The Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies (CDTS) was established in 2005 as a hub of excellence that enhances undergraduate and graduate life at the University of Toronto by speaking directly to students' experiences of migration and diaspora through an interdisciplinary lens drawn from both the social sciences and humanities. The work of the CDTS is comparative, qualitative and historically driven, and provides policy insights on pertinent issues in the world today.



Prof. Robert Samet
The Denouncers: Latin American Journalism in Transnational Perspective
Department of Anthropology
Union College
Wednesday, October 8 at 1:00pm
Co-Sponsored with UTSC Critical Journalism Program

Dr. Alexander Fattal
Branding Warfare Transnationally: Counterinsurgency in Colombia and Beyond
Mahindra Humanities Center
Harvard University
Friday, November 7 at 3:00-5:00 pm
Jackman Humanities Building, JHB100A

Prof. Samera Esmeir
Department of Rhetoric
University of California, Berkeley
Wednesday, November 26 at 4:00-6:00 pm
Jackman Humanities Building, JHB100A
Co-Sponsored with Institute for Islamic Studies

Prof. Aaron Shaw
From Universal Access to Engagement? A Report on The Two Promises of Free Culture
Department of Communication Studies
Northwestern University
Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 4:00-6:00 pm
Jackman Humanities Building, JHB100A

Prof. Ananya Kabir
Rhythm Returns: Movement, Memory and Salsa in Benin
Department of English
King's College London
CHANGE OF VENUE Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 4:00-6:00 pm
Galbraith Building, room 119
35 St. George Street


Trafficking in Persons: Perspectives, Challenges, and Solutions Roundtable
Co-hosted by the U.S. Consulate in Toronto and the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies of the University of Toronto
February 27, 2015

Jim Dickmeyer, Consul General of the United States of America, Dr. Antonela Arhin, CDTS, and
Cynthia Wang, U.S. Consulate in Toronto

The roundtable provided an opportunity to share perspectives and experiences, and identify key areas of collaboration with representatives from U.S. and Canadian law enforcement, First Nations communities, academic institutions, non-governmental and governmental organizations, and service providers, on Trafficking in Persons issues in the Province of Ontario. The participants worked on identifying provincial trafficking trends and best practices for data collection, investigation, prosecution, and support to survivors. They also discussed the purpose and methodology of State Department’s annual TIP report, discuss the 2014 report findings, and solicit recommendations for the 2015 report.


At the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies, scholars and students explore the profound implications of vast global movements of people, ideas and things. The Centre brings U of T’s strengths in the humanities and social sciences to bear on questions of migration, diaspora, homelands and belonging across different ethnicities and cultures. Comparative, qualitative and historically-driven in their approaches, our experts provide critical insights on policy issues affecting multicultural societies.

Your gift will help the Centre to play an influential role on the transnational stage in advancing multicultural literacy through education, research and outreach.

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Summer Term 2014-15

Teaching Assistant Positions
DTS200Y1F Introduction to Diaspora and Transnational Studies

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