The 5th International Crossroads Asia conference will provide a platform for sharing and discussing conceptual and methodological innovations in Area Studies research that transcend traditional disciplinary approaches. Among the questions to be addressed are:
- How do globalisation, digitalisation, urbanisation and migration challenge concepts of ‘areas’?
- How does space intersect with a sense of belonging, and how do spatial constellations shift through time?
- How can Area Studies account for the Anthropocene?
- What can contribute to overcoming epistemic hegemonies, ethnocentrism and 'othering'?
Find more Information and a conference schedule here.
Themes such as the ‘quiet’ production of spaces, points of divergence and confluence, in-betweenness and blind spots have all underpinned efforts within the Crossroads Asia network to reposition Area Studies for the 21st century. All of these topics have one element in common: as subjects they are elusive, intangible and/or uncategorizable. Building on this thread, the Crossroads Asia network is happy to announce the launch of its new blog, entitled ell-pses.net, in which spaces full of emptiness can be explored and made accessible to a general audience. Ellipses, literally referring to the printing marks that stand for an omission of words, i.e., [...], are understood metaphorically as spaces that seem empty at first glance, but are full of meaning. Thus we are interested in the intersections between what is articulated and what is silent, between what connects us and what divides us, and between ignorance and knowing. With this blog, we aim to further reflect on transient glocal connections, elusive boundaries and the uncategorizable by drawing on a wide range of disciplinary knowledges.
For more information, or to express an interest in contributing to the blog, please contact the network coordination office at crossroads(at)uni-bonn.de.
You can find all recent publications by network members here.
Members of the Crossroads Area network have published numerous contributions to the canon of rethought Area Studies. The exploration of knowledge production, the localization of spaces that are often seen as the "periphery" of world history and questions on shared identity and belonging all add up to unravel the different layers and components that make up the spaces and developments we wish to understand. The recent publications take into account boundaries and movements with regard to equality and hierarchy, agricultural developments and local governance arrangements.
The following contributions have been published recently:
Contemporary - South Asia Special issue on Jammu and Kashmir – Boundaries and Movements
by Martin Sökefeld (Ed.)
Mapping Transition in the Pamirs. Changing Human-Environmental Landscapes
by Hermann Kreutzmann and Teiji Watanabe (Eds.)
Current Xroads Asia Newsletter
"The Power of Areas" by Catherine Reynolds (article review) and "An Irrigation System Revealing Centuries of Culture" (film review) by Sofia Tserea and the Crossroads Asia team