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New Course - Fall 2019 with Dr. Constantine Vaporis -

Wolves, Whales, & ‘Black Swans’: Environ Hist of Japan

We are excited to share that Dr. Constantine Vaporis, Founding Director of the Asian Studies Program, will be offering a new course for Fall 2019.

Wolves, Whales, and ‘Black Swans’: An Environmental History of Japan

HIST 494/713 will be offered Thursdays from 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. Instructor: Dr. Constantine Vaporis

This seminar examines the evolving relationship between forms of power, including the state, and nature in the emergence of modern Japan. Through our readings and discussions, we will explore the ways in which power has shaped relationships with natural and unnatural landscapes on the Japanese archipelago. Spanning the seventeenth to the twenty-first century, this seminar will cover topics such as: the influence of traditional values and practices on contemporary ecologies; human-animal-environment relations; the history of ideas about the natural world; public health and industrial pollution; natural and unnatural disasters, including earthquakes and nuclear accidents; and, the meanings of the Anthropocene for Japan’s history.

Posted: May 3, 2019, 2:10 PM