The Future of Area Studies: Lessons from China & the U.S. (Interdisciplinary F

April 26, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Mānoa Campus, Webinar. Register in advance for this webinar: Add to Calendar

The area studies model was a particular US invention during the Cold War, and ever since Bruce Cumming’s seminal essay "Boundary Displacement: Area Studies and International Studies during and after the Cold War" [1997], there have been academic debates in the US on the “uses and abuses” of this model and its implication for cross-cultural knowledge production. As early as 2017, a document issued by the Chinese Ministry of Education had inaugurated a new phase for the discipline, and by 2018, more than 400 research centers had been established at top Chinese universities dedicated to various regions of strategic importance, including Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, etc. Bringing together prominent area studies scholars from China and the US, this interdisciplinary faculty roundtable aims to explore the future promise as well as lessons of the area studies model in China and the US. Speakers: Yin Cao, History, Tsinghua University, Beijing. Ying Cheng, Asian and African Languages and Cultures, Peking University, Beijing. Barbara Watson Andaya, Asian Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Charles A. Laughlin, East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University of Virginia. Moderator: Ming-Bao Yue, Director, Center for Chinese Studies, UHM. Co-sponsors: UHM Department of Asian Studies, Center for Southeast Asian Studies.

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Center for Chinese Studies, Mānoa Campus

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