Area Studies at the Crossroads

Knowledge Production after the Mobility Turn

  • Katja Mielke
  • Anna-Katharina Hornidge

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Area Studies at the Crossroads

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Katja Mielke, Anna-Katharina Hornidge
      Pages 3-26
  3. To Be or Not to Be Is Not the Question. Rethinking Area Studies in Its Own Right

  4. Knowledge Production after the Mobility Turn

  5. From Local Realities to Concepts and Theorizing

  6. De-Streamlining Academic Society: Pedagogy and Teaching

  7. Anticipating the Future of Area Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 287-287
    2. Heike Holbig
      Pages 309-326
    3. Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Katja Mielke
      Pages 327-344
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 345-363

About this book


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.


Area Studies Southeast Asia Latin America Transregionalism Spatial Turn Policy Advice

Editors and affiliations

  • Katja Mielke
    • 1
  • Anna-Katharina Hornidge
    • 2
  1. 1.Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC)BonnGermany
  2. 2.Leibniz Center for Tropical MarineResearch (ZMT) & University of Bremen Institute of SociologyBremenGermany

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