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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Contribution Paper

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 3.129

Needs for International Solidarities for Fieldwork Education


  • Dr. Shuji IIJIMA

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Japans history of anthropological education, usually at the university level, spans over 100 years. Some major universities offer undergraduate courses in anthropology, but anthropologists or ethnographers are largely scattered across various departments in the humanities and social sciences, such as Area Studies and Geography. Kyushu University, which was one of seven imperial universities, currently has eight anthropologists or ethnographers, but only half of them teach courses under anthropology and just one of them teaches a seminar on fieldwork. Our course, a one-year seminar called Cultural Anthropology, has about 20 undergraduate students. In the first semester, after giving a short lecture on the history of anthropology and the core of ethnography, we ask the students to read about the history and some previous studies on a specific field-site. Then, in the second semester, the students conduct interviews and go to the field-site in the community for a week. In the third semester, they analyse their fieldnotes using the KJ-method or Grounded theory approach. In the final semester, they give presentations at the field-site, write an ethnographic report and deliver the reports to each house in the community. We call this ‘total education’ (Iijima, 2017). To maintain the course, we need support from the university and community. In particular, carrying out fieldwork safely is an important issue (Ice et al. 2015). I would like to share our experiences in the course within the field of anthropology education.