Diaspora & Transnational Studies


Diaspora in contemporary thought involves the shifting relations between homelands and host nations from the perspective of those who have moved, whether voluntarily or not. Diaspora emphasizes the inescapable lived translocal experiences of many migrant communities that exceed the boundaries of the nation-state. Questions of nostalgia, of the dynamics of co-ethnic identification, of the politics of homeland and host nation, and of the inter-generational shifts in responses to all these are central to studies of diaspora.

Transnationalism, on the other hand, focuses on flows and counterflows and the multistriated connections to which they give rise. It encompasses in its ambit not just the movement of people but also concepts of citizenship and multinational governance, the resources of information technology, and the realities of the global marketplace, among others.

Taken together, the two concepts of diaspora and transnationalism enable our understanding of the complex realities of vast movements of people, goods, ideas, images, technologies, and finance in the world today.

This collaborative program is designed to bring together both social science and humanities perspectives to augment our existing tri-campus undergraduate program and to contribute to increased research collaboration between participants in the program.

Participating Degree Programs

Anthropology—MA, MSc, PhD
Cinema Studies—MA
Comparative Literature—MA, PhD
Criminology—MA, PhD
Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies—MA, PhD
English—MA, PhD
Geography—MA, MSc, PhD
Germanic Languages and Literatures—MA
German Literature, Culture and Theory—PhD
History—MA, PhD
History of Art—MA, PhD
Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations—MA, PhD
Political Science—MA, PhD
Religion—MA, PhD
Slavic Languages and Literatures—MA, PhD
Social Justice Education—MA, MEd, EdD, PhD
Sociology—MA, PhD
Spanish—MA, PhD
Women and Gender Studies—MA, PhD

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