Cultural Anthropology, The science of religion, Japanese Studies

Research Topic

My research focuses on spirituality, spirit possession and exorcism in contemporary Japan, from an anthropological perspective. My previous research on places connected to death and the afterlife in contemporary Japan investigated processes of construction of identity, memory, touristification of places and tourists’ experiences. My present research analyses practices and experiences related to spirit possession and exorcism in late capitalist societies (Japan, Italy and Austria), where “Western” medical science is grounded and institutionalized.

Message for Applicants

Supporting you during the seminar will be my pleasure. I would be glad to engage in discussions about several topics related to your research and to provide you with supervision, while you learn to be independent in doing research, in elaborating appropriate theoretical interpretations of your data, in giving presentations, and engaging the writing process that will eventually produce your Dissertation.

Advised Master’s Thesis (Last 5 years)

  • 日本文化におけるサル/人間関係について ―二助企画(猿まわし)を事例として―
  • 節談説教から見る芸能との線引き
  • Different Faces of “the Religious” and “the Secular”
    A Case Study of Religious and Non-Religious Events in Kitano Tenmangu, Kyoto, Japan