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Chiyoko NAGATANI Last modified date:2020.04.28

Associate Professor / cultural representations
Department of Cultural Studies
Faculty of Social and Cultural Studies

Graduate School
Undergraduate School

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Academic Degree
Ph.D (literature)
Country of degree conferring institution (Overseas)
Field of Specialization
cultural anthropology, religious studies
Total Priod of education and research career in the foreign country
Outline Activities
I am basically interested in religiosity working within a secular society. I pursue this theme by doing research from the viewpoint of Cultural Anthropology on religions and religious phenomena in the Dai and Han society in Dehong Dai and Jimpo Autonomous Prefedture in Yunnan Province, China. Current research topics are about Guan-Yin cult among the Dai, Sacred places as tourist spots, and the transition of policies and views about religions in China. I also study a traditional puppetry in Imazu, Fukuoka, by doing folkloric research. I teach freshmen in Kadaikyogaku seminar, and give a lecture on East Asian Culture.
Research Interests
  • Recreation of Religious Anthropology: on religiosity within the modern secular world
    keyword : religion, secularism, religiosity, Anthropology of Religions
  • Religious Anthropological Study on spiritual formation of 'things' and 'places'
    keyword : Animism, Fetishism, Shamanism, Buddhism, Dehong Dai, Fukuoka, theater, tourism, education
  • a study on the mutual relationship between the everyday-life practice of the nationality groups and the nation building in China
    keyword : the Dehong Dai, religion, culture, superstition, custom and practice, civilization, socialism, Theravada Buddhism, spirit cults, everyday-life practice, nation building, China
  • a study on the development monks in the Northeast Thailand
    keyword : development monks, Theravada Buddhism, rural development, the alternatives, NPO, the Northeast Thailand
  • Study on the conversion process of young people to the teaching of Shinnyo-En, a Japanese new religious group
    keyword : new religion, conversion process, religious practices, world view
Current and Past Project
  • In recent years, revitalization of religious groups and revivals of religious customs have been reported from many countries in the world. We, the 15 researchers are going to examine the validity of the concept of the secular world separated from religions, through field research.religion, secularism, religiosity, Anthropology of Religions
Academic Activities
1. The Pagodas in Natural Scenery: On Tourism Development of Religious Spots in Dehong, Yunnan.
2. NAGATANI Chiyoko, The Appearance of 'Religious Culture': from the Viewpoint of Tourism and Everyday Life in Dehong, Yunnan, Senri Ethnological Studies 76: Tourism and Glocalization--Perspectives on East Asian Societies, 76, 39-54, 2010.06.
1. Holy space as Tourism Resource; a case study on Theravada Buddhist Architecture in Mangshi, Yunnan.
2. On Tourism and Religious Architectures: a case study on Theravada Buddhism of the Dai in Dehong, China..
Membership in Academic Society
  • American Academy of Religion
  • The prize of International Institute for the Study of Religions (for my work Bunka no Seiji to Seikatsu no Shigaku [Politics of Cultures and Poetics of Life].
  • The prize of Japanese Association for Religious studies (for my work Bunka no Seiji to Seikatsu no Shigaku [Politics of Cultures and Poetics of Life].
Educational Activities
Kadaikyogaku seminar for freshmen
Beginner's Chinese for students in the first year(-2013).
Lecture on East Asian Cultures for students in master's course
Seminar on East Asian Societies for students in master's and doctor's courses
Seminar on methodology of Anthropology for students in master's and doctor's courses
tutorial for research students
Other Educational Activities
  • 2012.08.
  • 2009.05.
Professional and Outreach Activities
November 20th, 2010, Chaired the session on 'the Cuture of Yujo and Tea' in the Joint Symposium with East China Normal University
November 25th, 2010, made the presentation 'the Dai People's Religious Architectures and Tourism: in Dehong Prefecture, Yunnan' in the Third Open Lecture hosted by Institute of Asia Cultures in Sophia University