Featured projects : First Nations, Racism and (In)justice / Projets en vedette : Premières Nations, racisme et (in)justice

The application deadlines for the doctoral (January 10) and master’s programs (January 15) offered by the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa are rapidly approaching.  From January 1 to 10 you will find a few of the many examples of research projects being led by professors in each of our ten research fields.  Today’s edition showcases a few projects within the research field of “First Nations, Racism and (In)justice”.

Les dates limites pour postuler aux programmes de doctorat (10 janvier) et de maîtrise (15 janvier) offerts par le département de criminologie à l'Université d'Ottawa approchent rapidement. Entre le 1 et 10 janvier vous trouverez quelque uns des nombreux exemples de projet de recherche conduits par les professeurs dans chacun de nos dix champs de recherche. L'édition d'aujourd'hui expose quelques projets dans le champ de recherche de «Premières Nations, racisme et (in)justice».

First Nations, Racism and (In)justice / Premières Nations, racisme et (in)justice

  • Securitized Citizens: Canadian Muslims Experiences of Counter Terrorism Policies (Baljit Nagra)

Dr. Nagra is currently working on a nationwide qualitative study, consisting of nearly 100 interviews with Canadian Muslim community leaders living in five major Canadian cities (Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Calgary, Vancouver). This study examines the impact of recent changes to citizenship and security laws and policies (i.e. security certificates, passenger protect list, airport/border security, Bill C24, Canadian secret service investigations and visa sponsorship policies) on Muslim communities in Canada. Theoretically, this study explores how racial discourses in state policies and laws reinforce racial hierarchies and social inequalities, altering the meaning of Canadian citizenship and reproducing racialized practices of nation state building in Canada. Ultimately, this research will in specific recommendations on how to improve Canadian state law and policies that disproportionately affect minority communities. This research has been presented at both domestic and international conferences.  A chapter from this research titled ‘National Security: Exclusion and Isolation Among Muslims in Canada’, will be published in the forthcoming edited book collection titled Canada Among Nations on terrorism and counterterrorism, Furthermore, Dr. Nagra is preparing several sole-authored and co-authored papers based on this research that speaks to the changing political landscape in Canada, which includes ideological shifts in citizenship, immigration, refugee settlement, religious freedom and national security.

  • L’internement forcé des « ennemis étrangers »  au Canada durant les deux guerres mondiales (Sandra Lehalle)

Sandra Lehalle travaille sur les justifications morales, politiques et juridiques de la privation de liberté.  Elle développe actuellement un nouveau cadre théorique inspiré du concept d’économie morale de Fassin afin de l’appliquer à diverses formes de détention, notamment les camps d’internement des deux grandes guerres mondiales et les centres de détention d’immigration. A l’été 2016, avec l’aide d’une assistante de recherche, elle a entrepris une première étape de recherche documentaire sur les camps d’internement canadiens. Ce projet est ouvert à l’inclusion de projets de thèses d’étudiants de maîtrise.