My latest piece is up over at Sacred Matters. This one is about some similarities between teaching the academic study of religion and teaching Japanese Popular Culture. I wrote it right as I was finishing up my Japanese Popular Culture class in Fall 2015. See a video syllabus for the course below:
Sects and Violence in East Asia (EALC 207/607)
Falun Gong. Aum Shinrikyō. The Unification Church. The names of these marginal religious movements have become household words, both in the countries of East Asia and throughout the world. What relationships between religious doctrine, media representation, and political power made this possible, and what historical events have made these groups (in)famous?
This course examines cases from Japan, China, Korea, and Vietnam to examine the ways that authorities have designated certain movements as heterodox, how allegations of sexual impropriety have formed a key part of media representations of marginal religious movements, and how states and sects alike have wielded violence to protect their interests.
Japanese Popular Culture 2016
An overview of themes and questions for EALC 069
Japanese Popular Culture 2015
A video syllabus for EALC 069, "Japanese Popular Culture," offered at the University of Pennsylvania in Fall 2015. Stay tuned for an updated version for 2016.
The Politics of Shintō
A video syllabus for my seminar, "The Politics of Shintō," offered at the University of Pennsylvania in Spring 2016.
Asian Religions in the Global Imagination
A video syllabus for my Fall 2016 seminar, "Asian Religions in the Global Imagination," offered at the University of Pennsylvania.