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.




AArhinDr. Antonela Arhin, who teaches courses on diaspora, transnationalism and human trafficking at the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies, is the recipient of the 2015-16 Inaugural Sessional Lecturer Superior Teaching Award, conferred by the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto, and which recognizes some of the FAS's most exceptional sessional lecturers for their contribution to undergraduate education. Students describe her as an incredible instructor who’s extremely knowledgeable, passionate and supportive. In the words of one student: “I have had the great pleasure of working with an array of talented and dedicated professors. None, however, have been as inspiring, or formative in my academic life as Dr. Antonela Arhin.”



DTSSUThird Space: Journal of Diaspora and Transnational Studies is a bi-annual open access, peer-reviewed publication committed to interdisciplinarity and critical scholarship as it engages in the studies of belonging, migrations and crossings, memory, archive(s), nationality and postcoloniality, transnational knowledges, art, public and material cultures, social transformation, and all of the rich narrative possibilities therein. Affiliated with the Center for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto, it is also a space where student scholars from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds can share, celebrate, and broaden the diversity of their knowledge and experiences.



All events take place at room 100A at the Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street, Toronto ON M5R 2M8 except where noted otherwise.

Professor David Pike
Department of Literature
American University
Slum Lore: What Cultural Studies can tell us about Urban Inequality
Thursday September 15, 2016
15:00 - 16:30

Professor Jessica Greenberg
Department of Anthropology
University of Ilinois at Urbana-Chapmaign
Friday, September 30, 2016
Co-sponsored with the Department of Anthropology
14:00 - 16:00
room AP 246, 19 Russell St.

Professor Bryan Henry Cheyette
Department of English Literature
University of Reading
Against supersessionist thinking: old and new, Jews and postcolonialism, the ghetto and diaspora
Tuesday 4 October, 2016
15:00 - 16:30

Professor Sarah Phillips Casteel
Department of English/Institute of African Studies
Carleton University
The Holocaust in Caribbean Literature and Art
Thursday, October 20, 2016
15:00 - 16:30

Professor Stephanie Newell
Department of English
Yale University
Screening Dirt: West African Film Audiences and the “Problem” of Colonial Spectatorship in the 1930s and 1940s
Friday, 10 February 2017

Professor Anthony Fontes
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Mortal Doubt: Maras and Murder in Post-War Guatemala
Thursday, 2 March 2017

Professor Darryl Li
Department of Anthropology
University of Chicago
Jihad as Universalism

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 2017

Emergency Sessional Lecturer Positions (Unit 3)

DTS200Y1F - Introduction to DTS

DTS300H1F - Quantitative and Qualitative Reasoning

DTS405H1F - Advanced Topics in DTS


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