50th Anniversary Conference of the Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology (JASCA)

JASCA_conference_logo15th to 18th May 2014, Tokyo, Japan

The Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology (JASCA) invites anthropologists from around the world to the 50th Anniversary Conference to be held jointly with IUAES Inter-Congress 2014.

The conference aims to attract over 250 international delegates to Chiba City in Greater Tokyo. The theme will be The Future with/of Anthropologies. The language of the conference will be English.

The theme of the conference is multi-vocal, and indicates our intention to discuss and think about the future not only of anthropology as a discipline in general but also of anthropologies in the specific, as various sub-disciplines (e.g., urban anthropology, legal anthropology, psychological anthropology) covering different areas for debate (race, human rights, public engagement, publication and so on). At the same time, anthropology in the plural suggests our interest in world anthropologies with varying histories and positionalities in differential power relations within the field of knowledge production.

The general theme of this conference also provokes the need to discuss the future with anthropologies, or the future of humanity, society, institutions and individuals in the process of (re)creating and (re)engaging with the knowledge and practice of anthropologies. Metropolitan Japan is a particularly appropriate place to discuss such futures. Not only has Japan often been regarded as leading futuristic paths in an alternative form of non-Western modernity, it has continuously engaged itself in internal cultural debates over its future and its past – in dealing with the ‘crisis’ of a super-ageing population and in finding new traditions in a post-industrial age, for example. What are the multiple understandings of the futures of humanity, and accordingly, what are the futures of anthropologies in its various forms?

This joint conference comes at a critical moment in terms of finding new pathways for engagement among world anthropologies. JASCA is one of the largest anthropological associations in the world with over two thousand members and fifty years of history since its foundation in 1964. Its original body can be traced back further to 1934, the same year that the IUAES held its first World Congress in London. And yet, the vast extent of its production of anthropological knowledge has remained relatively contained within the Japanese-language community. In envisioning the future of anthropologies and the future with anthropologies at this historic juncture, it is hoped that the event will result in new creative forms of dialogue among world anthropologies, and we hope to contribute to the formation of a stronger, multi-faceted, and more open network of anthropologists for the future.

The following colleagues will present keynote addresses at the conference.

James Ferguson

Susan S. and William H. Hindle Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences and Professor in the Department of Anthropology, Stanford University

Claudio Lomnitz

Campbell Family Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University; Formerly Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Committee on Historical Studies, the New School University

Marilyn Strathern

Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge; Formerly William Wyse Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge

Other featured sessions will include:

The Past and Future of the World Council of Anthropological Associations: a symposium organized by Gustavo Lins Ribeiro, founder of WCAA, in commemoration of its tenth anniversary, followed by a special address by Leslie Aiello, President of the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research; Emeritus Professor, University College London.


A symposium on race convened by Faye Harrison, President of IUAES, and Yasuko Takezawa.

Panels jointly organized by the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and JASCA.

Other panels held in cooperation with both international and domestic associations.

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