池田光穂

Chihiro SHIRAKAWA Associate Professor

Inspired by the experience of helping to implement anti-malaria measures in Vanuatu as a Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteer, I stayed on for some time to conduct fieldwork on traditional medicine and culture. Since then, my fieldwork has expanded to include Laos, and my research has grown to include the relationships between magic and science, international cooperation and cultural anthropology, and NGOs and voluntarism, as well as the use of mosquito nets in local communities. I am actively involved in international medical cooperation, and I have served as both a WHO short term consultant for the lymphatic filariasis control project in Samoa and Fiji and a JICA short term expert for the malaria control project in Myanmar.

Specialization

Cultural Anthropology, Asian, and Oceanic studies

Research Interests

  • Anthropological study of the relationship between magic and science
  • Anthropological study of international cooperation activities

Keywords

Magic, science, international medical cooperation,
international cooperation volunteers, NGOs, mosquito nets

Academic History

March 1994
Master of Environmental Sciences, Graduate School of Environmental Sciences, Tsukuba University
March 1998
Ph.D., School of Cultural and Social Studies, Graduate University for Advanced Studies

Work Experience

April 1998–March 1999
Research fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences
April 1999–March 2001
Associate Professor, Faculty of Medical Welfare, Kawasaki University of Medical Welfare
April 2001–September 2005
Associate Professor, Faculty of Humanities, Niigata University
October 2005–March 2012
Associate Professor, Department of Advanced Studies in Anthropology, National Museum of Ethnology
April 2006–March 2013
Associate Professor, School of Cultural and Social Studies, Graduate University for Advanced Studies
April 2012–March 2013
Associate Professor, Department of Cultural Research, National Museum of Ethnology
April 2013 to the present
Associate Professor, School of Human Sciences, Osaka University

Academic Associations

  • Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology
  • Japanese Society for Oceanic Studies

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