Conference Opening Round Table 1: De-Centering Europe

Panel Time: 
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 16:15 to 18:15


Franz Krause, GSSC
Thomas Widlok, GSSC


The GSSC facilitates decentering the theory of social and cultural change by including research on and from the Global South (Latin America, Africa, South and Southeast Asia). In this panel we seek to extend this scope by providing room from other regions of the world (especially the former Eastern bloc, the Far East and the marginalized North) that can help to decenter Europe in the sense of overcoming Eurocentric biases. The role of the panel is to facilitate dialogue between specialists from these regions with those from the Global South. We encourage panelists to explore how Global South Studies and indeed other regional studies can contribute to the deprovincializing of social theory dominated by European and American academic institutions. The panel brings together contributors who will each outline one domain of social theory in which there are contributions from area studies that Europeans and American consider to be "on the margins".


  • Takada, Akira (Center of African Studies, Kyoto University, Japan)
  • Ventsel, Aimar (University of Tartu, Estonia)
  • Gray, Patty (University of the Pacific, Stockton)
  • Wemheuer, Felix (GSSC, Chinese Studies, University of Cologne)
  • Drążkiewicz, Elżbieta (National University of Ireland, Maynooth)