In the last two decades, the academic and institutional environment for Japanese studies at U.S. colleges has changed dramatically. The Teaching Japan conference was established to serve as a forum within which to explore this new landscape in terms of the dynamic interfaces between pedagogy, research, institutional structures, and the dissemination of knowledge.
We believe that a considered conversation based on our experiences of and strategies for teaching undergraduate students amid this rapid transformation will likely reveal new pedagogical and research possibilities, mainly within the humanities and the social sciences (such as anthropology, art and art history, ethics and religious studies, film, history, language, literature, media, peace studies, political science, sociology and theatre), but also possibly in other disciplines as well.
While there are numerous conferences where scholars present their research, there are few formal academic meetings where we can share the discoveries emerging from our teaching experiences. The inaugural gathering in October 2010 in Chicago was conceived as a venue both to identify the pedagogical practices and concerns important to us as teachers/scholars/workers as well as to develop ideas for new approaches.
This website will serve as an archive of this and future Teaching Japan conferences, as well as an on-line resource to aid in the dissemination and exchange of ideas for academicians and students.