Roundtable on “The Future of Area Studies: Challenges and Opportunities”

conference panel

Pictured left to right: Patrick Köllner (GIGA), Michael Lucken (INALCO), Nira Wickramasinghe (University of Leiden), and Verena Blechinger-Talcott (Free University of Berlin).


On Thursday, 30th January 2020, OSGA hosted a roundtable discussion on “The Future of Area Studies,” with more than 75 OSGA faculty and students in attendance. Panellists explored both theoretical and institutional challenges to Area Studies, with special attention to the value of interdisciplinary collaboration. The panel was introduced by Roger Goodman (Warden of St Antony’s) and chaired by Wale Adebanwi (Director, African Studies Centre).




verena blechimger talcott

Prof Verena Blechinger-Talcott

tim power

Prof Tim Power









patrick kollner

Prof Patrick Köllner

nira wickramasinghe

Prof Nira Wickramasinghe

michael lucken

Michael Lucken