The First Announcement of the 2016 EAAA Meeting in Sapporo

Dear colleagues

We are pleased to announce that the 2016 EAAA Meeting will be held on October 15 and 16 in Sapporo, Japan. The conference venue is the Conference Hall of Hokkaido University in downtown Sapporo.

The conference theme is Culture, For or Against?: Thirty Years after “Writing Culture.”

The concept of culture, once the hallmark of modern anthropology, has been questioned, critiqued, defended, and debated by anthropologists for three decades since the publication of Writing Culture and Anthropology as Culture Critique in 1986. Yet the notion of culture as a way of life is alive and well in both political as well as everyday discourses throughout the world. For example, governments in East Asia enthusiastically and competitively apply to UNESCO for recognition of their traditions as “intangible cultural heritage.” Increasing number of East Asian people travel within the region and around the world to experience “different cultures.” What should we do about this disparity between academic anthropology and the world outside the academia? Is the anthropological concept of culture still relevant? Or, is the concept obsolete? We invite anthropologists in East Asia to address the relevance or irrelevance of the concept of culture in the 21st century.

Theoretical as well as ethnographic panels and papers related to the conference theme are welcome. Those related to other themes and topics are also welcome. We look forward to diverse panels and papers representing entire East Asian anthropology.

The details of call for papers and conference registration will be announced in January, 2016.

For further information please contact: Ichiro Numazaki

The Organizing Committee for 2016 EAAA Meeting

Ichiro Numazaki, Tohoku University

Takami Kuwayama, Hokkaido University