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College of International Relations  /
Department of International Relations

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 Andrea   DE ANTONI  Associate Professor

■Concurrent affiliation
Graduate School of International Relations
The Kinugasa Research Organization   /
The institute of Humanities Human and Social Sciences
The Kinugasa Research Organization   /
Institute of Ars Vivendi
■Graduate school/University/other
10/2003  Ca’Foscari University of Venice  Faculty of Foreign Languages  Dept. of East Asian Studies  Graduated
02/2010  Ca’Foscari University of Venice ,  Doctoral School in Languages, Cultures and Societies,  Anthropology, Religious Studies, Japanese Studies  Doctoral course  Completed
■Career history
03/2010-07/2010  Ca’ Foscari Univeristy of Venice, Dept. of East Asian Studies, Adjunct Lecturer
07/2010-07/2012  Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (Kyoto University, Institute for Research in Humanities), Postdoctoral Fellow
09/2012-03/2014  Ritsumeikan University (College of International Relations, Inter-Faculty Institute for International Studies, College of Policy Science), Adjunct Lecturer
03/2013-  The University of Vienna (Faculty of Social Sciences, Dept. of Social and Cultural Anthropology) Adjunct Lecturer
04/2013-03/2014  Doshisha University (Center for Japanese Language and Culture, Faculty of Social Studies), Adjunct Lecturer
04/2013-03/2014  Kyoto University (Institute for Research in Humanities), Research Associate
04/01/2014-  Ritsumeikan University ,College of International Relations , Associate Professor
■Academic society memberships
Japan Anthropology Workshop (JAWS)
2008-2010: Student Group Manager
2010-Present: JAWS Newsletter Main Editor  
European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS)
2017-2020: Elected Council Member  
Anthropology of Japan in Japan (AJJ)
2017-Present: Executive Committee Member  
The Japanese Society for Cultural Anthropology  
Japan Society for Tourism Studies  
■Research summary
Experiences at the Edge of “Science” and “Religion”: A Comparative Research on Spirit Possession and Exorcism in Contemporary Japan, Italy and Austria

 My previous research investigated processes of construction of identity and social memory in places connected to death and the afterlife in contemporary Japan. In particular, I investigated them from the viewpoint of “tradition” and memory, touristification, experience, perception, and discrimination. My Ph.D. Dissertation focused on places connected to the afterlife (particularly hell) and was based on ethnographic data gathered through fieldwork in Osorezan and Mutsu (Aomori Pref.), Tateyama (Toyama Pref.), Hakone (Kanagawa Pref.), Rokuhara area (Kyoto), and Hirano Ward (Osaka). Subsequently, I focused on a tour that visited haunted places in contemporary Kyoto, investigating the processes of construction of discourses, practices, perception and experience through networks of human and non-human actors. Relying on theoretical frameworks that focus on agency, such as Gell’s “nexus theory” and so-called “Actor-Network Theory”, I highlighted the ways by which the “reality” of discourses and experiences in those places is constructed.

My present research focuses on practices and experiences related to sprit possession and religious healing (particularly exorcism) in post-capitalist societies, where “Western” medical science is institutionalized and widespread. This topic has been hardly taken into consideration by anthropological research, with the only exception of Csordas’ work, that investigated Catholic Charismatic healing in the US, basing his theorization of Merleau-Ponty’s fenomenology. His research pointed out that healing is a process involving interactions between patients and other human and non-human actors (including the body), and that, according to this process, also patients’ identities within their groups is reconstructed. Yet, since it focuses on already existing religious “communities”, it does not take into consideration patients’ experiences before they decided to rely on religious healing. Moreover, it does not highlight the processes through which the “reality” of non-material actors (e.g. deities, spirits, demons)involved in the healing process, is constructed.

Consequently, the present research aims to provide an analysis of patients’ experiences, starting from when the first “symptoms” appear, to when they are interpreted as spirit possession and, consequently, healed. It will be based on an “ecological approach” that relies on the above mentioned theoretical frameworks as well as Ingold’s theories. It relies mainly on religious and medical anthropology, but integrates them with notions and conceptualizations of the body, the senses and emotions in psychology, physiology, physiotherapy, and neural and cognitive sciences.

This research aims to provide a new interdisciplinary perspective on the processes through which people’s experiences and realities of spirit possession and healing are socially constructed and negotiated, on the basis of networks of interactions among human (e.g. patients, religious and spiritual specialists, physicians) and non-human (e.g. the environment, the internet and the media, supernatural beings) actors. In case patients did not heal through “Western” medical science, my research takes into consideration also their experiences and perception, thus shedding light on some issues in the practicalities of medical science and on how, accordingly, the patient is (not) relieved of the suffering.
■Research keywords
Cultural Anthropology, Religious Studies, Japanese Society, Japanese Religions, Spirituality, Identity, Social Memory,Local communities, Tourism, Dark tourism, Spirit Possession, Exorcism, Religious Healing, Italy 
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Books
“Call Me a Dog: Feeling (Inugami) Possession in Contemporary Tokushima Prefecture.” In Holca, I. and C. Sǎpunaru Tămaș (eds.). The Forms of the Body in Contemporary Japanese Society, Culture, and Literature (Working Title)  Lexington Books  23-48  2020
Affect. In Callan, H. (ed.). International Encyclopedia of Anthropology  John Wiley & Sons  1-8  2019
“Coping with the Spirits of Unsettled Death.” In Hendry, J. (ed.). Understanding Japanese Society, Fifth Edition.  Routledge  196-197  2019
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Papers
Feeling (with) Japan: Affective, Sensory and Material Entanglements in the Field - Introduction  with Emma Cook  Asian Anthropology  18/ 3, 139-153  2019  10.1080/1683478X.2019.1633061
Down in a Hole: Dark tourism, Haunted Places as Affective Meshworks, and the Obliteration of Korean Labourers in Contemporary Kyoto.  Japan Review  33, 271-297  2019  10.15055/00007273
Steps to an Ecology of Spirits: Comparing Feelings of More-than-Human, Immaterial Meshworks?  NatureCulture (More-than-Human Worlds: A NatureCulture Blog Series)  Online  2018
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Research presentations
Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell: The Management of Spirits, Imagination and Memories in Contemporary Osorezan  International Workshop "Skills of Feeling with the World - Fifth Workshop: Affective Technologies of Memory and Imagination"  01/2020
The End is the Beginning is the End: Healing from Spirit Possession Beyond Cognition in Contemporary Japan and Italy  Invited Lecture, Masaryk University, Department for the Study of Religions, Brno  10/2019
The Beginning is the End is the Beginning: Embodied Memories, Imagination and Ontogenesis in Spirit Possession and Healing in Contemporary Japan and Italy  Invited Lecture, University of Vienna, Institut für Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie  10/2019
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Other research achievements
International Workshop "Skills of Feeling with the World - Fifth Workshop: Affective Technologies of Memory and Imagination" - Organizer  01/18/2020-01/19/2020
International Workshop "Skills of Feeling with the World - Fourth Workshop: Technologies of Affective Encounter" - Organizer  01/25/2019-01/26/2019
International Conference Embodying “Scientific” Medicine and “Religious/Spiritual” Healing: A Comparative Perspective on Non-Voluntary Spirit Possession and Exorcism - Oraganizer (with Francesco Piraino)  Giorgio Cini Foundation, Venice  12/13/2018-12/15/2018
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Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (KAKENHI)
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Academic awards
Italian Association for Japanese Studies (AISTUGIA)  Mario Scalise Award  10/2008
Alcantara (Toray Industries)  Alcantara Prize for Research in Japanese Studies  05/2004
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Courses taught
2017  Introduction to Anthropology  Lecture
2017  GJP Platform (E) I  Lecture
2017  IR-GS301 Advanced Seminar  Seminar
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Teaching achievements
スピリチュアリティ・宗教の人類学-異界を研究する  02/2015-02/2015
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■Research keywords(on a multiple-choice system)
Cultural anthropology
Religious studies
Area studies