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  NIHU Area Studies Project for South Asia,
  Centre for Transdisciplinary Innovation

KANNO Misako
Research Fellow
Research Specialisation: Cultural Anthropology, Gender, South Asian Area Studies
Individual Research Project: Family Care and Social Welfare for an Aging Population in rural North India.

  Academic Qualifications

B.A. Miyagi-Gakuin Women’s University 1998
M.A. Hiroshima University 2001
Ph.D. The Graduate University for Advanced Studies 2007

  Research Interest


Transformation of women’s lives and gender relations in rural Uttar Pradesh, India
Women’s political participation and social change in India
Elderly care and social support in Rural India.

  Research Keywords


Anthropology, Women’s agency and identity formation, Gender, Aging and Social welfare, Social development, Uttar Pradesh

  Publications (English Publications Only)



“Dynamics of Working Housewives in Contemporary Rural Uttar Pradesh” in Toshie Awaya and Maya Suzuki eds. Women’s Work in South Asia in the Age of Neo-liberalism, 9-23. Tokyo: The Center for South Asian Studies (FINDAS), Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.


“Discussion: Dealing with Gender Issues in South Asia”, in T. Shinoda, T, Inoue and T Suda eds, Social Transformation and Cultural Change in South Asia: From the Perspectives of the Socio-Economic Periphery, 245-252. Tokyo: The Institute of Oriental Studies, Daito Bunka University.


“The changing process of gender ideology: The case study of development programs in rural North India”, Sogo Nihon-Bunka Kyoiku Kenkyu Jissen Program: Special Issues,(E-learning), 1-11.


“How ‘Disparity’ Constructs ‘Solidarity’: A Case Study of and Organization for Women’s Participatory Development Program in Rural Uttar Pradesh’, in Journal of the Japanese Association for South Asian Studies, No.18, October, 2006, 24-50.




“Memories of Schooling and Women’s Narratives: Socio-Cultural Impact of Educational Transition in Rural North India”, International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, Dubrovnik, Croatia, May 2016.


Commentator and Discussant in the Session of “Society and Culture”, International Conference on Social Transformation and Cultural Change in South Asia: From the Perspectives of the Socio-Economic Periphery, Daito Bunka University, Tokyo, Nov. 2015.


“Burden for Life or Reason to Live: Women’s work as surviving strategies in Poverty”, Workshop on Hearing Women’s Voices: Senior Women’s Recollection of Every-day Life in South Asia, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Nov. 2015.


“Personal narratives and education in rural Uttar Pradesh:How mothers and daughters talk differently?” Workshop on Education as Individual Experiences in Contemporary South Asia, Indian International Centre, Delhi, India, Feb. 2015.


“Politics of Intimacy :Women’s Network and Rural Democracy in Uttar Pradesh”, FINDAS Workshop on Contemporary India from the Perspective of Grassroots’ Movement, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Tokyo, Oct. 2012.


“Confronting Ideological Change Gender Identity, Women’s Agency and Empowerment in Modern India”, The International Institute of Social and Economic Science, Lisbon, Portugal, Sep, 2012


“Can I Change My Karma? A Case Study on Socio Cultural Changes of Women’s Lives and Identities in North India”, Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, U.S.A, Jan. 2011.