Graduate Courses

FALL 2022

DTS1000H1 Comparative Research Methods in DTS

Thursdays, 10am - 12pm
Building: JHB
Room: 235
P. Scanlan

This seminar will introduce students to a range of theories to do with diaspora and transnationalism from the humanities and the social sciences. Core questions will include the methodological differences between diaspora and its many synonyms, such as migrant communities, exile, refugee, etc. The different emphases and overlaps between Migration Studies, Urban Studies, and Diaspora and Transnational Studies will also be pursued.


DTS2001H1 Grad Topics: Transnational Ethnography

Tuesdays, 10am - 12pm
Building: JHB
Room: 235
K. Clarke

As anthropologists, sociologists, and cultural studies scholars continue to grapple with the changing approaches to studying local phenomena, this course covers transformations in approaches to making sense of locality in transnational, global and diasporic arenas.  By addressing theoretical problems connected to transnational and diasporic circulations, students in the course will explore “transnationalism” and “globalization” as conceptual frameworks and will explore how various contemporary ethnographies might provide possibilities for understanding such complexities.  Drawing on a range of ideas, from poststructuralist approaches to cultural processes, to materialist and rhisomatic theories, and that of the study of diasporic formations, students will explore the rapid transformation of what constitutes new fields of study and the implications for addressing questions of scale and complexity.  The emphasis will be on the interrelations between the social and cultural, the political, notions of agency and power, zones of national, international and transnational forms of practice.

DTS2002H1 Grad Topics: Rethinking Diaspora: Cultures, Futures, Homes

Mondays, 4pm - 6pm
Building: JHB
Room: 235
S. Kassamali

This graduate-level class considers the meaning of "diaspora" in the 21st century. What has happened to earlier divisions between place of origin and place of arrival in the context of ever-faster media technologies, shifts in national demographics due to increased migration and displacement, and new political calls to reckon with diversity and representation? Sitting in Toronto, how can we think together about the collapsing of space and time, nation and difference, arrival and departure, origin and identity? Drawing on examples rooted in contemporary global political conditions (war, migration, economic disparity, racial hierarchy, and more), we will build conceptual vocabularies to rethink "diaspora" beyond an earlier paradigm focused on hyphenated identity, multiculturalism, and intergenerational conflict. We will engage as many genres of cultural production as is possible in a short semester - alongside academic writing (primarily ethnography), we will read novels and essays, watch films, listen to podcasts, and more. Students will be expected to approach all genres with the same generosity and rigor they would bring to academic texts. Some prior familiarity with "diaspora" and "transnationalism" as both analytic and experiential categories is required.