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Florida International University (Miami, FL 33199-2516)
Steven Heine (Project Director: February 2015 to present)

Tokyo: High City and Low City

A four-week institute for twenty-five college and university faculty on traditional and modern Tokyo.

This NEH Summer Institute to be held at Florida International University (FIU) for four weeks in June 2016 will lead participants in an in-depth humanistic exploration of the literary, religious and philosophical movements that have visibly—and invisibly—contributed to the construction of modern Japan. It investigates the markers of tradition and modernity in Tokyo, in order to infuse college teachers with critical knowledge of Japanese identity. The megalopolis of Tokyo has for over four hundred years occupied a position of unique significance. This makes for a remarkable story of a historically significant yet continuously developing global cityscape that represents an inventive resource for exploring diverse aspects of Japan vis-à-vis East Asia and the world. The Institute will draw on resources for in South Florida, including the Japan Consulate General Office and the prestigious Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in addition to an impressive Japanese art collection at FIU.

Project fields:
East Asian History; East Asian Literature; East Asian Studies

Institutes for College and University Teachers

Education Programs

Total amounts:
$141,123 (approved)
$141,051 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 12/31/2016