4th Crossroads Asia Conference "Crossroads Studies: Mobilities, Immobilities and the Issue of Positionality for Rethinking Area Studies" to be held November 27-28, 2014 in Bonn
The Crossroads Asia network hosts an international conference at Universitätsforum Bonn, Heussallee 18-24
The research network Crossroads Asia: Conflict, Migration, Development, funded by the Area Studies Initiative of the German Ministry of Education and Research since March 2011, questions the validity of the conventional ‘world regions’ of Central and South Asia as defining bases for Area Studies as conceptualized, organized and taught at German universities. The increasing mobility of people, goods and ideas along Asia’s crossroads – so the network's assumption – does not justify a division of the world in territorially fixed ‘areas’, defined by certain character traits to be found on the ‘inside’, but instead demands for concepts that take these dynamisms into account. The network chose Norbert Elias’ concept of figurations to generate knowledge transgressing conventional areas and brought together researchers trained in Central, South Asian and Iranian Studies with geographers, political scientists, sociologists, linguists and social anthropologists.
The conference on ‘Crossroads Studies’ as research programme will bring together the empirical research conducted by the network members with empirical, conceptual and methodological debates on the rethinking of Area Studies – from Asia just as much as from other parts of the world. It is the explicit aim to identify several empirically based common lines of thought and emic patterns of defining socio-cultural and physical spaces relevant for the rethinking of disciplinary constructs of those, namely for Area Studies.
Please download the conference flyer along with the programme here. We welcome your registration before November 20th, 2014 via crossroads(at)uni-bonn.de. Unfortunately we are not able to provide any financial assistance to conference participants. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Nelli Nokkala.
Anna-Katharina Hornidge takes her experience as coordinator of Crossroads Asia to a new level as Director of the Department of Political and Cultural Change at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn.
In a recent interview after a month in her new position, she expressed her visions for ZEF. Her conviction that "qualitative and quantitative social science research requires local language skills and cultural expertise", but that ZEF also needs "strong conceptual and methodological groundings" in order to "put research on different themes, in different world regions, and on different scales into stronger interaction", reflects insights gained during the first phase of Crossroads Asia. You can read the full interview here.
Katja Mielke & Anna-Katharina Hornidge (2014): "Crossroads Studies: From Spatial Containers to Interactions in Differentiated Spatialities. 'Area Studies'-Discussion paper of the Research Network Crossroads Asia.
Fore more information about Crossroads Studies and Crossroads Asia's Area Studies Debate see also Rethinking Area Studies
„Mobilizing Religion: Networks and Mobility“ – Crossroads Asia Conference
The second major conference "Mobilizing Religion: Networks and Mobility“ of the Competence Network Crossroads Asia took place at the Institute of Oriental and Asian Studies in Bonn, July 18-19, 2013. Crossroads Asia is an association of seven German research institutes conducting research on the concepts of mobility and of conflict, migration and development – in particular on the relevance of these concepts in defining ‘area’. The geographical focus of Crossroads Asia’s research lies on the area extending from eastern Iran to western China and from the Aral Sea to northern India.
Videos of conference panels and interviews now online
on Youtube (by ZEF Bonn)
- Welcome note by host Stephan Conermann (IOA, Bonn)
- Panel 1: Networked and Globalized Religious Traditions
- (Chair: Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Bonn) with
- Tulasi Srinivas (Boston / Bochum): Mobilities and Moorings: Ritual, Neo-liberalism and the Subjunctive in Urban Temple Publics of Bangalore City.
- Jakob Rösel (Rostock): The Tamil Diaspora: A Network for Cultural Cohesion, Economic Solidarity and Political Assertion.
- Key note lecture by Volkhard Krech (Bochum): Globalizing Religion: Preliminary Considerations on Historical and Contemporary Development
Now available for download is an article on the conference (in German) "Mobilisierende Religion. Von translokalen Grenzüberschreitungen und kognitiven Umdeutungen" written by Felicia Scheliga, published in Südasien 3/2013.
Kompetenznetzwerk Crossroads Asia
Das Kompetenznetzwerk Crossroads Asia verfolgt einen neuartigen regionalwissenschaftlichen Ansatz, der wissenschaftliche Forschung zu thematisch begründeten "Figurationen" in den Vordergrund stellt. Der geographische Untersuchungsraum dieses Kompetenznetzwerks, der bislang in den Regionalstudien nicht als solcher definiert wurde, reicht vom östlichen Iran bis Westchina und vom Aralsee bis nach Nordindien. Wir bezeichnen diesen Untersuchungsraum hier als Crossroads Asia.
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organized by ZEF, EADI, ISSIC and the City of Bonn at ZEF in Bonn
Conference "Crossroads Studies: Mobilities, Immobilities and the Issue of Positionality for Rethinking Area Studies"
Crossroads Asia Conference to be held November 27-28, 2014 at ZEF, Bonn