The online registration and paper/session proposal submission are now
available on the following site:
Hotel booking and post-conference tour reservation are also available on the
above site. You are strongly advised to book your accommodation as soon as
possible for October is one of the busiest tourist seasons in Hokkaido.
And we now call for individual papers and organized sessions for the
The deadline for submitting paper/session proposals is June 24.
The conference theme is: Culture, For or Against?: Thirty Years after
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 papers and sessions related to the
conference theme are welcome. Those related to other themes and topics are
also welcome. We look forward to diverse papers and sessions representing
entire East Asian anthropology.
For further information please contact: Ichiro Numazaki
firstname.lastname@example.org (or email@example.com if you have trouble using Gmail)
The Organizing Committee for 2016 EAAA Meeting
Ichiro Numazaki, Tohoku University
Takami Kuwayama, Hokkaido University