Monday September 25, 2017

2020-2021: Access All Areas: Area Studies After 2020

“Access All Areas” begins with the question: does Area Studies still matter? This academic year CRSCEES members and invited guests will explore the ways that Area Studies is being re-imagined and re-worked in various fields and disciplines through new research into trans/multi-lingualism, peripheral urbanisms, border media, transnational art practices, and the environmental and energy humanities. How do we define Area Studies in the context of our research practice? What ethical challenges or problems does the Area Studies paradigm present to our fields? What potentialities for creativity or innovation might it hold?  How can Area Studies researchers address the tension of the local and the global in their work? Can Area Studies survive in a world of increasingly complicated and inequitable border regimes? Our events will take the form of online conversations curated by CRSCEES members with contributions by St Andrews and invited scholars. These conversations are intended to showcase new directions in Area Studies research, but also to reflect on the ethical challenges and political problems that Area Studies can present for contemporary research practice. 

Programme of events: 

Access All Areas 1: Peripheral Urbanisms, 25 November 2020, 14:00-15:00 (GMT)

CRSCEES host: Aimee Joyce (University of St Andrews). Speakers: Victoria Donovan (University of St Andrews), Victoria Fomina (University of Toronto),  Michal Murawski (UCL, SSEES).

Peripheral Urbanisms seminar recording

Access All Areas 2: Trans/Multilingualism, 1st December 2020, 10:00-11:00 (GMT)

CRSCEES host: Emily Finer (University of St Andrews). Speakers: Elwira Grossman (University of Glasgow), Polina Kliuchnikova (University of St Andrews), Jamie Rann (University of Glasgow), Mirna Solic (University of Glasgow). 

Trans/Multilingualism seminar recording

We also have a ‘Padlet’ site, where speakers have shared articles, videos and links to projects related to our seminar discussions – check it out here!

Access All Areas 3: Border Media, 8 February 2021, 10:00-11:00 (GMT)

CRSCEES host: Taras Fedirko (University of St Andrews). Speakers: Precious Chatterje-Doody (Open University), Joanna Szostek (University of Glasgow).

Microsoft Teams Link

Access All Areas 4: Socialist Art and Transnational Art Practices, 15 March 2021, 14:00-15:00 (GMT)

CRSCEES host: Kate Cowcher (University of St Andrews). Speakers: Amy Bryzgel (University of Aberdeen), Ros Holmes (University of St Andrews).

Microsoft Teams Link

Access All Areas 5: Energy Humanities, 12 April 2021, 14:00-15:00 (GMT)

CRSCEES host: Darya Tsymbalyuk (University of St Andrews). Speakers:  Matilde Morales (University of St Andrews), Leyla Sayfutdinova (University of St Andrews).

Microsoft Teams Link


Over the course of the year we will record short interviews with guest speakers responding to a set of questions about Area Studies that we will host on the CRSCEES website. These interviews are intended to explore the problems and potentials presented by the field of study in which CRSCEES has historically situated itself. Speakers may respond to the following questions:  

1.       Would you consider your own research to be Area Studies research? How do you define Area Studies in the context of your research practice?  

2.       What ethical challenges or problems does the Area Studies research paradigm present to your field? What potential for creativity or innovation does it hold?  

3.       What one radical change would you like to make to how we do or teach Area Studies? What would this mean for the future of Area Studies? 

4.       Can Area Studies survive in a world of increasingly complicated and inequitable border regimes?  How can Area Studies researchers address the tension of the local and the global in their work? 



Post-Graduate and Early Career Researcher Symposium, May 3rd 2021 

The “Access All Areas” programme will conclude with a post-graduate and early career researcher symposium at the end of Semester 2. This symposium is a chance for early career researchers to offer their perspectives on questions we have discussed throughout the year, and to sketch their own ideas about Area Studies and its potential futures. Symposium presentations can be developed in response to the events held throughout the year and/or to the short videos hosted on the CRSCEES webpage. Speakers are welcome to focus on topics specific to their own research practice or on broader questions with relevance to the general theme. 

The symposium will welcome creative and experimental formats. Presentations can be given by a single scholar or a group of up to three. Presentations may take the form of multi-media presentations such as video or photograph essays, audio or video recordings, including documentary formats, creative or collaborative works, including drawing, music and performance. PhD students are particularly encouraged to present. Selected contributors will be invited to develop their symposium contributions for publications in an edited collection or journal special issue.  

Although this symposium is hosted by the Centre for Russian Soviet, Central and Eastern Studies, contributions from both a wider Area Studies perspective, and related disciplines will be encouraged.  

Applicants will be asked to send a brief 250 word summery of your presentation to and/or by 29th March 2021.