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Friday, March 11 ~Sunday, March 13, 2011
《International Symposium》The International Symposium of the National Institutes for the Humanities: Whaling Cultures of the World: Past, Present, and Future

  • Date: March 11th to 13th, 2011
  • Place: National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan
    March 11th and 12th: 4th Seminar Room
  • March 13th: 5th Seminar Room
  • Languages used: March 11th and 12th: English and Japanese (simultaneous translation into Japanese will be provided.)
    March 13th: Japanese
  • Each main presentation consists of 30 minute talk and 5 minute question and reply.
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  • Download the program and abstract[PDF:577KB]


DAY 1 Friday, March 11th, at the 4th Seminar Room at the Museum
1. Introduction
10:00-10:05 Opening by President of National Institutes for the Humanities
10:05-10:10 Opening by Director General of National Museum of Ethnology
10:10-10:15 Remarks by Nobuhiro Kishigami (NME)
2. Archeological and Historical Session
10:20-10:55 2-1 James Savelle (McGill University)
"Arctic Whaling in Archeological Perspective"
11:00-11:35 2-2 Kiyoshi Yamaura (Rikkyo University)
"Archaeological Perspectives on Whaling in Japan and Neighboring Areas"
11:40-12:15 2-3 Susan Lebo (Bishop Museum)
"A View from Hawaii of Whaling in the North Pacific"
12:15-13:15 Lunch Break
3. Aboriginal Subsistence and Local Whaling Activities
13:15-13:50 3-1 Hisashi Hamaguchi (Sonoda Women's College)
"How 'Large' is Small-Scale Whaling? A Consideration of Humpback Whaling in Bequia"
13:55-14:30 3-2 Kazunobu Ikeya (National Museum of Ethnology)
"Indigenous Whaling among the Chukchi in Russia"
14:35-15:10 3-3 Nobuhiro Kishigami (National Museum of Ethnology)
"Aboriginal/Indigenous Subsistence Whaling in Alaska, USA"
15:10-15:25 Coffee Break
15:25-16:00 3-4 Rasmus Ole Rasmussen (NORDREGIO and Roskilde University)
"Indigenous Whaling in Greenland"
16:05-16:40 3-5 Tomoko Egami (Okinawa International University)
"Traditional Whaling Culture of Lamalera Village, Indonesia"
16:45-17:15 Questions and Replies
DAY 2 Saturday, March 12th, at the 4th Seminar Room at the Museum
4. Japanese and Ainu Whaling in Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
10:00-10:35 4-1 Masami Iwasaki-Goodman (Hokkai Gakuen University)
"Whaling in Northern Seas around Japan"
10:40-11:15 4-2 Shigeo Nakazono (Hirado City Ikitsuki Town Museum, Shimanoyakata)
"Overview of Japanese Whaling -- History and Development"
11:20-11:55 4-3 Takao Kojima (Seijo University)
"Contemporary Small Local Whaling in Wadaura, Chiba, Japan"
11:55-13:00 Lunch Break
13:00-13:35 4-4 Aiko Endo (Ocean Policy Research Foundation)
"The Distribution Channels of Whale Meat: An Example from the Hand-harpoon Fishery of Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan"
5. International Politics of Whaling
13:40-14:15 5-1 Michael Heazle (Griffith University)
"Whale Wars and Whale Diplomacy: Perception and Misperception in the Australia -- Japan Relationship"
14:20-15:05 5-2 Motohiro Kawashima (Gunma University)
"Is Anti-Whaling a Protest Business?"
15:05-15:15 Coffee Break
15:15-16:00 5-3 Dan Goodman (Institute of Cetacean Research)
"Japanese whaling and International Politics"
16:05-16:40 5-4 Joji Morishita (Fisheries Agency, Government of Japan)
"The Commercial Whaling Moratorium: Myth and Its Role in Truce"
6. General Discussion
16:45-17:15 Commentators: Tomoya Akimichi (Research Institute for Humanity and Nature) and Katsuaki Morita (Konan Women's University)
Day 3 Public Symposium Sunday, March 13, at the 5th Seminar Room of the Museum
Language used: Japanese only (no simultaneous translation)
13:10-13:20 Introduction byNobuhiro Kishigami (National Museum of Ethnology)
13:20-14:00 Presentation 1
Tomoya Akimichi (Research Institute for Humanity and Nature)
"Whaling Cultures of the World: Rethinking Human Relationships with Whales"
14:00-14:10 Break
14:10-14:50 Presentation 2
Katsuaki Morita (Konan Women's University)
"A Historical Review of Human Perceptions of the Cetacean: Birth of the 'Media Whale"
14:50-15:00 Break
15:00-15:40 Presentation 3
Hisashi Hamguchi (Sonoda Women's College)
"Aboriginal/Indigenous Subsistence Whaling: History, Present, and Problems"
15:40-15:50 Break
15:50-16:30 Panel Discussion
Tomoya Akimichi (Research Institute of Humanity and Nature), Katuaki Morita (Konan Women's University), Hisasi Hamaguchi (Sonoda Women's College), Kazunobu Ikeya (National Museum of Ethnology), Nobuhiro Kishigami (National Museum of Ethnology)