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Area Studies Symposium

Relevant/Obsolete? Rethinking Area Studies in the U.S. Academy

Relevant/Obsolete? - An Edited Volume

Announcing the publication of an edited volume,Relevant/Obsolete? Area Studies in the U.S. Academy. This volume emerged from theeponymous conference organized by the International Institute and is available in hardcover and paperback.

OPENING REMARKS - Video

Speaker: Will Glover, Associate Director of the International Institute & Associate Professor of Architecture, University of Michigan 

PANEL I - Video
"International and Area Studies: Past, Present, and Future"

Speaker: Gilbert Merkx, Vice Provost for International Affairs, Duke University 
Respondents: Ken Kollman & Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof 

PANEL II - Video
"Cross-Purposes or Complementarity? Changing Relationships Between Area Studies and the Disciplines"

Speaker: Patricia Steinhoff, Professor of Sociology, University of Hawaii
Respondents: Hitomi Tonomura & Anna Grzymala-Busse 

PANEL III - Video
"Studying Chinese Politics in an Age of Specialization"

Speaker: Kevin O’Brien, Alann P. Bedford Professor of Asian Studies and Professor of Political Science, University of California at Berkeley
Respondents: Christian de Pee & Geneviève Zubrzycki

PANEL IV - Video
"South Asia Without Borders: New Trends in Connective and Comparative Scholarship"

Speaker: Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs, Harvard University
Respondents: Mrinalini Sinha & Allen Hicken

PANEL V - Video
"The Meanings and Consequences of Contextual Expertise for Engaging Policies and Publics"

Speaker: Michael Kennedy, Howard R. Swearer Director of the Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University