Researcher

Laura Bisaillon is an interdisciplinary social scientist, institutional ethnographer and Assistant Professor of Health Studies at the University of Toronto. Her research agenda connects with scholarship on resistance to the state and the politics of knowledge production. She draws heavily on feminist praxis and her years living and working in the Horn of Africa to contribute in the social sciences and humanities. She is passionate about people’s life stories. She is also passionate about tracing and documenting the embodied consequences of policy and law on our lives. She organizes her program of research to elucidate how institutional decision making about migrants, immigrants, and people occupying positions of marginality is structured and sustained. Her current project, which explores silence and quiet contest as rhetorical strategies in the Horn of Africa and its transnational diaspora, converses with scholarship on humour, silence, and narrative as political tactics in this region and the Middle East.

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