Media @ McGill

Burman, Jenny


Associate Professor

Interest and Bio: 

The 2006 Census results demonstrated three important and interrelated facts: Canada is intensively urbanized (roughly 80% of Canadians live in urban areas); diasporic or migrant communities choose overwhelmingly to settle in cities; and people identify with multiple territorial sites to an unprecedented degree. Jenny Burman's research on the transformations of "the diasporic city" works to revitalize the discussion of cultural difference and diversity in Canada by challenging the traditional framework of multiculturalism with concepts such as diasporization and transculturation. Jenny Burman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University. She was a co-investigator on a SSHRC Major Collaborative Research Initiative called the "Culture of Cities Project", working with the Citizenship and Diaspora team. Professor Burman proceeded to develop a research project, supported by SSHRC, entitled "Mobile citizenship, immobilized migrants". This research, which is ongoing, examines mass media and policy discourses concerning "dangers to the public" and "national security risks", interrogates current practices of detention and deportation, and analyzes the effects of these new policies on everyday life in the diasporic city. She is currently working on a research project entitled Vernacular Multiculturalism, which examines regional, site-specific manifestations of cultural diversity in Canada. She is also the Chair of the Canadian Association of Cultural Studies (2008-2012). Professor Burman earned a B.A. in Communication Studies from Concordia University (1993), and an M.A. (1996) and Ph.D. (2002) in Social and Political Thought from York University.


Mobile Citizenship, Immobilized Migrants; Transnational Yearnings: Tourism, Migration, and the Diasporic City; Vernacular Multiculturalism


Professor Burman is the author of Transnational Yearnings: Tourism, Migration, and the Diasporic City (UBC Press, 2010). This book discusses the intersection of multiple transnational circulations, using the case of the routes connecting Toronto and Jamaica. Other publications include articles in Cultural Studies, Space and Culture, Journal of International Communication, and several essays in edited books.

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Professor Burman teaches and writes in the areas of diaspora studies, transnational communication and cultural studies, critiques of multiculturalism, and urban culture and social difference in Canada.


Diaspora studies; transnational communications and cultural studies.