This winter term, the “Global approach to CAS Series” will take place as part of a MA-lecture at the University of Hamburg. The two“GIGA-sessions” will take place on the following dates:
25 November 2019: Comparative Area Studies: What they are and where they come from (Prof Dr Patrick Köllner)
This first introductory seminar on Comparative Area Studies (CAS) explains where CAS come from and what they set out to do. We will start with a brief discussion of what area studies are and what kind of critiques they have faced, then spell out the rationale of CAS, and finally trace their development at the GIGA and beyond. A particular focus will be put on the types (or levels) of comparison employed in CAS-related scholarship. Seminar participants will be provided with core texts on CAS and with additional literature on issues covered in the seminar.
2 December 2019: Promises and Potential Problems of Comparative Analysis (Dr André Bank)
Building on the introductory courses on Comparative Area Studies, this course will focus on CAS' concrete implementation in empirical, comparative studies. After a brief overview on current CAS-related research in the study of Middle East politics, the course will examine and discuss the promises and potential problems of this strategy in view of two important examples, both stemming from the comparative politics of the Arab Uprisings.
About the lecturers
Prof Dr Patrick Köllner is vice president of the GIGA and director of the GIGA Institute of Asian Studies.
Dr André Bank is acting director of the GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies.
Registration for GIGA (visiting) doctoral students: Please register until 24 September by email to Paula Denker: firstname.lastname@example.org