4th Annual Conference 2013


As the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) approved of the application for 2014 –2016, a new phase of research is starting. In the centre of this phase is the development of a multivolume handbook, which shall, on the one hand side, sum up the progress in area studies leading to the current preferences within the field of research. One the other hand, propositions shall be evolved concerning methods, theories, approaches, and prospects of interpretation that might be relevant for the future of area studies. 

The Annual Conference provides an opportunity for brainstorming and the presentation of ideas rather than being structured like a conventional conference, where the results of already finished research projects are introduced. The basis of discussion will be the status we achieved during the last four years after the emergence of CAS. 

The Annual Conference will be opened by Matthias Middell at 5:30 pm in the Alten Senatssaal with the presentation of some considerations on how to systemize area studies in the handbook. For the opening lecture we are happy to announce Prof. Dr. Anne Kwaschik from the Frankreichzentrum of Freie Universität Berlin, who will be talking about the normative system as well as institutional and cognitive practices of area studies from the 19th until the 21st century. 

Anne Kwaschik’s, Professor for Western European History at FU Berlin, research interests include German and French history of the 19th and 20th centuries and in particular German-French cultural relationships. Another main focus of her work is theory and methodology within the historical sciences.

On Friday, 18 October 2013 the Annual Conference will continue at the Leipzig Centre for the History and Culture of East-Central Europe (GWZO) (Reichstr. 4-6). From 9:00 am until 6:00 pmthe different chapters of the handbook shall be discussed in various working groups. Starting with opening remarks, the content of the chapters as well as the underlying structure shall be subjects of the open exchange of ideas. While opening remarks will be held in German, discussions can be held in both German and English.