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Area Studies Revisited - Connectivity, Comparison, Laterality

The First Annual Conference of the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies took place in Munich from June 12-14, 2014. Its aim was to facilitate a dialogue between Area Studies focusing on different parts of the globe. 

A globalized world needs Area Studies for the understanding of regionally specific political, social and cultural processes. Yet, the growing consciousness of globalization has also had an impact on Area Studies: while they were previously mainly defined by country-specific expertise based on the knowledge of vernacular languages, Area Studies today aim at understanding the peculiar place of their "area" in the world. Entanglement, transnationalism, transfer and hybridity have become guiding principles of the practice of Area Studies, which in turn have significantly contributed to the further development of these concepts.

The Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies, which in 2012 was established by the LMU Munich and the University of Regensburg through a grant of the German Initiative of Excellence, is committed to the idea of "integrated area studies". We believe that the exploration of a particular region needs to also highlight its relations with other parts of the world. The First Annual Conference of the Graduate School, therefore, aimed to facilitate a dialogue between Area Studies focusing on different parts of the globe. For this purpose, the conference discussed institutional pathways, the relationship between political expediency and area study development, methodological innovation, and the place of Eastern European studies in different national contexts.

You can find the program of the Annual Conference here.

See also the Conference Report of H-Soz-Kult. See also the Review in the Annual Report 2014 of the Graduate School.


Thursday, June 12 

18:00 Round Table: The Global State of East European Studies Today

Peter Bugge (East European Studies, Aarhus University)

Markku Kivinen (Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki)

Edith Klein (Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, University of Toronto)

Peter Zusi (School of Slavonic & East European Studies, University College London)

Eric Lohr (American University, Washington, D.C.)

Chairs: Martin Schulze Wessel (Munich) and Ulf Brunnbauer (Regensburg) 

Friday, June 13

9:00 - 13:00 Global and Regional Studies

Andreas Eckert (Institute of Asian and African Studies/re:work, HU Berlin): Area Studies und Globalgeschichte am Beispiel Afrikas

Ursula Prutsch (Department of English and American Studies, LMU Munich): Von Indigenen, Galiziern und Japanern. Interethnische Begegnungen in einem globalisierten Mikrokosmos Brasiliens

Heike Holbig (Institute of Asian Studies, German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg): Entanglements versus Entrenchments. Asien als Prozess

Martin Aust (Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies, LMU Munich): Imperium und Globalisierung. Russland in der Welt des 19. Jahrhunderts

Chair: Martin H. Geyer (Munich)

14:00 - 18:00 Area Studies and Interdisciplinarity

Eric Lohr (American University, Washington D.C.): Interdisciplinarity in Russian and East European Studies in the U.S

Uwe Lübken (Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, LMU Munich): Area Studies and the Environment

Chair: Raoul Eshelman (Munich) 

Saturday, June 14

9:00 - 13:00 Regionalstudien und Politik

Matthias Middell (Center for Area Studies, Leipzig University): Regionalwissenschaften und Globalisierungsbedingungen

Dominic Sachsenmaier (School for Humanities & Social Sciences, Jacobs University Bremen): Die Stellung Chinas in der deutschen und der amerikanischen Hochschullandschaft. Ein Vergleich

Nadja-Christina Schneider (Institute of Asian and African Studies, HU Berlin): Südasienforschung in Deutschland. Aktuelle Situation und Perspektiven

Claudia Zilla (German Institute fro International and Security Affairs, Berlin): Politikwissenschaftliche Lateinamerikaforschung und Politikberatung

Peter Bugge (East European Studies, Aarhus University): Osteuropastudien nach Osteuropa?

Chair: Evelyn Schulz (Munich)

14:00 - 18:00 Disciplinary Histories 

Katja Naumann (Center for the History and Culture of East Central Europe, Leipzig University): Die internationalen Ursprünge der US -amerikanischen Area Studies

Volker Depkat (Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies, Regensburg University): The Areas of American Studies

Torsten Loschke (Global and European Studies Institute, Leipzig University): Lateinamerikastudien in den USA

Andreas Renner (Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies, LMU Munich): Vom Osten im Westen und Osten als Westen. Russland als Gegenstand der japanischen Geschichtswissenschaft

Chair: Martin Schulze Wessel (Munich)