Graduate Seminar: Living Together with Disease and Medicine


  • Osaka University, 2020~
  • 大阪大学, 2020~

The aim of this course is to introduce students to recent issues and research trends in conflict and coexistence studies and develop their critical thinking and reflexive inquiry into this emerging field. The three instructors have backgrounds in anthropology, ethology, comparative behavioural science, and science and technology studies (STS). As part of the UNESCO Chair in Global Health and Education graduate minor program, the course this year will explore the complex interactions between the environment, forms of disease and the healthcare system. In the first part of the course will provide an overview of the coexistence between humans and nonhuman living beings through evolutionary histories, in conflict zones and grassroots movements. In the second half of the semester, we will be looking at three public health infrastructures to build up a solid knowledge of the research literature in conflict and coexistence studies. The critical analysis of specific case studies in global health, One Health and planetary health will aim to develop an academic interest in how humans have been altering the relationship between the environment and their health in the 21st century.




大阪大学, 2015~2019




筑波大学, 2015


Summer School in Multicultural Studies

University of Toronto, 2014~2019

The RESPECT Summer School in Multicultural Studies at the University of Toronto is designed to give students a first-hand experience of multiculturalism in Canada: both its possibilities and challenges. The combination of classwork and off-campus activities in what has long been considered as a model society of cultural pluralism will provide RESPECT students with (1) a comparative framework for their further studies in multicultural coexistence in Japan, and (2) a practical toolkit for overseas internship in their third year (to be conducted in English)..

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Osaka University, 2013~

This course introduces students to the key aspects of anthropology. Participants will learn the genealogy of anthropology and its emergence as a discipline. The course is organised around three thematic clusters. The INTRODUCTION aims to give students an overview of the multiple histories and methods of anthropology as a discipline. The second line of inquiry, CONCEPTS: NOW AND THEN, provides an overview of the key concepts that have fostered the anthropological exploration of diverse human and nonhuman worlds. In the third part, TOPICS: HERE AND THERE, we will discuss how such a body of knowledge can continuously provide us with critical insights into contemporary issues. Topics covered will include health and disease, food, environment and migration; one class will be dedicated to the understanding of Japan as a heterogeneous society. The course aims to provide students with a diverse foundation of anthropological knowledge, and skills that are required for further levels of study in anthropology.

Comparative Studies of Technoscience

International Christian University, 2012~2013

This course explores the processes of adjusting pieces of scientific knowledge, technological artefacts and their environments to each other. The various ways of knowing our place in the world have been a longstanding concern for anthropologists who have been exploring the cosmological and ritual aspects of human life in faraway places. Interestingly however, such “faraway places” are becoming closer, while what we once thought of as “home” is becoming as exotic as any Amazonian rainforest or Pacific island. As a result, human values are under constant negotiation and reordering through technoscientific intervention on the Internet, in hospitals or the subway system under Tokyo. From the molecular structure of anti-malaria vaccines to satellites that fall from the sky, experiments are not limited to laboratories, but are part of the cultural and political worlds we, humans, inhabit. We will read and discuss case studies from the anthropology of science and technology and key texts of science studies (STS) in order to become familiar with this vast and rapidly expanding subject.





Differences in Medicine: An Introduction to Medical Anthropology

International Christian University, 2009~2013

Anthropology is the study of human from both physical and cultural perspectives. And what is more physical and cultural at the same time than disease (and health)? This course introduces students to systems of healing and the multiplicity of medical practices and social suffering to understand similarities and differences in the ways of coping with disease across cultures, and how these dimensions change over time. From ancient Chinese and Greek views of the pulse to late-modern techniques of genetic engineering in the United States, from the scientific and public debates on the health effects of radioactivity and brain death in Japan to the diverse experiences of old age in India, we will consider a wide range of issues in the context of medicine and healing.




Body and Communication

Japan Women’s University, 2007~2013



Incorporations: The Interaction of Body, Culture and Self in Contemporary Japan

Summer Program in Japanese Culture University of North Carolina, 2003~05

The study of human cultures (Japanese and other) has generally been reducing its scope to social relationships, natural symbols and political ideologies, that is to say, it left the sensuous, physical and gendered appropriation of such categories largely unreflected. This course use the question of embodiment to think through the relations of the social, material and natural worlds in contemporary Japan. The body is truly a cultural crossroad between such worlds. From various techniques of sleeping to the diverse skills of coping with disease, from mobilizing the physical labor of millions of people to the simple action of moving a finger human bodies play important mediative roles between society and individual, between nature and culture. The mixture of classes and activities will try to show how these categories are intertwined in contemporary Japan, and locate the role of the human body in informing and shaping such connectedness.