Messages from Faculty


Publicnes in the 21st Century
While investigating the process of change in the Discourses, Movements, and Policies regarding Bodies (or our bodies) andpicking up the ideal way of fragmentary life, we explore the public mindedness of social systems for survival and democracy.

History of Life – KISHI Masahiko

In a time when tolerance is decreasing, “understanding others” is probably the most necessary for us. On the other hand, trying to easily understand others can be taken as a form of violence. By listening to the individual life histories (life stories) of various minorities, I am examining the possibilities and impossibilities in understanding others. In this world where we feel powerless, we are all working hard to make living even a little bit better. By hearing these life stories and to witness a moment when memory, experience, and history are born in the present, my IC recorder is like a boat that I steer, taking off into the sea of life history. There, all suffering, sadness, happiness, and hope reside.

Body in our Time – TATEIWA Shinya

It would be great if I could continue my work as partially noted below, but this is something I cannot do by myself, so it’s great if there are many others around me. The following is the beginning part of our Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research that has not been granted. “Disabilities and illnesses make people live through differences, passing through the changes that happen to their bodies. Most of the events that happened with or around such people during the last 50 years or so has been neither observed nor documented. The period of several years from now may be the last opportunity to do it. Using the force of the most energetic researchers in the field, backed up by participation of graduate students and graduates, I shall organize this research project and clarify the following points.” For more, search our website→“Ars Vivendi” “Body in our Time – Discourses, Movements, and Policies”


Life as an issue
Examining the history of science knowledge / technology such as life science, medical care, and welfare, I hope to order the ethical issues, comprehensively exploring life, reproduction, illness and death. I will explore the possibility of building ethics and understanding new life.

Ethical issues of life theory – KOIZUMI Yoshiyuki

Based on philosophy and ethics studies, I will lead a survey how life and living things are recognized theoretically and how they are culturally represented in modern society, developing a new life theory. Also, I wish to order the ethical issues in which contemporary biology confronts, surveying how contemporary culture represents life and death and researching life, reproduction, disease and death on a comprehensive level. I also aim to construct a view of not only living things but also human in modernity.

Medicine / Body / Globalization / Thought – MIMA Tatsuya

Human bodies do not just belong to the private realm, but are continuing being incorporated into the public realm in contemporary society by biotechnology’s detaching of character with individual existence – organs or iPS cells, etc… In this way, our bodies and publicness are an important issue in today’s society. My future research plan is as follows:
  • While continuing to critique Foucault’s theory of power, I will focus on risk and analyze what changes there are in physicality? in today’s globalization.
  • Using history as a medical doctor, I will re-examine the idea of publicness from a cross-disciplinary perspective, considering both science and humanities.
  • I will examine the clinical applications of brain plasticity and its implications on society from the perspective of oscillology.


The Possibilities and Limitations in Socio-Cultural Symbiosis
Critically tracing human history of this imperfect experiment with many sacrifices, I will explore the possibility of a life and lifestyle without these sacrifices looking at the future.

Anthropological study of cunning, another world and Living for Today– OGAWA Sayaka

Based on cultural anthropology, I will lead an examination of the micro issues of people living in the same generation in various parts of the world, as well as the knowledge, new view of humans, and worldview necessary to make it better to live with others. In particular, I will examine from ethnographic cases the workings of Living for Today and the practice and acts to get out of the predicament (bluffing, cheating, forced smiles, snapping back, etc…) as well as the necessary cunning involved. Relativizing the limitations on our life such as a neoliberal economic system and a view of time centered on the future, as well as autonomy based on mass production, I will envision a new life diversity that is not based on one life.

Catastrophe and Literature – NISHI Masahiko

Humanity has been colored by “catastrophes”. Whether it’s natural disasters, wars or man-made calamity, catastrophes do not come uniformly. There are also times when the responsibility must be taken as the perpetrator. Although the experiences and memories of those unfortunately affected by the risk of “catastrophes” as well as perpetrators and bystanders have been partly “recorded,” what is missing is left to a “power of cultural imagination”. I will examine the possibilities and limitations of literature.


Analysis of Culture and Art through Representative Theory
This theme studies and analyzes various aspects of culture and art from the angle of representative theory. With the understanding and investigation of technology, history, theory and practice as the core, we work to achieve a systematic knowledge about areas of creation and appreciation, various contexts and media.

The action mechanism of art in society – TAKENAKA Yumi

Based on arts studies, I will examine the functions entrusted in art in society, and the structural and technological systems in order to practice. In today’s capitalistic society, art is “consumed” as public cultural property, and our main access systems to art are information media and places such as museums or art centers. By investigating issues and methods of how exhibitions, art projects, and cultural policy designs cultural movement, as well as how they are treated in the media, I will re-evaluate the meaning of art.

Deliberating in between contemporary philosophy and criticism – CHIBA Masaya

In order to consider various cases of representational culture, it is necessary to mix contemporary philosophy as a medium with various theories such as art, culture, society, and desire. I will then analyze a method of “multidisciplinary” statement or a “critical” style of rhetoric. We aim for an ontology where “things” do not privilege us = humans, and a theory of representation where it is developed by the linkage with metaphysics. Then, we will show this as part of “critique of humanities” according to the state of contemporary technology which leaves us with no choice but to change good/common sense related to “humanity”.