With the example practice-as-network often abridged as role-playing games, this course introduces students to a (trans-) cultural studies approach of practices, actors and processes.Continue reading “Actors, Processes, and Networks: Studying (Sub-) Cultural Practices”
This Book Reading and Discussion course explores various aspects of Japanese thoughts and culture by reading Japanese Classics in English translation and discussing them in English.Continue reading “Book Reading and Discussion on Japanese Thoughts and Culture: Japanese Traditional Drama, Two Plays by Chikamatsu Monzaemon”
In this graduate seminar, we will read various queer theories and writings of queer cinema from the 1990s to present.
This course engages major debates in feminist and queer film theory and criticism.Continue reading “Cinematic Imaginations: Feminist and Queer Film Criticism”
With the spread of manga and anime around the world, many have adopted the Japanese term ‘otaku’ to identify fans of such media. This course questions , however, the naturalization of ‘otaku’ by examining the historical contingency of the term.Continue reading “Debating Otaku in Contemporary Japan: A Labelling Approach”
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”
Foundational lecture series that introduces students to diverse disciplinary approaches enabling them to frame their own studies of transcultural phenomena and perspectives.Continue reading “Introduction to Transcultural Studies”
The focus of this practice-oriented and interactive seminar lies on theoretical concepts and analytical techniques useful to engage transculturality in the cross-disciplinary research fields of visual, material and media culture.
This course aims to approach Japonisme not only as a visually oriented “Japanese/Eastern craze” but as a critical whole-body engagement, with depictions and representations of “other” cultures in literature, visual culture, and performance.Continue reading “Polygraphing Japonisme: (Re)tracing the circulation of cultural imaginaries”