Area Studies at the Crossroads

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K. Mielke, A.-K. Hornidge (Eds.)

Area Studies at the Crossroads Knowledge Production after the Mobility Turn

▶ Brings together an international group of scholars engaged in conducting ‘new’ Area Studies at the verge of disciplines and in interand transdisciplinary centers, research networks, and projects ▶ Provides reflections on theory-building from empirical realities in an effort to systematically tackle the constructed divide between Area Studies and disciplines ▶ Proposes future Area Studies as politically-aware, differentiated, emancipatory, analytical Area Studies in mobile and multi-sited, interdisciplinary contexts

1st ed. 2017, 256 p. 13 illus., 6 illus. in color.

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In this pioneering volume, leading scholars from a diversity of backgrounds in the humanities, social sciences, and different area studies argue for a more differentiated and self-reflected role of area-based science in global knowledge production. Considering that the mobility of people, goods, and ideas make the world more complex and geographically fixed categories increasingly obsolete, the authors call for a reflection of this new dynamism in research, teaching, and theorizing. The book thus moves beyond the constructed divide between area studies and systematic disciplines and instead proposes methodological and conceptual ways for encouraging the integration of marginalized and often overseen epistemologies. Essays on the ontological, theoretical, and pedagogical dimension of area studies highlight how people’s everyday practices of mobility challenge scholars, students, and practitioners of inter- and transdisciplinary area studies to transcend the cognitive boundaries that scholarly minds currently operate in. "This wide-ranging and pathbreaking collection of essays offers a vision of area studies for our era of mobility, connectivity and fluidity in geographies and in identities. Its insights show how area studies remains a vital resource for studies of science, development, migration and more." —Arjun Appadurai, Goddard Professor in Media, Culture and Communication, New York University, USA "Area Studies at the Crossroads is a product of recent radical rethinking efforts of the previous colonizing approaches to the study of the other. It contributes to outlining a new ethical-political dimension for area studies' future." —Madina Tlostanova, Professor of Postcolonial Feminisms, Linköping University, Sweden

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