池田光穂

Kei'ichi OMURA Associate Professor

I have conducted continuous fieldwork on the Inuit, the indigenous people of the Canadian Arctic. I am examining the past, present, and future of this race through the questions, “Where did they come from? What kind of existence do they have? Where will they go?” as I explore this community’s potential and limitations, based on my experience there.

Specialization

Anthropology, Anthropology of the Arctic, Space Anthropology, Livelihood Studies, Inuit Linguistics, the study of Inuit knowledge, comparative study of indigenous knowledge and modern science

Research Interests

  • Ethnography of the Inuit in the Canadian Arctic (research on Inuit language and knowledge, ethnographical study of Inuit ways of life and social relations)
  • Comparative study of indigenous knowledge and modern science
  • The future of research on Man in Space.

Keywords

Indigenous knowledge, modern science, livelihood, ontology, the Inuit, space,
the expanding mind

Academic History

March 1984
Graduated from Numazu-Higashi High School, Shizuoka
April 1985
Joined the First Department of Literature, Waseda University
March 1989
Graduated from the Archaeology Department, First Department of Literature, Waseda University
April 1989
Joined the Master’s degree program in Archaeology at the Graduate School of Literature in the Department of Arts and Sciences, Waseda University
March 1991
Completed the Master’s degree program in Archaeology at the Graduate School of Letters, Arts and Sciences at Waseda University
April 1991
Joined the doctoral program in Archaeology at the Graduate School of Letters, Arts and Sciences at Waseda University
March 1997
Completed the doctoral program in Archaeology at the Graduate School of Letters, Arts and Sciences at Waseda University

Degrees

Ph.D. in Literature (Graduate School of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Waseda University), October 2001

Work Experience

April 1994–March 1997
Assistant, School of Human Sciences, Waseda University
April 1994–March 1997
Part-time Lecturer, Sakadotsurugashima Nursing School
April 1995–March 1997
Part-time Lecturer, Mejiro University College
April 1997–March 2000
Lecturer, School of Language and Culture, Osaka University
April 1997–March 1995
The Open University of Japan (Scene constitution, coordinator, interpreter of the Inuit language, V camera)
April 2000–March 2004
Adjunct Professor, School of Language and Culture, Osaka University
April 2004–March 2007
Adjunct Professor, Graduate School of Language and Culture, Osaka University
April 2004–March 2007
Visiting Adjunct Professor, the Open University of Japan
April 2006–March 2007
Part-time Lecturer, University of the Sacred Heart, Tokyo
April 2007–present
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Language and Culture, Osaka University
April 2007–present
Visiting Associate Professor, the Open University of Japan
September 2008–March 2009
Member of the organizing committee of the special exhibition, “The Voice of Nature and the Form of Life” for the National Museum of Ethnology
October 2010–present
Member of the executive committee of the Field Science Colloquium, The Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
April 2011–March 2012
Part-time Lecturer, Shimane University
Present Appointments
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Language and Culture, Osaka University
Visiting Associate Professor, the Open University of Japan

Associations

  • Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology

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