ASIAN 380 - Topics in Asian Studies
Section: 002 Seeing in Asia, Showing Asia
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
Credits:
3
Other:
WorldLit
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

Is there any difference in seeing a Buddhist sculpture in a Japanese Buddhist temple or an art museum today? What kinds of logics are there in the temple, for instance, to guide and enhance our experiences? What do we make of their differences; what are the tools we can use to articulate their differences? And do these differences matter? To whom? The goal of the course is to become familiar with the conceptual vocabularies and strategies to talk about seeing. We will situate the prevalent concepts, such as perspective and objectivity in relation to examples drawn from Asian cultures. The course will be structured in two parts. In the first half of the academic term, we will focus on "Seeing in Asia" — looking at materials related to religiously and culturally specific practices and beliefs (Buddhism, Hinduism, medicine, astronomy, photography for instance) to address how the act of seeing has been approached historically within Asia. The second half of the semester will be devoted to "Showing Asia" — in which we will deal specifically with the exhibition practices of Asian materials both in and outside Asia, and trace the historical contexts in which Asian objects have been displayed. The grading for the course will be based on two writing assignments (commonplace phrase book and the final research project), one in-class assignment (show and tell), and a quiz for each section.

ASIAN 380 - Topics in Asian Studies
Schedule Listing
002 (LEC)
P
45003
Open
23
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
003 (LEC)
P
45004
Open
27
 
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M 1:00PM - 4:00PM
004 (LEC)
P
45005
Open
31
 
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MWF 2:00PM - 3:00PM
005 (LEC)
P
46734
Open
31
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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