2013 – Provincialising Marxism

Public Lecture by Harry Harootunian in celebration of the launch of Goldsmiths’ new MA in Critical Asian Studies and the BA in International Studies with Chinese

13 February 2013, 4:30pm Small Cinema, Richard Hoggart Building

Harry Harootunian’s trenchant critique of area studies helped established him long ago as the doyen of a new Critical Asian Studies approach. This new approach offered a more theoretically informed and reflexive conceptualization of questions relating to non-Western social and knowledge formations. Critical Asian Studies has, in crucial respects, changed the face of American area studies and through his detailed and erudite studies of Japanese history and probing theoretical analysis, Harootunian has set new standards for scholarship, not just in Japanese studies, but for Asian Studies generally.


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