Professor Laura Bisaillon publishes “Screening Out: HIV Testing and the Canadian Immigration Experience”

November 18, 2022 by Shreeya Lamba

Congratulations to Professor Laura Bisaillon for her new book, Screening Out: HIV Testing and the Canadian Immigration Experience, published by the University of British Columbia Press.

In her book, Bisaillon examines the medical, legal, and administrative practices that govern the Canadian immigration program. Through an institutional ethnographic analysis, she explores and critiques the program’s mandatory HIV screening and medical examination process, which filters out ‘abnormal’ applicants, including those with genetic or developmental conditions. She argues that immigration medical practices trigger ethical, practical, and professional problems for migrant persons and for the doctors, lawyers, and other practitioners inside and outside Canada whose revenues are tied to the immigration system. She proposes a series of actionable strategies for legal reform strategies. Her work contributes to the “medico-legal borderlands” vein of sociological scholarship.

A book launch to celebrate Professor Bisaillon’s new publication is being hosted by the Centre de Recherches en éducation franco-ontarienne, in partnership with the University of British Columbia Press – and with support from York University’s Centre for Refugee Studies, the Coalition des organismes communautaires québécois de lutte contre le sida, the HIV Legal Network, and the University of Toronto Departments of Sociology and Health and Society. The event is free and can be attended either in person or online. 

Where: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) or on Zoom, 
When: November 30th from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm. 

To learn more about the event and attend either in person or online, register here. Bisaillon’s book is available for purchase on the publisher’s website.