New Area Studies and Southeast Asia

Type

Round Table

Time & Location

Session 8
Thu 15:30–17:00 Fritz-Reuter-Saal

Conveners

Abstract

As the hosting institution of the upcoming conference, we would like to organize a round table on Southeast Asian studies in the light of the upsurge of New Area Studies. The future of area studies has over the last few years been the object of much theoretical discussion a.o. in the framework of a special area studies funding line of the German federal ministry of education. From this discussion a range of publications has emerged, which try to set the agenda for the near future. The Southeast Asian studies international scholarly community, while being assembled in Berlin, needs to be informed about these developments.

We would like to conduct a round table discussion with the three major staff members in Southeast Asian studies at Humboldt University, who have all actively contributed to the debate on area studies and four junior staff members, who have recently finished their Ph.D.s, successfully applying the ideas of New Area Studies to concrete empirical topics in Southeast Asia.