Imani Perry’s ‘Japan and Black America’ Global Seminar Examines Cultural Sharing, Borrowing and Exchange

Every summer, Princeton University students travel overseas for unique six-week courses to explore the international dimensions of their academic interests. This year, the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies will launch four new Global Seminars — including “Japan and Black America: A Long Road of Discovery” in Kyotonabe, Japan, with Imani Perry, the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies. The seminar will examine the abundant and complex cultural sharing, borrowing and exchange between Japanese and Black American cultures. “In jazz, hip hop, manga and fashion, to name just a few areas, [there are] many examples of a history of cultural flows and borrowing between Japan and Black America,” said Perry. “I am curious about the social, global-political and aesthetic foundations of this flow. This course is an opportunity to explore these connections.”

PIIRS Global Seminars are held over six weeks in June, July and August. Since the program was launched in 2007 by PIIRS in collaboration with the Office of International Programs, more than 800 students have taken part in 56 Global Seminars in Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Europe, the Near East and South America. Participating students earn credits for one University course.

Learn more about Global Seminars and apply to “Japan and Black America.” The application deadline is Feb. 13, 2018.

Read the full story at piirs.princeton.edu.

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