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Courses (graduate)

  • On experiences of nature (2018)
  • Phytoanthropology: imagining anthropology from botany (2018)
  • Anthropology of emotions/affects (2017)
  • Anthropology toward the biological (2017)
  • Sensory Images (2016)
  • Anthropology and Post-Disaster Fukushima (2015)
  • Anthropology of Nature and Body (2014-5)
  • Art/Anthropology 2 (2014)
  • Anthropology of Image and Media (2013-14) 
  • Michel Foucault and Anthropology (2013)
  • Reflections on Ethnographic Fieldwork (2012-13)
  • Visual Anthropology (by Professor Karl Heider, 2012)
  • Anthropology of Indigenous South America (2011-12)
  • Economy and the Anthropology of Images (2010-11)
  • Art/Anthropology (2009-10)
  • Cinema of Frederick Wiseman (2008-9)
  • Rethinking Lévi-Strauss (2008)
  • Anthropology of Images (2006-07)
  • Anthropology of Place (2005-06)

On Experiences of Nature

posted Jan 14, 2019, 5:20 PM by Tadashi YANAI   [ updated Jan 14, 2019, 5:20 PM ]

  1. Introduction  
  2. The flame of a candle (Bachelard) as a starting point  
  3. Theories of four and other elements 
  4. Reappraisal of 19th century anthropology: Edward B. Tylor  
  5. Aboriginal Australia   
  6. Siberia  
  7. South America
  8. East Asia 
  9. Nature and music  
  10. Jean Rouch: ciné-anthropology of nature
  11. Robert Gardner's material motives
  12. Nature as unconsciousness (Gilles Clément's gardening theory) 

2018 Phytoanthropology: imagining anthropology from botany

posted Jul 13, 2018, 5:27 AM by Tadashi YANAI   [ updated Jul 13, 2018, 5:28 AM ]

  1. Introduction
  2. "Forest" as a social place
  3. Plants as sentient and living beings
  4. Views on plants from Ancient Greece to the 18th Century Europe
  5. Analogism and plants
  6. Animism and plants
  7. Plant intelligence  
  8. Phytosemiotics and plant neurons
  9. Life and sex: plants' perseverance in their being
  10. Food, drugs, and poisons
  11. Plant subjectivity and plant design
  12. Rethinking the nature from plants' perspective

2017 Anthropology of emotions/affects

posted Jul 13, 2018, 5:21 AM by Tadashi YANAI   [ updated Jul 13, 2018, 5:21 AM ]

  1. Introduction to affects: from moving images to concepts
  2. Emotions in animals (Darwin)
  3. From emotions to expressions
  4. Emotions and the "cultural"
  5. Emotions/affects and psychotherapy
  6. Emotions/affects and ethnographic fieldwork
  7. Linguistic anthropology on emotions
  8. Emotional labor and affects
  9. Connected bodies
  10. Cinema, emotions, affects
  11. Emotions, respiration, art (by Tanaka)
  12. Landscape and affects (by Chen)
  13. Spinoza and anthropology

2017 Anthropology toward the biological

posted Jul 13, 2018, 5:15 AM by Tadashi YANAI   [ updated Jul 13, 2018, 5:15 AM ]

  1. Introduction
  2. Anthropology of nature and body
  3. Shinsuke Ogawa and the Magino films
  4. Brain and language
  5. Biological background of emotions
  6. Body, senses, and ethnography
  7. Revisiting von Uexküll
  8. Microbiological worldviews
  9. Sociality among animals and humans
  10. Energy and the humanity
  11. Knowing about ecological embryology
  12. Politics of natural beings
  13. Nature, meanings, and thoughts

2016 Sensory Images

posted Apr 3, 2017, 8:54 PM by Tadashi YANAI   [ updated Apr 3, 2017, 8:54 PM ]

  1. Introduction
  2. Visual images (1): vision for action
  3. Visual images (2): vision and art
  4. Auditory images and multi-sensory perception
  5. Synesthesia
  6. Odor and taste as immediate perception
  7. Approaching ethnography of sensory images
  8. Rethinking sociality (1)
  9. Moving images and the senses
  10. Brain and sex
  11. Rethinking sociality (2)
  12. Conclusion: neuroscience, anthropology and Bergson's Matter and Memory

2015 Anthropology and Post-Disaster Fukushima

posted Dec 15, 2015, 3:53 AM by Tadashi YANAI   [ updated Dec 15, 2015, 3:58 AM ]

  1. Introduction
  2. Risk, Modernity, State
  3. To live with nuclear power facilities around
  4. Coastal Fukushima: Historical Background
  5. Anthropology of nuclear accidents: Chernobyl and Fukushima
  6. Between refuge, distance and return
  7. Central Fukushima: Radioactivity, image and mental health
  8. Science among citizens
  9. Abukuma Plateau: Nature, animals, humans
  10. Sharing stories: volunteers, community and tourism
  11. "Recovery" and economy
  12. Thinking from the place/ground
  13. Possible futures, possible anthropologies

2014 Anthropology of Nature and Body

posted Feb 9, 2015, 7:35 PM by Tadashi YANAI   [ updated Feb 9, 2015, 9:05 PM ]

  1. Introduction
  2. Body-sense-nature
  3. Communicating bodies [Case: Soccer training in Porto, Portugal, by Y. Aihara]
  4. From Kinship Theory to the Theory of Social Body  [Case: Jewish kinship in Buenos Aires, by A. Udagawa]
  5. Body in variation
  6. Imagined body, possible body  [Case: Ballet dancers in Bangkok, by K. Ideta]
  7. Nature, land, power
  8. "Animism" and "analogism"
  9. Physiocracy as a bifurcation point
  10. Struggle of natures: knowledge, power, perspectives  [Case: Seto Inland Sea, by I. Tsurita]
  11. To the Outside
  12. Body-in-Nature / "Pauses and Interruption: Conversations with the Other" by B. Voelcker
  13. Lived nature  [Case: Classical musicians in Cuba, by R. Tanaka]

2014 Art/Anthropology 2

posted Jan 3, 2015, 12:32 AM by Tadashi YANAI   [ updated Feb 9, 2015, 9:31 PM ]

  1. Ethnographies (1): Classical Music in Cuba (Rieko Tanaka), Classic Ballet in Thailand (Keiji Ideta), Shishimai in Matsumorimachi, Hirosaki (Irina Grigore)
  2. Ethnographies (2): Paper-cutting in Huangtu Plateau, China (Tomoko Niwa)
  3. Discussions, with special emphasis on Arnd Schneider's recent works
  4. Experimental filmmaking and anthropology (with Becca Voelcker)
  5. Art Practices (1):Min Tanaka+Children Dance Performance "The air has fallen down" (Irina Grigore) *
  6. Art Practices (1):Exhibition "Window Flowers: Chinese Paper Cutting in Huangtu Plateau" (Tomoko Niwa) *
  7. Workshop (1): Tanaka, Ideta, Grigore and Yanai*
  8. Workshop (2): Arnd Schneider "Dialogues between Contemporary Art and Anthropology: Future Challenges" (98th Contemporary Anthropology Workshop at the University of Tokyo)
*with the participation of Professor Arnd Schneider (Oslo University)

This was not an ordinary graduate course, but a series of activities we organized, stimulated by Arnd Schneider's visit to our group.

2013-14 Anthropology of Media and Image

posted Jan 23, 2014, 5:28 PM by Tadashi YANAI   [ updated Jan 30, 2014, 11:36 PM ]

  1. From the anthropology of "culture" to the anthropology of "media"
  2. Rethinking words as media
  3. Orality: images and words
  4. Writing, speaking and the internal speech
  5. Camera and Man
  6. Using cameras in ethnographic fieldwork (Irina Grigore)
  7. Jean Rouch and his shared anthropology
  8. Rouch between Africa and France
  9. On Rouch's Dionysos
  10. "Video nas aldeias": a new way to practice shared anthropology
  11. Anthropology of image reception
  12. Image and technoscience
  13. Virtual worlds

2013 Michel Foucault and Anthropology

posted Dec 12, 2013, 6:33 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 30, 2014, 11:33 PM by Tadashi YANAI ]

  1. The Late Foucault and Anthropology
  2. On war, law and power
  3. Foucault of "small stories"
  4. "Pierre Riviere": book and film
  5. Biopower
  6. Government, pastoral power and counter-conduct
  7. Phenomenological economics
  8. Neoliberalism
  9. Foucault in the 80s
  10. Self, asceticism and writing
  11. Kant, revolution and enlightenment
  12. Truth, subject and cynicism

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