Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Anti-Atlas: Towards a Critical Area Studies + Area Studies in Flux welcome reception

27 September 2018, 5:15 pm–7:00 pm


This event is part of the Area Studies in Flux conference, convened by the IAS and SSEES in collaboration with PKU, Beijing, and is designed to go beyond Euro/US-centrism to explore ‘area’ from diverse vantage points and emplaced disciplinary traditions.

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Institute of Advanced Studies


IAS Common Ground
Ground Floor, South Wing, UCL
United Kingdom

An undisciplined launch event featuring a number of contributors to Anti-Atlas: Towards a Critical Area Studies. Editors: Tim Beasley-Murray, Wendy Bracewell, Michał Murawski. Estimated publication date: Autumn 2019.

Anti-Atlas is positioned at the intersection of several publishing genres: a reader, an edited collection, a manifesto and a travel guide. It will provide its readers with a diverse set of intellectual resources, provoking them to think critically about the ways in which we – scholars, decision makers, producers and consumers – divide the world up into pieces, fencing off certain areas from other ones. Although planetary in scope, Anti-Atlas is compiled from an explicitly East-European point of view, rejecting the usual perspective that hovers, god-like, above the world (but that can also usually be traced to a metropolitan Euro-Atlantic origin).


  • Alexandra Urdea (Sussex), 
  • Tim Beasley-Murray (UCL SSEES)
  • Joanna Kusiak (Cambridge)
  • Michał Murawski (UCL SSEES)
  • Diana Georgescu (UCL SSEES)
  • Maria Mileeva (UCL Art History), 
  • Peter Zusi (UCL SSEES)
  • Katarzyna Murawska-Muthesius (Birkbeck), 
  • Charlotte Kühlbrandt (KCL)
  • Maja and Reuben Fowkes (Institute for Translocal Studies)

More information about the Anti-Atlas is available here.

All welcome. Please note that there may be photography and/or audio recording at some events and that admission is on a first come first served basis. Please follow this FAQ link for more information.

Image: Collage by Jan Dziaczkowski, from the Keine Grenzen series, 2008