Tamara Vukov is joining Media@McGill as a visiting postdoctoral researcher in June 2007. She has been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the FQRSC to work with Professor Jenny Burman in the department of Art History and Communication Studies. She comes to McGill after completing her PhD in Communication at Concordia University. She is Media@McGill's first visiting postdoctoral fellow.
Tamara Vukov's doctoral thesis examines the role that a series of news media events around immigration and refugee asylum have played in the governmental formation of Canadian immigration policy over the past ten years, particularly in the wake of the widespread media focus on the securitization of Canadian immigration policy and its reframing as part of a North American “smart border” regime. Two crucial news events in particular, the 1999 boat landings of Fujian Chinese migrants off the coast of British Columbia, and the focus on an ostensibly porous Canadian border following the September 2001 attacks in the United States, are analyzed in terms of their impacts on the introduction of trafficking and intensified security policies, as well as selection, interdiction and enforcement (deportation/detention) practices. Her thesis considers these news media events as crucial to the formation of an increasingly racialized and sexualized biopolitics of immigration crystallized in the recent Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (2002) and Safe Third Country Agreement (2004).