The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures (ALC) at UW-Madison was established on July 1, 2016 merging the preexisting departments of East Asian Languages & Literature (EALL) and Languages & Cultures of Asia (LCA).
ALC is student-centered and driven by research that is integrated into the classroom. With thematic foci in Asian languages, linguistics and literature, Asian cultural studies, religions of Asia, and critical issues in contemporary Asia, we aim to teach students how to recognize and critically analyze the realities of past and present "Asia" as a region that is crucial to the global flows of people, materials, and ideas through its own rich complexity with deep interconnection across multiple domains. At the same time, within this context of connections across Asia, we also seek to promote deep learning and knowledge of particular languages, time periods, and places, since in order to understand transasian regional and global networks, our students also need to acquire specific cultural and linguistic competencies.
We encourage students to study Asia in a regional and comparative frame while cultivating scholarly capacities in particular aspects of Asian culture. To that end, we offer multiple degree options at the B.A. level, reflecting departmental research strengths that allow students to approach the study of Asian cultures, languages, media, religions, and critical social issues from a variety of perspectives. We seek to enhance both teaching and research through collaborations within the department and beyond, with particular emphasis on the development of robust connections with scholars at our peer institutions throughout Asia.
Forthcoming major (fall 2018): Asian Languages and Cultures
Professors Bühnemann, Dunne, Huang, Huntington, Kern, McGloin, Mori (chair), Nienhauser, Zhang; Associate Professors Cerulli, D'Etcheverry, Geyer, Lim, Meulenbeld, Ridgely; Assistant Professors Yang, Zhu (Diversity Liaison); Faculty Associate Barnard, Nakakubo.
Charo D'Etcheverry (Associate Professor). Area: Classical Japanese Literature
Naomi Geyer (Associate Professor). Area: Japanese Language
Nicole Huang (Professor). Area: Transcultural East Asia; 20th century Chinese and Taiwanese Literature
Rania Huntington (Professor). Area: Ming and Qing Narrative and Drama, Chinese Literature of the weird and supernatural
Adam L. Kern (Professor). Area: Popular Literature, Culture, Poetry, Theater, and Visual Culture of early modern-modern Japan.
Byung-jin Lim (Associate Professor) .Area: Korean Language and Linguistics, Second / Foreign Language Acquisition, Korean Language Textbook Development
Naomi McGloin (Professor). Area: Japanese Language and Linguistics
Mark Meulenbeld (Associate Professor). Area: Daoism, Chinese Religion and Literature
Junko Mori (Professor). Area: Japanese Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Sociolinguistics
Takako Nakakubo (Faculty Associate). Area: Second Language Acquisition of Japanese, Japanese Pedagogy
William Nienhauser (Professor). Area: Early Traditional Chinese Fiction and History; early poetry (Du Fu and Tao Qian)
Steve Ridgely (Associate Professor). Area: Modern Japanese Literature, Pop culture, TransAsian studies
Bei Yang (Assistant Professor). Area: Second Language Acquisition, Chinese Languages and Linguistics
Hongming Zhang (Professor). Area: Chinese Linguistics; History of Chinese Language; Teaching Chinese as a Second Language
Weihua Zhu (Assistant Professor). Area: Chinese Language, Pedagogy and Second Language Acquisition
Gudrun Bühnemann (Professor). Area: Sanskrit Language and Literature; Buddhism in India and Nepal; Hinduism; Tantrism; Yoga Studies
Anthony Cerulli (Associate Professor). Area: Theory and Method in the Study of Religion in South Asia; History of Medicine in India; Sanskrit Language and Literature; Kerala History and Culture; Malayalam Language.
John D. Dunne (Professor). Area: Buddhist Philosophy and Contemplative Practice; Religious Studies; Cognitive Science of Religion
Erlin Barnard (Faculty Associate) Area: Indonesian Language, Language Pedagogy; Materials Development; Second Language Acquisition
Language instructors are an integral part of our department, teaching more than 14 languages during the academic year from East (Chinese, Japanese, Korean), South (Hindi, Persian, Sanskrit, Tibetan, Urdu), Southeast (Burmese, Filipino, Hmong, Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese) Asian Languages.
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