POST GRADUATE WORK PERMIT AND SOCIAL SUFFERING

(A CASE STUDY)

Authors

  • Golbon Moltaji Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Ottawa

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18432/ari29445

Keywords:

Immigration, art-based autoethnography, Immigrant Suffering, Post-graduate Migration

Abstract

This study is an art-based autoethnography that examines the author’s first-hand experience of immigration-related adversities in four drawings created during transitioning to permanent residency in Canada via the Post Graduate Work Permit Program. The article takes a different route from the studies which acknowledge immigrants’ experiences of social suffering yet, explore the possibilities of eventual integration through adaptation and acculturation for immigrants. This article argues that marking suffering as an organic part of integration normalizes suffering and, even can be perceived as an attempt to eliminate the presence of suffering from the discourse. More importantly, this article emphasizes that the social suffering of immigrants cannot be comprehended separately from the entirety of a society that undoubtedly plays a part in inducing their suffering. Artistic content includes the researcher’s drawings made during her time under PGWPP that express her relation to the social landscape in Canada as an international post-graduate transitioning to permanent residency.

Author Biography

Golbon Moltaji, Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Ottawa

Golbon Moltaji is a PhD student at the University of Ottawa. Her dissertation focuses on Canada’s Post graduate Work Permit Program as the primary pathway for international students to immigrate in Canada.

Golbon received her master’s degree from the University of Windsor in Human Kinetics with specialization in motor control and learning. She is an avid visual artist and has been making drawings and paintings since a very young age.

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Published

2020-10-01

How to Cite

Moltaji, G. (2020). POST GRADUATE WORK PERMIT AND SOCIAL SUFFERING: (A CASE STUDY). Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal, 5(2), 345–375. https://doi.org/10.18432/ari29445