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ILCAA Joint Research Project

Life as Dynamism in Search of a Methodological Connection between Affect, Thinking, and Art



  • life
  • affect
  • thinking
  • art


  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Oceania
  • South America



About the Project

Project term: April, 2017–March, 2020

Modern anthropology was established on fieldwork. However, at the end of 20th century, ethnographies based on fieldwork were criticized as resulting from the epistemological exploitation of peripheral societies. Since then, and into the 21st century, the “Ontological turn” - which shifts focus from questions of knowledge and epistemology towards those of ontology - has impacted anthropology. This joint research project transcends conventional knowledge, collapses divisions between epistemology and ontology, and explores new approaches to the actuality of life. Methodologies from various disciplines including anthropology, cognitive science, philosophy, and art are connected in the search for alternative fundamental ideas in anthropology ? e.g. “culture” and “society”- which emphasize the wholeness of objects. The concept of “life as dynamism” is thus applied to the immanent force of life-affect- undercurrent in experience or reality.

Ryoko NISHII, Project Coordinator (Professor, ILCAA)



  • Ryoko NISHII (ILCAA)


  • Kaori KAWAI
  • Ikuya TOKORO
  • Yukako YOSHIDA
  • Yutaka SAKUMA

Joint Researchers

  • Yukio GUNJI
  • Ayako IWATANI
  • Naoki KASUGA
  • Kazunori KONDO
  • Akinori KUBO
  • Suehisa KURODA
  • Kyoko NAKAMURA
  • Katsuo NAWA
  • Tomohisa SATO
  • Kotaro TAKAGI
  • Tadashi YANAI
  • Takeshi UTSUMI



The 3rd meeting

  • Date/Time: Sat 12 May 2018 13:00–18:45
  • Venue: Room 306, ILCAA
  • Tadashi YANAI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, The University of Tokyo)
    “The concept of affectus in Spinoza’s theory on nature, emotions and politics: between philosophy and anthropology”
    Yutaka SAKUMA (ILCAA)
    “Dynamics of Affective Re-production in Rural Niger”

The 2nd meeting Report (Japanese)(235KB)

  • Date/Time: Sat 16 Sep 2017 13:00–19:00
  • Venue: Room 306, ILCAA
  • Kazunori KONDO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kagoshima University)
    “Archaeological exploration of the concept of immanence in Deleuze’s works”
    Tomohisa SATO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyoto City University of Arts)
    “On Creative Archives: recording and revitalizing art resources”

The 1st meeting Report (Japanese)(106KB)

  • Date/Time: Sun 11 Jun 2017 13:00–19:30
  • Venue: Room 306, ILCAA
  • Jointly sponsored by ILCAA Joint Research Project “Life as dynamism-in search of a methodological connection between affect, thinking, and art” and Grant-In-Aid for Scientific Research (A) (Principal Investigator: Ryoko NISHII (ILCAA) #17H00948)
  • Ryoko NISHII (ILCAA)
    Introduction to “Life as dynamism -in search of a methodological connection between affect, thinking, and art”
    Yukio- Pegio GUNJI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Waseda University)
    Science to be artistic: Heterogeneity summoning the outside
    Ken SHIOTANI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Waseda University)
    Toward conceiving/being conceived to dynamicity

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