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Collins, Lauren Katherine Instructor

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Teaching

courses taught

  • ASIA 2000 - Gateway to Modern Asia: Exploring Regional Connections
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Introduces main themes, intellectual approaches used in Asian Studies through a transdisciplinary perspective that focuses on interactions and links between geographic regions and national boundaries. Presents Asia as a concept, a powerful imaginary geography, and historically dynamic construct that has shaped / been shaped by global patterns of economic development, nation building, war and diplomacy, colonialism and aspirations for better lives.
  • ASIA 4200 - Politics of Memory and Heritage in Asia
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Explores the uses of memory and heritage in the present-day politics of Asia. Examines how the past ' historical events, heritage sites, shared memories ' fuels nationalist movements, diplomatic disputes, grassroots activism, nostalgic tourism, and popular media. Delves especially into the legacies of colonialism and conflict in the region, highlighting how communities today seek justice and reconciliation in the wake of historical trauma. Engages with films, graphic novels, public art, photography, museums, monuments, archaeological sites, and more. Recommended prerequisite: Familiarity with Asian history, social science or humanities courses.
  • ASIA 4500 - Urban Asia: Tradition, Modernity, Challenges
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Explores change in urban Asia, the representation of Asian cities, and the challenges of urban life through a transdisciplinary and thematic approach using academic articles, documentaries, and literary materials. The class discusses the role of tradition, concepts of modernity, the impact of tourism, rural to urban migration, poverty, the effects of war, legacies of colonialism, and environmental challenges.

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International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)