Leading universities the world over currently organize research on Africa, Asia, and Latin America (for example) with a twentieth-century model known as “area studies.” This model has the virtue of promoting rigorous, interdisciplinary research on the histories, politics, languages and cultures of particular regions, and it continues to have merit. At the same time, new frameworks are needed to understand the processes that are transforming every part of our interconnected but deeply differentiated world. Coordinated by the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies and in partnership with more than a dozen units at the University of Toronto, this proposal sets out to “world” the university.
Worlding the university is shorthand for two ambitions. They are (1) to develop a new intellectual framework for generating knowledge about the world and its regions, and (2) to inaugurate a cross-divisional research group of faculty and students at the University of Toronto to develop this framework. At the centre of this proposal is a firm belief that the University of Toronto is uniquely poised to become a worldwide leader in critical conversations on and about the world and its regions in the 21st century.
Ready to engage in the conversation? Please join us at the following roundtable events. A light lunch will be served.
Friday 15 November, 2019, 12-2pm
Sidney Smith Rm 2125
100 Saint George St
Professor Ryan Isakson (geography & planning, Latin America)
Professor Frank Cody (anthropology, South Asia)
Professor Judith Teichman (political science, Latin America)
Professor Kanta Murali (political science, South Asia)
Professor Firat Bozcali (anthropology, Middle East)
Capitalism and Violence: Theory, Method, Archive
Friday 18 October, 2019, 12-2pm
Anthropology Building Rm 246
19 Russell Street
Professor Ken Kawashima (history, East Asia)
Professor Chris Krupa (anthropology, Latin America)
Professor Tania Li (anthropology, Southeast Asia)