UCHIBORI Motomitsu

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UCHIBORI Motomitsu
The Open University of Japan
Faculty of Liberal Arts
Job title
Professor emiritus
Ph.D(ANU), MA(U Tokyo), BA(U Tokyo)
Other affiliation
Hitotsubashi UniversityThe Tun Jugah Foundation

Research Areas



Mar 1979
Doctoral Course in Cultural Anthropology, Graduate School, Division of Sociology, The University of Tokyo
Apr 1979
Ph.D., Dept of Anthropology, Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University
Cultural Anthropology, Faculty of Liberal Arts, The University of Tokyo

Awards & Honors

May 2009
Society Award, Japan Society of Cultural Anthropology
May 1982
Shibusawa Award, Society for Promotion of Ethnology

Published Papers

The Spirit as the Other: From the Iban Ethnography
UCHIBORI Motomitsu
Others: The Evolution of Human Sociality (Kyoto Univ Pres)   325-346   Mar 2019   [Invited]
Stonehood: Agency as Inagency
UCHIBORI Motomitsu
An Anthropology of Things, Kyoto University Press   273-277   Mar 2018
'Not After the Deluge: A Note on Discourses on the Local Flood Experiences in the Upper Skrang'
UCHIBORI Motomitsu
Ngingit   9 7-17   Aug 2017   [Invited]
'Introduction for the Special Issue of Ngingit '
UCHIBORI Motomitsu
Ngingit   9 1-6   Aug 2017   [Refereed][Invited]
'An Institution Called Death: Towards Its Arche'
UCHIBORI Motomitsu
Institutions: Evolution of Human Sociality   39-58   Mar 2017   [Invited]
'When Semangat Becomes Antu: An Essay on Iban Ontology
UCHIBORI Motomitsu
Ngingit   5 27-32   Jun 2014   [Invited]
'Assembly of Solitary Beings: Between Solitude and "Invisible" Groups'
UCHIBORI Motomitsu
Groups: Evolution of Human Sociality (Kyoto Univ. Press)   43-57   Mar 2013   [Invited]
UCHIBORI Motomitsu
Social Science Information   50(1) 142-153   2011   [Refereed][Invited]
My Kind of Ethnology/Anthropology: On the Determined Schism between Micro- and Macro-scale Perspectives'
UCHIBORI Motomitsu
Japanese Review of Cultural Anthropology   11 3-23   2010   [Refereed][Invited]
‘Tracing Ourselves Back to “Ethnologie”: Ethnographic Works of Japanese Anthropologists on the Periphery of Insular Southeast Asia’,
UCHIBORI Motomitsu
Japanese Review of Cultural Anthropology   4 45-74   2004   [Refereed]
‘How Brunei Borders Are Crossed: or the Stateless as a Human Border Area’, in K. Miyazaki (ed.) “Dynamics of Border Societies in Southeast Asia: Proceedings of International Symposium (held at ILCAA in December 2003)", ILCAA, pp.82-98.
UCHIBORI Motomitsu
82-98   2004   [Invited]
‘Rivers and Ridges: Changes in Perception of Natural Environment among the Iban of the Upper Skrang’
UCHIBORI Motomitsu
Local Perception of Environment and Landscapes in Sarawak, ILCAA working report   1-29   2004   [Refereed]
‘In the Two States: Cultural Citizenship of the Iban in Sarawak and Brunei’
UCHIBORI Motomitsu
Cultural Adaptation in Borneo, Sabah Museum Monograph   7 111-127   2002   [Refereed]

Books etc

Between Longhouse and Forest
Univ. of Tokyo Pres   1996   
Anthropology of Death
UCHIBORI Motomitsu with Shinji Yamashita
Kobundo Pulishing (1986), Kodansha (2006)   1986   

Research Grants & Projects

Modernisation of longhouse structures and its effects on the everyday habitus of the Iban.
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS): Grant-in-Aid (C)
Project Year: Apr 2018 - Mar 2021    Investigator(s): UCHIBORI Motomitsu
Formations of Culture of the Aged
Grant-in-Aid (B) for Scientific Research JSPS
Project Year: Apr 2015 - Mar 2019    Investigator(s): UCHIBORI Motomitsu
Anthropology of Resources
Grant-in-Aid for Priority Area of Scientific Research MEXT
Project Year: Jul 2002 - Mar 2007    Investigator(s): UCHIBORI Motomitsu
Resources Allocations in Madagascar
Grant-in-Aid (B) for Scientific Research JSPS
Project Year: 2004 - 2005    Investigator(s): UCHIBORI Motomitsu
Perception of Natural Environments among the Indigenous Population in Sarawak
Grant-in-Aid (A) for Scientific Research JSPS
Project Year: 2000 - 2004    Investigator(s): UCHIBORI Motomitsu