SOAS University of London

Academic Services: Widening Participation

Online East Asian Languages and Cultures Masterclass

Dr Griseldis Kirsch

Date: 6 May 2021Time: 4:00 PM

Finishes: 6 May 2021Time: 6:00 PM

Venue: Virtual Event

Type of Event: Virtual Event

"Is Japan really cool? Hang on, what do we actually mean by that?!?"

The most common stereotype about Japan is that it is a country with a culture that may be fun, but is impenetrable to outsiders. The image of it being more unique than anywhere else in the world is a well-trodden representation throughout British media. However, this masterclass aims to challenge those (mis-)conceptions about Japan, by looking critically at how Japan 'sells itself' to the rest of the world, through a mixture of popular culture on the one side - and traditional culture on the other. We will be looking critically at what we actually mean when we talk about 'Japan' (and the 'West'), challenging eurocentric worldview and concepts.
Participants will develop critical thinking and analytical skills.

This masterclass is for students in year 12 and 13 attending state schools and colleges within the UK. Priority should be given to those who would be the first in their family to attend university in the UK; this is a widening participation activity designed to give students a first-class experience of study at HE level.

There are a limited number of places available for the masterclass and a mixture of academic and widening participation criteria will be used to allocate places. In order to apply you must complete this online application form, the deadline is Thursday 22nd April.*

*Please note that the deadline has now been extended to Wednesday 28th April.

Organiser: Lauren Williams

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