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ILCAA Joint Research Project

Towards a Multi-disciplinary Approach for Developing and Harmonizing Field Methods in Anthropology and Development Studies

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Keywords

  • Fieldwork
  • Social Research
  • Quantitative Research
  • Qualitative Research
  • Social Development
  • Development Aid
  • Multi-Disciplinary Approach
  • Inter-Disciplinary Approach
  • Humanity
  • Natural Science

Areas

  • extensive areas

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About the Project

Project term: April, 2010–March, 2013

Summary of the project:

This project aims at exploring multi-disciplinary fieldwork research methods in the area of social development as a contemporary practical study. The focus is on four main goals.

  1. To place the anthropological field methods, like participant observation and qualitative interviews, in the context of social investigation in a broad sense.
  2. To explore a combination of different methods including qualitative research and quantitative investigations such as epidemiology, statistics, GIS.
  3. To consider the possibility of technical fusion through examination of the outcome of the Demographic Surveillance System (DSS) in Asia and Africa.
  4. To find new ways of applying these methods to actual development subjects.

Each development program requires “field work” to confirm facts and identify problems to be solved. However, it is thought that the methods of investigation should be quick and prompt as in the Rapid Ethnographic Method (Rapid Appraisal). Members of this project are interested in inventing new methods that pay attention to “noise,” which is likely to be trimmed by such a prompt and “linear” investigation; members are also interested in combining such methods with anthropological “spiral” movement of thinking. This approach will make social development fieldwork more fruitful in the light of increasing demands for qualitative research methods among development practitioners.

Ken Masuda, Project Coordinator (Nagasaki University)

Members

Coordinator

  • Ken MASUDA (Nagasaki University)

ILCAA Staff

  • Wakana SHIINO (Sub-coordinator)

Joint Researchers

  • Ayumi NOMURA
  • Chihiro SHIRAKAWA
  • Daichi ISHIMORI
  • Elli SUGITA
  • Itsuhiro HAZAMA
  • Kaori MIYAJI
  • Kazuko OGUNI
  • Nobutaka KAMEI
  • Renya SATO
  • Shinji MIYAMOTO
  • Soichiro SHIRAISHI
  • Takuro FURUSAWA
  • Xiaogang SUN

Outputs

Meetings

The 11th meeting

  • Date/Time: 30 March 2013 (Sat.) 13:00-18:30
  • Venue: Hongo Satellite 7F
  • Session I
  • Ken MASUDA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Nagasaki University)
    “A summary and prospect of Yugo-ken”
    Commentator: Hideki YAMAMOTO (Teikyo University)
  • Session II: Exploration into the Next Step
  • Nobutaka KAMEI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Aichi Prefectural University)
    “Harmonization and response: Fieldwork with whom?”
    Wakana SHIINO (ILCAA)
    “About the ongoing plan for publishing on ‘Fieldwork’”
    Kaori MIYACHI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Saga University)
    “How to apply SMART Anthropology?: Future activities of PASS Japan”

The 10th meeting

  • Date/Time: 10 November 2012 (Sat.) 13:00-19:00
  • Venue: Hongo Satellite 4F
  • “The Study of Failure on Fieldwork”
  • Nobutaka KAMEI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Aichi Prefectural University)
    Concept of the seminar “I failed the first encounter: In the tropical forests of Cameroon”
    Teruhiro YAMAKITA (Nihon University)
    “I was faced with a difficult choice”
    Rumiko MURAO (ILCAA)
    “A Failure story in Refugee settlement: A Trial and Error Process through Refugee Livelihood Research”
    Shinji MIYAMOTO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Okayama University of Science)
    “I failed on narrow view: In the Himalaya and Museum”
    Shuji IIJIMA (Kyushu University)
    “I failed on the return of my reports:Various ways to respond to field sites”
    All members
    Discussion “The possibility of the study of failure on fieldwork”
  • Commentators: Waka AOYAMA (Hokkaido University), Kazuko OGUNI (Nihon Fukushi University)

The 9th meeting

  • Date/Time: 4 August 2012 (Sat.) 13:30-18:30
  • Venue: Hongo Satellite 7F
  • Jointly sponsored by Core Project “Pluralistic World Understanding based on African Studies”
  • “Development and Anthropology from the perspective of Research Methods”
  • How can anthropological research methods be utilized on development assistance project sites? We will have four speakers with anthropological backgrounds present their experiences of conducting research and transferring technology on projects managed by development agencies such as JICA.
  • Coordinator: Elli SUGITA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Toyo University)
  • Chihiro SHIRAKAWA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, National Museum of Ethnology)
    “KAP Survey and Cultural Anthropology”
    Taisuke TOKUOKA (Mechanized Agriculture/Agricultural Cooperative)
    “Practical harmonization of field methods through ‘technology transfer in action’: A tentative trans-boundary study from mechanized agriculture to livelihood strategies”
    Hiroshi NAWATA (Research Institute for Humanity and Nature)
    “Local practice as fusion of traditional knowledge and modern technology: A case of local agricultural practice ‘Sarwala’ using a tractor with disc harrow in semi-arid area, Gadarif state, eastern Sudan”
    Kiyofumi TANAKA (International Development Center of Japan/JICA Capacity Development Project for the Provision of Services of Basic Human Needs in Kassala)
    “Why a dropout anthropologist still prints ‘anthropologist’ on his business card?: A survival strategy by an anthropologist in international development business”

The 8th meeting

  • Date/Time: 1 July 2012 (Sun.) 13:30-18:30
  • Venue: Hongo Satellite 7F
  • Kensuke GOTO (Nagasaki University)
    “Establish of HDSS for Countermeasures of Problems Related to Health in Sri Lanka”
    Futoshi NISHIMOTO (Research Institute for Humanity and Nature)
    “Population Changes in Rural Laos during the Past Fifty Years”

The 7th meeting

  • Date/Time: 12 February 2012 (Sun.) 10:00-19:30
  • Venue: Hongo Satellite 7F
  • Ken MASUDA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Nagasaki University)
    “The “T” in SMART Anthropology: Time-boundedness and Rich Ethnographic Experience”
    Report(Japanese)(518KB)
    So’ichiro SHIRAISH (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyoto University)
    “Institutions, Grants and Practice of Collaborative Research with Sub-Saharan Africa”
    Report(Japanese)(113KB)
    Rumi UMINO (Meiji Gakuin University)
    “Truth be in the field: Learning from southern African anthropology”
    Report(Japanese)(525KB)
    Discussion

The 6th meeting

  • International Workshop “Anthropology and Public Health Towards Multi-disciplinary Field Methods”
  • Date/Time: 23 November 2011 (Wed.) 10:00-18:00
  • Venue: Room 304 (Multimedia Conference Room), ILCAA
  • Language: English
  • Jointly sponsored by ILCAA Joint Research Project “Towards a Multi-disciplinary Approach for Developing and Harmonizing Field Methods in Anthropology and Development Studies”
  • Ken MASUDA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Nagasaki University)
    “Introduction of ‘Yugo-ken’”
  • Session I: How do we apply anthropology in the public health field?
  • Juan Muela Ribera (PASS International, Rovira i Virgili University)
    “Medical Anthropology in Community Participation Projects”
    Koen Peeters (PASS International, Institute of Tropical medicine Antwerp)
    “Doctors and vampires: The fear of blood selling in Central Africa. An application of anthropological research in clinical trials”
    Discussions
  • Session II: How can we collaborate medical field and anthropology? - Cases in Kenya
  • Mohammed Karama (Kenya Medical Research Institute)
    “Social and community based challenges in attaining the health related Mellenium development goals in Kenya”
    Tom Ondicho (Nairobi University)
    “Violence against women in Kenya: A public health problem.”
    Kaori MIYACHI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Nagasaki University)
    “Anthropologists’ involvement in DSS”
    Discussions
  • Date/Time: 24 November 2011 (Thu.) 9:00-12:40
  • Venue: Room 304 (Multimedia Conference Room), ILCAA
  • Language: English
  • Jointly sponsored by ILCAA Joint Research Project “Towards a Multi-disciplinary Approach for Developing and Harmonizing Field Methods in Anthropology and Development Studies”
  • Session III: Anthropological Approaches to Pluralistic Medical Situation? Cases from South and Southeast Asia
  • Shiho HIRANO (Nagasaki University)
    “Local etiologies and Treatment Seeking of Malaria related illness in Palawan of the Philippines.”
    Ayami UMEMURA (Tokyo Metropolitan University)
    “How the absence of words works for the patients’s experiences of illness?: From the case study of medical diagnosis among the traditional medicine in Sri Lanka.”
    Ken MASUDA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Nagasaki University)
    Comments: Towards Multi-disciplinary Field Methods
    Discussions for future/further Collaboration.

The 5th meeting

  • Date/Time: 24 June 2011 (Fri.) 16:30-20:00
  • Venue: Room 405 (Workshop Space), ILCAA
  • Joint Review Meeting for “Fieldwork within Support” (2011, Sekaishiso-sha)
  • <Presenter>
    Nobutaka KAMEI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Aichi Prefectural University)
    Kazuko OGUNI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Nihon Fukushi University)
    <Observer>
    Ryuichi SAITO (AJF)
    Kaori MIYACHI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Nagasaki University)
    Ken MASUDA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Nagasaki University)
    Wakana SHIINO (ILCAA)

The 4th meeting

  • Date/Time: 27 February 2011 (Sun.) 14:00-19:00, 28 February 2011 (Mon.) 9:00-13:00
  • Venue: Room 302 (Small Conference Room), ILCAA
  • 27 February
  • Satoshi KANEKO (Nagaski University)
    “Health and Demographic Surveillance System as a tool for data collection in an area”
    Ren’ya SATO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyushu University)
    “Growth, marriage and fertility of shifting cultivators in SW Ethiopian forest: A life history analysis”
    Discussion
  • 28 February
  • Shinji MIYAMOTO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Biwako Museum)
    “What is ‘Fieldwork’?, as a Geo-‘Grapher’”
    Ken MASUDA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Nagasaki University)
    “Summary of this year and for next year’s schedule”

The 3rd meeting : Report(Japanese)(243KB)

  • Date/Time: 23 November 2010 (Tue.) 13:00-18:30
  • Venue: 304 (Multimedia Conference Room), ILCAA
  • Koen Peeters (PAAS International)
    “Anthropology, public health, and practices: how do we contribute?”
    Commentator:
    Takuro FURUSAWA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tokyo University)
    Ayumi NOMURA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Nagasaki University)
    Kaori MIYACHI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Nagasaki University)
    Elli SUGITA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Toyo University)

The 2nd meeting

  • Date/Time: 24 October 2010 (Sun.) 13:00-18:00
  • Venue: Room 302 (Small Conference Room), ILCAA
  • Ayumi NOMURA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Nagasaki University)
    “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Among Senior Victims of Tsunami-Affected Areas in Southern Sri Lanka”
    Report(Japanese)(204KB)
    Shinji MIYAMOTO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Lake Biwa Museum)
    “The Reconstruction of Agricultural Land Development Process along the Brahpaputra River”
    Report(Japanese)(202KB)
    Discussion

The 1st meeting

  • Date/Time: 27 June 2010 (Sun.) 10:00-18:00
  • Venue: Room 304(Multimedia Conference Room), ILCAA
  • Ken MASUDA (ILCAA Joint Researcher,Nagasaki University)
    “The purpose of this project”
    Report(Japanese)(501KB)
    Members to introduce themselves
    Daichi ISHIMORI (ILCAA Joint Researcher,Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
    “Sharing of project-based fused and Field”
    Report(Japanese)(98KB)
    Promoting consultation towards this project

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