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The 5th International Crossroads Asia conference has provided a platform for sharing and discussing conceptual and methodological innovations in Area Studies research that transcend traditional disciplinary approaches. Among the questions that were 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 the full program in our conference flyer or on our conference page.

There is also a conference report with summaries of the individual panels.




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.




Members of the Crossroads Area network have published numerous contributions to the current area studies landscape in Germany and beyond. The exploration of knowledge production, the reexamination of spaces that are often seen as the "periphery" of world history and investigation into identity and belonging all help to unravel the different layers that make up the spaces and developments we wish to understand. Recent publications look specifically at boundaries and movements, equality and hierarchy, agricultural developments and local governance arrangements.

You can find all recent publications by network members here.

The following contributions have been published most 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.) 




Agricultural Knowledge and Knowledge Systems in Post-Soviet Societies

by Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Anastasiya Shtaltovna, Conrad Schetter (Eds.)






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"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


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