30 episodes

Asian Ethnology Podcast introduces the work of scholars who have contributed to, or published in, the international peer-reviewed journal Asian Ethnology. It also introduces scholars and individuals whose work aligns with the topical categories of the journal.

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Asian Ethnology Podcast introduces the work of scholars who have contributed to, or published in, the international peer-reviewed journal Asian Ethnology. It also introduces scholars and individuals whose work aligns with the topical categories of the journal.

    Interview with Peter Knecht, former editor of Asian Folklore Studies: Part 2. Experiences as the journal editor

    Interview with Peter Knecht, former editor of Asian Folklore Studies: Part 2. Experiences as the journal editor

    Interviewer: Ben Dorman, co-editor Asian Ethnology Recorded 8 June 2017, Nagoya, Japan
    Peter Knecht was the editor of Asian Folklore Studies from 1980 until 2007. The journal changed its name to Asian Ethnology in 2008.
    In this extended interview, Peter discusses his experiences working as the editor of Asian Folklore Studies. He talks about when he first encountered the journal working under founding editor, Matthias Eder, and what happened when he took over the journal in 1980. 

    • 46 min
    Interview with John Powers

    Interview with John Powers

    Interviewer: Ben Dorman
    In this episode, John Powers (Deakin University) discusses an interdisciplinary project involving historians, anthropologists, scientists, and folklorists concerning rivers that originate in Tibet, which play a key role in global hydrological cycles yet are in crises as a result of multiple threats.  

    • 18 min
    Interview with Susanne Klien

    Interview with Susanne Klien

    Interviewer: Ben Dorman, co-editor Asian Ethnology Recorded 11 March 2011
    In this episode, anthropologist Susanne Klien discusses her recent book Urban Migrants in Rural Japan: Between Agency and Anomie in a Post-growth Society (SUNY Press, 2020). She touches on her motivations for doing the research, the reasons for migrants relocating to rural areas, and some of the challenges they face after relocation, amongst other issues. She also addresses some questions that were asked in a book talk given on 22 February 2021 that was part of the Asian Ethnology Series. 

    • 43 min
    Interview with Steven Fedorowicz

    Interview with Steven Fedorowicz

    Interviewer: Mark Bookman
    Recorded: Wednesday Feb 17th 2021
    This episode features a discussion with Steven Fedorowicz, cultural anthropologist, visual anthropologist, and associate professor at Kansai Gaidai University. Steven will be giving a talk on “Representations of Deaf People in Japan: Inspiration, Outrage and Real Life,” as part of the “Disability and Japan in the Digital Age Series” via Zoom on May 14, 2021 (Details to follow). In discussing some of what he will be presenting, Steven talks about his ongoing project concerning media representations of deaf people and culture in Japan, and his introduction to his studies on and experiences with deaf communities. He also touches on his personal experiences that his understandings and approaches to deaf communities and disability studies.
    Music used with kind permission of the performer, shamisen master Koji Yamaguchi.
    Copyright 2021, Asian Ethnology Podcast

    • 22 min
    Interview with Frank Mondelli

    Interview with Frank Mondelli

    Interviewer: Mark Bookman
    Date recorded: 26 October 2020
    This episode of Asian Ethnology Podcast features Frank Mondelli, a doctoral candidate at Stanford University. Frank recently returned from research in Japan and is currently working on his doctoral dissertation on the social, technical, and political history of assistive technologies for deafness and hearing impairment in 20th century Japan. Frank discusses his recent work on the history of hearing aids in 1950s Japan, how he became interested in assistive technology, and how thinking about assistive technology can help us think about accessibility and inclusivity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    This episode is part of the "Disability and Japan in the Digital Age" project run through the Anthropological Institute, Nanzan University.
    Publications discussed in this episode
    Mills, Mara and Jonathan Sterne. “Dismediation – Three Proposals, Six Tactics” in Disability Media Studies, ed. Elizabeth Ellcessor and Bill Kirkpatrick

    • 25 min
    Interview with Mark Bookman

    Interview with Mark Bookman

    Interviewer: Ben Dorman
    Date recorded: 3 November 2020
    In this episode, Mark Bookman discusses a new series of lectures entitled "Disability and Japan in the Digital Age," which is run through the Anthropological Institute, Nanzan University. He talks about the significance of the series at this time. Mark will also be presenting interviews with the participants in Asian Ethnology Podcast episodes. 

    • 22 min

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