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Objects and Ritual in Japanese History

Session(s) date

Session(s) date: 
Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

This course will use objects from art, industry, technology, and war to consider the richness of the Japanese past. From court ceremonies to samurai rituals on the battlefield, from daily gift exchanges to Buddhist mortuary markers, Japanese communities have expressed their dreams, fears, power, and imagination using material culture and rituals focusing on objects. Join us to explore Japan’s history through the study of things.

Application deadline: Sunday, June 13, 2021

 

Overview: 

The five-week seminar includes:

  • video presentations 
  • readings
  • mandatory online forum participation
  • weekly live online Zoom discussion with an instructor (Wednesdays, 2-3pm Pacific Time).

Instructor

Professor Morgan Pitelka teaches history and Asian studies at the University of North Caroline, Chapel Hill. He is a specialist in the history of late medieval and early modern Japan, with a focus on the samurai, tea culture, ceramics, cities, and material culture.

 

Benefits

  • 3 Continuing Education Units (processing fee applicable)
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Online resources and materials
*Must complete seminar requirements
 
Schedule and Topics
 
Reading assignments and pre-recorded lectures for each week will be available in an online forum and are to be completed prior to the discussion sessions. Access and log-in information will be provided upon acceptance into the course. Please refer to the Seminar Requirements Document for details on assignments and course completion.
 
Online discussions (via Zoom) will be each Wednesday, 2-3pm Pacific Time.
 
Session Date Topic
1 6/16 Ritual and Material Culture in Prehistoric Japan
2 6/23 Buddhism, Confucianism, and Daily Life of the Imperial Court
3 6/30 Social and Cultural Rituals and the Maintenance of Warrior Society
4 7/7 The Performance of Power in Early Modern Japan
5 7/14 Ritual and Materiality in the Construction of Traditional Culture in Modern Japan
 
This program is sponsored by the USC U.S.-China Institute and the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia

 

 
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