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Handbook of Transregional Studies

TypeResearch Handbook
Hosting Institution(s)Centre for Area Studies, U Leipzig, Germany
Director(s) /
Matthias Middell (Global and European Studies Institute, U Leipzig, Germany)
FundingFederal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Funding Term2014 - 2016

The second funding period of the Centre builds upon the successful results of the first funding period (2009–2014). During this time, the Centre aims to systemize these results by concentrating on a consolidated presentation of an appropriate approach within scientific-historical comparisons and a broad discussion of theories and methods. The fruit of these efforts will be a two-volume Handbook of Transregional Studies comprised of contributions from a wide spectrum of international scholars. The research and realization of the handbook will benefit from the long tradition in regional studies of the University of Leipzig. The handbook to be published with Routledge in London will be divided into 11 thematic chapters, each under the direction of one or more researchers at CAS, which include 6 to 8 articles on relevant subject matters. To this end, several thematic and editorial workshops will be held in which authors can present, discuss, and debate individual contributions as well as the ongoing development of the handbook as a whole.

Underpinning the handbook project is the observation that the “areas” in area studies are historically constructed and therefore the ever changing products of their times. As a consequence, different successive generations of area studies not only coexist but also interact and live through family and generational conflicts amongst each other. New historical eras lead both to new kinds of areas and to adaptations or reflexive reconfigurations of the old ones. The handbook therefore is a response to the increasing interest in global as well as transregional entanglements and interactions, while providing both an overview and a critical assessment of research efforts undertaken to paint a picture of an increasingly interwoven world.