池田光穂

Eisei KURIMOTO

I visited South Sudan for the first time in 1978 when I was a fourth-year student in the Department of Literature at Kyoto University. I began by conducting ethnographic research on the Pari people. I continued fieldwork in the Pari village until 1985. In 1986, research in South Sudan was interrupted by the escalation of civil war. From 1988–1999, I researched the Anywas (Anuaks) of Gambella, western Ethiopia, whose mother tongue is related to Pari. In addition to continuing ethnographical research on the livelihood, social organization, rituals, and oral history of the Anywas, I explored other topics including civil war, ethnic conflict, refugees, development and humanitarian assistance, and colonial rule. I resumed my ethnographical study of the Pari people while continuing research on post-war reconstruction and peace building in South Sudan, where the civil war ended in 2005. South Sudan has been independent since 2011. My major publications include the following: People Living through Ethnic Conflict (Sekai Shiso Sha, 1996); War in Primitive Society, War in Modernity (Iwanami Shoten, 1999); Colonial Experience (Jimbun Shoin, 1998); Conflict, Age and Power in North East Africa (Jams Currey, 1998); Remapping Ethiopia (James Currey, 2002).

Specialization

Social Anthropology, African Ethnography

Research Interests

  • Ethnography of ethnic groups along the Nile
  • Political Anthropology
  • Historical Anthropology

Keywords

Conflict, war, refugees, the state, inter-ethnic relationships, colonialism

Academic History

March 1980
Graduated from the Faculty of Letters, Kyoto University
March 1982
Completed the Master's degree program at the Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University
March 1985
Completed doctorate degree program at the Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University

Degrees

January 1990  Master of Arts (Kyoto University)

Work Experience

April 1987
Research Assistant, the Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
April 1992
Assistant, National Museum of Ethnology
April 1993
Assistant Professor, National Museum of Ethnology
April 2000
Adjunct Professor, School of Human Sciences, Osaka University
April 2001
Visiting Adjunct Professor, Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University (until March 2003)
April 2003
Professor, Graduate School of Human Sciences, School of Human Sciences, Osaka University
April 2003
Visiting Professor, Center for Area Research Planning and Exchange, National Museum of Ethnology (until March 2005)
August 2007
Director, Global Collaboration Center, Osaka University (until August 2011)
November 2011
Teaching staff, Global Collaboration Center, Osaka University

Academic Associations

Japan Association for African Studies, Japan Association for Nilo-Ethiopian Studies, Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology

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