University of Toronto, BSc, Honours
University of British Columbia, 1984, MA, PhD


I continue to develop the implications and output of a twenty-year collaboration with the Philippine Women Centre of BC, which moved from looking at the circumstances of Filipino women working in Canada as domestic workers on temporary work visas, to the issue of family separation and the long term marginalization of families sponsored by domestic workers after they gain permanent resident status in Canada. This feeds into and is part of a larger debate about the expansion of temporary labour migration worldwide. Our experiments with ways of bringing our research to a wider public to stimulate informed debate, most notably through testimonial theatre, are now the focus of my research. Our play, Nanay, was performed at the PuSH Performing Arts Festival in Vancouver and at the Hebbel Theatre in Berlin in 2009, and at the PETA Theater Center in Manila in November 2013. Caleb Johnston and I returned to Manila to work with Migrante International and Vanessa Banta on a devised theatre process at the community level in summer and fall 2014. In 2016 we worked as part of The Conversation Collective in Whitehorse Yukon to develop and produce Tlingipino Bingo!, a new performance that grew from our earlier testimonial play. I have 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.


PRATT, G. and JOHNSTON, C., 2015 ‘Filipina Domestic Workers, Violent Insecurity, Testimonial Theatre and Transnational Ambivalence’ Area, 15-17



PRATT, G. and SAN JUAN, R.M. 2014 Film and Urban Space: Critical Possibilities (University of Edinburgh Press)



PRATT, G. and ROSNER, V. 2012 The Global and the Intimate: Feminism in our time (Columbia University Press)

LEE, E. and PRATT, G. 2012 ‘The Spectacular and the Mundane: Racialised State Violence and Filipino Migrant Families’ Environment and Planning A 4, 889-904

PRATT, G. 2012 Families Apart: Migrating Mothers and the Conflicts of Labor and Love (University of Minnesota Press)



PRATT, G. 2010 ‘Collaboration as feminist strategy’ Gender Place and Culture 17, 43-48

JOHNSTON, C. and PRATT, G. 2010 ‘Nanay (Mother): a testimonial play’ Cultural Geographies 17(1), 123-133

Winter 2017

GEOG371 Research Strategies in Human Geography Sections

Formulating a research problem and selecting an appropriate research strategy. Research strategies range from social scientific survey methods to ethnography. Priority enrolment for honours and major students in Geography.

Winter 2017

GEOG456 Film and the City Sections

The complex interrelations between film and the city; dominant urban theories, film technologies and viewing practices and the intersections between them.

Winter 2017

GEOG520 Themes and Interpretive Issues in Modern Human Geography Sections

Themes and interpretive issues in modern human geography. Students from outside Geography require the permission of the Head of the department.