ASIAN 480 - Topics in Asian Studies
Section: 001 Secular Enchantments: Technology and Modernity in the Asia-Pacific
Term: FA 2007
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
Credits:
3
Repeatability:
May be elected four times for credit.
Primary Instructor:

For centuries some correspondence between technological innovation and rationalism has been assumed. Yet throughout the world technological innovation has also gone hand in hand with practices which may be considered not so rational: Photographs are used to communicate with the dead, street cars are believed to be possessed by evil spirits, animist rituals of sacrifice are performed to ensure the smooth functioning of an industrial machine, and on. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, some technologies that enabled the displacement of religion by secular nationalism also provided new sites for the collective practice of superstition. Are such responses to be read as misrecognitions of a given technology’s function? Are they active resistances to modernity? Or are they ways of reasoning technology’s own illogical transformations of space and time and presence? This course will pursue these and related questions in the Asia-Pacific region by looking at several cases where the introduction of modern technology inspired, rather than dispelled, new ideas about magic and/or resuscitated old forms of supernatural belief. Students will be expected to produce and present short response papers to the readings, actively participate in discussion, and write a final paper.

ASIAN 480 - Topics in Asian Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
22637
Open
6
 
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W 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: First class meeting will be held in Room 6000 of the South Thayer Building
002 (SEM)
P
21351
Open
14
 
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Tu 11:00AM - 2:00PM
Note: First class meeting will be held in Room 6000 of the South Thayer Building
003 (SEM)
P
24028
Open
11
 
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W 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: First class meeting will be held in Room 5000 of the South Thayer Building
004 (SEM)
P
24029
Closed
0
 
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Tu 3:00PM - 5:00PM
W 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Th 11:00AM - 12:00PM
005 (SEM)
P
26318
Closed
0
 
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MTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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