Department of Foreign Language StudiesAssociate Professor

ProfileKaori Hatsumi Contact: hatsumi-k@seinan-gu.ac.jp 社会科学と植民地主義の関係、人類学の研究倫理、民族誌において他者を書く/描くことの孕む暴力について研究しています。植民地主義を継承した一人の当事者として、アカデミアという研究者の要塞で、日本の植民地的状況とどう向き合うのか。当面の課題は、① 日本の開発援助とスリランカ内戦(1983-2009)の関係について、現地の映画監督と協働で映像民族誌製作。② 先住民文学。先住民研究者との協働。翻訳書にベス・パイアトート著『アンティコニ:北米先住民のソフォクレス』(「前口上」石原真衣著、春風社 2024年)


  • Ph.D. (Anthropology), Columbia University, Oct. 2012
  • M.Phil. (Anthropology), Columbia University, Feb. 2009
  • B.A. (Sociology), Hitotsubashi University, Mar. 2003

Research Keyword

  • South Asia, War, Affliction and Trauma, Morality and Ethics, Mobilities

Field of study

  • Humanities & social sciences, Local studies, Area studies
  • Humanities & social sciences, Religious studies, Religious studies
  • Humanities & social sciences, Gender studies, Gender
  • Humanities & social sciences, Cultural anthropology and folklore


  • 01 Apr. 2021 - 30 Sep. 2022
    Kyushu University, Public Relations Initiative, Associate Director for Scientific Promotion (Science Communicator)
  • 01 Aug. 2015 - 31 Dec. 2015
    Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame (USA), Department of Global Studies, Visiting Assistant Professor
  • 01 Jul. 2012 - 31 May 2015
    Kalamazoo College (USA), Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Visiting Assistant Professor
  • 01 Sep. 2011 - 31 May 2012
    Columbia University (USA), Department of Anthropology, Graduate Teaching Assistant
  • 01 Sep. 2006 - 31 May 2008
    Columbia University (USA), Department of Anthropology, Graduate Teaching Assistant

Educational Background

  • 01 Sep. 2005 - 31 May 2012, Columbia University, Department of Anthropology, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
  • 01 Apr. 2003 - 31 Mar. 2007, Hitotsubashi University, Graduate School of Social Sciences
  • 01 Apr. 1999 - 31 Mar. 2003, Hitotsubashi University, Department of Sociology


  • Jul. 2023
    Publication Grant, Seinan Gakuin University
    Beth Piatote's ANTIKONI
  • 2021
    2021 Publication Grant, The Resona Foundation for Asia and Oceania
  • 2009
    Dissertation Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation
    Civil War and the Material, Social and Affective Consequences of Isolation: The Case of a Fishing Community in Northern Sri Lanka, United States, International academic award
    Graduate student Kaori Hatsumi, under the direction of Dr. E. Valentine Daniel, will investigate the local-level, long-term effects of prolonged civil war on people whose livelihoods are dependent on the local environment. Her research will be carried out as a comparative study of fishermen in Sri Lanka, some of whom were displaced by civil war and are now isolated in a different geographic zone, and some of whom have have not been directly affected by the conflict. However, globalization of the Sri Lankan fisheries sector has impacted both communities.

    Hatsumi will undertake 11 months of field research among the fishermen of both communities. Through oral history collections, participant observations and archival study on the fisheries industry, she will document and study (a) the history of the displacement, (b) the manner in which they continue to practice fishing under drastically reduced and restricted conditions, (c) the entailments of their lives in a new global political-economy, and (d) the effects these changes have brought not only on fishing as a mode of subsistence but also as a mode of existence.

    The research is important because it will develop an unique, integrated approach to understanding the experience of internally displaced populations, a group whose size continues to increase worldwide. Hatsumi will complement her studies of economic and adaptive resilience with semiotic analysis of suffering and social belonging, integrating both cognitive and non-ideational factors such as the body, ecology, environment and labor into data collection and analysis. The findings will have practical bearing for agencies of humanitarian intervention and the research will contribute to the education of a graduate student.


Books and other publications

Lectures, oral presentations, etc.

  • Roundtable: Storying Otherwise: On the Possibilities of Creative Ethnographic Writing
    Kaori Hatsumi
    The American Anthropological Association & The Canadian Anthropology Society (AAA/CASCA) Annual Meeting, Nov. 2023
  • Abandoned Bodies and Absent Burial in Northern Sri Lanka
    日本南アジア学会第35回全国大会, Sep. 2022, 日本南アジア学会
  • Grief and Amnesty among Catholic Tamil Mukkuvars of Sri Lanka
    The ACLS Workshop on Historical Trauma and Social Healing, Apr. 2022, ACLS, Invited
  • ★Book publication seminar, "Hallelujah Fishers: An ethnography of war and faith in a Tamil fishing village in Sri Lanka," (Kaori Hatsumi 2021)
    KINDAS Sri Lanka Studies, Feb. 2022, 南アジア地域研究事業(INDAS-South Asia)京都大学拠点, Invited
  • Tamil Mourning, The Longue Durée of Catholicism, and Healing in Northern Sri Lanka
    South Asia and Indian Ocean Studies Seminar, Kyoto University, Feb. 2018, South Asia and Indian Ocean Studies Seminar, Kyoto University, Invited
  • The Challenge of Regulating Religion in Contemporary India: Secularism, Anti-Conversion Law, and Caste
    Michigan State University, The Department of Religious Studies, Dec. 2015, Michigan State University, The Department of Religious Studies, Invited
  • Public Space or God’s Temple? - Ghar Wapsi, Pentecostalism, and conflicts over the Dalit body
    Annual Conference on South Asia - Madison, WI, Oct. 2015, Annual Conference on South Asia - Madison, WI
  • “Hallelujah People: the Catholic Easter Rite, Evil, and Religious Sensibility of Tamil Fishers in Sri Lanka
    The Society for the Anthropology of Religion (SAR) Biennial Meeting, Apr. 2015, The Society for the Anthropology of Religion (SAR)
  • Anthropological and Social Justice Perspectives on the End of Eelam War and Its Aftermath.
    Canadian Tamil Congress (Scarborough Civic Centre, Toronto), Sep. 2013, Canadian Tamil Congress, Invited
  • Antigone in Sri Lanka
    The 9th Annual Conference on Tamil Studies, May 2013, University of California, Berkeley, Invited
  • Manik Farm Camp and Belonging: Citizenship, Memory and Identity in Postwar Sri Lanka
    Tamil Studies Conference at the University of Toronto, 2013, Tamil Studies Conference at the University of Toronto


  • South Asia in Global Context
    Kalamazoo College
  • Introduction to Society and Culture
    Kalamazoo College
  • Ethnographic Methods
    Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame
  • People and Nature
    Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame
  • Sociology of Religion
    Kalamazoo College
  • Understanding Violence
    Kalamazoo College
  • Language and Culture
    Kalamazoo College
  • Language, Culture & Society
    Kalamazoo College

Academic society affiliations

  • The Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology
  • The Japanese Association for South Asia Studies
  • American Ethnological Society
  • American Anthropological Association