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    Using Vignettes to Explore Caste Attitudes in Central Nepal

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    This study aims to explore the attitudes of young persons in Nepal toward caste using completed short stories, or ‘vignettes’, that imagine situations involving intercaste couples. A total of around 230 stories were gathered from 2018 to 2019. The study, conducted among Class 11 and 12 students in around a dozen schools in central Nepal, covered a mixture of rural and urban locations. The results were analyzed quantitatively and qualitatively. The quantitative analysis used simple statistical techniques (p values) to test whether there were statistically significant differences in story outcomes based on author and story characteristics. The analysis suggests, tentatively, that young people do not see caste as a barrier to relationships. The qualitative analysis of tropes and themes illuminated new framings of caste that are now prominent, including narratives that may reflect social change that occurred in the civil war period, and in the rise of identities focused on ‘merit’ and ‘achievement’ in the sphere of work rather than on ascriptive identities like caste and ethnicity

    Civil Wars and Their Transnational Connections

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    A winner of the John S. Knight Assignment Sequence Prize, this sequence originates from Government 100, Power and Politics: Global Chaos or New World Order? The Future of War in a Globalizing World. This sequence on the theme of "civil war in a transnational context" comprises the central portion of the writing seminar, including writing assignments two through five. The four assignments (which follow an opening expository writing assignment) are as follows: (1) A "two sided" piece of writing on the topic "markets and civil wars"; (2) a first person "war crimes testimonial" based on the study of Rwanda; (3) a write up of a speech on democracy promotion - for or against; and (4) a memo to the Secretary of State about intervention in Sudan. Materials include assessment/grading grids. 13 page pd

    Representing theater: text and performance in kabuki and bunraku

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    Since the fourteenth century, theater has been at the center of cultural life in Japan to an extent rare in the world. several Japanese theatrical traditions, noh, kyogen, bunraku, and kabuki, continue to the present as living lineages of actors passing on their skills from generation to generation, actors have maintained control over the interpretations of texts on the stage. kabuki and bunraku differ fundamentally in their origins and essence. Joruri was the inheritor of the long oral storytelling tradition of blind musicians that flourished after the Genji civil war. During the time of the playwright Chikamatsu Monzaemon, who wrote for both the bunraku and kabuki stages, it became standard to publish complete bunraku texts at the time of first performance with the name of the playwright as author. The theater was a vibrant aspect and stimulant of cultural life in the Edo period, one in which individuals from all walks of life participated through a variety of means