The Office of Global Programs has announced a new summer study abroad program in Beijing, to be offered in the summer of 2016.
The Columbia Global Seminar in Beijing: Understanding Modern Chinese History through Visual Culture will explore topics in modern Chinese history through an examination of China’s changing visual culture from the late 19th century to the present.
Taught in the bustling city of Beijing, students will take Understanding Modern Chinese History through Visual Culture, a course taught by Ying Qian, assistant professor of East Asian languages and cultures. Students will work with a wide range of visual materials, including fine arts; print media; photography; film; performing arts; and architecture.
They will also attend weekly field trips across Beijing and throughout China, exploring visual cultures associated with imperial gardens; Old Beijing neighborhoods; opera houses; Communist monuments; and new indie art spaces. The program will challenge students to hone their critical observation skills and to explore the use of visual culture as an important source for understanding Chinese history.
Learn more about the Columbia Global Seminar in Beijing.
This program was developed with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.