Hansen Paul Simon

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Hansen Paul Simon
Hokkaido University
Research Faculty of Media and Communication
Job title
‘Specially Appointed’ (contracted) Professor
PhD Social Anthropology(University of London's SOAS)
Research funding number


Socio-cultural anthropology with a focus on Japan and Jamaica, social theory in relation to identity, affect, embodiment, posthumanism, cosmopolitan studies, ecology and animal-human-technology relationships.

I am also interested in food and musicology

Research Areas

  • Anthropology / Applied anthropology / (there is no choice but applied anthropology here)...Cultural anthropology focused on "doing" fieldwork (not interviewing alone), affect, embodiment, and ethics. The geographic area is secondary to me really as long as humans and non-humans are involved

Academic & Professional Experience

Apr 2015
'Specially Appointed' Professor, Media and Communication, Hokkaido University
Apr 2011
Mar 2015
Assistant Professor, Anthropology, University of Tsukuba
Sep 2010
Mar 2011
Lecturer, Anthropology, University of Calgary, ca.


PhD, Anthropology, SOAS University of London
MA, Religious Studies, Lancaster University

Awards & Honors

“Urban Japan's ‘Fuzzy’ New Families: Affect and Embodiment in Dog–Human Relationships", Best Article of 2013, Asian Anthropology Journal
Environmental Infrastructures, Kakenhi grant, Tsukuba University
Winner: Kimura Shuhei and Hansen Paul Simon
Post Doctoral Fellow, Japan Foundation
Post Doctoral Fellow, JSPS

Published Papers

Fostering a More-than-human World View
Hansen Paul Simon
NatureCulture   1-8   Sep 2018   [Refereed]
Linking cosmopolitan and multispecies touch in contemporary Japan
Hansen Paul Simon
Japan Forum   1-27   Oct 2018   [Refereed]
Fuzzy Bounds: Doing Ethnography at the Limits of the Network and Animal Metaphor
Hansen Paul Simon
Humanimalia: a journal of human/animal interface studies   10(1) 183-212   2018   [Refereed]
Problems and Politics of Small Scale Mixed Farming in the Parisah of Saint Thomas, Jamaica
Hansen Paul Simon
Govrenement of Jamaica Working Paper   1-21   2015
“Culturing a Food Security Crisis in Hokkaido”
Hansen Paul Simon
Asian Anthropology   13(1) 52-71   2014   [Refereed]
Hansen,Paul Simon
Critique of Anthropology      Dec 2013   [Refereed]
Hansen,Simon Paul
Journal of Rural Studies      Mar 2013   [Refereed][Invited]
“Urban Japan's ‘Fuzzy’ New Families: Affect and Embodiment in Dog–Human Relationships"
Hansen Paul Simon
Asian Anthropology   12(2) 83-103   2013   [Refereed]
Escaping Japan: Feeling and Findings on Hokkaido’s Frontier
Hansen,Paul Simon
Pan Japan: The International; Journal of the Japanese Diaspora   8(1)    Jun 2012   [Refereed]
Introduction: Escaping Inside
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Pan Japan: The International; Journal of the Japanese Diaspora: special edition editors Blai Guarne and Paul Hansen   8(1)    Jun 2012   [Refereed]


Kyoko's Assemblage: Escaping 'futsu no Nihonjin' in Hokkaido in the book Escaping Japan...
Hansen Paul Simon
152-178   2018
Introduction: Escaping Inside and Outside
Hansen Paul Simon
in the book Escaping Japan: Reflections on Estrangement and Exile in the Twenty First Century   1-25   2018   [Refereed]
Betwixt and Between JA: Japan, Jamaica, Agriculture, Education, and the Will to Employment
Hansen Paul Simon
in the book The Impact of Internationalization on Japanese Higher Education John Mock et. al. ed   159-175   2016
Moving Beyond Multiculturalism as a Framework for Diversity in the Anthropology of Japan
Hansen Paul Simon and John Ertl
in the book Reframing Diversity in the Anthropology of Japan Ertl et. al. ed.   1-28   2015
The Anthropology of Japan's Social Saga: The Manufacture of Consent Through Descent, Dissent, and the Decent
Hansen Paul Simon
in the book Reframing Diversity in the Anthropology of Japan Ertl et. al. ed.   213-246   2015

Books etc

Escaping Japan: Reflections on Estrangement and Exile in the Twenty-First Century
Hansen Paul Simon (Part:Joint Editor, 1-255)
Routledge Press   2018   

Conference Activities & Talks

Rur-bane Relating: Assembalage and Cosmopolitics in Central Hokkaido [Invited]
Hansen Paul Simon
What is the Local? At DIJ Tokyo   19 Oct 2018   
Interrogating the Ambiguous: Multispecies Fieldwork in Japan
Hansen Paul Simon
Invited talk at the Autonomous University of Barcelona   26 Feb 2018   
Kyoko's Assemblage: Escaping futsu no nihonjin in Hokkaido [Invited]
Hansen Paul Simon
University of Vienna   Oct 2017   
More-Than-Human Moves: Of Everyday Entanglements and the Academy (8 Member Organiser)
Hansen,Paul Simon
CASCA / IUAES   May 2017   
The Politics of Human-Non-human Health in Hokkaido: From Agribusiness to Deer Hunter [Invited]
Hansen Paul Simon
Institute for Public Health University of Calgary   Mar 2017   

Teaching Experience