Russo-Japanese Cultural Dialogue Through Images

Course Type: Seminar
Study Focus: SEGVMC
Term: Spring

Teacher: Anastasia FEDOROVA

Course Code: JK14002

This course explores the rich history of cultural encounters between Japan and Russia, starting in the Edo period and leading to the two countries’ latest attempts at co-producing animated films.



Both countries have traditionally formed their identities by negotiating a special place between the East and the West, and have tried to actively learn from each other. Drawing on examples from personal diaries, memoirs, painting, film and animation, we will explore how the mutual perception between Japan and Russia has transformed overtime in accordance with various political, economic and cultural changes that occurred both globally and domestically.


Course Information

Module: Focus 1 – Foundations
CATS Requirements: MA 1st year or above.

Day/Period: Fri/1-2
Location: Lec. Room 5
Credits: 2


Course Goals

Students will be able to identify the unique aspects of cultural interactions between Japan and Russia, while simultaneously interpreting them in a larger theoretical framework of cross-cultural exchange.

Course Schedule and Evaluation

For a detailed course schedule, please visit KULASIS.

Evaluation is based on active participation in class (40%), test(s) about weekly reading assignments (20%), and a final essay written in English (8000 words)(40%).