Selected Publications


Bhabha, Jacqueline, Wenona Giles and Faraaz Mahomed  (Eds) edited volume on access to higher education for marginalized citizen and non-citizen populations. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. forthcoming 2020

Hyndman, Jennifer and Wenona Giles.  (Co-authors). Refugees in Extended Exile: Living on the Edge. Abingdon-on-Thames:  Routledge. 2017.

Romero, Mary, Valerie Preston and Wenona Giles (eds). 2014. When Care Work Goes Global: Locating the Social Relations of Domestic Work. Ashgate Publishing. August, 2014.

Giles, Wenona and  Jennifer Hyndman (eds). 2004. Sites of Violence: Gender and Conflict Zones. University of California Press. Berkeley.

Giles, Wenona, Malathi de Alwis, Edith Klein, and Neluka Silva (co-editors) with Maja Korac, Djurdja Knezevic and Zarana Papic (advisory editors). May, 2003. Feminists Under Fire: Exchanges Across War Zones Between The Lines. Toronto .  Translation into Croatian: 2004. Feministkinje pod paljbom: Razmjene medu ratnim zonama.  Zenska infoteka. Sinhalese translation: 2008.

Giles, Wenona. 2002.  Portuguese Women in Toronto: Gender, Immigration and Nationalism.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press .

Giles, Wenona, Helene Moussa and Penny Van Esterik (eds) with Victoria Foote. 1996.  Development and Diaspora: Gender and the Refugee Experience. Artemis Enterprises. Dundas, Ontario

Giles, Wenona  and Sedef Arat-Koc (eds). 1994.  Maid in the Market: Women's Paid Domestic Labour. Fernwood Press, Halifax .

Peer Reviewed Chapters in Books

Giles, W., & Dippo, D. (2019 forthcoming). Transitions from knowledge networked to knowledge engaged: ethical tensions and dilemmas from the global to the local. In S. McGrath , & J. Young (Eds.), Ethical Networking for Research and Practice: Reflections on the Refugee Research Network. Calgary, ON: University of Calgary

Giles, W., & Orgocka, A.  (2018). Protracted Refugee Situations: adolescents in Dadaab, Kenya. In J. Bhabha, J. Kanics ,  & D. Senovilla Hernandez (Eds.), Research Handbook on Migration . Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Hyndman, Jennifer and Wenona Giles. (Co-authors).“Protracted Displacement: Living on the Edge” In Forced Migration: Issues and Debates. Alice Bloch and Giorgia Dona (Co-eds). Abingdon-on-Thames: Routledge. 2018.

Giles, Wenona. 2013. “Women Forced to Flee: Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons” In Carol Cohn (Ed), Women and Wars. Cambridge UK: Polity Press. Publication date: December 4, 2012.

Giles, Wenona. 2012. The politics of humanitarianism and the gender relations of exile and livelihood In Confronting Capital: Critique and Engagement in Anthropology edited by Pauline Gardiner-Barber, Belinda Leach, and Winnie Lem. New York: Routledge. pp. 208-221. Publication date July 26, 2012.

Giles, Wenona. 2010. “Livelihood and Afghan Refugee Workers in Iran.”  In Pauline Barber and Winnie Lem (Eds)  Class, Contention and a World in Motion.  Oxford: Berghahn Press. pp 23-40

Giles, Wenona. June, 2008.  The Gender Relations of Home, Security and Transversal Feminism.  In Hajdukowski-Ahmed, Khanlou, Moussa, Helene Not Born a Refugee Woman. Oxford: Berghahn Press. Review by book editors and publisher’s editorial board.

Giles, Wenona. 2004. Comparative Perspectives: Sri Lanka and the post-Yugoslav states. In Peacework: Women, Armed Conflict and Negotiation. Radhika Coomaraswamy and Dilrukshi Fonseka (eds). New Delhi:Women Unlimited.

Giles, Wenona and Valerie Preston. 2003. Reprint:  The Domestication of Women's Work: A Comparison of Chinese and Portuguese Immigrant Women Homeworkers in Toronto. in Developments in Feminism. Caroline Andrew, Pat Armstrong, Hugh Armstrong, Wallace Clement, Leah F. Vosko (eds).  Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Giles, W. (2018). The Borderless Higher Education for Refugees Project: Enabling Refugee and Local Kenyan Students in Dadaab to Transition to University Education. Journal for Education in Emergencies.

Hyndman, Jennifer and Wenona Giles. 2011. Waiting for What? The Feminization of Refugees in Protracted Situations. In   Gender, Place and Culture.Vol 18. No. 3 June 2011

Giles, Wenona. January, 2008. Reflections on the Women in Conflict Zones Network: Lessons from the Past and Forward-looking Possibilities. International Feminist Journal of Politics. Vol 10. No. 1: 102-112.

Giles, Wenona. 2004. The Gender Relations of Nationalism, Remittance, and Return among Portuguese Immigrant  Women in Canada: An Era of  Transformation - the 1960s-80s.  The Portuguese Studies Review: Special Theme- Portuguese in Canada: Presence, Progress and Prospects. Vol 11. No. 2. pp 25-40 (15 pages).

Special Journal Issues

Dryden-Peterson, Sarah and Wenona Giles. 2010-11. Special Journal Issue: Refuge on the topic of Tertiary Education for long-term refugees in camps. 2010-11. Vol 27 (2).

Giles, Wenona 2000. Member of Guest Editorial Board of Special Issue of Canadian Women’s Studies Journal. Women in Conflict Zones. Vol 19. No 4.

Selection of Invited Presentations

2017    with Aida Orgocka. Presentation at Canadian Committee for Refugees Fall Consultation. “Higher Education for refugees as a complementary pathway to durable solutions.” December 2nd 2017. Niagara Falls, Ontario.

2017    with Aida Orgocka. Presentation to the Centre for Refugee Summer School. “Knowledge Networked to Knowledge Engaged: The Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER) Project”. May 20th, 2017.

2016    Keynote speaker for UNHCR, University of Toronto Law School, and International Human Rights Program. Presentation on the Borderless Higher Education for Refugees Project. UNHCR's Film Screening for the 16 Days of Activism. Jackman Building, University of Toronto. November 28, 2016.

  1. Keynote Discussant for presentation by Jamil Salmi on Global Tertiary Education. Ismaili Centre Conversation. April 12, 2016. Ismaili Centre Toronto.
  2. Presentation on the BHER Project at Panel: Refugee Education: Creating Opportunities in the Midst of Disruption. Debates Room, Hart House. April 4, 2016.

2013    Presentation: “Permanent Temporariness: Livelihood, Insecurity and Other Consequences for Afghans in Iran”. Conference on Migration and Displacement in and from Afghanistan. Sept 20-21, 2013. Department of Social Anthropology and Forum for Asian Studies. Stockholm University, Sweden.

2013    with Don Dippo. Presentation: “Higher Education as a Challenge to Precarity in Refugee Camps: the Borderless Higher Education Project in the Dadaab Camps, Kenya” on Panel: Access to Education for Displaced Populations in the Global South. Centre for Refugee Studies Seminar Series, Mar 3, 2013.

2012    Presentation at Rockefeller Centre: “Living at the Global Edge: Refugees in Protracted Situations”, Bellagio, Italy.  April 3, 2012.

2010    Plenary Panel Presentation. Panel Title: “Living in Limbo: Forgotten Refugees”. Paper Presented: Livelihood and Education in Long Term Refugee Camps. Wednesday, October 6th, 2010, The Hague, the Netherlands

2010    Keynote address Symposium:  Urban Populations and Mobility Conference: “Women's Transnational Experience in Sites of Displacement and Violence.” The Research Center for Urban Cultural History (RCUCH) and the Center for Gender, Security, and Human Rights, the University of Massachusetts, Boston.  March 10, 2010. Paper title: “Gendered Spaces of Displacement, Im/mobility and Livelihood: Forced Migration into Cities and Camps”

2008    UNHCR Dialogue on Protection Challenges. Discussant. December 10-11th, 2008. Geneva

2008    Invited. Lecture at Centre for Refugee Studies Summer School: “Gender and Forced Migration”, York University.

2007    Keynote Address.  Centre for Refugee Studies Graduate Student Conference. York University. May 3, 2007.

2007    Invited by Newcomb College Institute’s Summit on Educating Women for a World in Crisis, Tulane University, New Orleans. February 8-10, 2007 to speak on the issues faced by women as a result of armed conflict.

2006    Invited by the European Commission Joint Research Centre at Ispra, Italy to speak at GMOSS Integration Meeting & Gender and Security Conference on “Feminist Perspectives on Globalisation, Security and Human Displacement” Belgirate, Italy, March 8, 2006.

2006    Invited by the “Gender and Global Change Program at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York  to speak on “Gender, and Conflict Zones: Negotiating Globalization, Security and Human Displacement”. February 1st, 2006.

2005    Presenter at Centre for Refugee Studies Summer Session. “Gender and Conflict Zones: Implications for Refugees”, York University.  June 15th, 2005.

2004    Chair, Panel entitled: “The Second Generation in the Diaspora: Challenges and Responses”. Conference: The Making of the Islamic Diaspora. May 7-9, 2004 Toronto.

2003    Canadian Perspectives on Security, Conflict and Gender: Advancing Research, Advocacy and Policy held August 25-26, 2003 at the Centre for International and Security Studies at York. Paper: “Displacement, Globalization and Human Security”

2000    Harvard University. John F. Kennedy School of Government. Invited Leader and Organizer of Roundtable Discussion: “Forced Migration in Armed Conflict”.  November

Selection of Other Scholarly Presentations

2016 Organizer of two panels (8 papers, one sole authored paper by me). Panel Titles: 1) Inside the Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER) Practice; 2) The Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER) Project in the World. Comparative and International Education Society Conference, Vancouver, March, 2016.  My paper:  “Whose insecurity? Impacts of the emergency excuse on access to higher education in Dadaab”. Vancouver. March, 2016

2015    Presentation: “Whose insecurity? Impacts of the emergency excuse on access to higher education: Dadaab”. Innovations in Forced Migration (Studies).  Final Conference of the Refugee Research Network.  June 15-16, 2015, Glendon Campus, York University.

2012    Presentation “Gendered Spaces of Displacement, Im/mobility: Forced Migration into Refugee Camps”, Graduate Seminar of Professor Izzeldin Abuelaish, Global Health Division – Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Nov, 2012

2012    Presentation on the Borderless Higher Education for Refugees Project.  Faculty of Education Graduate Seminar for Roopa Desai Trilokekar. September 27, 2012.

2012    Presentation: “Higher education and its relationship to precarious lives and rights in           refugee camps: The Borderless Higher Education in Refugee Camps (BHER)     initiative”. Canada and Refugee Resettlement: A Conference.  June 20-22, 2012,          Vancouver.

2011. Higher education and its relationship to precarious lives and rights in refugee camps: The Borderless Higher Education in Refugee Camps (BHER) initiative. The International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM). Kampala Uganda. July, 2011.

2011    Organizer and presenter SSHRC-Partnership Workshop. "The Provision of Higher Education for Long-Term Refugees in the Dadaab Camps, Kenya". June 30th & July 1, 2011. Kampala, Uganda.

2009    “Livelihood in States of Exception: Long-Term Afghan and Somali Refugees”.  Canadian Anthropology Society Meetings (CASCA). May 13-16th, 2009. U.B.C., Vancouver

2009 “Feminism and Humanitarianism – Strange Bedfellows? The Gender Relations of Flight and Long Term Exile: Somali and Afghan Women”, International Association for Studies in Forced Migration (IASFM). June 28th- July 2nd, 2009. University of Nicosia, Cyprus.

2008    Paper presented at Women in Conflict Zones Network Workshop, “Reflections on the Women in Conflict Zones Network: Lessons from the Past and Forward-looking Possibilities”.  Dubrovnik, Croatia.