Department of Humanities and Creative Writing
The spectre of Europe: Knowledge, cultural studies and the ‘rise of Asia’
This introduction starts with an exploration of the ambiguity of the idea of Europe. In particular, two tropes - Europe-as-theory and Europe-as-power - continue to haunt knowledge production and cultural studies in Asia. How to proceed? What should cultural studies do if it is to embrace this historical conjuncture of shifting modes of knowledge and power production, how to deal with its Anglocentrism and Eurocentrism? While this special issue allies itself with attempts to unsettle Eurocentrism in knowledge production, it is not making any plea for regionally-rooted practices or theories. It argues for better understanding, dialogue and cross-fertilisation between cultural studies and area studies. The former needs the latter's sensibility to spatial and cultural context as much as the latter needs the former's theorisations. This introduction is an opening. It opens up not only to the ensuing articles but, more importantly, an occasion for the inevitable encounter argued for in this special issue. © The Author(s) 2013.
Area studies, Asia, Asiacentrism, cultural studies, Eurocentrism, Europe, Occidentalism, Orientalism, postcolonial theory
Source Publication Title
European Journal of Cultural Studies
Chow, Yiu Fai, and Jeroen de Kloet. "The spectre of Europe: Knowledge, cultural studies and the ‘rise of Asia’." European Journal of Cultural Studies 17.1 (2014): 3-15.