Here we go! CentreTerm 2017 starts tomorrow, and we will have our first updates on student work. Things will move a little slowly at first of course, but we will have possible research topics very quickly and the outlines of a podcast to come soon after that.
I have been working hard on some basic preparatory documents and in sketching out our work in class for the coming weeks. As always there is so much we will not have time to cover, but I am looking forward to the work to come and to the students’ contributions to this site.
Over the next sixteen class days we will discuss: East Asian religious practice and how it intersects with the telling of ghost stories and folk tales; the Japanese phenomenon of yokai and how they are discussed historically; and stories of the dead and demonic relating to love and gender.
All the while, students will be working hard on their podcast episodes and providing updates on their research and experiences here. It is going to be a fun (and busy) couple of weeks.
Welcome to the website for HIS 435: Spirits, Gods and Ghosts of East Asia, a class offered at Centre College during the Winter intensive “Centre Term” in January of 2017.
This website is currently under construction, but will serve as the hub for student work and as a companion to a freely available podcast series on historical contexts of supernatural and religious tales and customs in East Asia, researched and created by Centre students.
Please come by and see us again in January, when we will have more content available. Until then, you can contact the professor of the class, John Harney, here.