Professor at the Open University of Japan
ACADEMIC FIELD & RESEARCH
I specialize in cultural anthropology, having previously surveyed and researched the indigenous hunter-gatherer Inuit of the Canadian Arctic. Through a focus on the means by which Inuit societies are materially and conceptually formed and maintained, using micro-interactions developed in their daily lives, I have explored the mechanisms that maintain sociality among Inuit and conducted research to clarify the evolutionary foundation of human sociality through comparison of these mechanisms with other primates.
RESEARCH FIELD (FIELD SITE, LOCATION OF RESEARCH)
Inuit of the Canadian Arctic
- Omura K., Konaka S. (Eds.) A Cultural Anthropology in the “Anthropocene” Era. Foundation for the Promotion of the Open Society of Japan, 2020. (Japanese)
- Omura K., Otsuki G., Satsuka S., Morita A. (Eds.) The World Multiple: The Quotidian Politics of Knowing and Generating Entangled Worlds. Routledge, 2018.
- Omura K. An Ethnography of the Canadian Inuit: The Dynamics of Daily Practice. Osaka University Press, 2013. (Japanese)
- Okada H., Kimura D., Omura K. (Eds.) Challenge of Space Anthropology: Inquiry about Human Future in Space. Showado, 2014. (Japanese)
- Honda S., Omura K. (Eds.) An Anthropology of Globalization: Conflict and Reconciliation. Foundation for the Promotion of the Open University of Japan, 2011. (Japanese)
- Omura K. Memories of the Arctic and Forests: Art of the Inuit and Northwest Coast Indians. Showado, 2009. (Japanese)
- Honda S., Kuzuno H., Omura K. (Eds.) A Cultural Anthropology Study: The World of the Indigenous. Foundation for the Promotion of the Open University of Japan, 2005. (Japanese)
- Stewart H., Barnard A., Omura K. (Eds.) Self and Other Images of Hunter-Gatherers. National Museum of Ethnology, 2002.
I will do my best to contribute to research and planning using both case study and theoretical aspects in regards to the mechanisms by which human sociality is formed and maintained.