Ethnography of communication, semiotics of culture, politics of language, popular culture, popular history, voice, contact, linguistic anthropology
Ph.D in Anthropology, University of Chicago
MA in Anthropology, University of Chicago
BA in Anthropology and Linguistics, New York University
As a linguistic anthropologist and cultural semiotician, I am broadly interested in the meaning of communication and sociality: how ideas and assumptions about language, media, interaction, voice, and so forth, shape everyday habits, institutional practices, and political processes. Currently, I am building a project, tentatively titled “On Social Contact,” which examines metacommunicative struggles over how to define, control, and discipline (im)proper human contact, as these struggles unfold in diverse moments of our contemporary social life, ranging from harassment to social distancing, from solo karaoke to solitary death. In another line of research I hope to continue with my ethnographic work on voice and the labor of characterization in contemporary Japanese popular culture.
I teach classes on diverse topics, ranging from popular culture to politics of language, from anthropology of Japan to academic writing and methods. My classes are mostly discussion-based, and I am looking forward to working with students to create meaningful leaning experience together.
Classes Taught on MJSP
Japanese Popular Culture; Introduction to Japanese Studies II (Culture); Diversity in Language; Marginal Texts; Academic Writing in Japanese.
- 2020. (Co-edited with Jason G. Karlin and Patrick W. Galbraith) Japanese Media and Popular Culture. An Open-Access Digital Initiative of the University of Tokyo. https://jmpc-utokyo.com
- In preparation. “The concentration booth and the handshaking lane: language ideology of the phatic.” A special issue on “Language Ideologies in Japan,” International Journal of the Sociology of Language.
- In preparation. (Co-authored with Gretchen Pfeil) “Effacement-Work.” Semiotic Review.
- 2017. (難波阿丹, 難波純也, 仁井田千絵, 近藤和都との共著) 「情動の出来事性――インターフェイス, ライブ性, 交感」『情報学研究調査研究編』東京大学大学院情報学環33: 1-30
- 2016. “Life encapsulated: addressivity in Japanese life writing.” Language and Communication 46:95-105 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.langcom.2015.10.004
- 2016. (Co-authored with Christopher Ball) “Tearful Sojourns and Tribal Wives: primitivism, kinship, suffering, and salvation on Japanese and British reality television.” American Ethnologist 43(2): 243-257 http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/amet.12302
- 2015. “Phatic traces: sociality in contemporary Japan.” Anthropological Quarterly 88(2): 373-400 http://doi.org/10.1353/anq.2015.0014
- 2014. “Phaticity: contact and its allure.” Section News (Society for Linguistic Anthropology), Anthropology News 55(11): n.pag.
- 2013. “Characterization.” Semiotic Review. n.pag. http://www.semioticreview.com/index.php/open-issues/issue-open-2013/21-characterization
- 2012. “The gross face and virtual fame: semiotic mediation in Japanese virtual communication.” First Monday 17(3) n.pag. http://www.uic.edu/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/3535/3168
- 2007. “The meaning of life: regimes of textuality and memory in Japanese personal historiography.” Language and Communication 27(2): 153-177 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.langcom.2006.10.002
- In Preparation. “The Face.” In: Mary Bucholtz and Kira Hall, eds., Parsing the Body: Language and the Social Life of Embodiment.
- 2021. “Idolatry and mediumship: topologies of affect in Japanese media culture.” In: Aoyagi Hiroshi, Patrick W. Galbraith and Mateja Kovacic, eds., Idology in Transcultural Perspective Anthropological Investigations of Popular Idolatry. Palgrave Macmillan. https://www.palgrave.com/jp/book/9783030826765
- 2020. “Face.” In: James Stanlaw, ed., The International Encyclopedia of Linguistic Anthropology. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118786093.iela0126
- 2020. “Effacement.” In: Jason Karlin, Patrick Galbraith, and Shunsuke Nozawa, eds., Japanese Media and Popular Culture. https://jmpc-utokyo.com/keyword/effacement/
- 2020. “Phatic communication.” In: Jason Karlin, Patrick Galbraith, and Shunsuke Nozawa, eds., Japanese Media and Popular Culture. https://jmpc-utokyo.com/keyword/phatic-communication/
- 2018.「言語のキャラクター化――遊戯的翻訳と引用」定延利之編『キャラ概念の広がりと深まりに向けて』Pp. 217-236. 三省堂. https://dictionary.sanseido-publ.co.jp/dict/ssd34913
- 2018.「「荒らし」と相互忘却」武黒麻紀子編『相互行為におけるディスコーダンス――言語人類学からみた不一致・不調和・葛藤』Pp. 98-119. ひつじ書房. http://www.hituzi.co.jp/hituzibooks/ISBN978-4-89476-920-5.htm
- 2016. “Ensoulment and effacement in Japanese voice acting.” In: Patrick Galbraith and Jason Karlin, eds., Media Convergence in Japan. Pp. 169-199. Kinema Club https://archive.org/details/MediaConvergenceInJapan
- 2012. “Discourses of the coming: ignorance, forgetting, and prolepsis in Japanese life-historiography.” In: Casey High, Ann Kelly, and Jonathan Mair, eds., Anthropology of Ignorance: an Ethnographic Approach. Pp. 55-85. New York & Basingstoke: Palgrave McMillan. https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9780230340824
- 2021. Making Meaningful Lives: Tales from an Aging Japan, by Iza Kavedžija. Ageing and Society 41(2): 708-709.
- 2020. Tokyo Boogie-Woogie: Japan’s Pop Era and Its Discontents, by Hiromu Nagahara. Monumenta Nipponica 75(1): 176-179.
- 2016. Aging and Loss: Mourning and Maturity in Contemporary Japan, by Jason Danely. Anthropological Quarterly 89(1): 297-302.
- 2007. Vicarious Language: Gender and Linguistic Modernity in Japan, by Miyako Inoue. Anthropological Quarterly 80(1): 295-299.