Graduate School Department /Course /Field Cultural Coexistence/Cultural, Regional and Historic Studies on Environment/Cultural Anthropology
Undergraduate School Division of Cultural Environment Studies
Other Affiliation
Email deantoni.andrea.7c[at]kyoto-u.ac.jp (please, replace "[at mark]" with "@")
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Unfortunately I cannot supervise thesis projects now, but I am glad to give advice.
Research areas Socio-Cultural Anthropology, Religious Studies (Japan, Italy)
Keywords Religion and Spirituality, Discrimination, Anthropology of Space, Religious Healing, Embodiment, Perception, Affect, Emotions, Senses, Social Memory, Anthropology of Death, Anthropology of Tourism, Post-Human Anthropology, Digital Anthropology
Themes I am an Italian socio-cultural anthropologist with a main interest in religion and spirituality. My main field is contemporary Japan, but I have carried out ethnographic research also in Italy and Austria. My research has focused on experiences with spirits and social suffering, especially in relation to the perception of space and place (particularly places related to death and the afterlife), rumors and discrimination, construction of social memory and “tradition”, tourism and commodification, spirit possession, exorcism and religious/spiritual healing. From a theoretical perspective, I focus on the anthropology of the body, bodily perceptions, affect and emotions, as well as construction of identity and digital anthropology.
Major publications 2020: "Call Me a Dog: Feeling (Inugami) Possession in Contemporary Tokushima Prefecture." In Carmen Sǎpunaru Tămaș and Irina Holca (eds.). Forms of the Body in Contemporary Japanese Society, Literature, and Culture. Pp.23-48. Lanham: Lexington Books.

2019: “Affect.” In Callan, H. (ed.). International Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Pp.1-8. New York: Wiley-Blackwell (Royal Anthropological Institute).

2019: De Antoni, A. and E. Cook (eds.). Feeling (with) Japan: Affective, Sensory and Material Entanglements in the Field. Special Issue of Asian Anthropology 18(3).

2019: "Introduction: Feeling (with) Japan: Affective, Sensory and Material Entanglements in the Field." Asian Anthropology 18(3):139-153 (With Emma Cook).

2019: "Down in a Hole: Dark tourism, Haunted Places as Affective Meshworks, and the Obliteration of Korean Labourers in Contemporary Kyoto." Japan Review 32: 271-297.

2019: "Came Back Hounded: A Spectrum of Experiences with Spirits and Inugami Possession in Contemporary Japan." In Rambelli, Fabio (ed.). Spirits and Animism in Contemporary Japan: The Invisible Empire. Pp.109-125. London and New York: Bloomsbury.

2017: De Antoni, A., and P. Dumouchel (eds.). The Practices of Feeling with the World: Towards an Anthropology of Affect, the Senses and Materiality. Special Issue of Japanese Review of Cultural Anthropology 18(1).

2017: "Introduction – The Practices of Feeling with the World: Towards an Anthropology of Affect, the Senses and Materiality." Japanese Review of Cultural Anthropology 18(1): 91-99 (With Paul Dumouchel).

2017: "Sympathy from the Devil: Experiences, Movement and Affective Correspondences during a Roman Catholic Exorcism in Contemporary Italy." Japanese Review of Cultural Anthropology 18(1): 143-158.

2017: De Antoni, A., and M. Raveri (eds.). Death and Desire in Contemporary Japan: Representing, Practicing, Performing. Venice: Ca’ Foscari University Press.

2017: "Death and Desire in Contemporary Japan: Introduction.” In De Antoni, A., and M. Raveri (eds.). Death and Desire in Contemporary Japan: Representing, Practicing, Performing. Pp.1-22. Venice: Ca’ Foscari University Press (With Massimo Raveri).

2017: "Lust for Death: Dark Tourism, Creation and Consumption of Haunted Places in Contemporary Kyoto." In De Antoni, A., and M. Raveri (eds.). Death and Desire in Contemporary Japan: Representing, Practicing, Performing. Pp.1-22. Venice: Ca’ Foscari University Press.

2018: "Steps to an Ecology of Spirits: Comparing Feelings of More-than-Human, Immaterial Meshworks?" More-than-Human Worlds: A NatureCulture Blog Series (peer-reviewed). Published August 22nd 2018 at https://blognatureculture.wordpress.com/2018/07/.

2013: 「死者へ接続するツアー――現代京都におけるダークツーリズムの再考」、『観光学評論』1号1巻81-93頁。

2011: "Ghost in Translation: Non-Human Actors, Relationality and Haunted Places in Contemporary Kyoto." Japanese Review of Cultural Anthropology 12: 27-49.

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Professional societies/Research and synergic activities
Teaching Areas
  • Undergraduate courses Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology (日本文化人類学会)
    Japan Society for Tourism Studies (日本観光学術学会)
    International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES)
    European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA)
    Anthropology of Japan in Japan (AJJ), Executive Committee Member (2017 - Present)
    Japan Anthropology Workshop (JAWS), Student Group Coordinator (2008 – 2010), Newsletter Main Editor (2010 - 2017), EAJS Liaison Officer (2017 - Present)
    European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS), 理事 - Elected Council Member (2017 – 現在)
    Italian Association for Japanese Studies (AISTUGIA)
  • Graduate courses (Master's program) Seminar of Cultural Anthropology 3A - 3B
    Theories of Cultural Practice 1
  • Graduate courses (Doctor's program) Seminar of Cultural Anthropology 3A - 3B
  • Undergraduate courses open to all departments Cultural Anthropology I-E2
    Topics in Cultural Anthropology I-E2
    Cultural practice A
Background 2021 - Present: Program-Specific Associate Professor, Kyoto University, Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies.
2020 – 2021:Visiting Scholar, 国立民族学博物館 (National Museum of Ethnology)
2019 – 2020:Visiting Scholar, The University of Vienna, Dept. of Social and Cultural Anthropology.
2014 – 2021: Associate Professor (socio-cultural anthropology, religious studies), Ritsumeikan University, College/Graduate School of International Relations.
2013 - Present: Adjunct Lecturer, The University of Vienna, Dept. of Social and Cultural Anthropology.
2013 - 2014: Research Fellow, Kyoto University, Institute for Research in Humanities.
2012 - 2014: Adjunct Lecturer, Ritsumeikan University, Doshisha University.
2010 - 2012: Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellow, Kyoto University, Institute for Research in Humanities.
2010: Ph.D., Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Doctoral School in Languages, Cultures and Societies.
2007 - Present: Research Affiliate, Italian School of East Asian Studies (ISEAS)
2004 - 2010: Research Assistant, Tutor, Adjunct Lecturer, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Dept. of East Asian Studies.
2003: MA/BA (Diploma di Laurea) in East Asian Languages and Cultures (Honours), Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Dept. of East Asian Studies.
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