Thematic Programs

Workshop 4: Northern Modes of Foraging and Domestication as an Interaction among Humans, Animals, and Geography


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Climate change studies remold the relationships between the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. The former two areas previously focused on socio-cultural dynamics presupposing the nature as stable or backyard; however, in this new paradigm interactions between humans and nature, both of which are ever changing, become critical objects for exploration. This perspective has gained strength in contemporary climate policy and sustainability sciences, but it may also open new dimensions of anthro-history and human adaptability. Workshop 4 pursues this interaction-based line of inquiry while focusing on northern modes of foraging and domestication; it incorporates methodology from the fields of anthropology, archaeology, genetics, ecology, and geological sciences. Styles of adaption found in northern human population adaptations are different from those seen tropical areas, the birthplace of homo sapiens. Mobility and meat pastoralism are supplemented with hunting (neither milch nor grain-trading), and sedentary fishing complex societies are observed in the north. The carnivorous nutrition tendency in hunting, fishing and pastoralism with the changing cold environments has formed distinct subsistence patterns and adjustable social organizations, which are key for understanding of human adaptability to global extension. The date of Northeast Asian archaeology and ethnography would originally contribute this consideration. Taking into account recent findings from bio-geophysical sciences, such as the phylogeography of animals and fish, and the heat balance of permafrost, the conditions of northern modes of livelihood are reconsidered. The workshop provides the unique opportunity for knowledge exchange among interdisciplinary findings and mutual interpretations. It also examines the regional and local evolutional mechanisms of possible northern human adaptabilities. The workshop will be co-organized as Northeast Asian Symposium, as an annual event of Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University.

Date

February 21, 2019 – February 22, 2019

Venue  [Dec. 6, 2018 Updated]

February 21, 2019 (Plenary Session)
TOKYO ELECTRON House of Creativity 3F, Katahira Campus, Tohoku University [Access]

February 21, 2019 (Afternoon Session) – February 22, 2019
2F Seminar Room, AIMR Main Building, Katahira Campus, Tohoku University  [Access]

Speakers  [Feb. 15, 2018 Updated]

David Anderson (University of Aberdeen)
Hugh Beach (Uppsala University)
Junko Habu (University of California, Berkeley)
Aytalina Ivanova (North-Eastern Federal University)
Juha Kantanen (Natural Resources Institute Finland)
Hirofumi Kato (Hokkaido University)
Shiaki Kondo (Hokkaido University)
Yuka Oishi (National Museum of Ethnology, Japan)
Shiro Sasaki (National Museum of Ainu Culture)
Florian Stammler (University of Lapland)
Charles Stepanoff (École Pratique des Hautes Études, Laboratoire d’Anthropologie Sociale)
Hiroki Takakura (Tohoku University)

Time Schedule  [Feb. 15, 2019 Updated]

Thursday, February 21, 2019
Plenary Session: TOKYO ELECTRON House of Creativity 3F
10:30 – 10:40
Welcome address
Hiroki Takakura (Tohoku University)
Tatsuki Tsujimori (Tohoku University)
Florian Stammler (University of Lapland)
10:40 – 11:20
Shigenori Maruyama (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Global Climate Change in the Past and Near Future: A Geological Perspective
11:20 – 12:00
Hugh Beach (Uppsala University)
Sustaining Arctic Livelihoods and Sustaining Anthropology in the Anthropocene
12:00 – 13:30
Lunch break
Afternoon Session: 2F Seminar Room, AIMR Main Building
Session1
Chair: Florian Stammler (University of Lapland)
13:30 – 14:00
Hiroki Takakura (Tohoku University)
Revisiting the North as a Triggered Space for Innovations in Human Cultural History
14:00 – 14:30
Hirofumi Kato (Hokkaido University)
Mobile Technology and Space Perception: Archaeological Interpretations
14:30 – 15:00
David Anderson (University of Aberdeen)
On Hunting and Holding Reindeer: A Knowledge Ecology of Human/Animals in Eurasia
15:00 – 15:30
Shiaki Kondo (Hokkaido University)
Gotta Go and Live!: (Im)mobility and Foraging Ways of Life in Interior Alaska
15:30 – 16:00
Break
Session2
Chair: Hiroki Takakura (Tohoku University)
16:00 – 16:30
Shiro Sasaki (National Museum of Ainu Culture)
Cultural Adaptation in Far East Russia: From the Case of the Indigenous People in the Amur Land
16:30 – 17:00
Florian Stammler (University of Lapland)
How do People Help Animals Adapt to the Arctic, and Why Should They?
17:00 – 17:30
Yuka Oishi (National Museum of Ethnology)
Domestication in Fishing-Reindeer Husbandry Complex of Western Siberian Forest from the Point of View of Environmental History
18:00 – 20:00
Banquet
Friday, February 22, 2019: 2F Seminar Room, AIMR Main Building
Session3
Chair: David Anderson (University of Aberdeen)
10:00 – 10:30
Junko Habu (University of California, Berkeley)
Hunter-Gatherer Mobility, Food Diversity, and Landscape Practice: Archaeological and Ethnographic Examples from Northern Japan
10:30 – 11:00
Charles Stepanoff (École Pratique des Hautes Études, Laboratoire d’Anthropologie Sociale)
What Northern Husbandry Teaches us about the Meaning of Domestication?
11:00 – 11:30
Aytalina Ivanova (North-Eastern Federal University)
Domestication Institutionalized: Legal Measures to Help Animals Develop and Keep Their "Arctic" Character, and to What Extent They Make Sense
11:30 – 12:00
Juha Kantanen (Natural Resources Institute Finland)
Domestication and Adaptation of Domesticated Animal Species to Northern Environment
12:00 – 13:30
Lunch break
Session4
Chair: Florian Stammler (University of Lapland)
13:30 – 15:00
General discussion
15:00 – 15:30
Technical discussion

**All speakers are welcoming to join the half-day observational study guided by Dr. Sebastian Boret (Anthropologist, Tohoku University) at 12:00 – 17:00 on February 23, 2019.
Poster: Download [PDF]

Abstract  [Apr. 9, 2019 Updated]

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Contact

info_tfc*grp.tohoku.ac.jp (Change * to @)

Organizers  [Dec. 26, 2018 Updated]

Hiroki Takakura (Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University)
Florian Stammler (Arctic Centre, University of Lapland)

CNEAS

Arctic Centre

Poster

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Report  [Feb. 28, 2019 Updated]

Arctic Centre, University of Lapland [Link]