About Visualizing Cultures

Image-driven scholarship
In this four-part video series, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian John Dower shows the Visualizing Cultures program, launched at MIT in 2002 to explore the potential of the web for developing innovative image-driven scholarship and learning.

Visualizing Cultures uses new technology and hitherto inaccessible visual materials to reconstruct the past—as people of the time visualized and imagined their own worlds.  

Units to date focus on Japan in the modern world and early-modern China, extending beyond Asia to address "culture" broadly—cultures of modernization, war and peace, consumerism, images of "Self" and "Others." 

Visualizing Cultures was co-founded by John Dower, MIT Ford International Professor of Japanese History emeritus, and Shigeru Miyagawa, Professor of Linguistics, and Kochi-Manijiro Professor of Japanese Language and Culture  


Suggested Links

Visualizing Cultures website