Information, Technology, and Society in Asia 139
“Intellectual Giants” in UTokyo: Critical Evaluation of Their Accomplishments in Contemporary Contexts
This graduate course is the fourth series of lectures that examine and evaluate the history of major intellectuals and scholars of or associated with the University of Tokyo in the modern period. By examining various intellectual legacies of one of the most important research and education institutions in Japan and the world, this course aims to generate critical understanding of modern knowledge production and circulation in relation to social change and cultural formation in Japan. By so doing, potential contribution of Japanese scholarship to the understanding of contemporary (global) issues will be explored.
Every year, a specific theme or period or prominent intellectual figures will be identified for focused study and discussion, and scholars working on that specific topic or period are invited from inside or outside of UTokyo to give lectures and lead discussions. For 2021, the lectures will focus on histories and legacies of Taiwan studies and address the issue of how Japanese intellectuals have tried to understand Taiwan from different disciplines and perspectives. We arranged four lectures by two political scientists, an economist, and a historian.