To date, the research work of Asian scholars on their respective societies has typically been relayed to other areas of Asia through European and North American academic circuits.
This course is designed for the study foci “Knowledge, Belief and Religion” (KBR) and “Visual, Media and Material Cultures” (VMC) and consists of the following three parts:
I. Silk Road in and between Asia and Europe;
II. Buddhist Art as Cultural Entanglement;
III. Manuscript Cultures as Transformative Creativity.
This course consists of two different, but mutually intersecting sessions.Continue reading “Comparative Development Studies: Situating Sustainability within Development”
This course explores various aspects of contemporary Japanese philosophy (Post-World War II Japanese philosophy) by reading Japanese primary sources in English translation, and discussing them in English.
The search for a sustainable life is a pressing issue in Japan, especially after the Fukushima disaster.Continue reading “Ecocinema: From Plastic Garbage to Art”
The culture of East Asia enjoyed a great popularity in Europe at the beginning of the 20th century. Also the Prague author Franz Kafka (1883-1924), who wrote “The Great Wall of China” (1917) and other stories set in China, loved Chinese poetry and identified himself with great poets like Li Po (Li Bai) and Thu Fu (Du Fu).
This semi-intensive course provides students with a diverse overview of Japan’s international development assistance policy and practice of the Japanese government, business actors, and civil society organizations based on actual cases.Continue reading “International Development Assistance Policy”