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Hirofumi Minami Last modified date:2018.06.12

Professor / Environmental Engineering, Planning and Design Section
Department of Architecture and Urban Design
Faculty of Human-Environment Studies

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Field of Specialization
Total Priod of education and research career in the foreign country
Research Interests
  • Psychoanalysis of cities
    keyword : Understanding of cities, Psychoanalytic approach, Hermeneutics or theory of interpretation
  • social ecological study of Asian cities
    keyword : Asian cities, theory of place, ecological approach
  • place designing with children as partners
    keyword : belonging place, children, designing
  • Sensual communication in the field
    keyword : Sensual communication, The action of the field, Embodiment and physicality
Current and Past Project
  • The processes of "participant observation" first introduced by Sullivan (1961) as a general method for social sciences is investigated from both theoretical and empirical sides. In particular so-called "entry" phase when the researcher encounters the field and gradually comes to terms with the unfolding situations takes a central focus in this research. The embodied knowing as tacit transaction with the field was hypothesized as a central means in the initial phase of "being-in-the field." Practical implications for the training of novice fieldworkers as well as practitioners in such field as nurses in the hospital, beginners in the traditional arts, trainees in the clinical therapy, and listeners in the modern experimental music are sought through the action research in the collaboration of multiple fields.
  • The anthropological study of "Street Wisdom" and the emergency of new locality:
    Street wisdom as local knowledge in the urban settings are investigated through interdisciplinary collaboration among cultural anthropology, ethnology, sociology, environmental psychology, psychoanalysis and clinical therapy. Such investigation is sought at the time of globalized societies in the post colonial period where systemic forces dominate life-world domains. As part of the overall project the present author utilizes the approach of " Psychoanalysis of Cities" (Manami, 2015) in the interpretive study of streets of Hiroshima and New York City. Based on the notion of flaneur by Benjamin (1994) the urban unconscious as hidden traces of the past in the street-scape of both cities are investigated.
  • Research Core "Asian Urban Studies"
    This research core is established in 2002 after three years of the activities of the Project and Program (P&P) entitled "Toward an Establishment of the Center for Asian Urban Studies as Solution for Urban Problems in the Asian Region." In the context of the growing high density cities in the Asian region which might outgrow rational control and management by the local and national government this research core focuses on the up-to-date urban problems shared by Asian cities from multi-disciplinary perspectives .
Academic Activities
1. Wapner,S., Demick,J.,Yamoto,T.,& Minami, H. (編), Theoretical perspectives in environment behavior research.
, Wapner,S., Demick,J.,Yamoto,T.,& Minami, H. (編) 環境心理学、環境行動学における日米の主要な研究者に、それぞれが用いている理論および実践上の主要な概念・用語・方法論について、それがどのような前提の基に形成されているか、概念のリフレクションを求め、環境心理学の理論の全容を展望する論考を編集した。著者は、この編集において主に日本側のオーガナイザーを務め、自身の観点を提示すると共に、全体編集に当った。
, 2000.09.
1. The Urban Unconscious Seen from the Street and the Project of Psychoanalysis of Cities..
1. 祁秋梦, 南 博文, Dialogical approach to interpreting the meaning of daily experiences of "Subjective Well-Being", The 31st International Conference of Psychology, 2016.07.
2. Hirofumi Minami, Sanjoy Mazumdar, Sean Ah Oh, Wei-Lun Kuo, Cooking E-B theories from the Asian "Situ", Environment Design Research Association, 2012.06, This symposium will focus on the on-going attempts among E-B researchers working in the east-Asian contexts who begin their conceptualization of person-environment transactions based on the experience-near phenomenon in their local environments. We will ask specifically the following question: 1) Are these culturally-bound phenomenon? 2) Are the terms and conceptualization intelligible in the backdrop of the current E- B theory? 3) What are the design implication of these kinds of research? .
Other Educational Activities
  • 2012.10.
  • 2006.04.