- Associate professor
- Tuesday 25 Jan 2022, 13:30 - 14:30
- Spoken Language
- Online via Zoom
- International Institute of Social Studies
- Ticket information
Time: 13:30 CET, 6pm India time
The seminar will be chaired by Dr Karin Astrid Siegmann.
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In this seminar, Dr Bindhulakshmi Pattadath explores the negotiations women make as transnational migrants. In so doing, she attempts to reiterate the significance of women’s labour mobility.
'Making sense of legality: Gendered labour, migration and travelling tales of women domestic workers' is based on a research carried out in Dubai and Kerala among migrant women domestic workers.
Bindhulakshmi Pattadath focuses on the blurred boundaries of the legal system with multiple actors and attempts to reiterate the significance of women’s labour mobility in shaping the discourse of transnational migration. The labour mobility of women domestic workers is often conflated with the discourse of trafficking as stereotyping women as vulnerable victim of trafficking or the dangerous other - a serious threat to the nation state. Various state-centric policies on migration are mainly based on this binary articulation.
In this seminar, Bindhulakshmi Pattadath challenges the global discourse on trafficking by critically engaging with the regulatory practices of states and attempting to understand how women migrant workers negotiate with various legal and semi/para-legal practices in which they are subjected to as part of their transnational mobility.
Giving primacy to the narratives of women's labour and travel, she focuses on the assumptions about gendered mobility, the triviality of formal legal systems and the particularities of transnational gendered labour.