Japan's Nuclear Disasters|
SISP 381, CEAS 384, DANC 381, ENVS 381|
|Certificates: Environmental Studies, International Relations|
The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 are central to the history of the 20th century. This course examines the scientific, cultural, and political origins of the bombs; their use in the context of aerial bombings and related issues in military history; the decisions to use them; the human cost to those on whom they were dropped; and their place in history, culture, and identity politics to the present. Sources will include works on the history of science; military, political, and cultural history; literary and other artistic interpretations; and a large number of primary source documents, mostly regarding U.S. policy questions. In addition, we will be examining the development of the civilian nuclear industry in Japan with a focus on the nuclear meltdowns in Fukushima and other accidents. This is an extremely demanding course.
This interdisciplinary, experiential, and experimental course combines studio learning (movement studies and interdisciplinary, creative exploration) and seminars (presentations and discussions). No previous dance or movement study is required, and the course is not particularly geared toward dancers or performers. However, your willingness to experiment on and share movement is important. We encourage you to think about movement as a method of accessing human experiences and making distance malleable, a way to explore your own sensations, thoughts, and reactions in learning history.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(CEAS-MN)(CEAS-History)(CES)(CIR)(DANC-MN)(HIST-MN)(HIST)(SISP)(SISP-ScieDblMjr)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Rotter, HIROSHIMA: THE WORLD'S BOMB
Leuchter, et al., FUKUSHIMA
Oe, ed., THE CRAZY IRIS
Various primary source documents, articles, short stories, videos, and other materials.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Weekly journal entry is required, and each student will create his/her own final project to deepen the syllabus.
Weekly journal assignment on Moodle
Short paper & discussion leading (x2)
Final project proposal & annotated bibliography
Final project (can be written, performative, video, photographic, etc.)
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Teaching times: Monday, 1:20 to 4:10, Tuesday evening, 7:00 to 9:00
Please note the two class times, the Tuesday evening being unconventional.
|Instructor(s): Johnston,William D. Otake,Eiko Times: .M..... 01:20PM-04:10PM; ..T.... 07:10PM-09:00PM; Location: TBA|
|Permission of Instructor Required|
Enrollment capacity: 19
|Permission of instructor will be granted during the drop/add period. Students must submit either a ranked or unranked drop/add request for this course.|