|13:00-14:30||History and Memory
|Minority and Politics in Asia
|Contemporary Japanese Culture
|Contemporary Japanese Society
|14:40-16:10||Language and Society
History and Memory: WWII in Asia and Europe from a Comparative Perspective
Language and Society
In this course, we will take up the subject of language as a resource in constituting socio-cultural meanings, such as identity, including gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and nationality. While the object of our study will focus a good deal on Japanese and English, we will also use the themes developed in the class to discuss European and other Asian languages, particularly those relevant to the students enrolled in the course.
Contemporary Japanese Culture
This course addresses various facets of contemporary Japanese culture and examines the gap between self-understanding inside Japanese society and the perception from outside. We will carefully reflect upon discourses on the particularities of Japanese culture: circulated images of Japan as hybrid of high tech and spiritual tradition: global promotion of popular culture.
Minority and Politics in Asia
Issues related to minority-majority relations have become increasingly important in Asia as well as in Europe. The aim of this course is to provide students with a basic understanding of how minority-majority relations are constructed in East Asian countries (especially in Japan). Both state policies and minority groups’ reactions will be discussed in comparison with European cases.
Contemporary Japanese Society
Japanese society has experienced drastic transformation since the defeat in World War II. This course outlines social and political changes postwar Japan has undergone in comparison with the cases of European countries. It also examines postwar Japanese society from various viewpoints such as gender, minorities, and the atomic bomb experience.