IGDS Graduate Research Seminar by Tivia Collins

Event Date(s): 15/05/2017

Location: UWI St. Augustine, IGDS Seminar Room

The Institute for Gender and Development Studies (IGDS) presents a Graduate Research Seminar by PhD in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies candidate, Tivia Collins on the topic, Borders, Belonging, and Citizenship: Interrogating Guyanese Women Migrants experiences in Trinidad and Tobago.

The seminar takes place on May 15 from 10 to 11am at the IGDS Seminar Room.

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About the seminar

This research sheds light on the lived experiences of Guyanese migrant women within Trinidad and Tobago, focusing on how Guyanese women are monitored and regulated by the state due to their nationality, gender, class, race, and ethnicities. It explores how migrant women construct home and foster a sense of belonging for themselves within Trinidad and Tobago. It also seeks to analyse how Guyanese women navigate exclusionary, patriarchal, and hierarchical borders and definitions of citizenship, which function as systems of oppression used by the state to surveil and control its subjects, within Trinidad and Tobago.  

This seminar discusses the aims, objectives, and rationale for a feminist project of this nature. I will address the conceptual and theoretical frameworks for this research, which are grounded in Feminist Standpoint Theory and Postcolonial Feminism, and I will conduct a review of the literature that informs this study. The relationships between migration, gender, and the state will be highlighted throughout this seminar, as I justify why the study of the lived experiences of Guyanese women migrants within Trinidad and Tobago is important for the understanding and challenging of the system that governs and dictates how intra-regional migration occurs within the Anglophone Caribbean. 


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