Spring/Summer 2020

ASIAN 255: The Ends of Life: How to Suffer, How to Die, and How to Kill

SPRING 2020 | TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS 2:00-5:00PM | RANDEEP HOTHI (RANDEEP@UMICH.EDU)

Human societies traffic in death. Some go so far as to worship and even desire it. Roving nomads sacrifice living animals to communicate with deities from other worlds. When the gods talk back, they command men and women to slay one another. To other traditions, true death is actually impossible. Because the laws of Karma and rebirth ensure endless suffering - the challenge is to find a way to truly die once and for all.

 

This course grapples with thought indigenous to South Asia to push beyond our most basic assumptions about life and death. Students will learn to see morality, the meaning of life, and the nature of self anew. Peering into the past and dwelling on the contemporary, we will examine the many creative ways that humans deal in and with death, bringing readings to bear on contemporary moral, social, and political controversies.

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ASIAN 255: Buddhas, Bytes, and Bots: Dharma in the Digital Age

SUMMER 2020 | MONDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS 1:00-4:00PM | ERIC HAYNIE (EHAYNIE@UMICH.EDU)

Buddhism has been celebrated as the world religion most compatible with science. Developments in neuroscience and digital technology have transformed how Buddhism is represented, transmitted, studied, and practiced in the digital age. In this course, we will examine the modern relationship between Buddhism, technology, and science. Class meetings will investigate how different forms of technolofy (such as Japanese Zen robot priests and virtual Buddhist communities) and science (such as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and brain mapping) influence Buddhism in the digital age. Are the Calm and Buddhify apps legitimate forms of Buddhist practice, or are they inauthentic commodities? Is it possible to map an enlightened brain? Could such a map actually tell us anything about contemplative experience? How has the intenet expanded or degraded Buddhist communities and their ritual lives? How is Buddhism marketed online? By the end of this course, participants will understand how social, doctrinal, contemplative, and ritual elements of Buddhism influence and are influenced by advancements in modern technology and science, and how communites of practice in Asia and in the West mediate these transmissions. No previous knowledge of Buddhism is required.

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Fall 2020

Chinese Studies

ASIAN 260: Introduction to Chinese Civilization - Professor S.E. Kile (kiles@umich.edu) | 4 credits | Approced for Humanities and Race and Ethnicity

ASIAN 264: Looking at Traditional China Through its Most Famous Novel, The Story of the Stone - Professor David Rolston (drolston@umich.edu) | 3 credits | Approved for Humanities

ASIAN 351: Chinese Food in Crisis: Health, Ecology, and Identity in an Age of Globalization - Professor Miranda Brown (mdbrown@umich.edu) | 3 credits | Approved for Interdisciplinary

ASIAN 352: Gender, Sexuality, and Power in Premodern China - Professor SE Kile (kiles@umich.edu) | 3 credits | Approved for Humanities

ASIAN 363: Chinese Drama and Theater - Professor David Rolston (drolston@umich.edu) | 3 credits | Approved for Humanities

ASIAN 366: Controversies in Contemporary China  - Professor Miranda Brown (mdbrown@umich.edu) | 3 credits | Approved for Interdisciplinary

Japanese Studies

ASIAN 201: Society and Culture in Contemporary Japan - Professor Allison Alexy (aalexy@umich.edu) | 4 credits | Approved for Social Science

ASIAN 244: Seeds of Conflict: Intercultural Encounters in Japan from 745-1945 - Professor Erin Brightwell (elbright@umich.edu) | 3 credits | Approved for Humanities

ASIAN 311: The Image of the Samurai - Professor Christopher Hill (hillcl@umich.edu) | 4 credits | Approved for Humanities

ASIAN 318: Topics in Japanese Studies (Love and Death in Japanese Culture) - Professor Reginald Jackson (rjalc@umich.edu) | 3 credits | Approved for Humanities

ASIAN 326: Introduction to Japanese Buddhism - Professor Micah Auerback (auerback@umich.edu) | 3 credits | Approved for Humanities and World Literature

ASIAN 475: Japanese Cinema - Professor Markus Nornes (nornes@umich.edu) | 3 credits | Approved for World Literature

ASIAN 480.001: Topics in Asian Studies (Gender in Japanese Literary and Visual Culture) - Professor Reginald Jackson (rjalc@umich.edu) | 3 credits

Korean Studies

ASIAN 274: Introduction to Korean Civilization  - Professor Juhn Ahn (jahn@umich.edu) | 3 credits | Approved for Humanities

ASIAN 277: From Truman to Trump: Introduction to US-Korea Relations - Professor Youngju Ryu (yjryu@umich.edu) | 3 credits | Approved for Humanities

ASIAN 378: Seoul: History and Places - Professor Se-Mi Oh (smoh@umich.edu) | 3 credits | Approved for Interdisciplinary

ASIAN 384: Topics in Korean Studies (Queer Asian Cinema) - Dr. Ungsan Kim (ungsan@umich.edu) | 3 credits | Approved for Humanities

ASIAN 457: Translating Korean Poetry: Theory and Practice - Professor Youngju Ryu (yjryu@umich.edu) | 3 credits

ASIAN 458: Film Culture in Korea - Professor Se-Mi Oh (smoh@umich.edu) | 3 credits

South Asian Studies

ASIAN 338.001: Humanities Topics in South Asian Studies (Indian Protest Literature: Human Rights in Translation) - Professor Christi Merrill (merrillc@umich.edu) | 3 credits | Approved for Humanities

Southeast Asian Studies

ASIAN 211: Monks, Magic and Mediums: Buddhism in Southeast Asia - Professor Erick White (edwhite@umich.edu) | 3 credits | Approved for Humanities

ASIAN 342: Gender and Power in Southeast Asia - Professor Deirdre de la Cruz (ddelac@umich.edu) | 3 credits | Approved for Humanities

ASIAN 329: Buddhism, Politics, and Violence in Modern Asia - Professor Erick White (edwhite@umich.edu) | 3 credits | Approved for Humanities

Pan-Asia

ASIAN 230: Introduction to Buddhism - Professor Donald Lopez (dlopez@umich.edu) | 4 credits | Approved for Humanities and World Literature

ASIAN 234: Buddhism and Death - Professor Benjamin Brose (bbrose@umich.edu) | 3 credits | Approved for Humanities

ASIAN 235: Introduction to Asian Studies - Professor Emily Wilcox (eewilcox@umich.edu) | 4 credits | Approved for Humanities and World Literature Required course in the Asian Studies Major

ASIAN 304: Art of Yoga - Professor Nachiket Chanchani (nachiket@umich.edu) | 3 credits | Approved for Interdisciplinary

ASIAN 305: Religion and Violence in the Secular World - Professor Arvind Mandair | 3 credits | Approved for Humanities

ASIAN 335/582: Himalayas: An Aesthetic Exploration - Professor Nachiket Chanchani (nachiket@umich.edu) | 3 credits | Approved for Humanities

ASIAN 371: Natural Disasters in East Asia - Professor Juhn Ahn (jahn@umich.edu) | 3 credits | Approved for Upper Level Writing Requirement and Social Sciences

ASIAN 381: Junior/Senior Research Seminar for Majors - Professor Benjamin Brose (bbrose@umich.edu) | 3 credits | Approved for Upper Level Writing Requirement Required course in the Asian Studies Major

ASIAN 389: Culture in East Asian Business, Past and Present - Professor Micah Auerback (auerback@umich.edu) | 3 credits | Approved for Interdisciplinary

ASIAN 409: Exploring Consciousness: Neuro-cultures and Asian Philosophies of Mind - Professor Arvind Mandair (amandair@umich.edu) | 3 credits

ASIAN 480.002: Topics in Asian Studies (Asian Solidarity in Twentieth Century) - Professor Emily Wilcox (eewilcox@umich.edu) | 3 credits