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)

June 1, 2019
8:15 am – 4:00 pm
Henry Angus Building, Room 435
2053 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
The University of British Columbia Vancouver Campus

Registration closes on Friday, May 24 at noon (PST). If you wish to register for the conference past this date, please email Rachel Goossen at

A country of immigrants built on the land of indigenous people, Canada has made immigrant integration a national priority. Governments, researchers, educators, and communities across Canada have explored means and models through which immigrants could be integrated into the host society. Existing initiatives all point to the exigency of adult learning and education in supporting immigrants’ successful integration. Meanwhile, shaped by the interests, wills, and practices of diverse stakeholders, the field of adult learning and education is simultaneously promising and problematic.

This preconference provides a venue for researchers to compare related policies and practices across Canada, with a focus on the pedagogies, methodologies, and social imaginaries that center issues of diversity and difference. It brings together faculty and student researchers from across Canada who have critically engaged with immigration and integration issues in their research. The preconference provides an opportunity for us to collectively explore alternative imaginaries of integration and education, bold alliances within and beyond the immigrant communities, as well as a possible research network across Canada. A noted feature of this preconference is that we will have a mix of faculty researchers, community-based researchers and student researchers who are experts in multiple areas of practices.

Anticipated audience: researchers, students, and community practitioners.

Please note that the capacity of the conference is limited. Should you find yourself unable to register because the conference is full, please email Dr. Hongxia Shan, the conference organizer and the conference graduate assistant Rachel Goossen at to put yourself on the waitlist. For the same reason, if you manage to register and then find yourself not able to make it, please let us know as soon as you can so that we can release the spot for others.

Finalized Program



8:15 am – 1:45 pm

Light breakfast

8:15 am – 8:45 am

Welcome by Hongxia Shan

8:45 am – 9:00 am

Panel 1: Engaging diverse communities

9:00 am – 10:15 am 

Sara Pavan: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia

Genevieve Ritchie: PhD Candidate, University of Toronto

Rachel Goossen; MA, University of British Columbia

Discussant/facilitator: Natalia Balyasnikova (PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia) ‎   

Panel 2: Thinking with borders

10:30 am – 11:45 am

Robert Mizzi: Associate Professor, University of Manitoba

Soma Chatterjee: Assistant Professor, York University

Discussant/facilitator: Tanis Sawkins (PhD Candidate, University of Simon Fraser)


11:45 am – 12:30 am

Keynote Speech

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm 

Migration and the SDGS: lifelong learning, human disposability and the quest for dignified living

Leona English: Professor, St. Francis Xavier University

Introduction: Dr. Guofang Li, Professor, University of British Columbia


Discussant/facilitator: Neila Miled   (PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia)

Panel 3: Methodology and pedagogy

1:45 pm – 3:00 pm 

Adam Perry: Assistant Professor, St. Francis Xavier University

Michelle Stack: Associate Professor, University of British Columbia

Bathseba Opini: Lecturer, University of British Columbia

Jugnoo Salahuddin: Community co-researcher

Ana Machado: Community co-researcher

Amea Wilbur: Faculty, University of Fraser Valley

Discussant/facilitator: Nasim Peikazadi (PhD student, University of British Columbia)


3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Acknowledgement: the conference organizer acknowledges the sponsorship and support from

  • UBC Migration Research Excellence Cluster
  • Faculty of Education, UBC
  • Department of Educational Studies, UBC
  • Guofang Li, Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Transnational/Global Perspectives of Language and Literacy Education in the Department of Language and Literacy Education, UBC.


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