Situating Area Studies Librarianship in a Globalised World: New Directions, New Collections

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Situating Area Studies Librarianship in a Globalised World:

New Directions, New Collections

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Sponsored by the Western European Studies Section of the Association of College & Research Libraries.
Cosponsored by the Literatures in English Section of ACRL
Cosponsored by the Slavic & East European Studies Section of ACRL

ALA Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois USA
Monday, July 13, 2009, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
McCormick Place West •
W-180


Foreign languages and area studies live in a new world of cultural and ethnic studies, comparative literature, multiculturalism, and global studies. Established disciplines are morphing into interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary innovations. Popular genres and media -- like film, detective fiction, children's literature, and graphic novels -- are now part of the cultural canon. How do we integrate these new media into our collections? The panel will expound on these new developments and their place in our libraries.
Program Speakers:
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Christopher Bush
Professor of French, Northwestern University
The Lost Samurai: Researching Across and Between -- Do we study European culture as something known, or European culture as something that knows (or thinks it does)?
"As someone who, in the context of the U. S. university system, studies the cultural imaginary of European/East Asian relations, I routinely find myself having to work across and between disciplinary institutions and conventions. In concrete terms, this often involves looking in parts of the library that are, in principle, remote from my 'field.' Taking several incidents from my own research as points of departure, my talk offers some methodological reflections on the challenges and opportunities presented to interdisciplinary work by the existing forms of national, linguistic, and disciplinary categorization."
PDF file of Prof. Bush's presentation

Sabine Engel

PhD, Director of the Center for German & European Studies, University of Minnesota
European Studies: Continuities and Change -- Striking the best balance between disciplinarity and interdisciplinarity.
PDF file of Dr. Engel's presentation


Christine Ingebritsen

Professor of Political Science & Scandinavian Studies, University of Washington
"The Power of Scandinavia -- How the small, northern European states exercise soft authority in world politics and why they should be studied in a global age


Program Moderator:

Stephen Corrsin

PhD, Assistant Director for Acquisitions, New York Public Library
The Transodran Perspective
Librarianship is a very practical profession. We in middle management do not control the direction of the institution for which we work. As the world changes, so does "area studies." So with those assumptions in mind -- 1/ practical, 2/ lack of power, 3/intensive change -- what do we do? How do we react?


Supported in part by a generous grant from Jean Touzot Booksellers
and by the ACRL Conference Program Fund
Information on previous annual WESS programs available here.
Of particular relevance was the 2007 program, The European Union Today: Constructing European Identity.



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