|Dates||Departure from U.S.:||Sat., July 30, 2016|
|Arrival:||Sun., July 31, 2016|
|Mandatory Orientation:||Mon., Aug. 1, 2016|
|First Day of Class:||Tues., Aug. 2, 2016|
|Last Day of Class:||Fri., Sept. 2, 2016|
|Departure for the U.S.
(or personal travel):
|Sat., Sept. 3, 2016|
Tokyo is an ideal location to teach the two proposed courses. For MMW, the city serves as a wonderful background for the study of twentieth century global conflicts, political transformations and cultural changes. Tokyo is also a highly technologically advanced urban center in East Asia, and it will accordingly provide an opportunity for the students to understand how various technologies, in particular digital technologies, have been incorporated into the everyday urban life.
Moving outside of Tokyo, cities like Hiroshima and Kyto serve as ideal places to teach about major events that changed the world in the 20th century, with Hiroshima as one of the cities where the atomic bomb exploded in 1945. Koyto also can serve as an excellent city to explore the relationship between religion, urban culture and technology. Known as “the city of thousand temples” and once a capital city of the emperor (from 794-1868), Kyoto’s numerous Zen temples such as Toji, Byodoin, and Daitokuji represent a fascinating example of how Zen Buddahism has played and continues to play a critical role in the formation of Japanese modernity in light of dramatic modernization projects since the Meji period (1868-1912).
Babak Rahimi is Associate Professor of Communication, Culture and Religion at the Department of Literature and the director of the Third World Studies at the University of California, San Diego. He earned his PhD from the European University Institute, Florence, Italy, in October 2004. Rahimi has also studied at the University of Nottingham, where he obtained an M.A. in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (1997), and the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he was a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Anthropology, 2000-2001.
Rahimi’s research examines the relationship between culture, religion and politics. His book, Theater-State and Formation of the Early Modern Public Sphere in Iran: Studies on Safavid Muharram Rituals, 1590-1641 C.E. (Brill 2011), studies the relationship between ritual, public space and state power in early modern Iranian history. Rahimi has been an expert guest on various media programs like The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, BBC and CNN, in addition to NPR and On the Media. Also, he has been a visiting scholar at the Internet Institute, University of Oxford, Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, Freie Universität Berlin, and the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. His current research project is on the relationship between digital culture, politics and religion.