Inter-area/Border Crossing

Roundtable Session

123 - The Method of InterAsia

7/7/2018
12:10 PM - 1:40 PM
Location: Rudraksha, Lower Ground Floor

How can thinking of Asia as an InterAsian space—that is, an expansive and interconnected space— generate new theoretical insights and elucidate concepts that may be hidden when Asia is studied at the local, national or conversely, the global, level?  This Roundtable invites members of the long-standing international InterAsia Partnership to reflect on these issues, highlighting the methodological innovations of a transregional, InterAsian research framework that encompasses concepts such as connections, continuums, circulations, convergences, and comparisons. Roundtable panelists will consider the trajectory of the InterAsia Partnership, which was conceived and developed by the Social Science Research Council (USA) in order to help move beyond the territorial fixities of area-studies research without discounting the importance of contextually grounded, place-based knowledge, as well as how research conducted on this “intermediate scale” has contributed to a growing body of innovative new works on phenomena as diverse as urban transformations, knowledge mobilities, economic configurations, and religious networks. 

Seteney Shami

Social Science Research Council, United States

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Seteney Shami

Social Science Research Council, United States

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Seteney Shami

Social Science Research Council, United States

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Prasenjit Duara

Duke University, United States

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Engseng Ho

National University of Singapore, Singapore

Engseng Ho is Director of the Middle East Institute, and Muhammad Alagil Distinguished Visiting Professor of Arabia Asia Studies at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. At Duke University, he is Professor of Anthropology and Professor of History. He is a scholar of transnational anthropology, history and Muslim societies, Arab diasporas, and the Indian Ocean. His research expertise is in Arabia, coastal South Asia and maritime Southeast Asia, and he maintains active collaborations with scholars in these regions. He serves on numerous editorial boards and is co-editor of the Asian Connections book series at Cambridge University Press. He was educated at the Penang Free School, Stanford University, and the University of Chicago.

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Srirupa Roy

University of Göttingen, Germany

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