Fwd: Immediate Course Opening: Japanese Popular Culture

Aaron Gerow gerow at ynu.ac.jp
Mon Mar 17 20:57:49 EST 2003

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From: Anthony Ogden <iestokyo at injapan.net>
Subject: Immediate Course Opening: Japanese Popular Culture

Immediate Part-time Faculty Position Available:

The Tokyo Center of The Institute for the International Education of
Students (IES) is seeking to fill an immediate faculty position for our
Summer 2003 (May-July) semester.  This course meets twice a week (Tues. &
Thur.) on the campus of Kanda University of International Studies in
Makuhari, Chiba (approx. 30 min. from Tokyo station, 20 min. from 

Course Opening: ANS373, Japanese Popular Culture, Past and Present (May
29 ?July 3, 3 credits)

This is an introductory course on Japanese popular culture in its past and
present from anthropological perspectives. Since Japanese popular culture 
a diverse field, this course does not aspire to cover every aspect of
so-called Japanese popular culture. Instead, the course will focus on some
of the representative types and aspects of Japanese popular cultural
phenomena in pre-modern and modern times. These include Japanese popular
theater, ritual festival, comics and animation, motion pictures, fashion
trends, pop idols, and ko-gal phenomena. The course will use these popular
cultural genres as windows into the better understanding of Japanese
history, social structure, and cultural values, including gender 
ethnic identities, sexuality, family and generation gap and continuities.
Students will explore why and how certain popular cultural practices
developed, changed, and or/disappeared in relation to these issues. To 
end, we will employ interpretive frame and anthropological theories on
popular culture. Taking maximum advantage of individual experiences in
Tokyo, each student will develop a research project and conduct 
field work on some aspect of Japanese popular cultural phenomena (3

The Position:
This course is taught exclusively for students from the University of
Texas - Austin and the medium of instruction is English. The faculty 
is responsible for providing 45 contact hours of course instruction during
the 7 week program. Field study excursions are encouraged and are counted 
the total number of contact hours.

1. Ph.D. or equivalent degree is preferred; Master’s accepted with
extensive record as scholar and teacher.
2. Independent teaching experience and scholarly publications are 
a commitment to undergraduate teaching is essential.
3. Demonstrated expertise of the most recent developments in the relevant
field of Japanese area studies and the capacity to teach in an interactive
4. Proficiency in both Japanese and English.

Remuneration is approximately \490,000.  A transportation allowance and a
modest expense account is also provided. Additional incentives are 
for professional faculty development and returning faculty from semester 

Send a current curriculum vitae, a brief course description and your 
information to Anthony C. Ogden, Center Director by fax at 043-211-8677 or
e-mail, iestokyo at injapan.net.   Applications reviewed until position 

Institute for the International Education of Students
IES Tokyo Center
1-7-1 Nakase, SCEC Bldg 3F.
Mihama-ku, Chiba-shi, Chiba
261-0023 Japan
Tel. 043-211-8678 Fax. 043-211-8677
Cellular: 090-6314-0715
http://www.iestokyo.org  (IES Tokyo Center)
http://www.iesabroad.org (IES Global)

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