Mobilities, Boundaries, and Travelling Ideas. Rethinking Translocality Beyond Central Asia and the Caucasus

Book Launch (In English/German)

With Manja Stephan-Emmrich (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Philipp Schröder (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg), Tsypylma Darieva (ZOiS, Berlin) and Katrin Bromber (Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin)
Chair: Ann-Sophie Gast (ZOiS, Berlin)

Funded by VolkswagenFoundation

‘Translocality’ has become an important concept in social sciences for depicting the social and cultural representations of a globalizing world ‘from the ground’. But does the concept also have the capacity to describe, in new ways, the multiple mobilities, exchange practices and globalizing processes that link people, institutions, and goods in Central Asia and the Caucasus with others in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East?

Mobilities, Boundaries and Travelling Ideas seeks to explore this question. Collecting anthropological, historical and sociological case studies, the edited volume aims to overcome ‘territorial containers’ such as the nation‐state or local community, which have long dominated research on mobility and migration in Central Asia and the Caucasus. Following new directions in area studies, the book instead emphasizes the significance of processes of translation and negotiation for understanding how meaningful localities emerge beyond conventional boundaries.

At ZOiS, the editors and two experts will discuss the book’s contribution to new epistemological and methodological perspectives in the transdisciplinary study of mobilities, migrations, and diasporas in and beyond Central Asia and the Caucasus, two regions sharing a long history of travel, migration, and connectedness.

The book
Manja Stephan-Emmrich and Philipp Schröder (eds.), Mobilities, Boundaries, and Travelling Ideas. Rethinking Translocality Beyond Central Asia and the Caucasus. Cambridge: Open Book Publishers, 2018.


Prof. Dr. Manja Stephan-Emmrich is Junior Professor of Islam in Asian and African Societies at the Institute for Asian and African Studies at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Dr. Philipp Schröder is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Freiburg.

Dr. Tsypylma Darieva is social anthropologist and a senior researcher at the Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS). At ZOiS she co-develops the research area “Migration and Diversity” and focuses on the urban transformation and religious pluralization in the South Caucasus.

PD Dr. Katrin Bromber is a permanent research fellow, senior researcher and the head of the research field “Progress: Ideas, Agents, Symbols” (research focus: Body politics and Ethiopian modernity) at the Leibniz-Centre for Modern Oriental Studies (Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient).

Ann-Sophie Gast is a researcher at ZOiS and member of the editorial board of the Zentralasien-Analysen. Besides, she is a doctoral fellow at the Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies at Frei Universität Berlin.