation of the personal (as teaching, learning, reading subjects) as the door to sites of inquiry, encouraging an ability to sit with discomfort as key to learning/practising social justice work, and generating/fostering tools to work through learning moments, which involves accepting questions as answers.


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOWK3060 6.0 B Integrated Social Work Practice LECT
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOWK4000 6.0 D Practicum in Social Work I PRAC
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOWK4001 6.0 D Practicum in Social Work II PRAC
Fall 2020 GS/SOWK7010 3.0 A Epistemology SEMR


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOWK3060 6.0 B Integrated Social Work Practice LECT
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOWK4000 6.0 D Practicum in Social Work I PRAC
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOWK4001 6.0 D Practicum in Social Work II PRAC


My research interests have a few distinct yet interconnected trajectories. Primarily I am interested in migration, mobility and border scholarship. Within that overarching interest, I look into the politics of state formed identity categories (e.g., ‘immigrant’, ‘Canadian’, ‘Canadian-born’, ‘non-status’, ‘refugee’ etc.) and their implications for contemporary Western nation building, the institutionalization of the civilizational ideologies of skills and standard in immigration and citizenship policies, the global race for knowledge (e.g., discourses of internationalization and study migration policies etc.). Given above interests, the ‘entanglement’ of immigration policies/immigrant integration, anti-racist politics and indigenous self-determination in contemporary settler nations, primarily Canada, forms another important pillar of my research interests. Finally, I am a keen follower of social and political issues of relevance to South Asia and South Asians (in diaspora and beyond), including student migratory patterns from South Asia, and diaspora engagement policies of major South Asian emigration states. I am currently working on a book length manuscript titled Skills to Build the Nation, which is a study of Canadian skilled labour policies in relation to post-liberalization Canadian nationalism.

Degrees

PHD, OISE-University of Toronto, Canada
MSW, University of Toronto, Canada
MA, University of Burdwan, West Bengal, India

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Community Contributions

2019 - Chatterjee, S. & Sultana Jahangir (ED, SAWRO). Better jobs, living wages. A forum organized with South Asian Women’s Rights Organization. For York University Community Conversations - Series 4 – Immigrant Experience in Canada.

2018 - Chatterjee, S. & Campbell, M. “First peoples to newcomers: How do we know each other?” Workshop facilitation. Community – Education – Change. KIHKINOOHAMAAKEWIN - Indigenous Ways of Knowing. Tommy Douglas Institute. George Brown College.

2016 - Roundtable Participant. Report to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in Canada. The Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic & the Colour of Poverty–Colour of Change Campaign

Research Interests

Immigration , Race and Racism, Anti-racism and Indigenous self determination , Teaching migration and nationalism in social work , International higher education, student migration from Asia , Social and political issues in South Asia and the South Asian diaspora

Current Research Projects

Developing Responsible Global Citizenship through the Teaching of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Society

    Summary:

    The purpose of this project is to explore cultural representations and diasporic imagination in the study of language and literatures. In so doing it aims to bring together literary studies with the study of these issues as dealt with in disciplines of social work, sociology and the larger transnationalism and diaspora studies.

    Description:

    Scheme for the Promotion of Academic Research and Collaboration (SPARC) Grant: A Govt. of India Initiative. Developing Responsible Global Citizenship through the Teaching of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Society. Co investigator with Drs. Kalpana Hulluru & Lakhimai Mili (English, Pondicherry U), Shobna Nijhawan (DLLL, York U).

    Project Type: Funded
    Role: Co-investigator

    Funders:
    Scheme for the Promotion of Academic Research and Collaboration (SPARC) Grant: A Govt. of India Initiative
Asian International Students in Canadian Universities Examining Racialization Processes of/by Chinese, Indian and South Korean Students in Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg

    Summary:

    The main objective of this research project is to shed light on the experiences of international students as migrants to specific communities, beyond their academic affiliation, by using the ways in which racialization affects them on and off-campus, and has repercussions on their migratory experiences and trajectories as a whole.

    For more detailed summary, see here: https://ycar.apps01.yorku.ca/rais/

    Description:

    SSHRC Insight Grant. Co-investigator with Drs. Jean Michel Montsion (Multidisciplinary Studies, York U), Ann Kim (Sociology, York U) & Shirin Shahrokni (Sociology, York U). (CAD 285,882)

    Project Type: Funded
    Role: Co-investigator

    Funders:
    SSHRC
Competing or complementary?: A study of Indigenizing and internationalizing initiatives in key Canadian postsecondary institutions

    Summary:

    This project is part of a larger, multi-sited project on the role of the postsecondary education in facilitating reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada, USA and Australia. It builds on my scholarly interest in two apparently disparate but deeply conceptually connected developments in postsecondary education in these countries – international student recruitment, and enhancing Indigenous content in teaching and learning.

    Description:

    The proposed project focuses on Canada. It aims to study how Indigenizing and internationalizing initiatives sit in relation to each other, how they are in tension/conflict, and/or offer a historic opportunity for reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians, and whether/how the postsecondary sector is facilitating dialogue between Indigenous, diasporic and international students. In the process, the project aims to challenge the mutual disconnect between ‘Indigenizing’ and ‘internationalizing’ initiatives in the public and policy realms.

    Project Type: Funded
    Role: Principal Investigator

    Funders:
    MITACS
Decolonial solidarity and social change in the context of xenophobic nationalism: Dialogues and deliberations in the postsecondary educational site

    Summary:

    The project aims to engage student voices and perspectives on the deeply entangled political phenomena of migration (e.g., via dominant and subaltern, “outside-of-state” forms), various disparate diasporic formations (e.g., non-status workers, asylum seeker and international students), and xenophobic white nationalism (a reactionary force). A series of conversations on global social movements and transnational solidarity are organized to both enhance student learning about the application of critical social work tools in responding to reactionary forces, and engage student perspectives on critical decolonial solidarity.

    Description:

    A collaborative project with Dr. Nicole Penak, Chair, Aboriginal Advisory Committee, York University.

    Project Type: Funded
    Role: Co-facilitator

    Funders:
    YUFA Teaching/Learning Development Grant
Practicing theory, theorizing practice

    Summary:

    Review of critical Social Work theories and their practical application in key Social Work fields.

    Description:

    The project explores the dominant Social Work understanding of integration between theory and practice and aims to understand why the divide between theory and practice been a long-standing issue in social work. It asks the following series of questions: How does theory-practice integration look like in Social Work classrooms? How does it look like in various practice sites? What needs to change in the ways we think about theory and practice and their relationship to make integration tangible, especially for upper year Social Work students getting ready for practice? Finally, are there similar debates in other professions? If yes, what are these debates (e.g., medicine, law, Psychiatry)? Is there anything we can draw from in other professional disciplines?

    Project Type: Funded
    Role: Principal investigator

    Start Date:
      Month: May   Year: 2018

    End Date:
      Month: Aug   Year: 2018

    Funders:
    Dean's Award for Research Assistantship - Liberal Arts and professional Studies
Teaching migration and Indigenous self determination relationally

    Summary:

    This was an upper year undergraduate course on migration and refugee protection where I challenged the very idea of immigrant settlement (a historically popular area of social work practice) as an innocent, desirable enterprise for social work. Instead, I placed Canada within a global system of nation states, and actively oriented the discussion toward the global project of imperial dispossession even if ‘the global’ seems vast and distant, and therefore, impossible to comprehend. I introduced content aimed to bridge the purported gap between the local and global modes of displacement; in the process, made both relentlessly visible. This is currently being developed as a graduate course.

    Description:

    See above

    Project Type: Funded
    Role: N/A

    Funders:
    Indigeneity in Teaching and Learning Fund. Office of the Vice President Academic & Provost, York University
'Talented' citizens?: study-migration policies in traditional immigration and higher education destinations

    Summary:

    This is the preliminary phase of a larger project on high skilled labour migration (including postsecondary international student migration), and the shifting nature of national membership in our world dominated by knowledge economic discourses. In this phase a comparative review of various study-migration policies of Canada, Australia, USA, UK and Germany, all introduced in response to the global race for professional talent, will be conducted. This review will build the foundation for the second phase of the study where I plan to explore postsecondary international students’ experience of navigating and making sense of the increasing entanglement between higher education and immigration policies of the aforementioned states, which construct them as 'knowledge diplomats' and 'ideal immigrants' but also maintains a gap between their economic welcome and political disenfranchisement.

    Project Type: Funded
    Role: Principal Investigator

All Publications


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

Chatterjee, S., Mucina, M. & Tam, L. (2012) . “Telling Multiple Stories of Race in Canadian Higher Education”. In R.J. Gilmour, D. Bhandar, J. Heer & M.C. K. Ma (Eds).“Too Asian?” Racism and Post-Secondary Education. pp. 121-133. Toronto: Between the Lines Press.

2012

Curling, D., Chatterjee, S. & Massaquoi, N. (2009) . “Women’s Transnational Locations as a Determinant of Mental Health: Results from a participatory action research project with new immigrant women of colour in Toronto.” In J. Gulliver & S. Cooper (Eds). Pathways, Bridges and Havens: the psychosocial determinants of women’s health. pp. 81-98. Sydney, N.S., Canada: Cape Breton University Press.

2009

Book Reviews

Publication
Year

Chatterjee S. Review of Borderline Canadianness. Border crossings and everyday nationalism in Niagara by Helleiner, J. (2016. In Journal of American Ethnic History. University of Illinois Press.

2018

Chatterjee, S. (2015) . Review of Transnational Migration and Lifelong Learning – Global Issues and Perspectives by Shibao Guo (ed., 2014). In Studies in Continuing Education.

2015

Chatterjee, S. (2013) . Review of Immigration Dialectic: Imagining community, economy, and Nation & Immigration & Settlement: Challenges, Experiences, & Opportunities by Harald Bauder (2011). Antipode: A radical journal of geography. Available online.

2013

Chatterjee, S. (2013) . Review of Knowledge Mobilization and Educational Research: Politics, Languages and Responsibilities, by Tara Fenwick and Leslie Farrell (eds. 2011). Canadian Journal of Studies in Adult Education, 24(2), 71-73.

2013

Chatterjee, S. (2013) . Review of Toward Improving Canada's Skilled Immigration Policy: An Evaluation Approach. By Charles M Beach, Alan G Green and Christopher Worswick (2011). Work, Employment & Society, 27(1), pp. 191-192.

2013

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

Chatterjee S. & Das Gupta, T. (Eds.). Indigenous self-determination in a ‘chronically mobile’ world: Critical perspectives from anti-racist scholars of migration and mobility. In press for Studies in Social Justice.

2021

Chatterjee, S. & Barber, K. (2020). Between “here-now” and “there-then”: The West and Asia’s colonial entanglements in international higher education. Higher Education. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10734-020-00538-x

2020

Chatterjee S. (2019) . "‘What is to be Done?’: The hegemony of solutions in immigrants’ labour market integration. Canadian Journal of Studies in Adult Education.

2019

Chatterjee, S. (2018) . Immigration, anti-racism and Indigenous self-determination: Towards a comprehensive analysis of the contemporary settler colonial. Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture.

2018

Chatterjee, S. (2018). Teaching migration for reconciliation: A pedagogical commitment with a difference. Intersectionalities: A global journal of social work analysis, research, polity and practice.

2018

Chatterjee, S. (2015) . “Skills to Build the Nation: The ideology of ‘Canadian experience and nationalism in global knowledge regime”. Ethnicities. 15(4), 544-567.

2015

Chatterjee, S. (2015) . “Re-thinking Skill in Anti-oppressive Social Work Practice With Skilled Immigrant Professionals”. British Journal of Social Work, 45, 363-377. Advanced access online, 2013.

2015

Martinez, A., Chatterjee, S., Stille, S., Hassidim, D. Y. (2013) . Countering Normative Discourses of Community. Critical Intersections in Education: An OISE-UT Students’ Journal, 1(2), i-iii.

2013

Chatterjee, S. & Chapra, A. (2009) . “Talking Race, Talking Colour: Racialized women, their home and belongingness in multicultural Canada”. Canadian Woman Studies, 27 (2,3), 14-20.

2009

Conference Papers

Publication
Year

Chatterjee, S. (2019). Colonial Divides: Social Work's chasm between Black, Caribbean, International, and Indigenous Communities and the Critical Work of Reaching Across.

2019

Chatterjee, S. (2019). Panelist. Thinking through borders. Adult Learning and Education in the Context of Immigration: Perspectives in Canada. A joint pre-conference of the Comparative and International Educational Society of Canada (CIESC) and the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (CASAE). Congress of the Social Science and Humanities, Vancouver, Canada.

2019

Chatterjee, S. (2017) . Immigration, anti-racism and Indigenous self-determination: Moving beyond dualism in solidarity and social change. Opening Address. 10th Annual Critical Social Work Research Symposium. York University, Toronto.

2017

Chatterjee, S. (2017) . Race, labour, knowledge and the nation: Proposing a Canadian research agenda on study migration. Workshop: 'Supporting international students' Labour market Integration. Organized by Ryerson Centre for Settlement and Integration and Royal Roads University. Toronto.

2017

Chatterjee, S. (2016) Bordering the borderless nation: A conditional welcome. London School of Economics & Political Science. London. United Kingdom.

2016

Chatterjee. S. (2016) . Tensions and contradictions between immigrant integration and Indigenous ‘self-determination’, Decolonization Conference. OISE-University of Toronto

2016

Chatterjee, S. (2015) . “When those new Canadians succeed, Canada succeeds”: The ideology of Canadian experience and ongoing practices of racially and ethnically exclusionary nationalism in Canada. Critical Ethnic Studies Association Conference. York University. Toronto

2015

Chatterjee, S. (2014) .“Borders are no longer at the border”: Professional immigrants’ labour market integration as a discursive site for the enactment of exclusionary nationalism in Canada. Presentation at Roxana Ng memorial speaker series. Centre for Women’s Studies in Education, OISE-UT.

2014

Chatterjee, S. (2013) . “This Way to the Nation: Enactments of nationalism in and through labour migration and integration policies in settler nations”. Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement Studies Annual Conference. Toronto.

2013

Chatterjee, S. (2012) . “Canadian Experience Class and Building the Nation” at the Social Science History Association Annual Conference, Vancouver, Canada.

2012

Chatterjee, S. (2012) . “Living Together 'with' Diversity: Discourses of labour market skill building as practices of nationalism in Canada” at the National Societies in Multicultural Age Conference, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary.

2012

Chatterjee, S., Berlingieri, A., Dossa, S., Mirchandani, K. & Tambe, S.(2011) “Marginalizing through Mobilizing the Discourse of Skill” at the Canadian Association for Studies in Adult Education & Adult Education Research Conference. Toronto.

2011

Chatterjee, S., Stewart, S. & Cheng, J. (2009) . Workshop organizer/facilitator. “Are you Missing Anything? Creating Positive Spaces for LGBTQ Newcomers”, at Ontario Council for Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) Summer Professional Development Conference, Nottawasaga, Ontario.

2009

Chatterjee, S., Bhalru, M. & Chapra, A. (2008) . Workshop organizer/facilitator. “Forced Marriages in the South Asian Community: Definition, context, politics and how a community responds” at Right to Choose: Conference on forced marriages, South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario, Toronto.

2008

Chatterjee, S. (2008) . “Family Class Migration: Understanding the discourse & addressing knowledge gap” at the 1st Immigration and Settlement Studies Graduate Students' Conference, Ryerson University.

2008

Chatterjee, S., & Curling, D. (2008) . “Women’s Transnational Locations as a Determinant of Mental Health: Results from a participatory action research project with new immigrant women of colour in Toronto” at the Canadian Psychological Association Annual Conference, Halifax.

2008

Chatterjee, S. (2007) . “The Problem Focused Discourse on South Asian Immigrant Women: The role of social science research and settlement services” at the 9th Colloquium for Students and Recent Graduates, University of Montreal, Canada & Roundtable Presentation at the 9th National Metropolis Conference, Toronto.

2007

Conference Proceedings

Publication
Year

Chatterjee, S. (2013) . This Way to the Nation: Enactments of nationalism in and through labour migration and integration policies in settler nations”. Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement Studies Annual Conference. Toronto.

2013

Chatterjee et al. (2011) . Marginalizing through Mobilizing the Discourse of Skill. In Canadian Association for Studies in Adult Education (CASAE) and Adult Education Research Conference (AERC). Joint Conference Proceedings.

2011

Chatterjee, S. (2007) . The Problem Focused Discourse on South Asian Immigrant Women: The role of social science research and settlement services. 9th National Metropolis Conference, Toronto.

2007

Research Reports

Publication
Year

Chatterjee, S. International education: An untapped archive of Canadian nation formation. Asia Research Brief. York Centre for Asian Research.

2018

Williams, C.C., Massaquoi, N., Redmond, M. & Chatterjee, S. (2011) . “A Collaborative Process to Achieve Access to Primary Health Care for Black Women and Women of Colour”. Toronto: Women’s Health in Women’s Hands Community Health Centre.

2011

Public Lectures

Publication
Year

Chatterjee, s. (2016) . Keynote address: A paradox or a productive contradiction? A proposal to historicize discourses and scholarship on skilled immigrants’ labour market integration. 9th Annual Critical Social Work Research Symposium: Interdisciplinary conversations on social transformation and critical practices. York University. Toronto. Canada

2016

Keynote address: Practicing Decolonial Love. 3rd Annual Decolonizing our Minds Conference. New College. University of Toronto. Coverage in The Newspaper: University of Toronto’s Independent Paper, February, 2013.

2012

The Discourse of Skill in Immigrants’ Labour Market Integration and Practices of National B-ordering in Canada. Senior Doctoral Fellow Speaker Series, 2012. New College, University of Toronto.

2012

“Poverty and health of South Asian immigrant women”. Council of Agencies Serving South Asians, Toronto. On behalf of Women's Health in Women's Hands Community Health Centre, Toronto.

2008

Conferences

Publication
Year

Chatterjee, S. (2017) . Session Organizer & Discussant. Immigration, anti-racism and Indigenous self-determination: Reflections on decolonial solidarities. Canadian Sociological Association. Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Toronto.

2017

Other

Publication
Year

Chatterjee S. & Das Gupta, T. (Eds.). Indigenous self-determination in a ‘chronically mobile’ world: Critical perspectives from anti-racist scholars of migration and mobility. Special issue in progress for Studies in Social Justice

2020

Interviewed by Juro Kim Feliz (Resident, Canadian Music Centre Library) for Nomadic Sound Worlds, a four-part blog/podcast series that explores Canadian contemporary music through the lens of present-day global migration

2019

Guest speech. Not an easy place to be: Thoughts on Indigenous decolonization from an immigrant scholar of immigration & anti-racism. In Immigrant Scarborough (undergraduate class Dr. Emine Fidan Elcioglu, Sociology. University of Toronto)

2018

Chatterjee, S. (2017) . School of Social Work celebrates 10th research symposium. Available from: http://yfile.news.yorku.ca/2017/05/08/school-of-social-work-celebrates-10th-research-symposium/

2017

Teaching immigration and Indigenous self-determination relationally. http://yfile.news.yorku.ca/2017/09/21/teaching-immigration-and-indigenous-self-determination-relationally/

2017

Guest speech. Re-orienting discussion on solidarity: Some thoughts on anti-racist and Indigenous struggles. Race and ethnicity in Canada (undergraduate class of Dr. Luisa Swartzman, Sociology. University of Toronto)

2017

Guest speech. Critical discourse analysis. Seminar on research design and methodology (doctoral seminar of Dr. Anne O’Connell, Social Work. York University)

2017

Chatterjee, S. (2015) . Intersections of Higher Education and Student Migration to the West. Café Dissensus. Available at: http://cafedissensus.com/2015/06/14/intersections-of-higher-education-and-student-migration-to-the-west/

2015

Chatterjee, S. (2014) . "Inland Labour Migration in India: Patterns of the Phenomenon and Critical Possibilities". Guest editorial in Café Dissensus. Available at: http://cafedissensus.com/2014/08/01/guest-editorial-inland-labour-migration-in-india-patterns-of-the-phenomenon-and-critical-possibilities/

2014

Discussant. Gendering South Asian Studies. York Centre for Asian Research - South Asia Research Group. York University.

2012

Guest teacher. Women and development (undergraduate class of Dr. Himani Bannerji, Sociology. York University)

2012

Chatterjee, S. (3rd April, 2009) . "'Really want me here, welcome me': Engaging racialized young women in a holistic discussion on their health and well being". Ontario Health Promotion e-Bulletin. No. 610.

2009

Chatterjee, S. & Bhuyan, R. (2009) . Toronto Project Report for Redrawing Resistance: South Asian Women's Stories of Survival and Resistance.

2009

Approach to Teaching


I teach the graduate research seminars. I also teach upper year undergraduate courses in integrating social theories in social work practice, and immigration and refugee protection. Following a firm belief in the inadequacies of discipline bound singular answers, my research questions and plans draw from multiple disciplinary perspectives. Similarly, my pedagogy is informed by three key principles – an appreciation of the personal (as teaching, learning, reading subjects) as the door to sites of inquiry, encouraging an ability to sit with discomfort as key to learning/practising social justice work, and generating/fostering tools to work through learning moments, which involves accepting questions as answers.


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOWK3060 6.0 B Integrated Social Work Practice LECT
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOWK4000 6.0 D Practicum in Social Work I PRAC
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOWK4001 6.0 D Practicum in Social Work II PRAC
Fall 2020 GS/SOWK7010 3.0 A Epistemology SEMR


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOWK3060 6.0 B Integrated Social Work Practice LECT
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOWK4000 6.0 D Practicum in Social Work I PRAC
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOWK4001 6.0 D Practicum in Social Work II PRAC