Collaborative interdisciplinary course design: a case study from Tokyo College (20 April 2021)

April 20th 2021: 17:00-18:30 (JST)

Simultaneous interpretation available (English-Japanese)

Tokyo College is a young institute at the University of Tokyo founded to address some of global society’s pressing issues through interdisciplinary research, international network building and public engagement. This talk presents the College’s efforts to collaboratively design and teach a bilingual interdisciplinary undergraduate seminar entitled “The Earth and Human Society in 2050” in the framework of the university’s liberal arts program. The presenters will share their experiences in the hope of starting a conversation about potential future collaborations in interdisciplinary teaching.

Shiori SHAKUTO is a Project Assistant Professor at Tokyo College. She is a social cultural anthropologist, and her research interests include gender, migration and environment. Prior to joining Tokyo College, she has taught a wide range of interdisciplinary courses including gender and development, ageing and technology and Japan Studies in Australia and Singapore.

Michael FACIUS is Associate Professor at Tokyo College. He studies Japanese and East Asian culture from the perspective of global history, the history of knowledge and the history of translation. He holds diplomas in college teaching and e-teaching and has taught and supervised in Japanese Studies, East Asian Studies, History, Global History, Transnational Studies and Chinese Health and Humanity at Freie Universität Berlin, University College London, the University of Tokyo and during ERASMUS lectureships at Leiden and Cambridge.

Marcin JARZEBSKI is a Project Assistant Professor at Tokyo College and a sustainability science and natural environmental science expert. He is doing research on ageing and shrinking societies globally, food security in Sub-Saharan Africa, climate change adaptation in Southeast Asia, community forest management in the Philippines, and working actively on collaborations aiming for a new design for future society. He had several occasions to teach in the field of environmental sustainability.

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Lecture: Global Education for a Post-Pandemic World (31 March)

Speaker: Allison Witt, Teaching Associate Professor in Global Studies in Education and Program Leader for the International Education Administration and Leadership program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Date: 3/31/2021 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Central Standard Time

Rather than returning to pre-pandemic normal, Higher Education must reexamine strategies for internationalization. This discussion examines previous models of internationalization to consider how socially unjust neoliberalism has infected practices. In this moment, higher education must radically reimagine the practice and possibilities of internationalization for responding to the generation of students who know that they live in a deeply connected, unjust world and need strategies to live in it.


Sponsor: Center for Global Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Global studies lectureship at University of Pittsburgh

The Department of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for a one-year, full-time position as Visiting Lecturer in Global Studies for the 2021-2022 academic year. Teaching obligations involve 18 credit hours (6 courses) and will include several sections of PS 0550, Introduction to Global Studies, a course the Department offers in close coordination with Pitt’s Global Studies Center. Additional teaching will depend on the interests of the successful candidate (e.g., courses in comparative politics, international relations, or political theory). We are particularly interested in candidates who could offer upper-level courses in political theory that complement our existing offerings (e.g., courses in non-western or comparative political theory, post-colonial theory, etc.) as well as in comparative politics or international relations.  All applicants should explain their qualifications to teach Intro to Global Studies (a large-format lecture course) and describe what additional courses they might offer.

Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled; applications received by the deadline will receive full consideration.  Applicants should have a Ph.D. in hand or expected by August 31, 2021. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, graduate transcript, teaching portfolio, and two letters of reference (email letters of recommendation to Wynn Maloney at 

Please apply to the University of Pittsburgh’s Talent Center,  The position requisition number is 21001153.