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History and Culture Courses

PREVIOUS COURSES TAUGHT

INTRO TO EAST ASIAN CIVILIZATION: TIBET

Instructor: Gray W Tuttle.

FILM & TV IN TIBET-INNER ASIA

Instructor: Robert J Barnett. A study of film and television production in Tibet, comparisons with cinema and TV in Mongolia, Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia. The course will look at the ways state, nation, culture, and politics are constructed at different times through film and other visual media.

SOCIAL THEORY FOR THE STUDY OF EAST ASIA

Instructor: Annabella C Pitkin. What is power in Tibet? How does society change in China? What is the role of religion, tradition and modernity in East Asia societies more generally? And what are the ethical dimensions of our own work as investigators of culture? Social theory shapes how we answer these questions. This course introduces students to pivotal ideas and interpretations that profoundly influence the study of East Asian societies. The course considers the legacies of colonialism and Orientalism; and examine theories of religion and secularism; gender and power; nationalism and transnational dynamics; politics and the state; and modernity, tradition, and memory. Each week will involve a short case study, and opportunities for students to apply these ideas to their region of interest.