Faculty of Arts & Science
2015-2016 Calendar

Diaspora and Transnational Studies


A. Quayson, Ph D

Associate Professors
H.K. Kwee, MA, Ph D (University of Toronto Mississauga)
K. MacDonald, MA, Ph D (University of Toronto Scarborough)
K. O'Neill, MA, Ph D
A. Shternshis, MA, Ph D


Interdisciplinary program

Where is home? Need it be in one place? Is it always attached to territory? Diaspora and transnational studies examines the historical and contemporary movements of peoples and the complex problems of identity and experience to which these movements give rise as well as the creative possibilities that flow from movement. The program is comparative and interdisciplinary, drawing from the social sciences, history and the arts. Students are required to take a year long course that offers an introduction to a broad array of themes and disciplinary methodologies. The program offers a wide selection of additional courses, giving students the opportunity to learn about a range of diasporic communities as well as key debates in the field.

Diaspora and Transnational Studies Programs

Diaspora & Transnational Studies Major

(7 full courses or their equivalent, including at least two 300+ series courses)

1. DTS200Y1
2. DTS300H1
3. 4.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) from Group A and B courses, with at least two FCEs from each group. Coverage must include at least two diasporic communities or regions, to be identified in consultation with the program advisor.
4. Two DTS 400-level courses

Diaspora & Transnational Studies Minor

(4 full courses or their equivalent, including at least one 300+ series course)

1. DTS200Y1
2. DTS300H1
3. 2 full-course equivalents (FCEs) from Group A and B courses, with at least one FCE from each group.
4. One DTS 400-level course

Diaspora and Transnational Studies Course Groups

Group A (Humanities) Courses

Students are responsible for checking the co- and prerequisites for all courses in Groups A and B.

Note: course = one full course or the equivalent in half courses.

Centre for Jewish Studies
CJS200H1 Introduction to Jewish Thought
CJS201H1 Introduction to Jewish Culture
CJS220H1 The Holocaust in Fiction
CJS230H1 God, Nation, and Self Transformed: The Secularization of the Jewish Experience
CJS389H1 Jewish Secularism and Messianic Thought: From Spinoza to Derrida
CJS401H1 Community & Identity

East-Asian Studies
EAS105H1 Modern East-Asian History
EAS217Y1 Major Aspects of Contemporary Korea
EAS247H1 History of Capitalism in Modern Japan
EAS251H1 Aesthetics and Politics in 20th Century Korea
EAS271H1 20th Century Korean History
EAS289Y1 Environment and East Asia
EAS314H1 Culture and World After Hiroshuima and Nagasaki
EAS315H1 The "Yellow Peril": Past & Present
EAS333H1 Modernism and Colonial Korea
EAS374H1 Modern Japan and Colonialism
EAS420H1 Travels, Travelers and Travel Accounts in Asia
EAS439H1 The Global Bildungsroman: Narratives of Development, Time and Colonialism
EAS474H1 U.S. & Canada's Wars in Asia
EAS484Y1 The Japanese Empire
EAS497H1 Beyond Imperialism

ENG270Y1 Colonial and Postcolonial Writing
ENG285H1 The English Language in the World
ENG359H1 African Canadian Literature
ENG366H1 Caribbean Literature
ENG367H1 African Literatures in English
ENG368H1 Asian North American Literature
ENG369H1 South Asian Literatures in English
ENG370H1 Postcolonial and Transnational Discourses
ENG375Y1 Jewish Literature in English
NUS332H0 Singapore Elnglish-Language Theatre
NUS333H0 Studies in Southeast Asian Arts
NUS334H0 Southeast Asian Literatures in English
NUS338H0 South Asian Literatures in English
NUS339H0 Polstcolonial/Postmodern Writing

FIN320H1 The Finnish Canadian Immigrant Experience

FRE438H1 Advanced Topics in Francophone Literatures
FRE332H1 Francophone Literatures
FRE334H1 Francophone Cinema
FRE336H1 Postcolonialism: Francophone Literatures

GER361H1 Yiddish Literature and Culture in Translation
GER362H1 Jewish Culture in the Soviet Union
GER367H1 Topics in Yiddish or German Jewish Literature and Culture

HIS106Y1 Natives, Settlers and Slaves: Colonizing the Americas
HIS202H1 Gender, Race and Science
HIS208Y1 History of the Jewish People
HIS263Y1 Introduction to Canadian History
HIS282Y1 History of South Asia
HIS283Y1 Southeast Asian Crossroads
HIS284Y1 Viet Nam: Crossroads of Asia
HIS291H1 Latin America: The Colonial Period
HIS294Y1 Caribbean History & Culture: Indigenous Era to 1886
HIS295Y1 African History and Historical Methodology
HIS303H1 The Mediterranean, 600-1300: Crusade, Colonialism, Diaspora
HIS305H1 Popular Culture and Politics in the Modern Caribbean
HIS312H1 Immigration to Canada
HIS330H1 Germany from Frederick the Great to the First World War
HIS336H1 Medieval Spain
HIS338H1 The Holocaust, to 1942
HIS346H1 Rice and Spice in Southeast Asia: A Regional Food History
HIS352H1 Secularism and Strife: Modern Jewish Politics and Culture
HIS356Y1 Zionism and Israel
HIS359H1 Regional Politics and Radical Movements in the 20th Century Caribbean
HIS360H1 African-Canadian History, 1606-Present
HIS361H1 The Holocaust, from 1942
HIS366H1 Aboriginal Peoples of the Great Lakes from 1830 tot he Present
HIS369H1 Aboriginal Peoples of the Great Lakes from 1500 to 1830
HIS370H1 The Black Experience in the United States Since the Civil War
HIS381H1 African Historiography: Knowledge and Identity
HIS382H1 African Historiography: Time and Space
HIS383H1 Women in African History
HIS384H1 Colonial Canada
JHA384H1 Japan in the World, mid-16th to mid-20th Century
HIS385H1 The History of Hong Kong
HIS391Y1 Black Freedom in the Atlantic World
HIS392Y1 Screening Freedom
HIS402H1 Canada and Decolonization
HIS403H1 Jews and Christians in Medieval and Renaissance Europe
HIS408Y1 History of Race Relations in America
HIS412Y1 Crusades, Conversions and  Colonization in the Medieval Baltic
HIS413H1 Slave Emancipation in the Atlantic World
HIS415Y1 Nationalism and Memory in Modern Europe
HIS429H1 Canada and Empire in the Twentieth Century
HIS431H1 Gender and the Holocaust
HIS433H1 Polish Jews Since the Partition of Poland
HIS439H1 Russia’s Empire
HIS444H1 Topics in Jewish History
HIS445H1 Nationalism
HIS446H1 Gender and Slavery in the Atlantic World
HIS448H1 Gender in East and Southeast Asia
HIS456Y1 Black Slavery in Latin America
HIS467H1 French Colonial Indochina: History, Cultures, Texts, Film
HIS468H1 The Southern Indian Ocean
HIS472H1 Indigenous-Newcomer Relations in Canadian History
HIS474H1 Emancipate from Mental Slavery? Historical Narratives of Caribbean Decolonization
HIS476H1 Voices From Black America
HIS478H1 Hellhound on my Trail: Living the Blues in the Mississippi Delta
HIS480H1 Modernity and its Others: History and Postcolonial Critique
HIS492 Empire & Colonization in the French Atlantic World
HIS494H1 Gandhi's Global Conversations

Innis College – Urban Studies
JGI216H1 Urbanization and Global Change
INI308H1 The City of Toronto
INI332H1 Cities and Mega-events: Opportunities and Challenges

Italian Studies
ITA233H1 Italian-Canadian Literature
ITA249H1 Italians in Asia
ITA345H1 Cinema of the Italian Diasporas

Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations
NMC252H1 Hebrew Bible and Ancient Jewish Literature in Translation
NMC351H1 Dead Sea Scrolls
NMC274Y1 Steppe Frontier in Islamic History
NMC275H1 Muslims and Jews: The Medieval Encounter
NMC284H1 Judaism And Feminism
NMC370Y1 Ancient Israel
NMC384H1 Life Cycle and Personal Status in Judeism
NMC473H1 Intellectuals of the Modern Arab World
NMC475H1 Orientalism and Occidentalism

New College - African Studies
NEW250Y1 Africa in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities
NEW351Y1 African Systems of Thought
JQR360H1 The Canadian Census: Populations, Migrations and Demographics

New College - Caribbean Studies
NEW222H1 Comparative Caribbean Literature
NEW224Y1 Caribbean Thought
NEW324H1 The Contemporary Caribbean in a Global Context
NEW325H1 Caribbean Women Thinkers
NEW328H1 Caribbean Indentureship and its Legacies

New College – Equity Studies
NEW341H1 Theories and Histories in Equity Studies
NEW427H1 Advanced Topics: The Hispanic Caribbean
NEW428H1 Caribbean Migrations and Diasporas
NEW449H1 Contemporary Theories in Disability Studies

PRT252H1 Portuguese Island Culture
PRT255H1  The Brazilian Puzzle: Culture and Identity

RLG202Y1 The Jewish Religious Tradition
RLG220H1 Philosophical Responses to the Holocaust
RLG221H1 Religious Ethics: the Jewish Tradition
RLG243H1 Diasporic Religions
RLG280Y1 World Religions: A Comparative Study
RLG319H1 Reconception of Biblical Figures in Early Jewish and Christian Sources
RLG326H1 Judaism and the Roots of Christianity
RLG340Y1 Classical Jewish Theology
RLG341H1 Dreaming of Zion: Exile and Return in Jewish Thought
RLG342Y1 Judaism in the Modern Age
RLG345H1 Social Ecology and Judaism
RLG346H1 Time and Place in Judaism
RLG434H1 Modern Jewish Thought
RLG453H1 Christianity and Judaism in Colonial Context

Slavic Languages and Literature
SLA202H1 Jewish Communities in Slavic Countries
SLA222H1 Roma (Gypsies) and Slavs
SLA238H1 Literature of the Ukrainian-Canadian Experience
SLA302H1 The Imaginary Jew
SLA303H1 Literary Imagination and Jewish Identity in Modern Europe
SLA312H1 Nabokov
SLA318H1 City of Saints and Sinners: Kyiv through the Centuries
SLA325H1 Magic Prague
SLA357H1 Yugoslavia’s Literary Émigrés and Exiles
SLA380H1 Language, Politics and Identity

South Asian Studies
SAS114H1 Introduction to South Asian Studies
SAS212Y1 Introduction to Hindi
SAS216H1 South Asia: Perspectives on Politics and Society
SAS318H1 Colonialism and Tradition
SAS413H1 Asia and Canada
SAS414H1 Public culture and Media in Asia

St. Michael’s College
SMC413H1 The Irish and Scots in Canada
SMC416H1 Irish Nationalism in Canada and the United States


SPA258H1 Introduction to Hispanic Literary Studies
SPA259H1 Introduction to Hispanic Cultural Studies
SPA375H1 Latin American Cinema
SPA385H1 Literature and Social Change in Spanish America
SPA467H1 Topics in Spanish-American Culture
SPA471H1 The Historical Novel in Spanish America
SPA480H1 Theories of Culture in Latin America
SPA487H1 The Culture of Revolution
SPA488H1 Central America Postwar Narrative

University College – Canadian Studies
UNI101Y1 Citizenship in the Canadian City
UNI103Y1 Gradients of Health in an Urban Mosaic
UNI218H1 Voices of Canadian Writing
UNI230H1 Asian Canadian History
UNI280H1 Canadian Jewish History
UNI307Y1 Asian Cultures in Canada
UNI367H1 Canadian Pluralism
UNI380H1 Socio-Cultural Perspective of the Canadian Jewish Community

Victoria College
VIC350Y1 Creative Writing: A Multicultural Approach

Women and Gender Studies
WGS366H1 Gender and Disability
WGS369H1 Studies in Post-Colonialism
WGS375H1 Colonialism, Sexuality, Spirituality and the Law
WGS380H1 Aboriginal, Black and Immigrant Women in the Land of Dollars
WGS420H1 Asian/North American Feminist Issues
WGS426H1 Gender and Globalization: Transnational Perspectives
WGS430H1 Queer Diasporas
WGS445H1 Migrations and the Sacred

Group B (Social Sciences) courses

ANT204H1 Anthropology of the Contemporary World
ANT318H1 The Preindustrial City and Urban Social Theory
ANT324H1 Tourism & Globalization
ANT340H1 Anthropology of Latin America
ANT341H1 China in Transition
ANT345H1 Global Health: Anthropological Perspectives
ANT346H1 Anthropology of Food
ANT347Y1 Metropolis: Global Cities
ANT348H1 Anthropology of Health
ANT349H1 Anthropology and New Technologies
ANT350H1 Globalization and the Changing World of Work
ANT351H1 Contested Environments
JAL355H1 Language and Gender
ANT356H1 Anthropology of Religion
ANT358H1 Medical Anthropology and Social Justice
ANT359H1 Difference in Culture and Society
ANT364H1 Environment & Globalization (formerly ANT364Y1)
ANT366H1 Anthropology of Social Movements: Theory and Method
ANT370H1 Introduction to Social Anthropological Theory
ANT372H1 Cultural Property
ANY374H1 Rethinking Development, or the Imporvement of the World
ANT426H1 Western Views of the Non-West
ANT427H1 Language, Ideology, & Political Economy
ANT440H1 Society in Transition
ANT450H1 Nature, Culture and the City
ANT452H1 Anthropology & Human Rights
ANT456H1 Queer Ethnography
ANT458H1 Settler-Colonialism and Indigenous Health in Canada
ANT460H1 Global Perspectives on Womens Health
ANT467H1 Ethnographies of Contemporary South Asia
ANT469H1 Uncommon Grounds: Inter-Cultural Interactions in the Contemporary World
ANT472H1 Japan in Global Context: Anthropological Perspectives (formerly ANT354Y1 and ANT354H1)
ANT475H1 Reading Ethnography: Contemporary Ethnographies
ANT477H1 Transnational Korea in and outside the Peninsula (formerly ANT377H1)


GGR112H1 Geographies of Globalization, Development and Inequality
GGR216H1 Global Cities
JGI216H1 Globalization & Urban Change
GGR241H1 Historical Geographies of Urban Exclusion and Segregation
GGR246H1 Geography of Canada
GGR320H1 Geographies of Transnationalism, Migration, and Gender
JGE321H1 Multicultural perspectives on Environmental Management
GGR326H1 Remaking the Global Economy
GGR336H1 Urban Historical Geography of North America
GGR339H1 Urban Geography, Planning and Political Processes
GGR341H1 Changing Geography of Latin America
GGR342H1 The Changing Geography of Southeast Asia
GGR343H1 The Changing Geography of China
JGI346H1 The Urban Planning Process
GGR360H1 Culture, History, and Landscape
GGR361H1 Understanding the Urban Landscape
GGR363H1 Critical Geographies: An Introduction to Radical Ideas on Space, Society and Culture
GGR430H1 Geographies of Markets
GGR452H1 Space, Power, Geography: Understanding Spatiality
GGR457H1 The Post-War Suburbs
NUS251H0 Southeast Asia
NUS252H0 Rice, Spice & Trees: Peasants in Southeast Asia
NUS253H0 Economy and Space
NUS254H0 Geographies of Social Life
NUS255H0 Cities and Urgan Life in Southeast Asia
NUS256H0 Changing Landscape of Singapore
NUS351Y0 Field Studies in Geography: SE Asia
NUS352H0 East Asia
NUS353H0 Globalization and Asian Cities

New College – Equity Studies
NEW342H1 Theory and Praxis in Food Security

New College – Caribbean Studies
JLN327H1 Regional Perspectives on the Hispanic Caribbean

Political Science
POL201Y1 Politics of Development: Issues and Controversies
POL207Y1 Politics in Europe
POL215Y1 Politics and Transformation of Asia-Pacific
POL224Y1 Canada in Comparative Perspective
POL301Y1 Government and Politics in Africa
POL305Y1 Politics and Society in Latin America
POL321Y1 Ethnic Politics in Comparative Perspective
POL324H1 Politics of Europe and the European Union
POL328Y1 Politics and Government in South Asia
POL343Y1 Politics of Global Governance
POL345Y1 Becoming Israel: War, Peace, and the Politics of Israel’s Identity
JPR364Y1 Religion and Politics
POL368Y0 Returning to Europe: Bringing South East Europe Into the European Union
POL370H1 International Political Economy
JPR374H1 Religion and Power in the Postcolony
POL376Y1 Transforming Global Politics: Comparative and Chinese Perspectives
POL383H1 Jews and Power
POL409H1 Political Economy of Technology: From the Auto-Industrial to the Information Age
JPA410H1 Democracy and Identity in Asia
JPA411H1 The Political Economy of Global Taiwan
POL413H1 Global Environmental Politics
POL417Y1 The Third World in International Politics
JPR419H1 Secularism and Religion
POL421H1 Maimonides and His Modern Interpreters
POL424H1 Globalization and INdigenous Politics
POL422H1 Ethnonationalism and State-Building: The Communist and Postcommunist Experience
POL429H1 Nationalism, Ethnic Conflict and Democracy
POL430Y1 Comparative Studies in Jewish and non-Jewish Political Thought
POL442H1 Topics in Latin American Politics
JPF455Y1 Cities
POL467H1 The Politics of Immigration and Multiculturalism in Canada
POL480H1 Pluralism, Justice, and Equality: Political Imaginaries of Global Justice and Global Democracy

SOC210H1 Ethnicity in Social Organization
SOC214H1 Family Patterns
SOC218H1 Asian Communities in Canada
SOC220H1 Social Inequality in Canada
SOC244H1 Sociology of Health Care
SOC246H1 The Sociology of Aging
SOC250Y1 Sociology of Religion
SOC256H1 Lives and Societies
SOC279H1 Contentious Politics
SOC281H1 Culture and Inequality
SOC301Y1 Theories of Inequality
SOC304H1 Status Attainment
SOC306Y1 Sociology of Crime and Delinquency
SOC307Y1 International Migration: Trends and Issues
SOC314H1 Family Relations
SOC315H1 Domestic Violence
SOC336H1 Immigration and Race Relations in Canada
SOC355H1 Introduction to Social Network Analysis
SOC356Y1 Technology and Society
SOC358H1 Cities and Social Pathology
SOC364H1  Urban Health
SOC367H1 Race, Class, and Gender
SOC381Y1 Culture and Social Structure
SOC382H1 Production and Consumption of Culture
SOC383H1 The Sociology of Women and International Migration
SOC388H1 Sociology of Everyday Life
SOC439H1 Immigration and Employment
SOC465H1 Exploring the Complexities of Gender
SOC479H1 Social Movements
SOC481H1 Culture and Social Networks
SOC483Y1 Methods and Models of Demography
SOC484H1 Sociology of Immigrant Offspring

University College – Canadian Studies
UNI101Y1 Citizenship in the Canadian City
UNI103Y1 Gradients of Health in an Urban Mosaic
UNI268H1 Canada and Globalization
UNI280H1 Canadian Jewish History
UNI307Y1 Asian Cultures in Canada
UNI368H1 Canada's Borders
UNI380H1 Socio-Cultural Perspective of the Canadian Jewish Community

Victoria College
VIC183H1 Individuals and the Public Sphere:  Shaping Memory
VIC184H1 Individuals and the Public Sphere: History, Historiography and Making Cultural Memory

Woodsworth College - Criminology
WDW383H1  Immigration and Crime

Women and Gender Studies
WGS450H1 Black Diasporic Feminisms: Modernity, Freedom, Citizenship

University of Toronto Scarborough courses that can be applied to the program

Please visit http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~socsci/dt_studies.html

University of Toronto Mississauga courses that can be applied to the program

Please visit http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/historical-studies/students/programs/transnational-diaspora-studies

Diaspora and Transnational Studies Courses

First Year Seminars

The 199Y1 and 199H1 seminars are designed to provide the opportunity to work closely with an instructor in a class of no more than twenty-four students. These interactive seminars are intended to stimulate the students’ curiosity and provide an opportunity to get to know a member of the professorial staff in a seminar environment during the first year of study. Details can be found at www.artsci.utoronto.ca/current/course/fyh-1/.

DTS200Y1    Introduction to Diaspora and Transnational Studies I (formerly DTS201H1, 202H1)[48L]

What is the relationship between place and belonging, between territory and memory? How have the experiences of migration and dislocation challenged the modern assumption that the nation-state should be the limit of identification? What effect has the emergence of new media of communication had upon the coherence of cultural and political boundaries? All of these questions and many more form part of the subject matter of Diaspora and Transnational Studies. This introductory course ex-amines the historical and contemporary movements of peoples and the complex issues of identity and experience to which these processes give rise as well as the creative possibilities that flow from movement and being moved. The area of study is comparative and interdisciplinary, drawing from the social sciences, history, the arts and humanities. Accordingly, this course provides the background to the subject area from diverse perspectives and introduces students to a range of key debates in the field, with particular attention to questions of history, globalization, cultural production and the creative imagination.

Exclusion: DTS201H1, DTS202H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1) + Society and its Institutions (3)

DTS300H1    Research Design for Diaspora and Transnational Studies [24L]

Focuses on research design and training in methods from history, geography, anthropology, literary and cultural studies, and other disciplines appropriate to Diaspora and Transnational Studies. Prepares students to undertake primary research required in senior seminars.

Prerequisite: DTS200Y1 or CJS200H1 or CJS201H1 or permission of course instructor
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: The Physical and Mathematical Universes (5)

JQR360H1    The Canadian Census: Populations, Migrations and Demographics [24L/12T]

Examines the Canadian population census through the experience of diasporic groups in Canada. Approaches the census as a statistical tool, an historical source and an ideological project of citizenship and nationalism. Uses census data to explore mathematical and statistical concepts and to integrate numerical ways of thinking with qualitative analysis. (Jointly sponsored by African Studies, Diaspora and Transnational Studies, Caribbean Studies, Equity Studies and Latin American Studies).

Prerequisite: DTS200Y1/HIS294Y1/LAS200H1/LAS201H1/NEW120Y1/NEW150Y1/NEW222Y1/NEW224Y1/NEW240Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

DTS390H1    Independent Study[TBA]

A scholarly project chosen by the student, approved by the Department, and supervised by one of its instructors. Consult with the Diaspora and Transnational Studies Program Office for more information. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: DTS200Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: None

DTS390Y1    Independent Study[TBA]

A scholarly project chosen by the student, approved by the Department, and supervised by one of its instructors. Consult with the Diaspora and Transnational Studies Program Office for more information. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: DTS200Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: None

DTS401H1    Advanced Topics in Diaspora and Transnationalism (Cosmopolitanism, Diaspora, Literature)[24S]

How much serious diversity can any society really tolerate? Postcolonial migrancy and the resulting diasporas/dispersions present not only a new cultural diversity and richness but also problematic differences that challenge social, political and epistemological categories. This advanced interdisciplinary class explores the co-constitutive relationship between Cosmopolitanism, Diaspora and Literature and will pay particular attention to questions of identity, home, citizenship, colonialism, migration, culture, the transnational conditions of diasporic existence and various other topics at the intersection of the three key concepts.

Prerequisite: DTS200Y1 or equivalent and a minimum of 15 FCEs
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

DTS402H1    Advanced Topics in Diaspora and Transnationalism (Trade Diasporas)[24S]

This course surveys and compares the most recent studies on trade diasporas across the Eurasian continent, Indian Ocean and South China Sea during the two centuries. Case studies are drawn from the Indian, Chinese, Lebanese and other longstanding migrant communities. We will explore the developments of transcultural exchanges and hybrid identities, symbolic capital and entrepreneurship as well as the impact of the rise of European hegemony and capitalist modernity on these mobilities. Attention is also paid on the negative portrayals of these communities as “economic predators” during the middling decades of the twentieth century and the postcolonial impact.

Prerequisite: DTS200Y1 or equivalent and a minimum of 15 FCEs
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

DTS403H1    Advanced Topics in Diaspora and Transnationalism (Foodways - Diasporic Diners, Transnational Tables and Culinary Connections)[24S]

Food links people across space and time. As it spirals outward from parochial sites of origin to articulate with new sites, actors and scales, it assumes new substance and meaning in new locales.  This movement of food gives rise to new ‘foodways’ t help us to understand the past in terms of temporally connected sites of intense interaction.  Food also plays a strong role in shaping translocal identities. As peoples have moved in the world, food has played a central role in (re)defining who they are, reproducing myth and ritual, and bounding diasporic communities.  This course seeks to address questions surrounding the dynamics of the food ‘we’ eat, the ways in which ‘we’ eat, the meaning ‘we’ give to eating, and the effect of eating in a transnational world. Recognizing that culinary culture is central to diasporic identifications, the focus is on the place of food in the enduring habits, rituals, and everyday practices that are collectively used to produce and sustain a shared sense of diasporic cultural identity.

Prerequisite: DTS200Y1 or equivalent and a minimum of 15 FCEs
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

DTS404H1    Advanced Topics in Diaspora and Transnationalism (Literary Diasporas: Cosmopolitanism, Displacement, and the Question of Return) [24S]

What is the place and significance of diasporas in relation to cosmopolitanism and transnationalism, on the one hand, and to displacement and statelessness, on the other? In a time where uprootedness has become an almost global human condition, how do we police the borders between "us" and "them" or draw the line between exiles, refugees, and migrants? How are different experiences of diaspora expressed in, and worked through, literature and what can fiction teach us about the constitution of diasporas? This seminar will explore these and similar questions by addressing some of the current theoretical debates about the political role of diasporas, as well as literary texts on diasporic experiences. It will place special emphasis on the cases of the Jewish and the Palestinian diasporas and on the role of gender, class, and ethnicity in the configuration of communities and of free movement. Readings may include works by Jacqueline Kahanoff, Hannah Arendt, Edward Said, Ghassan Kanafani, Judith Butler, Daniel Boyarin, Ronit Matalon, and Sahar Khalifeh. All required readings are in English or in English translation (students interested in the original Arabic or Hebrew texts are welcome to contact me for a copy).

Prerequisite: DTS200Y1 or equivalent, or CJS200H1 or CJS201H1 and a minimum of 15 FCEs
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

DTS405H1    Advanced Topics in Diaspora and Transnationalism [24S]

An in-depth investigation of topics in Diaspora and Transnationalism. Content in any given year depends on instructor.

Prerequisite: DTS200Y1 or equivalent and a minimum of 15 FCEs
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

DTS406H1    Advanced Topics in Diaspora and Transnationalism[24S]

This course is designed to critically examine a rising commodification of migratory flows, in the form of trafficking in persons for the purpose of labour and sexual exploitation, by addressing this problem in an interdisciplinary fashion as it relates to migration, economics, politics, and security. The course will provide a comprehensive overview of current global/local responses in legislation, policy and practice, including measures taken to address the 4 Ps: protection, prosecution, prevention and partnerships.  The course will address novel analytical approaches and methodologies specifically focusing on the role that diasporic networks play in countries of origin and destination as well as in transit. Prerequisite: DTS200Y1 or equivalent and a minimum of 15 FCEs
Recommended Preparation: Students should be in their final academic year of study.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)