Mapping Past & Present: Spirits & Beasts of East Asia

From the legendary characters of myth and manga to the figurative demons of disease and war, the contours of East Asia have been defined by its spirits and beasts, real and imagined, from time immemorial. Join us in this free online seminar as we map the impact of these transnational forces in and beyond East Asia through the lenses of geography, art, religion, sports, literature, and more! Focusing on the regions that comprise present-day China, Japan, and Korea, participants will engage with experts and other educators in the field to explore major trends, global issues, and historic foundations that shape East Asian society. Our virtual journey will introduce the region’s diverse cultures and environment while building and enhancing your tool chest of teaching resources for the classroom.

July 11 – 22, 2022 (Monday – Friday)

Lead Instructor: Professor Ann Marie Davis, The Ohio State University

36 hour virtual seminar includes (all EST):

  • Orientation session in May/June 2022 (evening, online)
  • July 11-15 and July 18-22, 2022: daily 1:00pm – 4:00pm (EDT) Online
  • Synchronous and Asynchronous sessions designed to optimize time together
  • Benefits: $200 stipend, $200 teaching materials, 36 contact hours
  • Graduate Credit: 2.0 hours graduate credit option available (extra fee)
  • Follow up session in Sept/Oct 2022 (Saturday, Online)

Flyer: Link
Application: Link

Applications received by April 30, 2022 (or when filled) will be given priority

Sponsors: University of Pittsburgh national coordinating site for the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA) Asian Studies Center, University Center for International  Studies and a U.S. Department of  Education Title VI grant to  the East Asian Studies Center at The Ohio State University.

This seminar is coordinated by the East Asian Studies Center (EASC) at The Ohio State University.


Links to past seminar websites (for seminar participants):

Past seminars: Between 2004 and 2016, the East Asian Studies Center at The Ohio State University collaborated with other colleges and universities around the state of Ohio to offer Teaching about Asia seminars in Akron, Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Marietta, Toledo and Wooster. These thirty-hour seminars have given the teachers who participated a strong background in Chinese, Japanese and Korean history and culture, which they have passed on to Ohio middle and high school students. The Ohio State University has also led program graduates on study tours to China, Japan and Korea, and maintains a bank of East Asia lesson plans created by program graduates.  The NCTA-Ohio seminars were coordinated by the East Asian Studies Center at The Ohio State University with the support of its NCTA national coordinating site, the Indiana University’s East Asian Studies Center.