“Emergent Visions, Imagined Spaces” The interdisciplinary and creative sparks referred to include: a) the depth of historians’ engagement with the deep roots and routes in shaping and knowing im/migration and mobilities; b) the interest in current questions, specifically the embodied experiences of Syrian refugees, other forced migrants, and undocumented and temporary labour migrants worldwide; and, c) the need for and relevance of enlarged and contextualized imaginaries, including those created in film, art history, architecture/urban planning, anthropology, geography, cultural studies, drama, music, the law, linguistics, and religious and sexuality studies. We strive to anchor the forthcoming year’s working group in emergent artistic provocations that dovetail with the JHI’s 2016-17 themes of time, rhythm and pace. We will inquire into how interdisciplinarity—and especially contributions from visual arts, literature and film—serve to enliven, expand and refine our collective scholarly lenses on migration, movement and mobility. We seek thoughtful considerations of questions including: How might be or is the ‘refugee crisis’ conceptualized and manifest across disciplines? How might we invert/subvert ‘disaster’ to observe how people deploy their everyday good knowledge to care for each other in times of so-called crisis? How might we be inspired by exploring how people “fall together” (as per http://www.onbeing.org/program/rebecca-solnitfalling- together/8691) and learn from communities arising during such times, including for people who do not or cannot flee?
Leads Laura Bisaillon, UTSC Health Studies and Anthropology Rachel Silvey,FAS Geography & Planning Elizabeth Harney, UTSC Arts, Culture & Media Faculty at the University of Toronto Michelle Buckley, UTSC Human Geography Andrea Cortinois, Dalla Lana School of Public Health Maggie Cummings, UTSC Anthropology Donna Gabaccia, UTSC Historical & Cultural Studies Emily Gilbert, FAS Geography & Planning and Canadian Studies Atiqa Hachimi, UTSC Women & Gender Studies and UTSC African Studies Monica Heller, OISE, Social Justice Education Farzaneh Hemmasi, Faculty of Music Julie MacArthur, UTM Historical Studies Audrey Macklin, Faculty of Law Minelle Mahtani, UTSC Human Geography Ato Quayson, FAS English Jayeeta Sharma, UTSC Historical & Cultural Studies Alberto Zambenedetti, FAS Italian Studies
Faculty outside the University of Toronto Idil Atak, Criminology, Ryerson University Victoria Bernal, University of California-Irvine Christina Clark-Kazak, International Studies, York University Alison Mountz, International Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University Antonio Sorge, Anthropology, York University Postdoctoral Researchers at the University of Toronto Tarmir Aviv, FAS Geography & Planning David Seitz, FAS Geography & Planning
Graduate Students at the University of Toronto Laurie Drake, History Line El-Shamy, Art History Monica Espaillat-Lizardo, History Paolo Frascà, Italian Studies and Sexual Diversity Studies Dustin Harris, History Nadine Ijaz, Faculty of Pharmacy Jennifer Lau, East Asian Studies Lindsay Sidders, History Erica Toffoli, History Emily Wang, Faculty of Music Graduate Students outside the University of Toronto Aytak Akbari-Dibavar, Political Science and International Studies, York University Ateeka Khan, History, McMaster University Vanessa Lovisa, History, McMaster University Johanna Reynolds, Geography, York University
Community Members Dawit L. Petros, visual artist, New York/Toronto Shahram Tabe, director, International Diaspora Film Festival, Toronto Sheila Thompson, fibre artist, Toronto