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Recently published: "Rural Development: Knowledge and expertise in governance"

                         by Kristof van Assche & Anna-Katharina Hornidge

This book offers a unique perspective on rural development, by discussing the most influential perspectives and rendering their risks and benefits visible. The authors do not present a silver bullet. Rather, they give students, researchers, community leaders, politicians, concerned citizens and development organizations the conceptual tools to understand how things are organized now, which development path has already been taken, and how things could possibly move in a different direction. 

Van Assche and Hornidge pay special attention to the different roles of knowledge in rural development, both expert knowledge in various guises and local knowledge. Crafting development strategies requires understanding how new knowledge can fit in and work out in governance. Drawing on experiences in five continents, the authors develop a theoretical framework which elucidates how modes of governance and rural development are inextricably tied. A community is much better placed to choose direction, when it understands these ties. The recently published book can be ordered here.



The 4th International Crossroads Conference

Four years into the study of everyday interactions among people with a connection to the geographic area bounded by Eastern Iran, Northern India, the Aral Sea and Western China, Crossroads Asia organized a conference to reflect on how categories of spatial organization emerge and how these findings can be useful for rethinking Area Studies.

For detailed information about the conference, please see our Crossroads Studies Conference Report.

Extensive video footage of conference presentations is available at ZEF's YouTube channel.

Click below to start watching the conference keynote by Peter A. Jackson of the Australian National University, presenting the "21st Century Legacies of Area Studies".

Buchveröffentlichung des Crossroads Asia Koordinators

„Zuhause? Fremd? Migrations- und Beheimatungsstrategien zwischen Deutschland und Eurasien“ ist ein neu erschienener Sammelband des Crossroads Asia Koordinators Markus Kaiser und Michael Schönhuth. Die Beiträge dieses Bandes beziehen sich sowohl auf die Herkunfts- als auch auf die Ankunftsorte der postsozialistischen Migrationen, Remigrationen und Verortungen zwischen Deutschland und Osteuropa, Russland sowie Zentralasien. Dabei wird über reine Integrationsfragestellungen hinausgegangen und eine transnationale Perspektive ermöglicht. Auch auf bereits im Vorgängerband „Zuhause fremd“ (2006) begonnene Debatten zu Fragen nach Zugehörigkeit und Beheimatung werden wieder aufgenommen.

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Visit the Crossroads Photo Exhibition at ZEF

The Center for Development Research (ZEF) at the University of Bonn and the Competence Network “Crossroads Asia” cordially invite you to a photo exhibition on the premises of ZEF.
The exhibition can be visited daily and the entrance is free.

Venue: ZEF, Walter-Flex-Straße 3, 53113 Bonn (see map).
Hours: 10 AM – 4 PM.
Duration: December 1, 2014 - March 31, 2015.

Photo credit:

Upper Hunza Valley, Pakistan | Photo by Andreas Benz
In 2010, a massive rockslide blocked the flow of the Hunza river and formed the more than 25km long Attabad lake, which inundated not only countless houses and large tracts of agricultural land, but also the Karakoram Highway, the lifeline of the region. Since then, communication between Upper Hunza and the rest of Pakistan has been possible by boat only.