Course Calendar 2017-18
DTS1000H Comparative Research Methods in Diaspora and Transnationalism
Fall 2017, Thursdays, 9am-12pm, Room JHB 235
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.
Instructor: Prof. Ken MacDonald
DTS2000H Soviet and post-Soviet Jewish History, Culture and Diaspora
Winter 2018, Mondays, 1-3pm, Room JHB 235
The course will examine the major trends in the 20th and 21st century Russian Jewish history, culture and identity as developed during the Soviet and post-Soviet period. We will first look at the process of formation of Soviet Jewish culture, and then focus on Russian Speaking Jewish diaspora. We will rely on methods of inquiry from history, literary studies, musicology, theatre studies, oral history and, more generally, theories developed in diaspora studies. Selected topics include Soviet policies towards Judaim, development of multilingual Russian Jewish culture before the war, Holocaust in the Soviet Union, Jewish participation in the Soviet war effort, anti-Semitism of the 1950s, Jewish culture during the late Soviet period, collapse of the Soviet Union, post-Soviet Jewish Diaspora and its implications. We will examine a variety of primary sources, including archival documents, personal testimonies, literary works, musical pieces, theatre performances, cinema and folklore. In the discussion, we will think about how a primary source can provide different data for different disciplines, and will discuss the implications for the development of Russian Jewish Studies.
Instructor: Prof. Anna Shternshis