Symon James-Wilson Research Assistant Department of Geography and OISE, University of Toronto
My research focuses on the millions of Filipina and Indonesian domestic workers who have come to dominate increasingly feminized international labour migration patterns. Adopting both critical human geographic and pedagogical lenses, my objectives are to analyze the ways in which sending countries’ domestic worker training programs’ organizational infrastructure, social capacity, and curricula vary across the governmental, not-for- profit, and the private sector on local, national and regional (South East Asia) distinctions. Through observations, conversations, and content analysis I hope to not only put the educational initiatives of these multifaceted organizations and institutions in contact and conversation with one another, but contribute to a larger body of multidisciplinary research into the ways in which lived experiences of domestic workers are socio-spatially constructed and contested through global migration and educational systems. My aim is to understand how the programs which have historically socialized domestic labourers into cultures of subservience have the potential to serve as a catalyst for transformative human rights education and legal empowerment, and how they might improve.