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Anthropological Study of Things(2) (Dynamics of Human/Non-human things)

Anthropological Study of Things(2) (Dynamics of Human/Non-human things)s


  • Things
  • Material Culture
  • Human-/Non-human Relathion
  • Agency


  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Oceania



About the Project

Project term: April, 2014–March, 2017

This study project is the second part of the previous study project named, “The Anthropological Study of Things” in ILCAA during 2006-2009. The previous project studied the relationship between human beings and non-human things (e.g. artifacts, artificial objects, natural things, animals etc.) in different socio-cultural settings in world. In the second part of this project, we continue our anthropological (ethnographical study) on various aspects between human beings and non-human things and the study’s implications for culture, society and technology

Ikuya TOKORO, Project Coordinator (ILCAA)



  • Ikuya TOKORO (ILCAA)


  • Kaori KAWAI
  • Ryoko NISHII
  • Yukako YOSHIDA

Joint Researchers

  • Akinori KUBO
  • Atsurou MORITA
  • Kaori KOMATSU
  • Katsumi OKUNO
  • Keiichi OHMURA
  • Masakazu TANAKA
  • Motomitsu UCHIBORI
  • Michio NAKAMURA
  • Morie KANEKO
  • Naoki KASUGA
  • Noriko ITO
  • Shinya KONAKA
  • Suehisa KURODA
  • Tatsuya HIGAKI
  • Tomoko NIWA



Publication meeting Report (Japanese)(53KB)

  • Date/Time: 9 June 2017 (June.) 10:30–19:00
  • Venue: Room 306, ILCAA
  • All members
    Meeting on publication

The 9th meeting Report (Japanese)(142KB)

  • Date/Time: 23 October 2016 (Sun.) 10:00–18:00
  • Venue: Room 405, ILCAA
  • Kaori KAWAI (ILCAA)
    “‘Mono (Things)’ grasped by the five senses: Perceptions and Umwelt.”
    Kaori KOMATSU (Hokkai Gakuen University)
    “The power of bazaar - foodstuff in Daiichi-Makishi-Kosetsu-Ichiba”
    All members
    Discussion for publication of the research project (by all members)

The 8th meeting Report (Japanese)(224KB)

  • Date/Time: 11 June 2016 (Sat.) 13:00-19:00, 12 June 2016 (Sun.) 10:00-15:00
  • Venue: Room 306, ILCAA
  • 11 June
  • Naoki KASUGA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Hitotsubashi University)
    “Between Two Truths: Time in Fiji and Physics .”
    Ryoko NISHII (ILCAA)
    “'Tangled hair’ as a cardinal point of ethnographic descriptionーfrom hippies to dakwa activists”
    Suehisa KURODA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, The University of Shiga Prefecture)
    “How A Farmers’ Blacksmith Hammered Iron : Circulating forgings indicated the soil, woods and personality”
  • 12 June
  • Kaori FUSHIKI (Taisho University)
    “Topology of the Puppet Theatre Potehi”
    Tomoko NIWA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, National Institutes for the Humanities)
    “Shanbei Paper-cuts?and Ritual?Paper Crafts: Actualization of the Disposition of Yin/Yang World“

The 7th meeting Report (Japanese)(323KB)

  • Date/Time: 13 February 2016 (Sat.) 13:00‐19:20
  • Venue: Room 405, ILCAA
  • Shinya KONAKA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, University of Shizuoka)
    “The Ontology of Savanna: Material Culture of Evacuation in East African Pastoral Societies.”
    Ayako IWATANI (Kyoto University)
    “Productive Waste: Circulation of Old Clothes and Waste in India”
    Takeshi NAGANUMA (Hiroshima University)
    “Close Encounters of the Fifth kind (CE5): Communication with extraterrestrial intelligence”

The 6th meeting Report (Japanese)(246KB)

  • Date/Time: 8 November 2015 (Sun.) 13:00-19:00
  • Venue: Room 306, ILCAA
  • Katsumi OKUNO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Rikkyo University)
    “Humans eat birds, birds help animals:An aspect of perspectivism among the Penan of Borneo.”
    Noriko ITO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyoto University)
    “Chimpanzees and the Dynamics of Human/Non-human Things”
    Keiichi OMURA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Osaka University)
    “From Ontology to Cosmetiques: Towards an Symmetrical Approach to Indigenous Knowledge and Modern Techno-science.”
    Ayako IWATANI (Kyoto University)
    “Productive Waste: People, Things and Their Boundaries Mediated by Street Vendors in India”

The 5th meeting Report (Japanese)(220KB)

  • Date/Time: 12 July 2015 (Sun.) 14:00-19:00
  • Venue: Room 306, ILCAA
  • Tatsuya HIGAKI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Osaka University)
    “Metallurgy, Deleuze and Technology”
    Goro YAMAZAKI (Osaka University)
    “Chain of Relationships and Communication: Pragmatism on the Unconscious States”

The 4th meeting Report (Japanese)(277KB)

  • Date/Time: 16 May 2015 (Sat.) 14:00-19:00
  • Venue: Room 306, ILCAA
  • Kyoko NAKAMURA (ILCAA Research Associate)
    “Empty Crucible-Reconsideration on Hydriotaphia”
    Motomitsu UCHIBORI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, The Open University of Japan)
    “Ways of Talking about Non-artificial/artefactual Objects”

The 3rd meeting Report (Japanese)(217KB)

  • Date/Time: 14 December 2014 (Sun.) 14:00-19:00
  • Venue: Room 306, ILCAA
  • Yukako YOSHIDA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, National Museum of Ethnology)
    “Replication of mask and its effect: The case of Balinese ritual dance topeng legong”
    Michio NAKAMURA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyoto University)
    “Are animals “non” human?: A discourse on humans, animals, and things”
    All members

The 2nd meeting Report (Japanese)(237KB)

  • Date/Time: 9 November 2014 (Sun.) 14:00-19:00
  • Venue: Room 306, ILCAA
  • Akinori KUBO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Hitotsubashi University)
    “For the Non-Modernist Approach of Material Culture: a Consideration on the Interactions between Men and Softwares in Shogi Denou-sen.”
    Morie KANEKO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyoto University)
    “Is this waste?: Special reference to behavior to ensete, pots, and school notebooks in Southwestern Ethiopia”

The 1st meeting Report (Japanese)(216KB)

  • Date/Time: 7 June 2014 (Sat.) 14:00‐19:00
  • Venue: Room 306, ILCAA
  • Language: Japanese
  • Ikuya TOKORO (ILCAA)
    “Introduction on the Project: New Perspectives of Study on Things”
    Masakazu TANAKA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyoto University)
    “The Material World Learned through Fetishism”

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