Shimpei Ota

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Shimpei Ota
National Museum of Ethnology
Department of Cross-Field Research
Job title
Associate Professor
Ph.D. (Human Sciences)(Osaka University, 2007)
Other affiliation
American Museum of Natural HistoryThe Graduate University for Advanced Studies
Research funding number

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Apr 2014
Associate Professor, School of Cultural and Social Studies, Sokendai, the Graduate School for Advanced Studies
Apr 2014
Sep 2017
Adjunct Lecturer, Graduate School of Human Sciences, Osaka University
Oct 2013
Associate Professor, The National Museum of Ethnology
Jul 2011
Research Associate, Division of Anthropology, The American Museum of Natural History
Oct 2010
Mar 2016
Adjunct Lecturer, Miyazaki Municipal University

Published Papers

Alex de Voogt, Shimpei Cole Ota & Jonas J. W. Lang
Bulletin of the National Museum of Ethnology   42(4) 435-448   Jun 2018   [Refereed]
"Starving for Emigration: Utopistics of Oversea Koreans in the 21st Century"
Shimpei C. Ota
Asian Cultural Research Institute (ed.) Transnational Lifestyles: Toward Extensive Survey and Field Work in Asia   36-44   Feb 2016   [Invited]
Irrationality of Migration Motivations: Focusing on / Comparing the Immigrants with No Hope in the 2000s and the Escapees from Hell-Chosun in the 2010s"
Shimpei Cole Ota
Dept. of Anthropology & BK Plus Team (eds.), Global Korean Studies and Anthropology of Migration / Diaspora   221-230   2016   [Invited]
Shimpei Cole Ota
Senri Ethnological Studies   91 179-193   Jul 2015   [Refereed][Invited]
Shimpei Ota
Minpaku Tsushin   (144) 2-7   Mar 2014   [Refereed]


"Conferences Modeern Times and Rural Elites in East Asian Village Societies”
Shimpei Ota
(28) 21-22   Jun 2009   [Invited]
Anthropological Research at Colonial Imperial Universities: Comparison between Keijo Imperial University and Taihoku Imperial University
Kyungsu Chun (trans. by Shimpei Ota)
M. Kishimoto (ed.) The Magnetic Field of Oriental Studies   99-134   May 2006   [Invited]
Historical Present of Japanese Empire's Colonial / Maritime Anthropology: on Networks and Activities of Taihoku Imperial University and Keijo Imperial University
Kyungsu Chun (trans. by Shimpei Ota)
Shisou   (957) 73-91   2004   [Refereed][Invited]
"Conferences Korean Studies of Japanese Anthropologists: Historical Present"
Shimpei Ota
MINPAKU Anthropology Newsletter   (30) 12-13   Jun 2010   [Invited]

Books etc

Anthropology of Border Crossers: Approaches from Ethnography of Family and Individuals
Masahisa Segawa (ed.) (Part:Joint Work, Hope of ‘Escaping from the Hell Chosun’: a Case Study of Another Non-Political-Economic Motivation of Migrations)
Kokon-Shoin   Mar 2018   ISBN:9784772253093
Introduction to East Asian Cultural Anthropology
H. Kamizuru, S. Ota, T. Ozaki & Y. Kawaguchi (eds.) (Part:Joint Editor, “Family and Kinship: Featuring Korean and Japanese Blood Ties”)
Showado   Apr 2017   ISBN:9784812216125
How Has Japan Been Representing: Anthropological Studies of Japan in Foreign Countries
Takami Kuwayama (ed.) (Part:Joint Work, “Reproduction of Japanese Culture in South Korea: an Analysis of College Curriculum and Academic Discipline”)
Showado   Mar 2016   ISBN:9784812215340
Encyclopedia of World Nations
National Museum of Ethnology (ed.) (Part:Contributor, "Melting Pot of 'Races': the Americas," "Utopia," "Global Cities")
Maruzen   Jul 2014   ISBN:978-4-621-08823-4
Attic Museum
National Museum of Ethnology (Part:Contributor, Korean Peninsula)
Tankosha   Nov 2013   ISBN:978-4473039163

Conference Activities & Talks

Shimpei Cole Ota
IUAES2019: World Solidarities (2019 Inter-Congress of International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences)   30 Aug 2019   International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences & Adam Mickiewicz University
“Research, Exhibition, Education and Korean Studies at the National Museum of Ethnology" [Invited]
Shimpei Cole Ota
Kyungpook National University Humanities Program “Two Anthropologists’ Perspectives of East Asia”   5 Feb 2018   Department of Archeology and Anthropology, Kyungpook National University
“Escape from Hell Chosun: Young South Koreans’ Quest for Alternative Socialities”
Shimpei Cole Ota
AAS Annual Conference 2018   2018   Association for Asian Studies
“Hell-Choson in South Korea and Japanese Introverted Tendency: Opposite Keywords Show Some Common Points between Youth Cultures in the Two Countries" [Invited]
Shimpei C. Ota
2017 Joint Conference of Association of Japanology in East Asia, Association of North-east Asian Cultures & Nihon Bungei Kenkyukai   28 Oct 2017   Association of Japanology in East Asia, Association of North-east Asian Cultures & Nihon Bungei Kenkyukai
“Academic Hypothesis and Social Reliability: on the Dual Structure of the Korean Spiritual World”
Shimpei Cole Ota
CASCA/IUAES2017: MO(U)VEMENT (a Joint Canadian Anthropology Society & International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences Conference/InterCongress)   5 May 2017   Canadian Anthropology Society & International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences

Research Grants & Projects

A Research on Korean ‘Migrant without Hope'
Sokendai, the Graduate University for Advanced Science: Young Researcher Overseas Visit Program Expenses
Project Year: Apr 2012 - Feb 2013    Investigator(s): Shimpei Ota
A Comprehensive Analysis of Overseas Anthropological Studies of Japan
The National Museum of Ethnology: Joint Research Project
Project Year: Oct 2010 - Mar 2010    Investigator(s): Takami Kuwayama
Anthropology of Heritage: Communities and Materiality in Global Systems
The National Museum of Ethnology: Core Research Project
Project Year: Apr 2013 - Mar 2016    Investigator(s): Taku Iida
Practical Research on the Collection, Conservation, and Documentation of Ethnological Materials: An International joint Research Project Between the Russian Museum of Ethnography and the National Museum of Ethnology
The National Museum of Ethnology: Core Research Project
Project Year: Apr 2012 - Mar 2015    Investigator(s): Shiro Sasaki
Generation and Dynamism of Discourses on Family, Ethnicity and State in China
The National Museum of Ethnology: Core Research Project
Project Year: Apr 2012 - Mar 2015    Investigator(s): Min Han


Apr 2000
Mar 2004
Doctoral Course in Human Sciences, Graduate School of Human Sciences, Osaka University
Sep 2000
Feb 2003
Doctoral Course in Sociocultural Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Seoul National University
Apr 1998
Mar 2000
Master Course in Anthropology, Graduate School of Human Sciences, Osaka University
Apr 1994
Mar 1998
Sociology, School of Human Sciences, Osaka University