MIT Visualizing Cultures
Visualizing Cultures was launched at MIT in 2002 to explore the potential of the Web for developing innovative image-driven scholarship and learning. The VC mission is to use new technology and hitherto inaccessible visual materials to reconstruct the past as people of the time visualized the world (or imagined it to be).

Topical units to date focus on Japan in the modern world and early-modern China. The thrust of these explorations extends beyond Asia per se, however, to address "culture" in much broader ways—cultures of modernization, war and peace, consumerism, images of "Self" and "Others," and so on.
Images of every sort are introduced and examined here—in partnership with contributing institutions and collections, and with the collaboration of experts devoted to transcending the printed word and hard-bound text.

The Visualizing Cultures Curriculum offers a full complement of standards-compliant lessons, providing a pathway for teachers and students to become active historians and knowledgeable readers of images.

Join the new online course starting September 3, 2014:
"Visualizing Japan (1850s–1930s): Westernization, Protest, Modernity."

Based on Visualizing Cultures units, this first-time collaboration between HarvardX and MITx features Japan historians John Dower from MIT and Andrew Gordon of Harvard as co-instructors. In addition, Professor Miyagawa of MIT takes you inside some of Japan’s fascinating archives. For the Shiseido module, art historian Gennifer Weisenfeld of Duke University came to Cambridge to add her voice.
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