The Institute of Comparative Culture presents the 2003-2004 Workshop

eki-stairsTeaching Tokyo

January 18th, 2004
Sophia University,
Ichigaya Campus Room 402

Over the past 15 years, the literature on urban studies has become increasingly shared across disciplines. At the same time, the prominence of Tokyo as a global city has become more firmly established in the consciousness of academics and the media. These two developments have led to increased interest among teachers in how to capture and represent to their students (both in Tokyo and elsewhere) Tokyo's complex path of development over time and the patterns of conflict and coherences in contemporary Tokyo. The assumption of this conference is that there is no single best way to "teach Tokyo" and that each approach is vastly enriched through the complementarity of different disciplinary perspectives.

This event is intended as an interdisciplinary forum for participants to share different approaches to the teaching of Tokyo, its culture and society, past and present, in textual, material and electronic forms. In contrast to a typical academic conference, the focus will be on the pedagogical strategies and materials that we as teachers have used successfully both inside and outside the classroom. Our goal is to alert one another to new approaches that we have developed in our teaching of undergraduate or early graduate students.

Introduction (10:00)
David Slater
Historical Texts (10:10-11:40)

Henry Smith (Columbia-history)
Richard Wilson (ICU-archeology/art history)
Kate Nakai (Sophia-history)
Barbara Sato (Seikei-history)

Literary Sources and Analysis (11:45-12:45)

Alisa Freeman (Cornell-visual studies)
Angela Yiu (Sophia-literature)

Build Environment (2:15-4:00)

Roman Cybriwsky (Temple-geography)
Andre Sorensen (Toronto-urban planning)
Muraji Takeo (Muraji Architectural Laboratory-practicing architect)
Joanne Jakovich (Todai-architecture)

Social and Ethnographic (4:15-5:30)

Machimura Takashi (Hitotsubashi-global sociology)
David Slater (Sophia-anthropology)
Ted Bestor (Harvard-anthropology)

Open Discussion: New Materials and Approaches

This section is devoted to brining together the various threads of the conversation of the day, addressing issues including interdisciplinary pedagogy, collaborative teaching and new sorts of student assignments and evaluation.


John Clammer (Sophia-sociology) / Rich Gardner (Sophia-religion) / Linda Grove (Sophia-history) Hayashi Michio (Sophia-art history) / Ulf Hannererz (Stockholm-social anthropology) / Tom Harper (Leiden-history and literature)

Coordinator of the Workshop
David Slater

Associate Professor, Faculty of Comparative Culture, Sophia University