Objects and Ritual in Japanese History
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
The five-week seminar includes:
- video presentations
- mandatory online forum participation
- weekly live online Zoom discussion with an instructor (Wednesdays, 2-3pm Pacific Time).
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.
- 3 Continuing Education Units (processing fee applicable)
- Certificate of Completion
- Online resources and materials
|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|