Framing	Asian	Studies:	Geopolitics	and	Institutions	(From	Geertz	to	Ricklefs:	The	Changing	Discourse	on	Javanese	Religion	and	its	Wider	Contexts)
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Framing Asian Studies: Geopolitics and Institutions (From Geertz to Ricklefs: The Changing Discourse on Javanese Religion and its Wider Contexts)

by Riwanto Tirtosudarmo

This book explores the interconnection between geopolitical context and the ways this context frames our knowledge about Asia, highlighting previously neglected cause–effect relations. It also examines how various knowledge institutions promote and shape Asian Studies. The authors seek to explain why Asian Studies and its subfields developed in the way they did, and what the implications of these transformations might be on intellectual and political understandings of Asia. The book not only builds on the current debates on the decolonization and de-imperialization of knowledge about Asia; it also proposes a more multifaceted view rather than just examining the impact of the West on the framing of Asian Studies.


“This timely and valuable collection is the best analytical and substantive guide we have to the great diversity of changing geopolitical contexts which have shaped the modern production of knowledge about Asia, before, during, and after the Cold War, on both sides of the Atlantic, and also in Australia, Russia, Lithuania, India, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia.”
—David Ludden
Professor and Chair, Department of History, New York University

“This book is an important addition to the growing number of works on Asian and Southeast Asian studies that seek to take stock of how area studies concerning the region have been developing and what its trajectory is. This book takes a critical view of these developments by going beyond the geopolitical backdrop, contextualising Asian studies in terms of its colonial and Orientalist roots, and bringing attention to the critical reactions to these problems of knowledge production. The book is unique in that it not only looks at Asian studies in the West, but also examines the field in the former Soviet Union as well as within the Asian centres of research.”
—Syed Farid Alatas
Professor, Department of Sociology
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, National University of Singapore

“Asia, a combination of geo-cultural sites without obvious borders of any kind, is un-learned and re-learned in this timely book via an array of Anglo-Euro-Asian scholarship on knowledge. Anyone determined to move beyond pedagogical categories must engage with this transnational project.”
—Chih-yu Shih
Professor, National Taiwan University

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  • Publisher : ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute
  • Product Code : 9789814786317C05

About Author

Riwanto Tirtosudarmo

Riwanto Tirtosudarmo recently retired as Senior Research Fellow at the Research Center for Society and Culture, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI).