Shifting Borders and the Dynamics of Diaspora
Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies Graduate Student Conference
The Robert Gill Theatre at the University of Toronto
Friday, March 25 – Saturday, March 26, 2011
Diaspora studies often fixates on the past. Themes such as nostalgia, memory, loss, and longing loom large in the field. What changes as we turn our gaze to the future?
This conference is dedicated to exploring the futures of diaspora; the futures of the nation-state (and other defined territories); the futures of the people located within, without, and among these boundaries, both real and imaginary; and the futures of the emerging field of diaspora and transnational studies.
The University of Toronto’s Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies is proud to host this conference to facilitate collaboration across disciplines. We hope to foster the future of scholarship in this field, with our university’s world-class resources and the natural laboratory of the multicultural city of Toronto.
We encourage the submission of scholarship and artistic media (including papers, videos, performances, and installations) on themes including, but not limited to:
- (re)imagining diaspora and transnationalism
- indigeneity and political borders
- asylum, internally displaced persons, and refugees
- the economics of transnational movement
- language, identity, hybridity, and multiculturalism
- literary, visual, and performing arts
- health, the body, gender and sexuality in the diaspora
- religion and spirituality across borders
- environmental practices and concerns
- international education and the transnational child
- crime and criminality
- nostalgia, authenticity, tradition and the stability/mobility of culture
Please send a one-page C.V. and an abstract of no more than 250 words to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 26, 2010.
For more information, visit our website at http://groups.chass.utoronto.ca/transnationalfutures/
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