Cultures are constantly created and reinvented, even in a country that appears to have a clear and stable identity. This traveling research course in Japan will investigate architecture and planning born of the meeting of distinct cultures, societies, and governments, with a focus on projects from World War II in the 1940s to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The investigation will be based on the premise that, while Japanese culture is often viewed as unique and even insular, it is also a product of foreign influences and the internal desire to connect with global society. Arata Isozaki famously argued that the Ise Shrine, originally built in the 4th century B.C.E. and often considered to be the symbol of Japanese architectural superiority, was not rooted in indigenous design. Instead, it was born of a desire to construct a new identity that could compete with the influential Chinese architecture of the era, while trying to recreate the root form that never existed. The course will focus on Japanese spaces designed in response to the outside eye, including Metabolism as a reaction to western Modernity, on-going city planning for anticipated Olympics visitors, and recovery and commemoration projects that attract tourists to Fukishima. Students will study how Japan's historical architecture was developed amidst rigid social and political hierarchy, with continual and erratic foreign relations with China, Korea, Russia, Southeast Asia, Western Europe, and the U.S.A.
Leckwitzer Str. 18, 01616 Strehla, Germany
We live in a world challenged by conflict. We see the traumas and traces of war, colonialism, and class, ethnic, and racial division, inscribed across the globe on bodies, landscapes, psyches, economic and social formations, and material cultures. Collectively, we search for ways to reduce violence as well as to address the outcomes of conflict. A new, fall-only program based in Wroclaw, Poland offers you a special opportunity to live in an exciting Central European metropolis, to study with a close cohort of student interested in similar subjects, to learn from dynamic faculty, and to shape individual research projects. A semester-long program based in Wroclaw, Poland, with trips to Berlin. Dresden, Prague, Krakow, Warsaw, Vilnius, and Auschwitz, The Culture and Politics of Reconciliation will tackle questions such as: How does a region with a complex, divided, and violence-ridden history find ways of recognizing and coming to terms with this history while also moving forward? What role does public memory and commemoration play in this process? How can political and legal frameworks be set to not only launch but also ensure lasting reconciliation processes? What role can students and teachers play in local processes of reconciliation and in building a more just future? (fall only)
Attend the world’s most famous classic film festival, Cinema Ritrovato, while immersing yourself in all aspects of film. This program is based on a total filmmaker/film studies approach in which you’ll study Italian film history, visual strategy, preproduction planning, and production. You’ll generate ideas based on the study of Italian filmmakers such as Rossellini, Zampa, Fellini, Bertolucci, and Antonioni and incorporate what you learn into your own worldview and filmmaking interests.