Panel Discussion: Do Area Studies Matter?

5:30–7:30 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi


One of the problems in South Asian academia is the relatively limited discussion on area studies. Often, with a few exceptions, the focus remains  on individual South Asian countries. Disciplines such as Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science and History remain studies of South Asian Societies, Politics and History. 

This is in contrast to University Departments in North America and Europe where there is a long tradition of Area studies, but which have been embedded in complex histories marked by colonialism .Nevertheless, there is a growing discussion on the state of area studies in South Asia, especially now emerging from the region.  What kind of conversations can now emerge on the field of Area Studies between older established frameworks and new and emergent ones? 

This panel seeks to provoke a discussion on this matter beginning with the question: Do Area Studies Matter?

This panel discussion is held in collaboration with South Asian University. 

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