All persons interested in Asian studies are invited to attend a roundtable on Key Terms in the Ethnographic Traditions of the "Areas" in Asian Studies within Asia to be held at the Ichigaya Campus of Sophia University on Sunday, June 20. Participants include E. Valentine Daniel, Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University and Visiting Scholar at Hitotsubashi University. See details below.

Roundtable: Key Terms in the Ethnographic Traditions of the "Areas" in Asian Studies within Asia
Sunday, June 20, 2004, 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon
Main Building (Room 201), Ichigaya Campus of Sophia University, Ichigaya Campus [map]

Abstract:
East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Central Asia are areas of study in the Area Studies paradigm, a product of post-World War II classificatory rationale. Nonetheless, earlier geopolitical, historical and socio-cultural factors have also contributed to the shaping of certain features that have become distinctive to field research in these areas, expressed in such regnant analytic terms as "village" in Indian sociology and "dynasty" in Japanese history. We consider the insights these concepts have provided, the blind-spots they have created, the intellectual products they have generated and their intra-Asian and international, and (even global) transportability.

Chair: Yoshiko Ashiwa, Professor of Anthropology, Hitotsubashi University. Specialist on Sri Lanka

Participants:

The roundtable is part of the Asian Studies Conference Japan, which will be held at the Ichigaya Campus of Sophia University on June 19-20, 2004. Program and registration details are posted on the conference website.