HIRAI KyonosukeHIRAI Kyonosuke
Department of Globalization and Humanity・Deputy Directors-General, Professor
Social anthropology; Southeast Asia, Japan
Individual Research Projects
An Anthropological Study of the Genesis of ‘Negative Heritage’ in the Post-Conflict Era of Minamata City
B.A. Tohoku Univ. 1988
M.Sc. University of London (UCL) 1992
Ph.D. University of London (LSE) 1998
Minamata disease victims' movement in Minamata
Local museums in Thailand
Geographical Areas of Interest:
Thailand, Laos, Japan
Economic anthropology, material culture studies
Preserving the community: the rise of museum movements in rural Thailand. In S. Tanabe (ed.) Communities of Potential: Social Assemblages in Thailand and Beyond, pp.165-184. Chiang Mai: Silkworm Books.
Social movements and the production of knowledge: body, practice, and society in East Asia. In K. Hirai (ed.) Social Movements and the Production of Knowledge: Body, Practice, and Society in East Asia (Senri Ethnological Studies 91), pp.1-22. Osaka: National Museum of Ethnology.
Storytelling as political practice: habitus and social change in the Minamata disease movement. In Social Movements and the Production of Knowledge: Body, Practice, and Society in East Asia (Senri Ethnological Studies 91), pp.81-99. Osaka: National Museum of Ethnology.
(Co-authored with Naoko Sonoda) Introduction. In N. Sonoda, K. Hirai, and Jarunee I. (eds.) Asian Museums and Museology 2014: International Workshop on Asian Museums and Museology in Thailand (Senri Ethnological Reports 129), pp.1-7. Osaka: National Museum of Ethnology.
The Romantic Ethic and the Notion of Modern Society: Imagining Communities among Northern Thai Factory Women. In S. Tanabe (ed.) Imagining Communities in Thailand: Ethnographic Approaches, pp.135–160, Chiang Mai: Silkworm Books.
Exhibition of Power: Factory Women’s Use of the Housewarming Ceremony in a Northern Thai Village. In S. Tanabe and C. Keyes (eds.) Cultural Crisis and Social Memory: Modernity and Identity in Thailand and Laos, pp.185–201, London: Routledge Curzon.
Making up the Home: Modern Consumption of Northern Thai Factory Women. Tai Culture 6: 116–130.
A Practice Approach to the Japanese Company: Loyalty, Harmony and Incentives. Asian Review 9: 1–37.
“The development of community museums in Thailand since the late 1980s.” International Workshop“Community Movements in Mainland South East Asia” , Chiang Mai: Lanna Resort, 8 March, 2014.
“Storytelling and change in the habitus: an emergent form of Minamata disease victims’ movement in Japan.” National Museum of Ethnology International Symposium“Social Movements and the Production of Knowledge: Politics, Identity and Social Change in East Asia” , 22 February, 2014.
“The development of community museums in Thailand since the late 1980s.” International Workshop “Community Movements in South East Asia” , Chiang Mai: Faculty of Social Science, Chiang Mai University, 8 March 2013.
“Materializing knowledge: palm-leaf manuscript-making in Northern Thailand.” Harvard University Anthropology Department Seminar, 19 March, 2008.
“Spirits of Romance and Consumption Practices: Imagining Communities among Northern Thai Factory Women.” Imagining Communities: Cases in South East Asia, 17-18 November, 2003.
“Modernity at Work: A Discourse on Gender and Sexuality in a Northern Thai Factory.” JSPS Bangkok Workshop, 13-14 January, 2001.
“Exhibition of Power: Factory Women's Use of the Housewarming Ceremony in a Northern Thai Village.” The 6th International Conference on Thai Studies, Chiangmai University, Thailand.