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ILCAA Joint Research Project

Human Society in Evolutionary Perspectives—Stage 2: “Institution” (jrp000162)




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About the Project

Project term: April, 2009–March, 2012

This project aims at developing theoretical perspectives on the nature of human society, paying due attention to making comparisons along the evolutionary axis between nonhuman primates and human societies. In this connection, it will contribute to rethinking the extent to which “culture” could plausibly be said to have shared the formation of characteristically human society. As the second stage of the long-term research project, the focus will be on the “institution,” which follows the first stage’s focus on “group.” This project is scheduled to run for three years, and workshops will be opened five times a year. Discussion will be concentrated on the final theoretical achievement of this project. The project will also prepare for publication of the collection of papers that resulted from the project.

Kaori Kawai, Project Coordinator (ILCAA)



  • Kaori KAWAI (ILCAA)


  • Ikuya TOKORO
  • Izumi HOSHI
  • Ryoko NISHII
  • Wakana SHIINO

Joint Researchers

  • Hideaki TERASHIMA
  • Hitonaru NISHIE
  • Hitoshige HAYAKI
  • Hong-wei JIANG
  • Kaoru ADACHI
  • Keiichi OMURA
  • Masahiro UMEZAKI
  • Masakazu TANAKA
  • Motomitsu UCHIBORI
  • Naoki KASUGA
  • Nobutaka KAMEI
  • Noriko ITOH
  • Suehisa KURODA
  • Takeo FUNABIKI
  • Toru SOGA



The 16th meeting

  • Date/Time:31 March 2011 (Sat.) 13:00-19:00
  • Venue:Room 306 (Multimedia Seminar Room), ILCAA
  • All the Members of the project
    “Summary and publish plan of the projec”

The 15th meeting

  • Date/Time:17 December 2011 (Sat.) 13:00-19:00
  • Venue:Room 306 (Multimedia Seminar Room), ILCAA
  • Keiichi OHMURA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Osaka University)
    “Feelings and Institution: Institutionalization of Emotions in Canadian Inuit Societie”
    Kaori KAWAI (ILCAA)
    “Institution and coexisrnce”

The 14th meeting : Report (Japanese)(206KB)

  • Date/Time:30 October 2011 (Sun.) 13:00-19:00
  • Venue:Room 301 (Seminar Room), ILCAA
  • Ikuya TOKORO (ILCAA)
    “An Essay on Institution of Conflict and Peace Building in Sulu”
    Takeo FUNABIKI(ILCAA Joint Researcher, University of Tokyo)
    “Basic Element of Institution”

The 13th meeting : Report (Japanese)(201KB)

  • Date/Time:9 July 2011 (Sat.) 13:00-19:00
  • Venue:Room 306 (Multimedia Seminar Room), ILCAA
  • Shun’kichi HANAMURA (Kyoto University)
    “Considering institutional phenomena in the society of chimpanzees: focusing on action connecting through long-distance call and practices of “continuing to range away from others””
    Koji KITAMURA(ILCAA Joint Researcher, Okayama University)
    “Before and after institutionalization”

The 12th meeting : Report (Japanese)(240KB)

  • Date/Time:7 May 2011 (Sat.) 13:00-19:00
  • Venue:Room 306 (Multimedia Seminar Room), ILCAA
  • Suehisa KURODA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, The University of Shiga Prefecture)
    “What Institute we imagine when we refer to the origin of the institute?”
    Ryoko NISHII (ILCAA)
    “Order out of Chaos”

The 11th meeting : Report (Japanese)(219KB)

  • Date/Time:31 March 2011 (Thu.) 13:00-19:00
  • Venue:Room 306 (Multimedia Seminar Room), ILCAA
  • Hitonaru NISHIE(ILCAA Joint Researcher, kyoto University)
    ““Who is” the alpha male?:a case study of disappearance of an alpha male chimpanzee and his decline from the alpha status in the Mahale M group, Tanzania.”
    Hitoshige HAYAKI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kobe Gakuin University)
    “Play and rules”

The 10th meeting : Report (Japanese)(241KB)

  • Date/Time:26 December 2010 (Sun.) 13:00-19:00
  • Venue:Room 306 (Multimedia Seminar Room), ILCAA
  • Yuji TAKENOSHITA (Chuo Gakuinn University)
    “Omnivory as a key factor to evolution of institution in primates”
    Toru SOGA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Hirosaki University)
    “Manipulation of environment as an evolutional basis of institution in Homo genus”

The 9th meeting : Report (Japanese)(521KB)

  • Date/Time:30 October 2010 (Sat.) 13:30-18:30, 31 October 2010 (Sun.) 9:30-12:30
  • Venue:Room 306 (Multimedia Seminar Room), ILCAA
  • Kaoru ADACHI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Ritsumeikan University)
    “Ecological niche theory and sociality of animals”
    Eriko AOKI (Ryukoku University)
    “‘We are wrong no matter what we do’: moralities and desires on others”
    Hideaki TERASHIMA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kobe Gakuin University)
    “Teaching and semi-institution among hunter-gatherers: teaching without authority in a society without hierarchy”

The 8th meeting : Report (Japanese)(227KB)

  • Date/Time:31 July 2010 (Sat.) 13:00-18:30, 1 August 2010 (Sun.) 9:30-12:30
  • Venue:Room 301 (Seminar Room), ILCAA
  • Michio NAKAMURA (Kyoto University)
    “Institution as a Successive System: a Perspective from Studies of Nonhuman Animals.”
    Masahiko MIZUTANI (Kyoto University)
    “Functions and Limits of the Institutional Rules in Communication.”
    Nobutaka KAMEI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Osaka International University)
    “Book review of “From hand to mouth” by M. C. Corballis”

The 7th meeting : Report (Japanese)(146KB)

  • Date/Time:29 April 2010 (Thu.) 13:00-18:30, 30 April 2010 (Fri.) 10:00-12:45
  • Venue:Room 302 (Small Conference Room), ILCAA
  • Naoki KASUGA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Hitotsubashi University)
    “Towards Ontological Anthropology: Partial Connections between Humans and Minipigs”
    Izumi HOSHI (ILCAA)
    “Who make rules?: Social brains and language”
    Gen YAMAKOSHI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyoto University)
    “Factors affecting the local differences in chimpanzee social organization”

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