Globalizing, Decolonizing, or Nationalizing? On the Future of Area Studies in China

10 November 2023 | 6:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. | Main Building University of Bonn, Lecture Room VIII

As China's global footprint continues to grow, Chinese actors have been confronted with a growing need to know the world. This led to the emergence of the field of Area Studies in China, which both seeks to know and to produce experts who know about other regions and countries. This talk critically examines the political and economic process of the recent desciplinisation of Area Studies with the Chinese academic system. It assesses the potential characteristics of "Chinese Area Studies" as part of China's national knowledge production system. Drawing comparisons with historical and contemporary Area Studies in other countries, it explores the possibility of Chinese Area Studies developing along the three major trajectories in the future: "globalising", "decolonising" and "nationalising".

The event is being held in cooperation with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and the Polis 180 Rhineland regional group. It takes place as part of the Katekisama program.



Prof. Dr. Maximilian Mayer

Junior-Professor of International Relations and Global Politics of Technology, University of Bonn

Iris B. Müller MBA

Consultant at the NRW regional office of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom
Talk and Discussion:

Globalizing, Decolonizing, or Nationalizing? On the Future of Area Studies in China

Prof. Dr. Xin Zhang

East China Normal University, Shanghai


Prof. Dr. Maximilian Mayer

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