Symposium Video 2010

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 the eponymous conference organized by the International Institute and is available in hardcover and paperback.

Will Glover, Associate Director of the International Institute


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

Gilbert Merkx

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 

Patricia Steinhoff

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 

Kevin O' Brien

"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

Sugata Bose

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

Michael Kennedy

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