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Information, Technology, and Society in Asia 415

Media-Technologies, Machines, and Humanity
Course Description
This seminar provides an advanced introduction to critical studies of modern media technologies. Drawing approaches from communication, media studies, anthropology, and science and technology studies, participants will investigate the role of media technologies in configuring “human” and shaping social worlds. Attention will be given to the social construction of technological systems and artifacts, the materiality of media technologies, and human-machine configuration within particular cultural contexts. Possible areas of inquiry include the relationships between and among media technologies and body, gender, and labor; mediation and mobility; and ways that space is conceived, produced, and maintained. Seminar participants will be expected to conduct close readings of theoretical texts and work to connect those texts to their research projects.

Learning Objectives
•Explain a variety of academic positions that inform the study of media technologies in communication, media studies, anthropology, and science and technology studies.
•Explain the domestic social, economic, and cultural implications of representations of media technologies in Japan
•Apply the theoretical perspectives we have studied to specific technological artifacts and their representations
•Be able to engage in a sophisticated and respectful class discussion of topics relevant to media and popular culture.
•Produce a sustained argument in the form of a Research Project.
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4974150
GII-IA6415L3
Information, Technology, and Society in Asia 415
西村 恵子
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授業計画
10/4 Introduction. Read Syllabus. In-Class Reading Gillespie “Relevance of Algorithms” 10/11 Culture and Technology. Read Slack & Wise (2015) “Problem of Technology,” “Progress” and “Meaning.” From Culture and Technology: A Primer (pp.5-31, 107-114) •Discussion Leadership 10/18 Modernity and Machines. Read: Anthony Giddens (1990). Part I. In The Consequences of Modernity (pp. 1-54). Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. •Discussion Leadership 10/25 Modernity and Machines. Read Lee Makela “From Metropolis to Metoroporisu” from Japanese Visual Culture (2007) pp.91-113. •Discussion Leadership 11/8 - GSII No class 11/15 Imaginations of Technology. Watch: Metoroporisu (2000, dir. Rintaro, 107 min) 11/22 Imaginations of Technology. Read Keiko Nishimura “The Popular Cultural Origin of Communicating Robots in Japan” from Sage Handbook of Human-Machine Communication (2023) pp.424-431. Discussion of Metoroporisu •Discussion Leadership 11/29Studying Technology. Read Pinch & Bijker “The social construction of facts and artifacts” (pp.399-441) •Discussion Leadership 12/6Studying Technology. Read: Langdon Winner (1980). Do Artifacts Have Politics? Daedalus, 109(1), 121-136. •Discussion Leadership 12/13Decentering the Human. Read: Bruno Latour “Introduction” from Reassembling the Social: An Introduction to Actor-Network-Theory (2005) pp. 1-17. •Discussion Leadership 12/20Interactive Technology. Read: Keiko Nishimura (2016). Semi-autonomous Fan Fiction: Japanese Character Bots and Non-human Affect. In R. W. Gehl & M. Bakardjieva (Eds.), Socialbots and Their Friends: Digital Media and the Automation of Sociality (pp. 128-144) •Discussion Leadership 12/27Project Workshop & How to Write a Paper. Submit your Project Proposal by 1/9, 23:59. 1/10Space and Time. Sharma, S. (2014). Introduction and Chapter One: Jet-lag Luxury. In In the meantime: temporality and cultural politics. (pp.1-54) •Discussion Leadership 1/17Project Presentation 1/24- GSII No class. Final Project due 1/24 23:59.
授業の方法
This course conducts active learning, incorporating readings, screenings, formulating and presenting questions, discussions, and group projects.
成績評価方法
1)Class Participation & Attendance 50% 2)Reading Notes 20% 3)Discussion Leadership 10% 4)Final Project (Written work) & Project Proposal15% 5)Project Presentation 5%
教科書
There is no required textbook for this course. Assigned readings will become available as PDF documents and by other means to be specified by the instructor.
参考書
There is no required textbook for this course. Assigned readings will become available as PDF documents and by other means to be specified by the instructor.
履修上の注意
Familiarity to Japanese popular culture, postwar Japanese history and Japanese language skills are preferred but not mandatory. Requirements 1) Regular attendance. Students may miss up to two classes but need to inform the instructor ahead of time. If the student is 10 minutes late to class, it counts as an absence. In case of sudden, extended, or unavoidable frequent absences, students should be in contact with the instructor (documentation may be necessary in some cases). 2) Reading notes. Students are expected to do all assigned readings before class and be prepared to actively participate in discussions. Select total of 5 weeks and submit a reading note (approximately 500 words in length) by midnight the day before class. Reading notes should include a very brief summary of the readings (less than 1/3 of your writing should be a summary), a possible connections to previous readings, and an extension to your project or interest. Please include at least one discussion question to be discussed in class. Reading notes are meant to prepare students for class discussions and to spur continual engagement with ideas building toward your project. Students must have their reading brought to class to enrich the discussion. 3) Discussion leadership. Students will sign up to start off the discussion of readings assigned for a given day. A set of questions or prompts should be prepared to spur discussion, as well (you may refer to other students’ reading notes for this). Students will do this at least once during the semester, and anything after that will be counted as extra credit. If there is more than one student signed up for the day, the students will work together as a group. Whether alone or in groups, students will bring to class and present from a document containing notes (e.g., a summary of the main argument, the context of the article, etc.), key terms, quotes, and questions. This document will be submitted to the instructor at the end of class. Students are expected to lead the discussion for at least half of the class period. 4) Project presentation. This is the presentation of your final project, but it should be something that they are interested in, working on, or have stumbled across that are related to Japanese visual or popular culture, contemporary Japan, media, news, and so on. 5) Written work (final project). Students will submit written work for evaluation at the end of the term. Options include annotated bibliography or chapter of the student’s graduation project and will depend on where the student is in his or her time in the program. The written work is intended to be a self-motivated project initiated, pursued, and brought to fruition by the student in the service of his or her graduation project. Rather than requiring the writing of a seminar paper that might not bring the student closer to his or her academic goals, this course is designed to support the independent projects and flourishing of individual students. Students should plan to meet with the instructor to decide what their written work will be – that is, what the student will be held accountable for submitting at the end of the term – and to be working on the project throughout the semester. Please keep in mind that the requirement of a regular term paper is approximately 6000 words, and the final project should aim for some sort of equivalence. Students are expected to turn in their plan for their final project after the group workshop. Project proposal must include a tentative abstract/summary/outline of your plan for your final project. It must include the following components: (a) tentative class reading that you will engage in this project, (b) concrete example and its brief explanation, (c) tentative significance of the example and your argument (d) plans for your research and analysis. Recommended length: 200-500 words.