The intimacies of cultural studies and area studies: The case of Southeast Asia

Ariel Heryanto

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References to area studies occasionally appear in cultural studies discourses, and vice versa, but most of them consist of terse comments made in passing. This article attempts a more substantive enquiry into a possible convergence of cultural and area studies, with specific reference to Southeast Asia. It argues that one promising scenario for studies of the region will take the form of a cultural studies, with the Inter-Asia Cultural Studies project as one model. The issue will be examined in the contexts of two related developments: the initial attempts to build locally based studies about the region, and the internationalisation of cultural studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-316
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Cultural Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • area studies
  • cultural studies
  • post-Cold War
  • Southeast Asia

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