The research colloquium “Reversing the Gaze” is an interdisciplinary forum to reflect on methodological, conceptual and theoretical issues related to knowledge production in Area Studies and comparative social sciences.

  • Research Colloquium, Spring Semester 2023: “Beyond Area Studies”

    In this semester, the colloquium will focus on current debates in and critics of Area Studies and the various attempts to save them (e.g. new area studies, global area studies). We will discuss theoretical and methodological implications of using socio-scientific concepts across regional or historical contexts for our understanding of Area Studies and, in particular, the role of relationality with regards to both the scope of inquiry (as opposed to the object of inquiry) and the configuration of the region or area of study.


    Mon 06.03.2023, 12:30-14:00 CET
    Introduction: Beyond Area Studies
    Benedikt Korf (Department of Geography, University of Zurich)

    Mon 20.03.2023, 12:30-14:00 CET
    Area studies, geography and critical Muslim studies
    James Derrick Sidaway (Department of Geography, National University of Singapore)

    Mon 03.04.2023, 12:30-14:00 CET
    The Globality of Higher Education Research as an Area Study
    Patrício Langa (University of the Western Cape/Eduardo Mondlane University)

    Mon 24.04.2023, 12:30-14:00 CET
    Area studies and other containers
    Aline Schläpfer (Department of Social Sciences, University of Basel)

    Mon 22.05.2023, 12:30-14:00 CET
    Review session

    The colloquium takes place online via Zoom. If you are interested in participating, please use the registration form to register for one or several sessions.

    PhD candidates and advanced MA students can earn credits (1 ECTS credit point).

    PhD candidates and students at the University of Basel can register for the course via MOnA (course no. 67655-01).

    PhD candidates and students at other Swiss universities can register via the University of Basel Student Administration Office.