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Day 1 - 30 June (Tuesday)
09:00 – 09:30

Welcome & opening remarks

09:30 – 11:15

Keynote 1

Film screening “Les Mairuuwas”

Chairperson : Dorte Thorsen

Trond Waage

Visual Studies, University of Tromsø, Norway

11:15 – 11:30

Tea break

Session 1
11:30 – 13:15

Gender dynamics in labour markets - I

Chairperson : Tsun-Ling Lee

11:30 – 11:50

Mariama Awumbila, Joseph Teye & Joseph Yaro

Centre for Migration Studies, University of Ghana

Gendered Dynamics of Migrant Domestic Work in Accra, Ghana

11:50 – 12:10

Dang, Thao Thi Thanh and Paul Henman

University of Queensland, Australia

The Gendered Lived Work Experiences of Young Rural-Urban Migrants in Hanoi

12:10 – 12:30

Stanford Mahati

Centre for Social Science and Research, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Gendered Representations of Zimbabwean Unaccompanied Young Female Migrants Negotiating for Livelihood in a South African Border Town

12:30 – 12: 45

Discussant : Hania Zlotnik

12:45 – 13:15

Questions & discussion

13:15 – 14:15


Session 2
14:15 – 16:00

Gender dynamics in labour markets - II

Chairperson : Michiel Baas

14:15 - 14:35

Binitha V Thampi & Banti Deori

Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India

‘Aesthetic Labour’ in the Emerging Labour market: A Case Study on Female Labour Migrants from North Eastern India to the Metropolitan Cities of Chennai and Bangalore, India

14:35 – 14:55

Panchali Ray

School of Women’s Studies, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India

Shaping the Profession: The Politics of Migration and Care-Giving in Contemporary Kolkata

14:55 – 15:15

Susanne Y P Choi

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Migration, Service Work and Masculinity in Post-Socialist China

15:15 – 15:30

Discussant : Linda Oucho

15:30 – 16:00

Questions & Comments

16:00 – 16:30

Tea break

Session 3
16:30 – 18:15

Labour and mobility regimes

Chairperson : Malini Sur

16:30 – 16:50

Pamungkas A. Dewanto

Department of International Relations, Bina Nusantara University, Jakarta, Indonesia

Structural Exploitation of Indonesian Female Migrant Worker: A home country’s perspective

16:50 – 17:10

Katharine Jones

Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, UK

For a Fee: the business of recruiting female domestic workers from South Asia into private households in Jordan and Lebanon

17:10 – 17:30

Maria Platt, Grace Baey, Brenda SA Yeoh, Choon Yen Khoo & Theodora Lam,

Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

Gendered labour migration regimes in Singapore: Debt, precarity and strategy among male and female temporary labour migrants

17:30 – 17:45

Discussant : Priya Deshingkar

17:45 – 18:15

Questions & Comments

Day 2 - 1 July (Wednesday)
09:00 – 10:45

Keynote 2

Chairperson : Brenda SA Yeoh

Deirdre McKay

Social Geography and Environmental Politics, Keele University

10:45 – 11:15

Tea break

Session 4
11:15 – 13:00

Expectations and moralities surrounding remittances I

Chairperson : Bernardo Brown

11:15 – 11:35

Patience Mutopo, Vupenyu Dzingirai & Loren Landau,

University of Zimbabwe, and ACMS, South Africa.

An Analysis of the Gendered Patterns of Migration in Zimbabwe: The Case of Chivi, Hurungwe and Gwanda Districts

11:35 – 11:55

Rozana Rashid

University of Dhaka and RMMRU, Bangladesh.

Gendered Practices and Expectations of Remittances: A Case Study of Bangladesh

11:55 – 12:15

Dhiman Das

Asia Research Institute, Singapore.

Male Migration and its Implication on Child Educational Inputs in India

12:15 – 12:30

Discussant : Sallie Yea

12:30 – 13:00

Questions & Comments

13:00 – 14:00


Session 5
14:00 – 15:30

Expectations and moralities surrounding remittances II

Chairperson : Mila Arlini

14:00 – 14:20

Ishret Binte Wahid & Mohammed Kamruzzaman

Gender Justice and Diversity, BRAC, Bangladesh

Migration, Muslim Women and Social Reproduction of Gender Inequality

14:20 – 14:40

Matthew Maycock

University of Glasgow, UK

Masculinities, Remittances and Failure, narratives from far-west Nepal

14:40 – 14:55

Discussant : Susanne Choi

14:55 – 15:30

Questions & comments

15:30 – 16:00

Tea break

Session 6
16:00 – 18:00

Images of gender, migration and development

Chairperson : Teresita Cruz-Del Rosario

Media clips & documentary

16:00 – 16:20

Debika Chatterjee & Pooja Sanghavi

Mumbai Mobile Creches

Against the Odds

16:20 – 16:40

Dipesh Kharel

University of Tokyo, Japan

After Ram Left Home: Visual Ethnography of the Nepali migration to Japan

16:40 – 17:00

Tyas Retno Wulan & Sri Wijayanti

Center of Research for Gender, Children and Community Service, Jenderal Soedirman University, Indonesia

From Zero to Hero: Strengthening Social and Economic Remittance as Strategy to the Empowerment of Indonesian Women Migrant Workers

17:00 – 17:30

Questions & comments

Walk & talk exhibition

17:30 – 18:00

Jo Vearey, Elsa Oliveira & Greta Schuler

ACMS, South Africa.

MoVE (method:visual:explore)

19:00 – 21:00

Conference dinner

Day 3 - 2 July (Thursday)
9.00 – 10:30

Policy roundtable – I

Gender dynamics in labour markets

Chairperson : Peter Evans

  1. Igor Bosc, International Labour Organisation (ILO)
  2. Yuko Hamada, International Organization for Migration (IOM) Asia and the Pacific Region
  3. Bandana Pattanaik, Global Alliance Against Trafficking in Women (GAATW)
  4. Anja Wessels, Truls Østbye and Jolovan Wham, Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics (HOME)

Questions & comments

10:30 – 11:00

Tea break

11:00 – 12:30

Policy roundtable – II

Expectations and moralities surrounding remittances

Chairperson : L. Alan Winters

  1. Dilip Ratha, World Bank
  2. Endang Sugiyarto, Priya Deshingkar & Andy McKay, MOOP, University of Sussex
  3. Guntur Sugiyarto, Asia Development Bank (ADB)
  4. Rosemary Vargas-Lundius, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Questions & comments

12:30 – 13:00

Closing remarks : Dorte Thorsen

13:00 – 14:00


ARI ASIA TRENDS SYMPOSIUM, 2 July 18:30 – 20:30 (*SCAPE)

En route to the departure hall: how migrants navigate recruitment processes


Somewhere in Indonesia, a woman is speaking to a labour recruiter, trying to choose between staying at home and leaving to earn her livelihood in another country. In Bangladesh, a man is making his way to a training centre, intent on learning the necessary skills that will speed him to work overseas. Migrants are moved by hope: to remit money to educate their children and save for their families, and to lay the foundations for a future that they aspire towards. But the decision to migrate for work can often be a huge gamble, especially for those who are compelled to do so by prevailing economic insecurity. Before boarding a plane, migrants may face high placement fees, opaque bureaucratic processes, demanding training procedures, and powerful worries about the unknown. Given these barriers, what dreams spur men and women across borders?

To facilitate this growing trend of transnational migration, a lucrative migration industry has sprung up. Migrants rely on a series of brokers, sponsors, agents, and trainers to help them through its bewildering processes. What are some unregulated gaps within the industry which may lead to exploitative practices? How do recruitment agents shape migrant mobilities? How do migrants make their way through these possible pitfalls? And what is the way forward? This public symposium offers a comparative perspective on various issues and challenges concerning the recruitment of low-waged migrant labour in Asia.

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