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KAMEI Nobutaka

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Last updated: January 9, 2010

As a member of the Laboratory of Human Evolution Studies, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University (1994-2002) and the Center for African Area Studies, Kyoto University (2002-2004), I was conducting researches mainly on these topics.

(1) Studies on hunting-gathering societies in the tropical forests of Africa
(2) Studies on the Deaf communities and sign languages in Africa

In addition to these issues, I started the following theoretical researches as a Research Fellow / an Associate Professor of the 21st Century COE Program (The Study of "Social Research for the Enhancement of Human Well-being"), Kwansei Gakuin University (2004-2007).

(3) Applied anthropology as a mean of social researches
(4) Theoretical researches on minorities and human well-being

I started the following database constructing project based on my fieldwork and documentation work as a Research Fellow of the Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (2007-).

(5) Database of Asian and African sign languages
(6) Cultural anthropology of mathematicians' community and communication


Studies on hunting-gathering societies in the tropical forests of Africa

I have been conducting researches on the life and activities of children of the Baka hunter-gatherers in the tropical forest of Cameroon.

Fieldwork in the tropical forests in the East Province, Cameroon (1996-1998)
Research on play by children
Research on hunting-gathering activities by children
Research on the conflicts between school education and nomadic life


Studies on the Deaf communities and sign languages in Africa

I have been conducting researches on cultures and languages of Deaf communities in West and Central Africa.

Fieldwork in Cameroon (1997-1998; 2002; 2005)
Fieldwork in Gabon (2003)
Fieldwork in Benin (2004)
Fieldwork in Ghana (2006)
Fieldwork in Nigeria (2006)
History of Deaf communities in Africa
Theoretical researches on the development of the Deaf


Applied anthropology as a mean of social researches

Examining merits and demerits of applied anthropology as one of the attempts of social researches.


Theoretical researches on minorities and human well-being

Searching for models of coexistence of majorities and minorities, especially considering linguistic human rights.


Database of Asian and African Sign Languages

Constructing a database of sign languages, Deaf cultures and Deaf communities in Asian and African countries.

(a) Making a DVD dictionary of Langue des Signes d'Afrique Francophone (In the Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan) [Dictionary constructed in French and Japanese; version 1.0 completed on July 31, 2008; revised version 1.1 completed on September 30, 2008]

(b) Online database on sign languages in Asia and Africa

(1) Center for Asian and African Sign Languages, 2007 version (AASL2007)
An experimental database constructed in the Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan. Mainly written in Japanese.

The project was started on September 5, 2007; stopped on December 27, 2007.

It included 28 countries and areas (Africa 9; Asia 17; Oceania 2).

>>Archive (Mainly in Japanese; keywords in English are included)

(2) Center for Asian and African Sign Languages, New version (since 2009)

A database constructed in the Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan. Totally written in English and Japanese.

The project was started on June 9, 2009; ongoing.

It includes data on 110 countries and areas (Africa 54; Asia 27; Middle East 15; Oceania 14) and 84 sign languages (Africa 31; Asia 34; Middle East 11; Oceania 8) (Checked on January 2, 2010). Please visit us!

>> Main Page in English
>> Main Page in Japanese


Cultural anthropology of mathematicians' community and communication

Preliminary research for the ethnography of mathematicians' community and communication through the participant observation among mathematicians.


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