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

* Research Fellows accepted for the 2017 fiscal year * (as of 16 Dec 2017 )

Overseas Visiting Fellows

NAIR, Janaki (India)
Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
August 10, 2017 - December 11, 2017
Pedagogy, Symbolic Power and “Formation of the Secular” in Late Colonial India
ARAKAWA, Fumiyasu (USA)
Museum Director and Associate Professor, New Mexico State University
November 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018
Collaborative Research on Mimbres Pottery Interpretation with Native American Artists
Kuehn, Sara(Austria)
University of Vienna
November 6, 2017 ~ January 29, 2018
Trans-regional migrations of monster motifs: between Europe, West Asia, East Asia 
LAVÉDRINE, Bertrand Pascal Eric (France)
Director of the Centre de recherche sur la Conservation, Professor of Research Centre on Conservation
April 10, 2017 - October 10, 2017
Photographs and Their Environment: Decision-making for Sustainable Conservation
CHEN PICHLER, Deborah (USA)
Professor, Gallaudet University
May 17, 2017 - July 20, 2017
Acquisition of American Sign Language as a Second Language by Deaf (M1L2) and Hearing (M2L2) Learners
SIMON, Scott Eliot (Canada)
Professor, University of Ottawa
August 1, 2017 - July 27, 2018
The Material Ecology of Human-Animal Relations in Japan and Taiwan
VUCINIC-NESKOVIC, Vesna (Republic of Serbia)
Professor, University of Belgrade
February 10, 2017 - June 9, 2017
Everyday Life in Open Public Spaces in Cities of China and Japan
SMIDT, Wolbert Gustav Carolus (Germany)
Associate Professor, Mekelle Univesity
January 24, 2017 - May 16, 2017
Exploring the Modern History of Ethiopia through Analysis and Creative Use of Still and Moving Images
SAVELLE, James Michael (Canada)
Associate Professor, McGill University
January 10, 2017 - June 30, 2017
An Anthropological Study of Past and Contemporary Whaling Cultures
BUCHOWSKI, Michał Janusz (Poland)
Professor, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan
December 1, 2016 - September 30, 2017
An Anthropological Study on Immigrants in the Kansai Region, Japan
COPEMAN, Jacob (UK)
Senior Lecturer, Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh
September 1, 2016 - December 28, 2016
Anthropological Study on Blood Donation and Gurus (religious leaders) in South Asia
CHOI Chi-Cheung (Hong Kong)
Professor, History Department, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
August 1, 2016 - July 28, 2017
The Change of Communal Festivals of the Ethnic Chinese in Southeast Asia
ENGBERG-PEDERSEN, Elisabeth (Denmark)
Professor, Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics, University of Copenhagen
July 19, 2016 - January 30, 2017
Describing Modality Expressions in Danish Sign Language and Japanese Sign Language (with a Special Focus on Epistemic Modality and Evidentiality) and a Comparison with Spoken Languages
TSAY Jane Suhchuan (Taiwan)
Professor, Institute of Linguistics, National Chung Cheng University
April 13, 2016 - July 12, 2016
Dialectal Variation in the Lexicon of Japanese Sign Language and Taiwan Sign Language: A Historical Perspective
WONG Heung Wah (Hong Kong)
Professor/Program Director, Global Creative Industries, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, The University of Hong Kong
January 13, 2016 - January 11, 2017
Cultural Policies and National Identities in Taiwan
ORBELYAN, Gevorg (Armenia)
Vice Director, Yerevan History Museum (Armenia)
December 14, 2015-November 24, 2016
An Anthropological Study of Museums and Community
FISCHER, Susan Donna (USA)
Adjunct Professor, The City University of New York, Graduate Center
September 16, 2015 - October 30, 2015
Consultation on Sign Language Related Projects
SAM Sam-Ang (Cambodia)
Dean, Faculty of Arts, Letters & Humanities, Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia, Advisor (Rank: Vice Minister), Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts
August 10, 2015 - July 29, 2016
A Study on the Role of Audiovisual Resources in Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage
CISSE, Mamadou (France)
Professor, Department of Linguistics and Language Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences, Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar
August 3, 2015 - December 17, 2015
Linguistic-anthropological Research oArabic Use by African and Arabic Merchants in Commerce in Asia
KUMAWAT, Shyam Sunder (India)
Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Government Meera Girl’s College, Udaipur (Rajasthan)
June 8, 2015 - July 15, 2015
Social Transformation and Religion in Rajasthan, India
WILDE, Guillermo (Argentina)
Associate Professor, Institute for Advanced Social Studies, National University of San Martín
January 16, 2015 - January 14, 2016
A Comparative Study on Christian Missionary Work and Cultural Accommodation in Latin America and Asia
FISCHER, Susan Donna (USA)
Adjunct Professor, The City University of New York, Graduate Center
November 1, 2014 - November 30, 2014
Consultation on Sign Language Related Projects
CHU Xuan Giao (Vietnam)
Senior Researcher, Institute of Cultural Studies, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences
June 1, 2014 - June 29, 2015
Historical Anthropological Research on Belief and Social
KIM Chang-ho (Korea)
Curator, The National Folk Museum of Korea
June 1, 2014 - June 29, 2015
The Improving Access to Collections Using Digital Signage for Info-Services and the Virtual Museum
NARENGERILE (China)
Professor, Inner Mongolia University
April 3, 2014 - March 31, 2015
Social Transformation in Sunid Left Banner 1944-2014: Interpreting the Umesao Documents
STRATHERN, Andrew Jamieson (USA)
Distinguished Professor, A.W. Mellon, University of Pittsburgh
April 1, 2014 - June 30, 2014
Natural Disasters and their Aftermaths―How People Cope, How People Hope
YONENO-REYES, Michiyo (Philippines)
Associate Professor, Asian Center, University of the Philippines
April 1, 2014 - June 30, 2014
Practical Applications of Minpaku’s Audiovisual Programs
KANJOU, Youssef (Syria)
Director, the National Museum of Aleppo
March 17, 2014 - March 16, 2015
War and the Museum: protecting cultural heritage and helping communities regenerate, during and after war
CHUANG, Ya-Chung (Taiwan)
Associate Professor, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
January 31, 2014 - February 28, 2014
Local Housewives’ Empowerment and New Urbanism in Recent Taipei
OSTAPIRAT, Weera (Thailand)
Associate Professor, Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia, Mahidol University
June 18, 2013 - June 17, 2014
A vocabulary of Proto-Kra-Dai and the ethnolinguistic history of the Austro-Tai (Kra-Dai and Austronesian) peoples
CISSÉ, Mamadou (Mali)
Director, Kangaba Center of the Cultural Heritage
September 4, 2013 - December 4, 2013
Studies on West African archaeology
CREIGHTON, Millie Rosetta (Canada)
Associate Professor, University of British Columbia
September 24, 2012 - August 30, 2013
An anthropological study of department stores and Korean/South Asian small-scale merchants in Japan: Consumerism and social change in Japan
DANIELS, Inge Maria (U.K.)
Tenured Lecturer, Oxford University
March 15, 2013 - May 8, 2013
An ethnography of Japanese ritual economy
DASGUPTA, Abhijit (India)
Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Delhi
June 3, 2013 - October 24, 2013
Transnational migration: Indian IT professionals in Japan
GUARNÉ Cabello, Blai (Spain)
Lecturer, East Asian Studies Program, Department of Translation and Interpreting, Faculty of Translation and Interpreting, Autonomous University of Barcelona
November 26, 2012 - April 25, 2013
The spectacularization of the past in Japan: Identity, materiality and representation
HAHM Hanhee (Korea)
Professor, Chonbuk National University
December 5, 2013 - February 28, 2014
Rethinking Korean cultural history during the colonial period: Focusing on Koreans' everyday lives
KHOSRONEJAD, Pedram (U.K.)
Fellow Researcher, University of St. Andrews
September 13, 2013 - September 11, 2014
Visual representations of belief and gender in Iran: Shiite ritual in film
MIYAZAKI Hirokazu (U.S.A.)
Professor, Department of Anthropology, Cornell University
July 1, 2013 - August 15, 2013
The gift in finance: Intersections of finance and anthropology
NIKOLOV, Gordan (Macedonia)
Senior Curator, Museum of Macedonia
June 18, 2012 - June 17, 2013
An anthropological and museological study of traditional pottery
SARENGERILE (China)
Professor, Department of Mongolian Language Literature, Minzu University of China
April 1, 2013 - March 31, 2014
Research on the oral history of the Hulunbuir Shinehin Buriyat of Inner Mongolia
SUBBIAH, Shanmugan Pillai (India)
Retired Professor, University of Madras
December 16, 2013 - March 14, 2014
A geographical study of social change in South India