This course uses a culture of East Asia (China or Japan) as a focal point for investigating the history of the region. Students will gain a broad‐based historical and cultural understanding of East Asia in its global context, beginning with the origins of this culture, and including its inter‐regional connections and its encounters with the West. In this way, this course addresses the preconception that East Asia existed unchanged until the arrival of Europeans. The theme of this course is “Contact and Change,” which will afford an opportunity to examine two of the principal challenges facing historians: accounting for change and understanding people and societies separated from us by space and time. This course fulfills the Historical Studies requirement in the core curriculum. Fall semester focuses on Japan; spring semester focuses on China.
The subject matter of these courses will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. Descriptions of these courses are available in the Online Printable Schedule, View Online Printable Schedule
Dr. Kameya comes to us from Kent State, where she has been teaching a variety of courses in Japanese history and East Asian civilizations, including Samurai Thought and Gender and Pre-Twentieth-Century East Asia. She especially enjoys using literature and art as media for teaching history. Her current research focuses on ethics, economics and aesthetics among eighteenth-century Japanese eccentrics as described in Kinsei kijinden (Eccentrics of our Times). Other research areas include Japanese intellectual history and the influences of cultural spaces on the formation of national identity.