7431004 Geography

Numbering Code U-LET31 37431 LJ39 Year/Term 2021 ・ Second semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type special lecture
Target Year Target Student
Language Japanese Day/Period Tue.2
Instructor name KOMEIE TAISAKU (Graduate School of Letters Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course This course offers a critical examination of the political, economic, and social roles of geographical knowledge in modern Japan. Reviewing recent arguments on geographical representation and discourse in historical and cultural geography, this course will help students analyse various kinds of knowledge acquired from maps, land surveys, travel writings, topographical descriptions, academic research, and historical sites. The course focuses mainly on the Korean Peninsula and makes references to other Japanese colonies as well.
Course Goals This class will help students understand the historical roles of geographical knowledge, criticize its political importance, and understand the basic materials on the historical roles of geographical knowledge.
Schedule and Contents Part I: Geographical knowledge in the Modern World
1. Historical geography and the linguistic turn
2. Orientalism and imaginative geographies
3. Historical geography and imperialism

Part II: A genealogy of Korean imaginative geographies
4. Korean geographical images in early modern Japan
5. Korean geographical images and compilation of Korean topography in modern Japan

Part III: Mapping the Colony and Spatial Understandings
6. Land survey and mapping of Korea
7. Mapping forest resources

Part IV: Academic Knowledge and Colonialism
8. Mobilizing academic knowledge and swidden agriculture
9. "Intellectual conquest" of colonial Korea

Part V: Historical sites and experiences
10. Historical sites and Japanese colonial tourism
11. The making and experience of historical sites
12. Myths around ancient conquests and colonial Korea
13. Colonial tourism to imperial peripheries

Part VI: Imaginative Geographies of Imperial Japan
14. Spatial connotation of the concept of "modern times"
15. Feedback
Evaluation Methods and Policy Reaction papers (40%) and a term report (60%).
Course Requirements None
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Students are encouraged to develop their interests by reading the literature referred to in the course.
Textbooks Textbooks/References Not used
References, etc. Key Concepts in Historical Geography, Morrissey, J. et al, (SAGE Publications), ISBN:978-1412930444
The SAGE Handbook of Geographical Knowledge, Agnew, J & Livingstone, D. N. , (SAGE Publications), ISBN:978-1412910811
Mori to Hi no Kankyoshi: Kinsei, Kindai Nihon no Yakihata to Shokusei (An Environmental History of Forest and Fire: Swidden Agriculture and Vegetation in Early Modern) and Modern Japan, Komeie, T., (Shibunkaku Shuppan), ISBN:978-4784219735