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Interdisciplinarity and Diaspora Studies: Reflections on Concepts and Methods

Interdisciplinarity and Diaspora Studies: Reflections on Concepts and Methods
1 Devonshire Place, Munk School of Global Affairs, Campbell Conference Facility
Time: Apr 5th, 4:00 pm End: Apr 5th, 5:30 pm
Interest Categories: Diaspora/Transnational, 2000-
Lecture by Ato Quayson

The Centre for Diaspora & Transnational Studies presents

2018 Ato Quayson Lecture in Diaspora and Transnational Studies
Professor Ato Quayson
Thursday, March 22 from 4:00 to 5:30
Room: TBA

Interdisciplinarity and Diaspora Studies: Reflections on Concepts and Methods

The term interdisciplinarity is very commonly referred to in the humanities and social sciences to denote a crossing of disciplines in research and teaching. But what exactly does the term mean with respect to Diaspora Studies, which unlike Area Studies programs is not limited to a single geographical area and is required to bring several disciplines together in pursuit of its focus of interest? I shall begin by defining two different categories of interdisciplinarity, namely the instrumental and the synoptic, and from there will proceed to elaborate the different conceptual and methodological implications of each category for the study of diasporas. Examples will be drawn widely from literature, anthropology, history, geography, and philosophy, and urban studies, among others.

This event is free and open to all. Registration is required. For further information, contact the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at 416 946 8464.

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