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Illusions of "Area" Studies -- Taking a New Look at "Areas" in the Age of Globalization

2011-11-4 (Fri) 3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

The Global Collaboration Center (GLOCOL) will hold the symposium "Illusions of Area Studies -- Taking a New Look at "Areas" in the Age of Globalization" on Friday, November 4.

Wide use of the term "globalization" has caused us to realize that an "area" being researched is not always an obvious and universal unit. However, having recognized this problem does not mean that it is enough to consider matters in terms of the globe instead of an limited area. What the word "globalization" has made apparent is that modern research into an "area" is, in fact, research into something akin to an illusion.

Based on four research projects, this symposium will deal with useful hints for dealing with the framework of "area" recognition. Furthermore, we will discuss how to view an "area" by comparing the current framework for recognition of modern "areas" with past "areas" and by comparing "areas" as viewed by observers with the areas as viewed by the observed.

Venue: Lecture Room #301, Liberal Arts Research Building, Toyonaka Campus, Osaka University

There is no fee for attending.

Date: 2011-11-4 (Fri) 3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Organizer: Global Collaboration Center, Osaka University, Research Institute for World Languages, Japan Consortium for Area Studies, Research aimed at developing a new research area supported by "Beyond the Contours of State."
Registration: Not necessary.
Contact: Global Collaboration Center

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