November 21, 2013 @ 2:45pm
Johnson Center, Room C
George Mason University
Presented by the Arab Studies Institute (ASI) and the George Mason University Middle East Studies Program, the Center for Global Studies and the Center for Global Islamic Studies
Jo-Marie Burt, Eric McGlinchey, Ming Wan, Bassam Haddad and David Wilsford
For too long there has been some tension between area studies and the discipline of political science. This panel included five scholars of comparative politics and political science, addressing areas studies in Latin America, Central Asia, Middle East and East Asia. The panelists addressed issues including the "ghettoization" of area studies, the tension between methods used/favored in both realms, the question of publications (peer-reviewed journals) and bias, the history and development of area studies, and future prospects for the troubled relationship. The reasons for the troubled relationship are many but not always compelling.
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