Dr. Geraldine Pratt is a Professor of Geography at the University of British Columbia, whose research has centered on the implications and output of a twenty-year collaboration with the Philippine Women Centre of BC, feeds into and is part of a larger debate about the expansion of temporary labour migration worldwide. Examining the complex and varied circumstances of Filipino women working in Canada as domestic workers on temporary work visas, she has collaborated and experimented with ways of bringing research with the Philippine Women Centre of BC to a wider public to stimulate informed debate, most notably through testimonial theatre. She has been preoccupied with how to put stories of family separation into circulation, with the politics of testimony and witnessing, and the obligations of witnessing and dialogue beyond and across national and community boundaries.
Tlingipino Bingo! And other Futures
I reflect upon a performance collaboration, Tlingipino Bingo!, that took place at the Elks Hall in Whitehorse in June 2016 as part of Nuit Blanche. Created in and for a context in which relations between recent Filipino immigrants and Indigenous peoples have been stressed, it was an actual and fully participatory bingo game, called by a Filipino performer, a Tlingit elder (in her role as Gramma Susie, a popular character in the region) and a Tlingipino drag queen (Miss Lituya). It was an occasion for bringing Filipinos and Tlingit together, as well as others, to play and share stories, and to learn about a long but buried history of exchange between Tlingit and Filipinos in the region and to unsettle or queer existing accounts of Filipino migration. I have in mind putting this event in conversation with existing attempts of imagining what political possibilities might emerge when thinking labour migration in relation to indigenous histories of colonial dispossession – in the context of performance and community play.
Talk Date 1: April 27, 10:45 – 12:15 Panel II (closed): Reimagining Relations
Venue: University Senate Chamber
Talk Date 2: April 28, 3:00-4:45 Public Panel II Reimagining Relations