The National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) is a research center for ethnology and cultural anthropology.

Notifications regarding past study meetings, symposia, and academic conferences.

Past Other Project meetings

Thursday, September 20, 2018
International Symposium: Fijian Languages and GIS Project, and Its Application to Museum Exhibits
  • Date:Thursday, September 20, 2018 9:30
  • Venue:Seminar Room 4, 2nd floor at the National Museum of Ethnology
  • Languages: English, Japanese, Japanese Sign Language
    (with English-Japanese, and Japanese-Japanese Sign Language simultaneous interpretation)
Saturday, June 23, 2018~Sunday, June 24
The Image-making from Africa - Ethnographic Films by Tromsø Visual Anthropology School -
  • Date: 10:30-17:00 in 23 June 2018
       10:30-17:45 in 24 June 2018
  • Venue: Conference Room 7, 2nd floor at the National Museum of Ethnology
  • Language: English
March 19, 2018(Monday)~March 21, 2018(Wednesday)
《International Symposium and Special Research Project of the National Museum of Ethnology, Japan》Human Relationships with Animals and Plants: Perspectives of Historical Ecology
  • Date: March 19, 2018 (Monday) - March 21, 2018 (Wednesday)
  • Venue: Conference Room 4, National Museum of Ethnology (NME)
    (Capacity: 60 people (entrance free))
  • Languages: Japanese & English (Simultaneous interpreters provided)
Wednesday, November 29~Friday, December 1, 2017
International Symposium “Negotiating Intangible Cultural Heritage”
  • Date: Wednesday, November 29 - Friday, December 1, 2017
  • Venue: Conference Room 4, National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka
  • Open to the public (Free/Entry via E-mail/ Max. 50 people)
Saturday, October 7~Sunday, October 8, 2017
Research Trends Round-table I 《International Symposium》 “Preservation of Cultural Heritage in a Changing World”
  • Date:October 7 - 8, 2017
  • Venue:National Museum of Ethnology, Conference Room 4
Monday, January 15, 2018
11th Minpaku Lecture Series in Modern Middle East Studies
  • Date: 15:00-17:00 on 15 January 2018
  • Venue: Conference Room 3, 4th floor at the National Museum of Ethnology
Saturday, September 9, 2017
International Symposium: History and the Current Status of Indigenous People in Canada
  • Time: 14:00 – 16:40, September 9 (Saturday), 2017
  • Place: Conference Room 4
Saturday, July 1, 2017
Public Lectures “The Ancient Civilizations and the Present Situations in Mesoamerica and the Andes”
  • Date: Saturday, July 1 14:00 - 17:00, 2017
  • Venue: Conference Room 4, National Museum of Ethnology
March 26, 2017(Sunday)
《Symposium by the Special Research Project of Minpaku》 Human Relationships with Animals and Plants: Perspectives of Historical Ecology
  • Date: March 26, 2017 (Sunday)
  • Venue: Conference Room 4, National Museum of Ethnology (NME)
    (Capacity: 60 people (entrance free))
  • Languages: Japanese & English (Simultaneous interpreters provided)
Saturday, February 25, 2017
《International Symposium》 Exploring Age-friendly Communities: Diverse People Aging in Place
  • Date: Saturday, February 25, 2017
  • Venue: Conference Room 4, National Museum of Ethnology (Capacity: 80 people (entrance free))
Friday, March 11~Friday, September 23 - Sunday, September 25, 2016
The 5th Meeting of Signed and Spoken Language Linguistics
  • Date: Friday, September 23 - Sunday, September 25, 2016
  • Venue: National Museum of Ethnology, Japan
Saturaday, December 19~Sunday, December 20, 2015
The 7th INDAS International Conference 'Structural Transformation in Globalizing South Asia: Comprehensive Area Studies for Sustainable, Inclusive, and Peaceful Development’
  • Date: Saturaday, December 19 - Sunday, December 20, 2015
  • Venue: Conference Room 5, National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka
Friday, September 25~Sunday, September 27, 2015
How Do Biomedicines Shape Life, Sociality and Landscape in Africa?
  • Date: Friday, September 25 - Sunday, September 27, 2015
  • Venue:Conference Room 4, National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Los Monumentos Aztecas como Máquinas del Tiempo: Nuevas Interpretaciones de los Monolitos Arqueológicos
  • Date: Tuesday, June 2 15:00 - 18:00, 2015
  • Venue: Conference Room 6, National Museum of Ethnology
Saturday, June 6, 2015
Public Lectures “Comparative Studies on Ancient American Civilizations: Mesoamerica and Andes“
  • Date: Tuesday, June 2 15:00 - 18:00, 2015
  • Venue: Conference Room 4, National Museum of Ethnology
Saturday, February 21~Sunday, February 22, 2015
《International Symposium》New Horizons for Asian Museums and Museology
  • Date: Saturday, February 21 9:30 - 16:30 / Sunday, February 22, 2015 9:30 - 17:30
  • Venue: Conference Room 4, National Museum of Ethnology
Friday, February 20, 2015
Analysis of Museum Environment Data for Sustainable IPM
  • Date: Friday, February 20, 2015 13:30 - 18:00
  • Venue: Conference Room 5, National Museum of Ethnology
Saturday, February 14, 2015
《International Symposium》Transformaciones y continuidades sociales en la formación del Estado Primario
  • Date: Saturday, February 14, 2015
  • Venue: Conference Room 6, National Museum of Ethnology
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
《International Symposium》La producción de los espacios rituales en las regiones de la zona sur de los Andes
  • Date: Wednesday, February 11, 2015
  • Venue: Campus Innovation Center Tokyo
Saturday, December 6~Sunday, December 7, 2014
《International Symposium》Gastronomic Science and Food Museums of the World
  • Date: Saturday, December 6 - Sunday, December 7, 2014
  • Venue: Auditorium, National Museum of Ethnology
Friday, December 5, 2014~Sunday, December 7, 2014
International Workshop on Migration and the Remaking of Ethnic/ Micro-Regional Connectedness
  • Date: Friday, December 5 - Sunday, December 7, 2014
  • Venue: Conference Room 4, National Museum of Ethnology, December 5-6, 2014
    Tonan-tei, Inamori Foundation Memorial Building, Kyoto University, December 7, 2014
Saturday, November 29, 2014
International Symposium "Comparative Studies among the Formative Period Cultures in the Andes"
  • Date: Saturday, November 29, 2014
  • Venue: Conference Room 6, National Museum of Ethnology
Monday, November 3, 2014
Professor Philippe Descola “Anthropology of Images”
  • Date: Monday, November 3, 2014 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Venue: Conference Room 5, National Museum of Ethnology
Saturday, July 19~Wednesday, July 23, 2014
8th International Symposium of the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) "Music and Minorities" Study Group
  • Date:July 19 - July 23, 2014
  • Venue:Conference Room 4, National Museum of Ethnology
Sunday, May 18, 2014
International Symposium "An Audiovisual Exploration of Philippine Music: The Historical Contribution of Robert Garfias"
  • Date: Sunday, May 18, 2014 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Venue: Conference Room 4, National Museum of Ethnology
Saturday, March 1~Saturday, March 2, 2014
Individual, family and state : Interdisciplinary approach from anthropology and demography on international migration and health
  • Date: Saturday, March 1 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. - / Sunday, March 2 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 2014
  • Venue:Conference Room 4, National Museum of Ethnology
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Formation of Ancient Civilizations: West Asia and Andes
  • Date: Sunday, January 26, 2014 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Venue: JPTOWER Hall&Conference 4F Hall1
Saturday, January 11~Monday, January 13, 2014
《International Symposium》Comparative Studies of Indigenous Cultures around the North Pacific Rim: Focusing on Indigenous Rights and Marine Resource Utilization
  • Date: Saturday, January 11 - Monday, January 13, 2014
  • Venue: Conference Room 4, National Museum of Ethnology
Wednesday, January 8~Thursday, January 9, 2014
《International workshop》The Russian-Chinese Border: a ‘Strategic Partnership’ in a Mosaic of Indigenous Societies
  • Date: Wednesday, January 8 - Thursday, January 9, 2014
  • Venue: National Museum of Ethnology
Sunday, October 13, 2013
《Simposio Internacional》Nuevos horizontes de los estudios de Chavín
  • Fecha: 30 de noviembre del 2013
  • Lugar: Seminar Room 6, National Museum of Ethnology
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Shibusawa Keizo - The Great Patron of Learning
  • Date: Sunday, October 13, 2013 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Venue: Venue: Conference Room and lecture hall, National Museum of Ethnology
Sunday, July 14, 2013
The Gift in Finance: Intersections of Finance and Anthropology
  • Date: Sunday, July 14, 2013 10:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
  • Venue: Conference Room 4, National Museum of Ethnology
Sunday, July 13, 2013
Transforming Arms into Art: Reviewing the Peace-building Project in Mozambique
  • Date: Sunday, July 13, 2013 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Venue: Conference Room 4, National Museum of Ethnology
Sunday, March 17, 2013
《International Symposium》Exhibiting Cultures: Comparative Perspectives from Japan and Europe
  • Date: Sunday, March 17, 2013
  • Venue: Conference Room 4, National Museum of Ethnology
Saturday, February 16, 2013
《Simposio Internacional》Diversidad y Uniformidad en el Horizonte Medio
  • Date: Saturday, February 16, 2013
  • Venue: Conference Room 6, National Museum of Ethnology
Friday, February 15, 2013
International Symposium on the History of Mining in Mongolia
  • Date: Friday, February 15, 2013
  • Venue: Conference Room 4, National Museum of Ethnology
Sunday, February 10, 2013
《International Symposium》Let’s Talk about Trees
  • Date: Sunday, February 10, 2013
  • Venue: Conference Room 4, National Museum of Ethnology
Saturday, February 2~Sunday, February 3, 2013
《International Forum》Research on Materials Related to Japan around the Baltic Sea Area
  • Date: Saturday, February 2 - Sunday, February 3, 2013
  • Venue: Conference Room 4, National Museum of Ethnology
Tuesday, January 8~Wednesday, January 9, 2013
《International Forum》International Research for Film Making, "The Tuva: Turkic People Divided between Three Countries, Russia, China and Mongolia"
  • Date: Tuesday, January 8 - Wednesday, January 9, 2013
  • Venue: Conference Room 4, National Museum of Ethnology
Friday, December 21~Saturday, December 22, 2012
《International Symposium》Looking beyond the State: The Changing Forms of Inclusion and Exclusion in India
  • Date: Friday, December 21 - Saturday, December 22, 2012
  • Venue: Japhu Christian College, Kohima, India
Friday, November 30, 2012
《International Forum》A Forum for Scientific Exchange between France and Japan : A Demographic View of the World
  • Date: Friday, November 30, 2012 1:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Venue: Seminar Room 1, National Museum of Ethnology
Friday, November 16~Saturday, November 17, 2012
《International Symposium》Catastrophes and Constructing Communities
  • Date: Friday, November 16 - Saturday, November 17, 2012
  • Venue: Conference Room 4, National Museum of Ethnology
Saturday, November 3~Sunday, November 4, 2012
《International Symposium》Mobility of Human, Culture and Space in the Han Society: Anthropological Approach
  • Date: Saturday, November 3 - Sunday, November 4, 2012
  • Venue: Conference Room 4, National Museum of Ethnology
Saturday, July 28~Sunday, July 29, 2012
International Symposium on Signed and Spoken Linguistics (1) ‘Description, Documentation and Conservation’
  • Saturday, July 28, 2012
    • Conference Room 4 (2nd Floor), National Museum of Ethnology
    • 13:00–18:00
  • Sunday, July 29, 2012
    • National Museum of Ethnology Auditorium
    • 9:00-17:30
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Saturday, June 09, 2012
《International Symposium》Rekiseikai's Project: Revisiting private houses investigated by Kon Wajiro
  • Date: Saturday, June 09, 2012
  • Venue: Conference Room 4, National Museum of Ethnology
Saturday, May 26, 2012
《International Symposium》Can Art and Museums Contribute to the Renaissance of the Society?
  • Date: Saturday, May 26, 2012 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Venue: Auditorium of the National Museum of Ethnology
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: Friday, March 11 - Sunday, March 13, 2011
  • Venue: Conference Room, 4 National Museum of Ethnology: Friday, March 11 - 12
    Conference Room, 5 National Museum of Ethnology: Sunday, March 13
Friday, August 27~Sunday, August 29, 2010
《International Forum》The Second International Conference on CultureWear and Diaspora Museum
  • Date: Friday, August 27 - Sunday, August 29, 2010
  • Venue: Conference Room 4, National Museum of Ethnology: August 27 - 28
    Auditorium, National Museum of Ethnology: August 29
Sunday, March 7, 2009
《International Workshop》Expanded Educational Space from the Perspective of Children’s Well-being
  • Date: Sunday, March 7, 2009
  • Venue: Conference Room 4, National Museum of Ethnology
Saturday, March 6, 2009
《International Symposium》Future Society for Children – Scandinavian Thought and Practice
  • Date: Saturday, March 6, 2009
  • Venue: Auditorium, National Museum of Ethnology
Saturday, September 12~Sunday, September 13, 2009
《Symposium》Development of Indigenous Art in Canada: Inuit and Northwest Coast Peoples Art Traditions
  • Date: Saturday, September 12 - Sunday, September 13, 2009
  • Venue: National Museum of Ethnology
Thursday, September 10, 2009
《Seminar》Museums of Ourselves, Museums of the Other in a Post-colonial World: A View from France
  • Date: Thursday, September 10, 2009
  • Venue: Conference Room 3, National Museum of Ethnology
Tuesday, August 11~Friday, August 14, 2009
《International Symposium》Management and Marketing of Globalizing Asian Religions
  • Date: Tuesday, August 11 - Friday, August 14, 2009
  • Venue: National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka: August 11 - 12, 14
    Tenri University: August 13
Tuesday, September 9~Thursday, September 11, 2008
《International Research Forum》Linguistic Substrata in Tibeto-Burman Area
  • Date: Tuesday, September 9 - Thursday, September 11, 2008
  • Venue: Conference Room 4, National Museum of Ethnology
Sunday, March 2, 2008
《Open Forum》Preserving the Cultural Heritage of Africa: From Memories to Histories
  • Date: Sunday, March 2, 2008
  • Venue: Conference Room 5, National Museum of Ethnology
Sunday, March 25, 2007
《Open Symposium》Climbing, Expeditions, and Fieldwork: To the Heights of the Earth
  • Date: Sunday, March 25, 2007
  • Venue: Auditorium, National Museum of Ethnology
Thursday, January 18~Friday, January 19, 2007
《Symposia and Forums》Colloquium "Preserving the Cultural Heritage of Africa: With Special Reference to the Situation of Mali, Tanzania, and Madagascar"
  • Date: Thursday, January 18 - Friday, January 19, 2007
  • Venue: Conference Room 6, National Museum of Ethnology
Sunday, December 3, 2006
《International Symposium》From Batik to Print: The Globalization of Designs and Techniques in Textiles
  • Date: Sunday, December 3, 2006
  • Venue: Conference Room 4, National Museum of Ethnology
Saturday, September 23~Sunday, September 24, 2006
《International Symposium》Towards a Museum For All: The Creativity and Passion Needed for Its Realization
  • Date: Saturday, September 23 - Sunday, September 24, 2006
  • Venue: Conference Room 4, National Museum of Ethnology
Saturday, July 8~Sunday, July 9, 2006
《Research Forum》Oral Traditions and Written Cultures: The Handing Down of Knowledge and Information in Japanese Folk Society
  • Date: Saturday, July 8 - Sunday, July 9, 2006
  • Venue: Conference Room (L), National Museum of Ethnology
Friday, April 14, 2006
《Research Forum》The Ethics of Beggars
  • Date: Friday, April 14, 2006
  • Venue: Conference Room 5, National Museum of Ethnology
February, 28~Thursday, March 2, 2006
《Symposia and Forums》Colloquium "Preserving the Cultural Heritage of Africa"
  • Date: February, 28 - Thursday, March 2, 2006
  • Venue: Conference Room 6, National Museum of Ethnology
Sunday, June 19, 2005
《International Symposium》Frontier Modernity: Inner Mongolia in the Twentieth Century
  • Date: Sunday, June 19, 2005
  • Venue: Conference Room 4, National Museum of Ethnology