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ITO Atsunori
ITO AtsunoriITO Atsunori
Center for Cultural Resource Studies・Associate Professor
Research Specialization
  • Social anthropology, Native American studies, indigenous arts and intellectual property issues
Individual Research Projects
  • Research on the Collaborative Management of Native American Collections in Japanese Museums
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Academic Qualifications:

  • 1995-2000   Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
           Tokyo Metropolitan University DEPT of Human Science (Tokyo, JAPAN)
  • 2000-2003   Master of Arts in Social Anthropology
           Tokyo Metropolitan University Graduate School of Social Sciences (Tokyo, JAPAN)
  • 2003-2011   Ph.D. in Social Anthropology
           Tokyo Metropolitan University Graduate School of Social Sciences (Tokyo, JAPAN)

Research Topics:

  • Indigenous Arts and Crafts on the Issues of Indigenous Intellectual Property
  • Museum collection and the Orphan Works

Geographical Areas of Interest:

  • USA, Japan

Ethnic Groups:

  • Native Americans (Pueblos), Japanese, Aynu

Discipline:

  • Social Anthropology, Museum Anthropology, Anthropology of Art

Career Record

  • 2004-2005   Teaching Assistant at Tokyo Metropolitan University DEPT of Human Science
  • 2007-2011   Research Fellow at National Museum of Ethnology (Osaka, JAPAN)
  • 2007-2009   Special Joint Research Fellow at National Museum of Ethnology (Osaka, JAPAN)
  • 2008-2009   Lecturer at Mie University (Mie, JAPAN)
  • 2008-2010   Visiting Researcher at Hokkaido University, Center for Ainu & Indigenous Studies (Sapporo, Japan)
  • 2009-          Visiting Researcher at A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center (Zuni, New Mexico, USA)
  • 2009-2011   JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) Research Fellow at National Museum of Ethnology (Osaka, JAPAN)
  • 2009-2010   Lecturer at Rikkyo University (Tokyo, JAPAN)
  • 2009-2011   Research Fellow at National Museum of Ethnology (Osaka, JAPAN)
  • 2010-2011   Lecturer at Mie University (Mie, JAPAN)
  • 2010-          Visiting Scholar at Hokkaido University, Center for Ainu & Indigenous Studies (Sapporo, Japan)
  • 2010-          Joint Researcher at Tohoku University, Center for Northeast Asian Studies
  • 2011-2012   Assistant Professor at Research Center for Cultural Resources, National Museum of Ethnology (Osaka, JAPAN)
  • 2012-          Joint Researcher Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
  • 2012-          Assistant Professor at Center for Research Development, National Museum of Ethnology (Osaka, JAPAN)

BOOKS AND MONOGRAPHS:

2012
YAMASAKI, Koji and Atsunori ITO (eds) Aynu Art in the World Hokkaido University, Center for Ainu & Indigenous Studies, 31 March.
2012
GOTO Akira, Nobuhiro KISHIGAMI, and Atsunori ITO (supervising editor) Bishop Museum, Heard Museum, and Canadian Museum of Civilization (Weekly Magazine of the Museums in the World 48), Asahi-Shinbun, 12 July.

ARTICLES:

2012
"Run for Rain" Minpaku Quarterly 36(10), p.20., National Museum of Ethnology, 1 Octber. (In Japanese)
2012
ITO, Atsunori and Koji YAMASAKI "Preface" in YAMASAKI, Koji and Atsunori ITO (eds) Aynu Art in the World, pp. 3-6., Hokkaido University, Center for Ainu & Indigenous Studies, 31 March. (In Japanese)
2012
"Indigenous Intellectual Property and 'the Issues of Indigenous Intellectual Property'" in YAMASAKI, Koji and Atsunori ITO (eds) Aynu Art in the World, pp. 137-155., Hokkaido University, Center for Ainu & Indigenous Studies, 31 March. (In Japanese)
2012
"Hopi Silversmithing and the Issues of Indigenous Intellectual Property" in YAMASAKI, Koji and Atsunori ITO (eds) Aynu Art in the World, pp. 179-194., Hokkaido University, Center for Ainu & Indigenous Studies, 31 March. (In Japanese)
2012
YAMASAKI, Koji and Atsunori ITO "Epilogue " in YAMASAKI, Koji and Atsunori ITO (eds) Aynu Art in the World, pp. 269-276., Hokkaido University, Center for Ainu & Indigenous Studies, 31 March. (In Japanese)
2012
"Overlaying Traditions: Application and Appropriation of the Designs in the Hopi Silversmithing Industrial History." Design Theory 59, pp. 130-131., The Japan Society of Design, 31 March. (In Japanese)
2012
"Habitation of the Native Americans around the Southwest USA." National Museum of Ethnology (ed.) Exhibition Guide of the National Museum of Ethnology p.6., National Museum of Ethnology.
2012
"My Favorite Collection: Hallmark" Minpaku Quarterly 36(3), p.15., National Museum of Ethnology, 1 March. (In Japanese)
2011
"Hopi and Zuni Arts and Crafts in Japanese Market and Museums: Trends in the Collaborative Management of Cultures in Japan." Ethnoscripts 13(2), pp. 140-154, Hamburg, German: Universität Hamburg Institute für Ethnologie. (In English)
2011
"Get the Permission for Recording." Minpaku Quarterly 35(5), p.7., National Museum of Ethnology, 1 May. (In Japanese)
2011
"Collaborative Management of the Ethnological Museum Collection: Case Study of the 'Creating Collaborative Catalog' Project led by the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center." Ethno Arts 27, pp. 215-222., The Society for Ethno-Arts, 30 March. (In Japanese)
2011
"Toward Collaborative Management of Museum Collections: The Native American Zuni Museum's Approach to the Collection in the National Museum of Ethnology." Bulletin of the National Museum of Ethnology 35(3), pp. 471-526., National Museum of Ethnology, 25 February. (In Japanese)
2009
"Circulating Life and Death: Hopi Viewpoint of the Soul." Intriguing ASIA 128 (Special Issue of the Viewpoint of Soul), pp. 172-184., Bensei Publishing, 16 December. (In Japanese)
2009
"The fur of the Thalarctos Maritimus." Minpaku e-news 101, National Museum of Ethnology./11/18 (In Japanese)
2009
"Zuni Museum Director's Visiting to the National Museum of Ethnology." Minpaku Quarterly 33(10), pp. 15., National Museum of Ethnology, 1 October. (In Japanese)
2009
"Canadian Museum of Civilization: The History and the Relation with First Nations" National Museum of Ethnology (ed.) Voices from the Land, Visions of Life: Beauty Created by the Indigenous Peoples of Canada pp. 43-46. Showado Publishing, 4 September. (In Japanese)
2009
"Fancy Contrivances by Digital and Animations." Minpaku Quarterly (Special Issue on Canadian Special Exhibition) 33(9), pp. 6-7. National Museum of Ethnology, 1 September. (In Japanese)
2009
"A Note on Imitating Indigenous Peoples' Arts and Crafts (10): Hopi, Zuni and my Activities in International Market vol. 3." News on UN Decade of Indigenous Peoples 155, pp. 10-13. Citizens' Coalition for the International Decades of the World's Indigenous Peoples, Japan, 13 June. (In Japanese)
2009
"A Note on Imitating Indigenous Peoples' Arts and Crafts (9): Hopi, Zuni and my Activities in International Market vol. 2." News on UN Decade of Indigenous Peoples 153, pp. 12-14. Citizens' Coalition for the International Decades of the World's Indigenous Peoples, Japan, 11 April. (In Japanese)
2009
"Report and Database: The Basal Images - Maker's Signatures - of the Kachina Doll Collections in Japanese Museums" (2009 Completion Report of Special Joint Research Fellow, National Museum of Ethnology, 31 March. (In Japanese)
2009
"A Note on Imitating Indigenous Peoples' Arts and Crafts (8): Hopi, Zuni and my Activities in International Market vol. 1." News on UN Decade of Indigenous Peoples 151, pp. 5-7. Citizens' Coalition for the International Decades of the World's Indigenous Peoples, Japan, 14 February. (In Japanese)
2008
"Hopi & Zuni Artist Show in Japan as a Collaborative Work: Our Practice Protecting Native Americans' Intellectual Property Rights in Japan." Nobuhiro KISHIGAMI (ed.) Social and Economic Development among Native North Americans pp. 103-136., Akashi Publishing, 30 November. (In Japanese)
2008
"A Note on Imitating Indigenous Peoples' Arts and Crafts (7): Actions of Hopi Tribe and Artists against Imitation Products." News on UN Decade of Indigenous Peoples 146, pp. 14-16. Citizens' Coalition for the International Decades of the World's Indigenous Peoples, Japan, 12 July. (In Japanese)
2008
"A Note on Imitating Indigenous Peoples' Arts and Crafts (6): The Standards of Authentic Native American Arts and Crafts under the U. S. Current Laws." News on UN Decade of Indigenous Peoples 144, pp. 11-13. Citizens' Coalition for the International Decades of the World's Indigenous Peoples, Japan, 10 May. (In Japanese)
2008
"Research Report on the Hopi Kachina Dolls in Japanese Museums." Annual Report of Japan Folk Toy & Doll Museum 14, pp. 12-19., Japan Footwear Museum / Japan Folk Toy & Doll Museum, 31 March. (In Japanese)
2008
"'Authorizing' Native American Arts and Crafts: Hopi and Zuni Artists' Recognitions under the U. S. Current Laws." Rikkyo American Studies 30, pp. 97-114., Rikkyo University The Institute for American Studies, 31 March. (In Japanese)
2008
ABE Juri, and Atsunori ITO "A Review of Literature and Trends on Native American Studies in Japan." Japanese Review of Cultural Anthropology 9, pp. 137-170., Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology, 31 March. (In English)
2008
"A Note on Imitating Indigenous Peoples' Arts and Crafts (5): Entry Regulations for Native American Art Show." News on UN Decade of Indigenous Peoples 142, pp. 10-13. Citizens' Coalition for the International Decades of the World's Indigenous Peoples, Japan, 15 March. (In Japanese)
2008
"Imitating Ethno-Arts: A Case Study of Hopi Jewelry in the Global Market." Ethno Arts 24, pp. 128-137., The Society for Ethno-Arts, 20 February. (In Japanese)
2008
"Holding Native American Art Show in Saitama, Japan." Newsletter of the Society for Ethno Arts 72, p. 5. The Society for Ethno Arts, 18 February. (In Japanese)
2007
"A Note on Imitating Indigenous Peoples' Arts and Crafts (4): Information on Hopi Jewelry in the Market Place." News on UN Decade of Indigenous Peoples 140, pp. 18-20. Citizens' Coalition for the International Decades of the World's Indigenous Peoples, Japan, 16 February. (In Japanese)
2007
"A Note on Imitating Indigenous Peoples' Arts and Crafts (3): Imitation Hopi Jewelries." News on UN Decade of Indigenous Peoples 138, pp. 12-15. Citizens' Coalition for the International Decades of the World's Indigenous Peoples, Japan, 13 October. (In Japanese)
2007
"A Note on Imitating Indigenous Peoples' Arts and Crafts (2): The History of Hopi Jewelry." News on UN Decade of Indigenous Peoples 137, pp. 11-13. Citizens' Coalition for the International Decades of the World's Indigenous Peoples, Japan, 15 September. (In Japanese)
2007
"A Note on Imitating Indigenous Peoples' Arts and Crafts (1): The Characteristics of the Hopi Jewelry." News on UN Decade of Indigenous Peoples 136, pp. 13-15. Citizens' Coalition for the International Decades of the World's Indigenous Peoples, Japan, 14 July. (In Japanese)
2007
"Treasure Hunting in the Corn Country: A Note on Japanese Art Buyers' Activity on Hopi Reservation." News on UN Decade of Indigenous Peoples 133, pp. 4-7. Citizens' Coalition for the International Decades of the World's Indigenous Peoples, Japan, 14 April. (In Japanese)
2007
"Trends in Native American Studies in Japan: Cultural Anthropology." Rikkyo American Studies 29, pp. 109-143., Rikkyo University, The Institute for American Studies, 31 March. (In Japanese)
2007
"Hopi Jewelry: The Historical Developmental Processes and Contemporary Meanings among Hopi." In AYABE Tsuneo (ed.), First Peoples 10, pp. 244-257., Akashi-Shoten, 15 February. (In Japanese)
2006
"Representations and Circulations of Hopi Images in Japan." Quarterly Ethnology 118, pp. 66-69., National Museum of Ethnology, 20 October. (In Japanese)
2005
"Marketing Hopi Jewelry in Japan: An Analysis of the promotional characteristics of Hopi Arts & Crafts in/to Japan." [in special issue 'Marketing Native North America: the promotion and sale of art and design'] European Review of Native American Studies 19(1), pp. 25-28., Wien, Austria: Museum für Völkerkunde. (In English)