Area Studies and the Discourse of Knowledge: The Rationale for Remapping a Discipline
The mapping of academic disciplines is often regarded as an “ivory tower” concern that is detached from economic and ideological realities. In this presentation, I would like to examine an academic discipline, namely, area studies, in terms of its formation and power structure (or, to use Foucault's term, discourse) in terms of how it maintains a specific hierarchy for knowledge. The paper will argue that diversity in academe cannot be achieved unless we reconstruct the discourse of knowledge. Hence, the linguistic remapping of area studies may be a necessary step towards achieving diversity in matters of faculty and curriculum.
Keywords: Area Studies, Remapping, Discourse of Knowledge, Academic Disciplines, Diversity
Prof. Mao Chen
Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Skidmore College