'JASCA 50th Anniversary Conference + IUAES Inter-Congress 2014'
May 15-18, 2014, Makuhari Messe, Chiba City, Japan
Organizers: Junji Koizumi (JASCA) and Eisei Kurimoto (Osaka U.)
The Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology (JASCA) held its 50th Anniversary Conference jointly with the 2014 Inter-Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences under the general theme of 'The Future with/of Anthropologies.' The conference brought together 937 delegates from 59 countries, 463 of whom were international. More than 1,400 participants were present including those who attended the JASCA domestic meeting simultaneously held at the same venue. Some 137 panels were organized in total along with three keynote lectures by Marilyn Strathern, James Ferguson, and Claudio Lomnitz. Another sixteen IUAES Commissions organized their own panels, and fifteen cooperating associations held their panels, roundtables, and symposia. The conference brought forth engaged discussion on the relevance of anthropology as a field and for humanity, and created a strengthened platform for the discussion of world anthropologies and the collaboration of the WCAA and the IUAES. The event also played a significant role in bringing Japanese anthropology, which has historically remained distinct and relatively unnoticed internationally, to a wider global arena.