Comparative Research Methods in DTS
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.
Grad Topics: Global Capitalism
This seminar explores approaches to the study of global industrial capitalism. An economic system for distributing goods through markets, capitalism is also a cultural and political formation and a system of social relations. 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. The seminar explores this paradox in historical perspective, with readings from a wide range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.
JCD5135H Race Politics and Jewishness
This course will trace the complicated history of Jewish racialization from the Spanish conception of limpieza de sangre (“the cleanness of blood”) to the “whitening” of (some) Jewish Americans and Jewish racial positioning today; we will also follow the tensions and coalitions of Jews and other racialized others, including Indigenous peoples, Palestinians, and Black, paying particular attention to Jewish-Black relations from the slave trade to the labor movement, the Women’s March, and Black Lives Matter. Alongside these historical studies, we will collaboratively build a theoretical apparatus for understanding the often-charged nexus between Jewish Studies and Critical Race Theory, reading Max Weinreich’s mobilization of the W.E.B. Du Bois’s “double consciousness”, Frantz Fanon’s dialogue with Sartre’s Anti-Semite and Jew, the controversy around Nadia Abu El-Haj’s The Genealogical Science, and Jewish responses to Frank Wilderson III’s Afropessimism. We will watch Al Jolson’s 1927 The Jazz Singer and Anna Deveare Smith’s 1992 Fires in the Mirror, and read early-twentieth-century Yiddish anti-lynching poetry, Toni Morrison’s 1977 Song of Solomon, and Philip Roth’s 2000 The Human Stain.