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Migration, Logistics and Unequal Citizens in Contemporary Global Context

Webinar Series

“Interventions from the South: Theoretical Perspectives and Pragmatic Issues of
Migration, Logistics and Unequal Citizens in the Context of the Covid-19

Pandemic ”

  JANUARY 13-14, 2021

10:00 AM-07:00 PM Taipei Time (GMT+8)*
*Please read the time zone specifics in the bottom.
Please double-check your time zone or write to us if needed.

Venue: Zoom

Registration: https://forms.gle/GEVKrzLZwE3gZEN9A

** This webinar will proceed in English.

The webinar “Interventions from the South: Theoretical Perspectives and
Pragmatic Issues of Migration, Logistics and Unequal Citizens in the Context of
the Covid-19 Pandemic” is an integral part of multiple events organized by the CHCI-
GLOBAL HUMANITIES INSTITUTE 2020-2021: Migration, Logistics and Unequal
Citizens in Contemporary Global Context. 

Migration has become a critical field of study for social scientists due to the harsh
realities and rising inequality migrants are subject to. Asia, though hosting a substantial
portion of the world’s migrants, provides the poorest protection and fewest policies for
advancing migrants’ rights and livelihoods. This webinar aims to feature some of the
most crucial queries and questions revolving around ‘migration’. It provides an
interdisciplinary platform where distinguished scholars of the CHCI-GLOBAL

HUMANITIES INSTITUTE 2020-2021 and Asia-based migrant rights activists and
NGOs present their research and professional observations of the complexities of
migrant issues in the context of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The webinar encompasses four themes: (1) Precarious Conditions and the
Legality/Illegality Divide of Migrant Workers;
 (2) Multidirectional Unequal Care and
Unequal Rights;
(3) Lawless Ocean: Fishermen at Sea; and (4) Transnational Care
during the Pandemic
. It consists of six panels.

 Panel One examines the precarious conditions and the legality/illegality divide
among migrant workers within both sending and receiving countries as well as
in transnational spaces such as international airports.

  •  Panel Two analyzes the unequal care (e.g., healthcare) and unequal rights (e.g.,

the right to work) experienced by migrant workers.

  •  Panel Three, adding to Panel One’s discussion on (il)legality status of migrant

workers, examines the criminalization of undocumented migrant workers on
the ground in particular countries such as Taiwan and Malaysia.

  •  Panel Four exposes the crimes against unprotected migrant fishermen who labor

away on lawless waters.

  •  Panel Five and Six address in further detail the predicament of migrant workers

during the COVID-19 pandemic and how they endeavor to overcome their

 Panel Six also pinpoints the need for more active and effective communication
between sending and receiving countries to improve migrant workers’
With the dual theoretical-pragmatic approach, this webinar aims to elicit fruitful dialogue
and interventions that will enhance the rights and welfare of migrants in Asia.

Agenda & Speakers
Foreign Migrant Workers in Malaysia in the time of Covid-19
Yeoh Seng Guan (School of Arts and Social Sciences, Monash University)
Informality during migration, ‘conversion’ within and across national spaces:
eliciting moral ambivalence amongst informal brokers
 Elaine Lynn-Ee Ho (Department of Geography, NUS, Singapore)
Precarities for Motion: Lessons from COVID-19 and Aeromobilities
Lin Weiqiang(Department of Geography, NUS, Singapore)
 Labour Migration and Migrant Rights in the Asia-Pacific
Jorge Tigno (Department of Political Science at the University of the Philippines –

The rights to care: Indonesian migrant live-in care workers and their stay behind

Liang Li-fang (Department of Sociology, National Dong-Hwa University)
Male Migrant Workers in Singapore, before and during the Pandemic
Debbie Fordyce (Transient Workers Count Too, Singapore)
Pandemic accommodates the possibility of better education for the stateless and
displaced communities and how to capture this in reality

Siti Rahayu (Buku Jalanan Chow Kit,Malaysia)
Right to work and healthcare for refugees  (as part of the forced migration

Mahi Ramakrishnan (Beyond Border,Malaysia)
Weaponization and Criminalization of Migrant Workers  in Malaysia 
Glorene Das (Tenaganita, Malaysia)

Criminalization of undocumented workers
Shakirul Islam (OKUP, Bangladesh)

Criminalization of undocumented migrant in Taiwan
Wu Jing-ru (TIWA, Taiwan)

Criminalization of Undocumented Migrant, specifically on refugee issue in

Rizka Argadianti (SUAKA, Indonesia)

The seafood industry scandal uncovered by the pandemic-Who will regulate
ships with flags of convenience?

Allison Lee (Yi Lan Fishermen Union,Taiwan)

Modern Slavery at Sea
Tashryn Mohd Shahrin (Greenpeace, SEA branch)

The blood tears behind the folds of Tuna sandwiches: Revealing the crimes of the
Fishing Industry on migrant fishers in the Distant Water Fishing (DWF)

Dina Nuriyati (Serikat Buruh Migran Indonesia(SBMI), Indonesia)

Changing the Indonesian Migrant Workers Protection’s Road Map during COVID 19
Anis Hidayah (Migrant Care, Indonesia)

Transnational Care During The Pandemic
Grace Huang Tzi-Hua (Domestic Caretakers Union Taoyuan(DCU),Taiwan) 

 Workers rights and medical treatment
Joanna Concepcion (Migrante International, Philippines)

The agenda for the webinar and other information will be uploaded soon.
This is a TWO-DAY online conference. Please find the time zone specifics here:

JANUARY 13, 2021
10:00 AM-07:00 PM Taipei Time (GMT+8)
06:00 PM (12 th  Jan.)-03:00 AM (13 th  Jan.) PST
09:00 PM (12 th  Jan.)-06:00 AM (13 th  Jan.) EST
03:00 AM (13 th  Jan.)-12:00 AM (13 th  Jan.) CET
04:00 AM (13 th  Jan.)-13:00 AM (13 th  Jan.) SAST
01:00 PM (13 th  Jan.)-10:00 PM (13 th  Jan.) AEDT
JANUARY 14, 2021
10:00 AM-09:00 PM Taipei Time (GMT+8)
06:00 PM (13 th  Jan.)-03:00 AM (14 th  Jan.) PST
09:00 PM (13 th  Jan.)-06:00 AM (14 th  Jan.) EST
03:00 AM (14 th  Jan.)-12:00 AM (14 th  Jan.) CET
04:00 AM (14 th  Jan.)-13:00 AM (14 th  Jan.) SAST
01:00 PM (14 th  Jan.)-10:00 PM (14 th  Jan.) AEDT

For Further information regarding CHCI-GHI 2020-2021, please visit https://transit-asia.chss.nycu.edu.tw/GHI/.
To be a part of the CHCI-GHI 2020-2021 group, find us on Facebook at CHCI-GHI 2020-2021 
Contact: chci.ghi2020.nctutw@gmail.com

Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI), US
International Center for Cultural Studies, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University, Australia
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya, Malaysia
Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol Migration Center, Mahidol University, Thailand
Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ton Duc Thang University, Vietnam

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