LIAS PhD and Postdoc Seminar
Development of the 2011-2012 edition of the Seminar is ongoing, and updates of the information below will be disseminated in due course.
The LIAS PhD and Postdoc Seminar is a meeting place for PhD candidates and postdoctoral fellows, to discuss topics that are directly relevant to all those engaged in Area Studies. The seminar offers participants an opportunity to present their research, to benefit from one another’s work, ideas and experience, and to build a community across disciplinary, area and period specialization. It enables them to broaden their horizons and reflect on their professional practice.
The Seminar aims to stimulate critical academic exchange, and to address fundamental questions, with plenty of room for theory, methodology and good old data, and the situatedness of all three. What is it we do in Area Studies? How do we do it, and why? Who are “we” to do it? How do we relate to “straightforward” disciplinary research? and so on. There’s rarely a single answer, but there are invariably useful, challenging and thought-provoking connections – not to mention that the meeting of minds is a great deal of fun.
The Seminar’s Convenor is Maghiel van Crevel, who collaborates with the PhD Council. They will appreciate any ideas and feedback you may have. Readings are posted ahead of time, and the language is English. The Seminar's theme is in concert with the research theme of LIAS at large -- space & frontiers. There is no dogma associated with these keywords, but the following, we think, will serve as a useful starting point:
Space is a human construct. Both in its literal projections and as metaphor, it can determine who belongs, who does not, what to fight over, what to share, and so on. As such, it involves reflection, identity, and action, e.g. in the segmentation and maintenance of dedicated spaces, by selves and by others. Space is always contestable. It can be defined by appropriation, division, and separation, among other things. The frontiers in between are gray areas that come in various kinds, places where spaces clash and/or blur into each other. The dynamics of space — social, cultural, political, linguistic — is fundamental to human interaction.
The initial sessions will be devoted to exploring ideas of space & frontiers -- and how it might productively interface with your own research. The first meeting is an open discussion stimulated by a reading from the philosopher Henri Lefebvre, and the second will feature presentations on our theme by anthropologists from the Faculty of Social Sciences (see below). Afterwards the Seminar's meetings will be devoted to two presentations by PhD candidates or postdoctoral scholars from diverse areas, who mutually orient their discussions on a specific dimension of space and/or frontiers.
Meetings are generally held on Mondays from 15:15 to 17:00 hrs (with the exception of 31 October, a Wednesday), with drinks afterwards. Readings, speakers, and discussants are announced in updates of this page and through e-mail.
24 Sept: Green Room, Arsenaal
Introductory Session: LIAS, Research, Space and Frontiers
31 Oct: Lipsius 227
Erik de Maaker and Sabine Luning: Taking the Margins to the Market
19 Nov: Green Room, Arsenaal
Rients de Boer and Jurre Knoest: Space and Frontiers in East Asia and the Middle East
25 Feb: Lipsius 002
Martin Roth: Computopic Disruption:Political Imagination in Japanese SF Videogames
25 Mar: Lipsius 002
22 Apr: Lipsius 002
Van den Boogert: The Study of Javanese Islam: Colonial Discourse and Conceptual Caveats
Reconceptualizing the Postcolonial Project | Beyond the Strictures and Structures of Orientalism
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