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Recent Research Trends In Area Studies by Dr. A. Gangatharan

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WORKSHOP on Research Methodology in Area Studies,
Organized by Centre for the Study of Nepal and Trans Himalayan Region,Faculty of Social Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, From 3rd Oct.-10th Oct. 2015
on 5th Oct.2015
the topic was-
Recent Research Trends In Area Studies
Dr. A. Gangatharan
Department of History
Faculty of Social Sciences
Banaras Hindu University

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Recent Research Trends In Area Studies by Dr. A. Gangatharan

  1. 1. WORKSHOP on Research Methodology in Area Studies Organized by Centre for the Study of Nepal and Trans Himalayan Region Faculty of Social Sciences, Banaras Hindu University From 3rd Oct.-10th Oct. 2015
  2. 2. Recent Research Trends In Dr. A. Gangatharan Department of History Faculty of Social Sciences Banaras Hindu University On 05th Oct. 2015
  3. 3. Area Studies is interdisciplinary in approach, multidimensional in focus and deals with a range of issues covering socio-cultural and economic aspects of a nation or a region in a broader framework.
  4. 4. Area studies has been an integral part of historical discipline for a long time .
  5. 5. It gained momentum in the modern period with the outbreak of Imperialism accompanied by scramble for markets.
  6. 6. According to Edward W. Said, “Orientalism” came to Prominence in the late 18th century with a result of Area Studies.
  7. 7. Soon it paved way for the emergence of Philological Studies, Ethnography, Race Relations Comparative Religion and Heritage Cultural Studies
  8. 8. In the beginning of the 19th century the area studies slowly began to preoccupy with International Relations since Vienna Congress. The study largely thrived along the lines of diplomatic history.
  9. 9. It also came under the influence of hair-splitting theories and mind boggling ideas
  10. 10. Marxism Nazism and Fascism also had their field day in this discipline .
  11. 11. The World wars, formation of Global Organizations(League of Nations and UNO) and Cold war enlarged the scope of the subject.
  12. 12. Emergence of New International Order; development of Environment Studies; Identity Questions and Philosophical Divergence have further advanced the cause of the study.
  13. 13. Formation of Regional Economic Blocks, Global Terrorism and International Trade- Communication and Network Relation have further added impetus to the field of the study.
  14. 14. Area Study does not confine to any set of Ideational Position , but giving way to different views and discourses.
  15. 15. Against method Paul Feyerabend The Structure of Scientific Revolutions Thomas Kuhn Interpretation of Cultures Clifford Geertz Science as a Vocation Max Weber Structural anthropology Claude Lévi- Strauss Area Studies in the Age of Globalization Dr. David Ludden online version of essay in FRONTIERS: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad. Winter 2000, 1-22. India's Worlds And U.S. Scholars, 1947- 1997 Joseph W. Elder
  16. 16. THANK YOU Special Thanks to: Pappu Kumar Yadav B.A.(Hons) History 5th Sem. Banaras Hindu University

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