Dr. Soma Chatterjee is an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work, York University. Soma is broadly interested in migration and mobility, sovereignty and borders, and their ideological and material implications for contemporary Western nation building. Her research looks at the labour market integration of skilled immigrants, and how through the practices of training and learning, a specific 'immigrant' subject distinct from Canadian 'nationals' emerged in the decades following liberalization. She is currently working on a manuscript based on her doctoral research titled Skills to Build the Nation, which aims to open up a space for dialogue on labour market integration as a major site for the exercise of exclusionary nationalism in Canada. Soma’s current research has three interconnected trajectories. She is exploring international education migration and the entanglements of migration and higher education policies as part of a broader shift in contemporary Western nation formation. She in increasingly interested and actively thinking and writing about the complexities and contradictions of immigration, antiracist politics and Indigenous sovereignty in contemporary Canada. She sees the Asian diaspora as playing a crucial role in the ever-shifting terrains of liberal multicultural nationhood when it comes to the welcoming of historically othered bodies into the ‘national’ community. Finally, as a member of the South Asian diaspora she remains interested in the ongoing displacement and migration of rural and semi-urban populations in India on the one hand, and on the other, the Indian state's active but selective engagement with the elite Indian diaspora.
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.
Chatterjee, S. (2015). “Skills to Build the Nation: The ideology of ‘Canadian experience and nationalism in global knowledge regime”. Ethnicities 15(4): 544-567.
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.
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.
Keywords: Migration and mobility; sovereignty and borders; labour market integration of skilled immigrants; international education migration