The 2019 Ato Quayson Annual Lecture: Prof. Dipesh Chakrabarty

When and Where

Thursday, October 10, 2019 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
1 Devonshire Place, M5S 3K7


Professor Dipesh Chakrabarty


he Annual Ato Quayson lecture is a highlight of the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies' event season. It is a lively tribute to the bold, pioneering research of the Centre's founding director and provides an unparalleled opportunity for both students and scholars to engage with the world's most eminent scholars in diaspora and transnationalism.

This year the Centre welcomes renowned scholar of postcolonial theory, Dipesh Chakrabarty from the University of Chicago. His lecture, "Beyond the Global: The Planet As A Perspective on Human History," will develop a distinction between the globe and the planet to explain why the distinction is important in thinking about the history of human diaspora in the Anthropocene.

All are welcome. The lecture will be followed by a reception with light refreshments. Please RSVP via Eventbrite (link above) or email with "RSVP" in the subject line.


The Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies enhances intellectual and student life at the University of Toronto by speaking directly to experiences of migration and diaspora. Using an interdisciplinary lens that draws from both the social sciences and humanities, the work of the Centre is comparative, qualitative and historically driven as well as providing policy insights on pertinent issues in the world today.

Dipesh Chakrabarty is the Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor of History and South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. His publications include Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference (2000), Habitations of Modernity (2002), “The Climate of History: Four Theses,” (2009), The Calling of History (2015), and The Crises of Civilization: Essays on Global and Planetary Histories (2018).