International Symposium: The Human and the Social


International Symposium: The Human and the Social

Date: December 7, 2010, 9:00~17:00

Venue: Orion room, Jyosui Kaikan, 2-1-1, Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo


Part I 9:00 - 12:15 (Chair: Akio Tanabe)

Naoki Kasuga “ .....And (as opening remarks)”

Casper Bruun Jensen “Anthropology as a Following Science”

Atsuro Morita “Rethinking Technics and the Human”

Heonik Kwon “Perspectivism in Social Anthropology”


Part II 13:15 - (Chair: Eisei Kurimoto)

Naoki Kasuga “Vision that Ushers in Humanity”

Eduardo Viveiros de Castro “Immanence and Fear”


Part III (Chair: Naoki Kasuga)

Annemarie Mol “What Humanity Shares”

Eduardo Viveiros de Castro “And...(as concluding remarks)”


“Humanity” and “society” have been extolled as supreme values since the 19th Century; however, the degree to which they have performatively realized the human and the social is far from certain.

Various debates surrounding the concepts, values and rights of the two have been put forward; but we shall above all avoid treating “humanity” and “society” as a given reality. Instead the two should be reevaluated as effects of the associating of person, things, knowledge and the like.

In the current workshop we shall consider the kinds of association through which the human and the social are generated or, on the contrary, disappear; and also the ways in which the space that implies such “internal” things as realm, structure and system is constructed.

Further, we shall conduct experiments as to whether the human and the social can be thrillingly produced in a workshop, by suitably as well as incongruously comparing and debating each presentation and weaving together their partial connections.



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Contributed date

July 10, 2018 - 8:38pm

Critical Commentary

This symposium was held as a part of Naoki Kasuga's KAKEN project, Reconstructing the 'Social': Anthropological Research on Diversities and Possibilities. After the symposium and an excursion to Nikko, Kasuga announced his idea of creating the online journal, NatureCulture, to the speakers at an okonomiyaki restaurant in Kichijoji, Tokyo. The papers read at the symposium were published in NatureCulture. 01(The Human and the Social) in 2012.





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