Longing, Belonging, and Home


Course Description

If you had to leave your home, with very little notice and no choice, what would you take with you? What is “home” to you?

According to UN statistics, by mid-2020, 80 million people had been displaced worldwide as a result of conflict, persecution, human rights violations, and violence. What is the definition of home and is it possible, through memory and mementos, to transport your home and recreate it in a new location? Should refugees and displaced persons seek to recreate their original homes or to reshape new identities and cultural mores so as to “fit in”? 

Displacement—the forcible removal of people from their homes—is not a new concept, but the study of the impacts of displacement on refugees and persecuted people is a fairly modern discipline. Material culture, family history, and even food often play roles in “replacing” the displaced.

Books to Purchase (will be available at Argo Bookshop during the weeks prior to the course beginning):

        • Ru, Kim Thúy

Please note that this course has a maximum enrollment of 18 students.

NEW PAYMENT POLICY: Participants must pay the course fees in order to be considered registered for the course. 

For fully registered courses, a waiting list will be created. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note that we do not allow participants to audit courses for free.

Course Details

Location: Atwater

First Session: Wednesday 25 January 2023

Course Length: 8 weeks, Wednesdays, 6:15 to 8:15 p.m.

Discussion Team: Karen Etingin, Mariana Navarro-Grau

Degree Credit: 0 credits

Course Fee: 

$130.00 (standard tuition)
$90.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:



$160.00 (standard tuition)
$120.00 (promotion for new students)

For 8-week courses, fees are refundable in full before the first session. If the participant withdraws after the first course, they will be charged a $50 fee. There is no refund after the second course has passed. Please note that non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal.

Students pursuing studies for credit are encouraged to consult with their advisers as they register for courses.

Course leaders, and students wishing to use credit vouchers, should call (514) 935-9585 to pay by phone or to schedule an appointment to pay in person.

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