Workshop Series

Towards Comparative Area Studies 2.0

Webinar Series


29/04/2022 - 30/04/2022

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  • Ariel Ahram (Virginia Tech), Patrick Köllner (GIGA/Universität Hamburg) and Rudra Sil (University of Pennsylvania) are organising a series of web-based seminars on advances in Comparative Area Studies (CAS 2.0) starting in March 2021. These webinars will culminate in a final book workshop at the GIGA in Hamburg, planned for spring 2022. Numerous well-known scholars from Europe, North America and beyond are participating in this event cum publication initiative.

    Webinar Series only for invited workshop participants.

    Upcoming Event

    CAS 2.0 Final Authors' Workshop

    29-30 April 2022: Advances in Comparative Area Studies

    This closed-door authors' workshop brings together 20 scholars based in Europe and North America to discuss advanced chapter drafts. It will lead to a successor volume to Comparative Area Studies: Methodological Rationales and Cross-Regional Applications (Oxford University Press 2018). The new volume will also be edited by Ariel I. Ahram, Patrick Köllner and Rudra Sil.

    Previous Events

    Friday, 19 November 2021, 5:00‒7:00 p.m. CET

    Critical Junctures in (Eurasian) Encounters with Western Hegemony: A Tool for Comparative Area Studies Nora Fisher Onar (University of San Francisco)

    Comparative Area Studies and Interpretivism Anna Fünfgeld (GIGA and University of Freiburg)

    Friday, 29 October 2021, 5:00‒7:00 p.m. CET

    Communicating Across Contexts: Comparative Area Studies, Comparative Ethnography, and Building Knowledge in the Social Sciences Erica S. Simmons (University of Wisconsin–Madison) Nicholas Rush Smith (The City College of New York)

    Presidential Term Limits: The Promises and Challenges of a Cross-Regional Comparison Mariana Llanos (GIGA and University of Erfurt)

    Friday, 2 July 2021, 5:00‒6:00 p.m. CET

    Comparative Area Studies at the Sectoral Level of Analysis Roselyn Hsueh (Temple University, Philadelphia)

    Friday, 11 June 2021, 5:00‒7:00 p.m. CET Intra- and Cross-Regional Applications

    Regions as Constructs, Regions as Sites of Comparison Erik Martinez Kuhonta (McGill University, Montreal)

    Beyond Northeast and Southeast: Developmental Asia as a Region of Clusters Dan Slater (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)

    Thursday, 29 April 2021, 5:00‒7:00 p.m. CET Capacity Building and Institutional Issues

    Comparative Area Studies: Programs, Department, Constraints, and Opportunities Tom Pepinsky (Cornell University, Ithaca/New York)

    Making CAS Work: An Institutional and Organizational Perspective Ariel A. Ahram (Virginia Tech, Arlington)


    CAS 2.0 Webinar Series and Bookmaking Workshop (programme as of 16 May 2021)

    4-5 March 2021: Kick-off sessions

    Thursday, 4 March 2021, 5:00‒7:15 p.m. CET

    Brief introduction to the workshop series

    Ariel A. Ahram (Virginia Tech), Patrick Köllner (GIGA and Universität Hamburg), Rudra Sil (University of Pennsylvania).

    Analytical Issues

    Causal Explanation with Ideal Types: Opportunities for Comparative Area Studies Ryan Saylor (Unversity of Tulsa)

    Crossing the Boundaries of Comparison: Comparative Area Studies and Comparative Historical Analysis Amel Ahmed (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

    Friday, 5 March 2021, 5:00‒7:00 p.m. CET

    Advancing Theory Development in Comparative Area Studies: Practical Recommendations for Testing the Generalizability of Causal Mechanisms Marissa Brookes (University of California, Riverside) and Jesse Dillon Savage (Trinity College Dublin)

    The Best of Both Worlds? The Case for Multi-Methods Research in Comparative Area Studies Matthias Basedau (GIGA and Universität Hamburg) and David Kuehn (GIGA)

    The GIGA is taking the coronavirus situation very seriously. Until further notice, all our events take place exclusively in digital space and Team GIGA is working from home. We are pleased to be able to offer you all GIGA products without restriction.


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