Disasters and Rebuilding in Japan Courses:
Art History 035: Pictured Environments: Japanese Landscapes and Cityscapes
This course, taught by Tomoko Sakomura, examines how Japanese landscapes and cityscapes have been (re)constructed and (re)imagined in the pictorial field. Students will explore historical and contemporary modes of pictorial representation and the role of artifacts in the production and conservation of cultural memory, as we navigate the relations between place, representation, and context with case studies from the past and the present.
Cities 304: Disaster, War, and Rebuilding in the Japanese City
Taught by Carola Hein. Natural and man-made disasters have destroyed Japanese cities regularly. Rebuilding generally ensued at a very rapid pace, often as a continuation of the past. Focusing on the period since the Meiji restoration of 1868, this course explores natural and human made destruction and consequent rebuilding up to the recent disaster in Fukushima. Through the story of disaster and rebuilding emerge different approaches to permanence and change, to urban livability and sustainability.
Japanese 035: Narratives of Disaster and Rebuilding in Japan
This course, taught by Will Gardner, will explore documentary and fictional representations of the Japanese landscape and cityscape in crisis, and the relationship of narrative to issues of historical memory and cultural and social change, with special attention to the role of the March 2011 Northeastern Japan tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster as a catalyst for change in contemporary Japan.