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12 November 2017

Event: The Future of Area Studies: Raising Global Voices

The workshop will feature two keynote sessions, a case study and follow-up discussions addressing the challenges and future direction of Area Studies research globally, with a particular focus on the ‘de-westernisation' of the discipline. Please find below the agenda for the day and further details about the workshop.

The Future of Area Studies: Raising Global Voices

Morning session: Reimagining Area Studies

09.00
Arrival and refreshments

09.30 Introduction and welcome
Elizabeth Walker, Publisher, Routledge Area Studies Journals
Professor Rachel Harrison, SOAS – Editor of South East Asia Research

10.00 ‘Research in Asia, on Asia, from Asia: the culture and politics of the Asian turn’
Professor Jonathan Rigg, Department of Geography, National University of Singapore

11.00 Refreshments

11.15 'Rebooting Area Studies: The need for a sustained critique of how Area Studies came about'
Dr Farish Ahmad-Noor, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

12.15 Case study – ‘Radical transformations in Africa today: Review of African Political Economy workshops’
Professor Tunde Zack-Williams, University of Central Lancashire – Editor of RoAPE

13.00 Lunch

Afternoon session: Why and How Does ‘Area’ Matter?

14.00 Beyond Theoretical and Spatial confines of the ‘West’ in Area Studies – discussion groups

• Theoretical confines of the ‘West’: how do we foster a ‘de-westernised’/’re-centralised’ research agenda in Area Studies?
• ‘Spatial confines of the ‘West’: can we, and should we, move away from Area Studies as bound to geographical settings?
• What would this mean for academic collaboration and research output?
• Is intervention necessary, and how do we maximise the impact of ‘de-westernised’ research?
• How can we support the next generation of Area Studies researchers?

15.30 Feedback from discussion groups

16.00

16.15 Refreshments

Representing Global Voices in Area Studies Publishing
Elizabeth Walker, Publisher, Routledge Area Studies Journals
Madeleine Markey, Managing Editor, Routledge Area Studies Journals

17.30

 

18.00 Conclusions and next steps
Elizabeth Walker, Publisher, Routledge Area Studies Journals
Professor Rachel Harrison, SOAS – Editor of South East Asia Research

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