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Reconsideration on Death: Anthropological Explorations on the Actuality of life

Reconsideration on Death: Anthropological Explorations on the Actuality of life

Keywords

  • death and life
  • affect
  • body
  • memory

Areas

  • Unspecified

Website

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About the Project

Project term: April, 2021–March, 2024

Employing anthropological field practices to study death, this research project aims to reconsider the actuality of life from new perspectives. Death—whether one's own death or someone else’s death—is an experience that is fundamental to our reality. In this research project, we approach the actuality of life by focusing on the boundary between life and death, and consider cases of death caused by events such as the Great East Japan Earthquake or new coronavirus infections. This study also examines the multi-death society, the field of nursing care, the medicalization of death, and the transformation of funeral rites amidst ongoing changes in everyday life.

Ryoko NISHII, Project Coordinator (Professor, ILCAA)

Members

Coordinator

  • Ryoko NISHII (ILCAA)

Joint Researchers

  • Maho ISONO
  • Mari KAGAYA
  • Satbyul KIM
  • Suehisa KURODA
  • Tomoko NIWA
  • Daisuke TANAKA
  • Keiko TOSA

Outputs

Meetings

The 6th meeting Report (Japanese)

  • Date/Time: Sun 3 Jul 2022 13:30–19:00
  • Venue: Room 306
  • Language: Japanese
  • 13:30–15:30 Ryoko TAKAGI
    “A Study on the Manifestation of the Dead in Objects: A Case Study of Dolls in the Image of the Deceased”
    15:45–17:45 Daisuke URIU
    “Digital Media Connecting the Dead and the Living”
    18:00–19:00
    general discussion

The 5th meeting Report (Japanese)

  • Date/Time: Sun 19 Jun 2022 13:30–19:00
  • Venue: Room 306
  • Language: Japanese
  • 13:30–16:00 Mari KAGAYA
    “The logic of one’s grave-A case study in Ikema island”
    16:15–19:00
    Brainstorming for “Anthropological Encyclopedia of Death (tentative)”

The 4th meeting Report (Japanese)

  • Date/Time: Tue 29 Mar 2022 12:30–18:30, Wed 30 Mar 2022 9:00–12:00
  • Venue: Nigata Iroha Tei
  • Language: Japanese
  • 12:30-14:30 Keiko TOSA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
    “Thinking about Covid-19 in Myanmar : Violence, Governance, Death Knowing Through SNS”
    14:45-16:45 Sueju KURODA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, The University of Shiga Prefecture)
    “Living with Death: Periphery of Near-Death and Extreme Fetish”
    17:00-18:30
    Discussion
    9:00-12:00
    “Brainstorming about Death”

The 3rd meeting Report (Japanese)

  • Date/Time: Sun 17 Oct 2021 13:30–19:00
  • Venue: Room 306, ILCAA
  • Language: Japanese
  • 13:30–15:30 Daisuke TANAKA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Jichi Medical University)
    “A Case Study of the lnitial Response of Funeral Industry to COVID-19 Outbreak”
    15:30–17:30 Maho ISONO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Graduate school, Keio University)
    “How was death consumed in COVID-19 catastrophe in the spring of 2020?”
    17:30–19:00
    Discussion

The 2nd meeting Report (Japanese)

  • Date/Time: Sun 1 Aug 2021 14:00–18:00
  • Venue: Online meeting
  • Language: Japanese
  • 14:00–15:00 Ryoko NISHII (ILCAA)
    “Reporting on “Contingency and Encounter” (2019) by Makiko Miyano (Horinouchi-shuppan)”
    15:00–18:00 Tomoko NIWA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Professional Institute of International Fashion)
    “Reporting on “Suddenly Feeling Bad” (2019) by Makiko Miyano and Maho Isono (Shobunsha)”, General discussion

The 1st meeting Report (Japanese)

  • Date/Time: Sun 18 Apr 2021 14:00–18:00
  • Venue: Online meeting
  • Language: Japanese
  • 14:00–14:40 Ryoko NISHII (ILCAA)
    “Affective approach toward Anthropology of Death”
    14:40–17:30 Presentation by all members
    Research concepts inspired by “Affectus”

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