Jenny Burman is an Associate Professor in the Graduate Program in Communications. She has a Ph.D. in Social and Political Thought from York University (2002). Prof. Burman is working on two major individual projects presently: the first is a book manuscript studying the traffic in goods, people and money that makes up the route joining Toronto and Jamaica (working title, Economies of Nostalgia and Yearning: Traveling a Transnational Route). The second, supported by a SSHRC Standard Research Grant, is entitled “Mobile Citizenship, Immobilized Migrants: Detention and Deportation in Canada, Oppositional Activism in Toronto and Montréal”. She was a co-investigator on the SSHRC Major Collaborative Research Initiative “The Culture of Cities Project” (project ended in 2006), where she also did postdoctoral research on transformations in diasporic urban culture in Canada.
Research and Teaching Interests
- Transnational Communications and Cultural Studies
- Diaspora Studies
- Critiques of Multiculturalism and Postcolonialism
- Urban Culture in Canada; Social Difference in Canada
- Caribbean Studies
- "Divergent Diversities: Pluralizing Toronto and Montréal", in City, Culture, Nation: Comparing Toronto and Montréal, ed. Johanne Sloan. Montréal: McGill-Queen's University Press. Feb. 2007, pp. 255-273.
- “The space of ‘removal’ and the conditions of black women’s deportability/admissibility”, in Katherine McKittrick and Clyde Woods, eds., Black Geographies and the Politics of Place, (Toronto: Between the Lines Press; Boston: South End Press), forthcoming April 2007.
- “Absence, ‘Removal’, and Everyday Life in the Diasporic City: Antidetention/ Antideportation Activism in Montréal”, in Space and Culture (Sage Publications), 9:3, August 2006, pp. 279-293.
- "Co-motion in the Diasporic City: Transformations in Toronto's public culture", in Claiming Space: Racialization in Canadian Cities, ed. Cheryl Teelucksingh, Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2006, pp. 101-120.
- "Remittances; Or, diasporic economies of yearning", Small Axe 12. pp. 49-71, Sept. 2002. Indiana University Press.
- At the scene of many crossroads: Diasporic public spheres in Toronto", co-published in 2001 by Public 22/23 (Toronto: Public Access) and Culture of Cities: under construction, eds. P. Moore & M. Risk, Mosaic Press, Oakville ON.
- "Masquerading Toronto through Caribana", in Identity: An international journal of theory and research, Vol. 1(3), 2001, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, NJ.