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ILCAA Joint Research Project

Anthropological Study of “Waza”: Technology, Body, Risk/Hazard (Anthropological Study of Things (3)) (jrp000233)



  • waza
  • technology
  • body
  • risk/hazard
  • environment


  • East Asia
  • Southeast Asia
  • Africa



About the Project

Project term: April, 2017–March, 2020

Recently, the risks and limitations related to the modern western understanding of technologies have become clearly visible in the various challenges and problems related to technology and its negative consequences, such as environmental and other issue. In light of these issues, this project will re-examine various local technological practices from comparative- and anthropological perspectives. This project is a continuation of the 2014-2016 ILCCA project “The Anthropological Study of Things (the second term)”. The previous project studied the relationship between humans and non-human entities artifacts, artificial objects, natural things, animals, etc.) in different socio-cultural settings. In the third part of this project, we continue our anthropological (ethnographical) study of various technological aspects of the relationship between humans and non-human entities and the study’s implications for culture, society, and technology in different socio-cultural settings around the world, particularly in Asia and Africa.

Ikuya TOKORO, Project Coordinator (Professor, ILCAA)



  • Ikuya TOKORO (ILCAA)


  • Kaori KAWAI
  • Ryoko NISHII
  • Yukako YOSHIDA

Joint Researchers

  • Tatsuya HIGAKI
  • Morie KANEKO
  • Shuhei KIMURA
  • Akinori KUBO
  • Suehisa KURODA
  • Tomoko NIWA
  • Katsumi OKUNO
  • Keiichi OMURA
  • Ryoji SODA
  • Masakazu TANAKA
  • Motomitsu UCHIBORI
  • Shuhei UDA



The 7th meeting

  • Date/Time: Mon 9 Mar 2020 13:00–19:00, Tue 10 Mar 2020 10:00–15:00
  • Venue: Room 304, ILCAA
  • 9 Mar
  • All members
    Meeting on publication
  • 10 Mar
  • All members
    Meeting on publication

The 6th meeting

  • Date/Time: Fri 26 Jul 2019 13:00–19:00, Sat 27 Jul 2019 10:30–19:00
  • Venue: Room 405, ILCAA
  • July 26
  • Wakana SUZUKI (University of OSAKA)
    “Care of the cells in knowledge making”
    Meeting on publication
  • July 27
  • Hitonaru NISHIE(Kyoto University)
    “Chimpanzee cultures as the art of their lives”
    Meeting on publication

The 5th meeting Report (Japanese)(363KB)

  • Date/Time: Mon 4 March 2019 14:00–19:00
  • Venue: Room 306, ILCAA
  • Masayoshi SOMEYA (Takachiho University)
    “Steps to an Ecology of Animate Body: Ecological Approach to Everyday Life Skills”
    Keiichi OMURA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, University of Air)
    “The art of seduction: Considering the art of social intercourse in the era of “Chthulucene” through the analysis of the Inuit ethics”

The 4th meeting Report (Japanese)(414KB)

  • Date/Time: Fri 11 Jan 2019 13:00–19:00, Sat 12 Jan 2019 10:00–17:00
  • Venue: Room 306, ILCAA
  • 11 Jan
  • Katsumi OKUNO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Rikkyo University)
    Presentation1: “Me and It” between Species
    Masakazu TANAKA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyoto University)
    Presentation2: Political Representations of the Natural World in Weather Map (Tentative Title)
    Motomitsu UCHIBORI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, University of Air)
    Presentation3: Reading Wendel Oswalt's “An Anthropological Analysis of Food-Getting Technology (1976)”
  • 12 Jan
  • Tomoko NIWA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, National Institutes for the Humanities)
    Presentation1: Counting and Re-enacting Lives: Different Forms of Expression and Documenting after 3.11 (Tentative Title)
    Akinori KUBO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Hitotsubashi University)
    Presentation2: Rethinking of Bruno Latour: Materiality from ANT to the Modes of Existence (Tentative Title)
    Yukako YOSHIDA (ILCAA)
    Presentation3: Seeking for “waza” of cultural others- Balinese Gamelan practice in Japan (Tentative Title)

The 3rd meeting Report (Japanese)(252KB)

  • Date/Time: Sun 8 Jul 2018 13:00–18:00
  • Venue: Room 306, ILCAA
  • Sohey UDA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, National Museum of Ethnology)
    “Why don’t Japanese cormorant fishers domesticate cormorants?”
    Shuhei KIMURA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tsukuba University)
    “Divine act and human act: a case of a tsunami-prone community in Japan”
    Sho MORISHITA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Osaka University)
    “Constructing the “Scientific Skills" for Religious Customs: Practice of Bosscha Observatory, Indonesia”

The 2nd meeting Report (Japanese)(255KB)

  • Date/Time: Sat 16 Dec 2017 13:00–18:00
  • Venue: Room 304, ILCAA
  • Morie KANEKO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyoto University)
    “Preliminary considerations on Anthropological study of “WAZA” : Possibilities for formation of technology by taking a pluralistic approach”
    Kaori KOMATSU (Hokkai Gakuen University)
    “Acceptability of genetically modified bananas”
    Ryouji SODA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Osaka City University)
    “Technological development, transition, and diffusion of river improvement”

The 1st meeting Report (Japanese)(207KB)

  • Date/Time: Sun 9 Jul 2017 13:00–18:00
  • Venue: Room 306, ILCAA
  • Ikuya TOKORO (ILCAA)
    Tatsuya HIGAKI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Osaka University)
    The theory of Technology in Deleuze and its Development
    Suehisa KURODA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, The University of Shiga Prefecture)
    Beginner’s approach to blacksmith as a “waza” of collaborating with material, tools, fire

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