Anthropology and Ontology



2009~2013 (JSPS)

This project started in 2009 as an exploration into new modes of anthropological inquiry. Young researchers from different Japanese universities have participated covering fields such as economic and medical anthropology, STS and ritual studies. Influenced by the works of Marilyn Strathern, Bruno Latour and Alfred Gell, we looked at contemporary practices where concepts familiar to most anthropologists (gift, culture, performance, risk) are being transformed in the context of everyday life. We have compiled a volume in Japanese with the title Genjitsu Hihan no Jinruigaku (Anthropology as critique of reality) edited by Naoki Kasuga. You can read more about it in English in the journal HAU, here.