DTS1000H1 Comparative Research Methods in DTS
Tuesdays, 1-3pm, synchronous
Kevin O’Neill & Ted Sammons
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.
DTS2000H1 Grad Topics: Transnational Histories of Precarity
Thursdays, 10am-12pm, synchronous
This seminar explores the history of precarious work in a transnational and diasporic context. The expansion of industrial capitalism, from the eighteenth century to the present moment of global crisis, has had a paradoxical effect. Industrialisation has vastly – although unevenly – increased wealth and standards of living for many. And yet, the mass migration, rapid movement of goods and capital, and global supply chains that support global capitalism have also displaced and dispossessed many millions. Precarity has become a feature of the lives of working people across the globe, from office clerks to farm labourers. The seminar explores this paradox in historical perspective, with readings from a wide range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.
DTS2001H1 Grad Topics: Transnational Ethnography
Mondays, 10am-12pm, synchronous
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.