Sunday, March 14, 2010
8:30 - 10:00 am: Check In
10:00 - Noon: Avaya Auditorium (ACES Bldg)
The Anthropology of Alcohol in Japan
Chair: Nathaniel Smith
• Real Men Don’t Hold Their Liquor: The Performance of Drunkenness in Japan. Paul Christensen
• Ah-ha! Wine, Experience and Phenomenology. Nicolas Sternsdorff
• Maintaining Social Order Through Liminality. Esra Gokce Sahin
• Drinking With State. Fumitaka Wakamatsu
Discussant: Nathaniel Smith (Theodore C. Bestor)
10:00 - Noon: WEL 3.502 (Welch Bldg)
Identity and Ritual
• Identity and the Role of Community Festivals in Urban Japan. Natalie Close
• Ritual in the Historical Periodization of Osaka. Jason Erb
• Beyond Tradition as Identity: “Doing Identity” – “Doing Tradition” – “Consuming Tradition.” Susanne Klien
• Religious Identity and Political Activism: Soka Gakkai Members' Support for Komeito. Anne Fisker-Nielsen
10:00 - 11:00 am: ACE 2.402 (ACES Bldg)
Film: “A Miyabi Obon” by D. S. Mote
A look at one family’s Obon observance. 46 minutes
Noon - 1:30 pm: Lunch Break
1:30 - 3:00 pm: Avaya Auditorium (ACES Bldg)
Death, and After
• From Social to Ecological Immortality: Ancestor Worship, Ecological Cemeteries, and Identity in Contemporary Japanese Society. Sebastien Boret
• Surviving Death: Ritual Response to the Loss of Charismatic Leaders. Ewa Manek
• Vitality and Pollution: Scattering Coins in Japanese Mortuary Rituals. Hyunchul Kim
1:30 - 3:00 pm: WEL 3.502 (Welch Bldg)
Social Relations
• Rethinking En: From Kinship to Friendship. Hirochika Nakamaki
• Inside/Outside and the Discourse of Politeness. Miki Iida
• Matagi: Hunters as Intermediaries Between “Wild” and “Domestic.” Scott Schnell
3:00 - 3:30 pm: Break
3:30 - 5:00 pm: Avaya Auditorium (ACES Bldg)
Death, and After (cont.)
• Fields of Ghosts: Making Meaning of Religious Narratives, Memory and Identity in Contemporary Mutsu. Andrea De Antoni
• Kuyô Egaku: Folk Visions of the Afterlife In Nineteenth Century Iwate, Rediscovered. Christopher Thompson
• The Osutaka Pilgrimage: Remembering the Victims of the Flight JL123 Crash. Christopher P. Hood
3:30 - 5:00 pm: WEL 3.502 (Welch Bldg)
Women and Gender Issues
• Creating a Social Space at a Tokyo Ramen Shop: An Analysis of Class and Gender in Eateries. Satomi Fukutomi
• Single(woman)hood and Social Agency: Ohitorisama in Contemporary Japan. Laura Dales
• “Grave” Problems? - The Legacy of Hidden Christians among Catholic Women in Tokyo. Hisako Omori
5:00 - 7:00 pm: Free Time
7:00 - 9:00 pm: Connally Ballroom, Etter-Harbin Alumni Center (UTX)
Reception and Keynote Address
• Dolores Martinez


Monday, March 15, 2010
8:30 - 9:00 am: Check In
9:00 - 11:00 am: Avaya Auditorium (ACES Bldg)
Anthropologies of the Japanese Aged
Chair: Mitchell W. Sedgwick
• Does Japan’s Ageing Population Really Constitute a “Crisis?” Roger Goodman
• Life after “Lifetime Employment.” Mitchell W. Sedgwick
• The Global and the Local: Changing Meanings of Elder Care in Japan. Brenda Jenike
• Thinking about the End of Life in Japan. Susan Orpett Long
Discussant: John Traphagan
9:00 - 11:00 am: WEL 3.502 (Welch Bldg)
A Discourse-Centered Approach to Japanese Culture
Chair: Cyndi Dunn
• Can You Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve in Japanese? - Cognition Meets Formal and Biological Constraints in Japanese Discourse. James Stanlaw
• “There Is a Squirrel in the Tree” - Spatial and Other Cognition Differences Between Japanese and English Speakers. Nobuko Adachi
• Language and the Emergent Sense of Community: The Case of Nichanneru Residents in Cyberspace. Risako Ide
• Institutionalized Discourse in the Workplace: Japanese “Business Manners” Training. Cyndi Dunn
Discussant: Karen Nakamura
9:00 - 10:30: ACE 2.402 (ACES Bldg)
• “We Will Support You!” - Reducing Health Care Costs Through Behavioral Management in Japan. Amy Borovoy
• “You Have to Have Something to Live For” - Personal Identity and Ikigai. Iza Kavedzija
• Walking the Kumano Routes: Pilgrimage, Tourism or Wellness? Sylvie Guichard-Anguis
11:00 - 11:30 am: Break
11:30 - 1:30: Avaya Auditorium (ACES Bldg)
Trajectories and Cohorts in Japan Anthropology (Roundtable)
Chair: William W. Kelly & Lola Martinez
• William W. Kelly
• Lola Martinez
• Anne Fisker-Nielsen (Dixon Wong)
• Karen Nakamura
• Gavin Whitelaw
• Emma Cook
A roundtable discussion on the changing face of anthropology in Japan over the last four decades. A brief presentation will be followed by interactive discussion between the panelists and attendees.
1:30 - 3:00 pm: Lunch Break
3:00 - 5:00: Avaya Auditorium (ACES Bldg)
Escaping ‘Japan’: Integration, Dissidence and Location.
Chair: Blai Guarne & Paul Hansen
• Outsider, Insider, Lo-sider, No-sider: Religion and Belonging on a Hokkaido Dairy Farm. Paul Hansen
• Religion as a Bureaucratic System: Managing Problematic Sentiment in Li Ying’s Yasukuni. Daniel White
• Growing Good Citizens: Functionalism and the Role of Religion in the Early Anthropology of Japan. Elizabeth Marks
• Yakiimo no jikan desu yo (It’s yakiimo time!): Difference and Estrangement in Tokyo’s Suburbia. Blai Guarne
Discussant: Lola Martinez
3:00 - 5:00: WEL 3.502 (Welch Bldg)
The Japanese Home and Family: Continuity and Transformation
Chair: Joy Hendry
• The Exclusion of Japanese Single Women in the Housing and Family System. Richard Ronald
• Single Women and the Problems of Home and Family in Japan. Lynne Nakano
• “Sutekina kurashi” - Reconsidering Home and Family in Urban Japan. Anemone Platz
• Older Residents in Communal Housing in Japan: Meaning of Home and Family. Maren Godzik
Discussant: Joy Hendry
3:00 - 5:00: ACE 2.402 (ACES Bldg)
Ritualization and Sacrality
• De-ritualization of Kankonsosai. Peter D. Ackermann
• Change and Continuity in a Japanese Childhood Ritual. The Evolution of Shichigosan. Melinda Pappova
• Ritual Boundary Crossing and the Emplacement of Time: Japanese Year Changing Customs Via the Anthropology of Religion. Millie Creighton
• Purity and Danger in the Censorship of Videogames in Japan. William H. Kelly
• Winning Souls, Hearts, and Minds: Debating Christianity and Buddhism in Omihachiman, Shiga Prefecture. Bruce White
• Public Events and the Japanese Self-Defense Forces: Aesthetics, Ritual Cycles and the Normalization of Military Violence. Eyal Ben-Ari
5:00 - 7:00 pm: Dinner Break
7:00 - 9:00 pm: Avaya Auditorium (ACES Bldg)
“Can’t Go Native?” and Long Field Engagements
Chair: David W. Plath
• Keith Brown
• William W. Kelly
• John Traphagan
A media portrait of Keith Brown’s ongoing involvement in the evolution of a Japanese community.
The presentation will begin with a film segment of approximately 60 minutes, followed by discussion.


Tuesday, March 16, 2010
8:30 - 9:00 am: Check In
9:00 - 10:30 am: Avaya Auditorium (ACES Bldg)
Gender Rituals and Ritualized Gender: Men, Women, and Identity in Contemporary Japan
Chair: Cindi L. SturtzSreetharan
• Elevator Girls: Ritualized Performances and Identity Disparities. Laura Miller
• Ritualized Language in the Cinema: Gender, Class and Play in Benshi Scripts. Hideko Abe
• Where Are the Passionate Kisses? - Japanese Gendered Rituals of Falling in Love in Ren'ai Dorama “Romance Dramas.” Janet S. Shibamoto-Smith
9:00 - 10:30 am: WEL 3.502 (Welch Bldg)
Japan in the International Community
• Globalization and Identity. Kuniko Miyanaga
• It Can Take a Village: The Continued Efficacy of Localized Place Studies in the 21st Century. John Mock
• Politics, Propaganda, and Presentation of the Korea-Japan Relationship: Issues of Regional Security around the Dokdo Exhibition at the National Museum of Korea. Kyunghyo Chun
10:30 - 11:00 am: Break
11:00 - Noon: Avaya Auditorium (ACES Bldg)
Gender Rituals and Ritualized Gender: Men, Women, and Identity in Contemporary Japan (cont.)
• Kyara-ben: Ritual Homage to Soft, Cuddly Power. Debra J. Occhi
• Eating Honorifics: Casual Conversations, Linguistic Rituals, and Kansai Women. Cindi L. SturtzSreetharan
11:00 - Noon: WEL 3.502
Japan in the International Community (cont.)
• Japanese in the “Ghetto at the Center of the World.” Gordon Mathews
• “This Man is Bringing Shame on the Japanese People!” - Teaching “Western” Manners to Japanese Package Tourists in the 1960s. Yoshiko Nakano
Noon - 1:30 pm: Lunch Break
1:30 - 3:00: Avaya Auditorium
• How Has Christianity Been Taken Into Corporate Management Ideology in Japan? - Observed in the Case of Gunze Corporation. Noriya Sumihara
• We Are International but Not Japanese: A Case Study of a Japanese Information Service Company in Shanghai. Weini Tang
• Formulating a Business Model with Abandoned Steam Locomotives: From a Deficit-ridden Commuters Service to a Heritage Museum. Kazunori Sunagawa
3:00 - 3:30 pm: Avaya Auditorium (ACES Bldg)
Closing Remarks
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