Akio Tanabe

Name Akio Tanabe
Title Professor
Degree Ph.D. (University of Tokyo)
Specialty Historical Anthropology of South Asia
Theme of Research Social structure and the path of development in South Asia
Professional Career

Graduated from Faculty of Law, University of Tokyo, March 1988.

Completed the Master Course (Anthropology), University of Tokyo, March 1990.

Tenured Research Associate, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Institute for the Study of Languages and Culture of Asia and Africa, November 1993- March 1998

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University, April 1998-September 2004

Associate Professor, Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University, October 2004 – March 2009

Professor , Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University, April 2009 – March 2016

Professor, Dept. of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo, April 2016  to date

Selected publications

Gender and Modernity: Perspectives from Asia and the Pacific (co-edited with Y. Hayami and Y. Tokita-Tanabe), Kyoto and Melbourne: Kyoto University Press and Trans Pacific Press, 2003.

Dislocating Nation-States: Globalization in Asia and Africa (co-edited with P.N. Abinales and N. Ishikawa), Kyoto and Melbourne: Kyoto University Press and Trans Pacific Press, 2005.

The State in India: Past and Present (co-edited with Masaaki Kimura), New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2006.

“The System of Entitlements in Eighteenth-Century Khurda, Orissa: Reconsideration of ‘Caste’ and ‘Community’ in Late Pre-Colonial India.” South Asia 28(3): 345-85.

“Recast(e)ing Identity: Transformation of Inter-Caste Relationships in Post-Colonial Rural Orissa.”, Modern Asian Studies 40(3), 2006.

“Toward Vernacular Democracy: Moral Society and Post-Postcolonial Transformation in Rural Orissa, India.”, American Ethnologist 34 (3), 2007.

Caste and Equality: Historical Anthropology of Local Society and Vernacular Democracy in India. Tokyo: University of Tokyo Press. (Received “Okita Memorial Prize for International Development Research” from Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development, and “Award for Promotion of Studies on Developing Countries” from Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization. ), 2010.

Geosphere, Biosphere, Human Society: In Search of Sustainable Humanosphere (in Japanese), edited with Shuichi Kawai,Yasuyuki Kono and Kaoru Sugihara, Kyoto Daigaku Shuppankai, Kyoto, 2010.

The Tropical Humanosphere in Global History: Beyond the Temperate Paradigm (in Japanese), edited with Kohei Wakimura, Koichi Fujita and Kaoru Sugihara, Kyoto Daigaku Shuppankai, Kyoto, 2012.