① Theories

Group 1 focuses on “theory building” and is responsible for elaborating and integrating habitus theory and actor-network theory, as well as formulating these theories using mathematical models. The results will be used to develop a common theoretical framework that will be provided to each group for collaboration.

Nakamura YasukoPrincipal Investigator,
Group Leader
Graduate School of Humanities, Nagoya Univ.
Ohira ToruGraduate School of Mathematics, Nagoya Univ.
Tamura TetsukiGraduate School of Law, Nagoya Univ.
Suzuki ReijiGraduate School of Informatics, Nagoya Univ.
Hirata ShuFaculty of Foreign Studies, Nanzen Univ.
Kim ShinhaengFaculty of International Studies, Osaka Univ. of Economics and Law
Zheng WanwanGraduate School of Humanities, Nagoya Univ.

② History of Human and Natural Interrelationships

Group 2 studies (1) the historical context of human-nature relations from ancient India and Greece to the present day from an anarchist perspective, (2) the history of human-animal relationships since the 19th century, and (3) human habitats from the birth of modern cities to the development of space through the application of actor-network theory and habitus theory.

Iwasaki YoichiGroup LeaderGraduate School of Humanities, Nagoya Univ.
Tachibana kojiGraduate School of Humanities and Studies on Public Affairs, Chiba Univ.
Ito TakashiGraduate School of Global Studies,Tokyo Univ. of Foreign Studies
Mori MotonaoSchool of Global Humanities and Social Sciences, Nagasaki Univ.
Takahashi HideyukiGraduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka Univ.

③ Process of Language Aquisition and Subjectification

Group 3 explores vulnerabilities and pain as fundamental aspects of human nature, and collaborates with researchers from literature, philosophy of language, developmental psychology, and robotics to investigate the significance of vulnerability in individual subjectification. Specifically, the group will conduct language acquisition experiments using artificial intelligence that implements vulnerability, observe infant language acquisition, analyze expressions of pain in literary works using text mining, and investigate the semantics and pragmatics of expressions that can cause psychological distress.

Minamitani YoshimiGroup LeaderGraduate School of Letters, Kyoto Univ.
Izumi YuFaculty of Humanities, Nanzen Univ.
Ikeda ShinnosukeFaculty of Education, Institute of Human and Social Sciences, Kanazawa Univ.
Miyazawa KazukiGraduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka Univ.

④Diversity of Sexuality

Group 4 studies the “diversity of sexuality” from the perspective of biological sex and gender as habitus, and seeks to conceptualize sexuality by integrating (1) the emergence, formulation, and disturbance of sexuality in literature, (2) the relationship between sex and religion and its institutionalization, and (3) the categorization of sex by modern science, as viewed from the perspective of literature, psychoanalysis, and cognitive neuroscience.

Toriyama TeijiGroup LeaderGraduate School of Letters, Kyoto Univ.
 Beauvieux Marie-NoelleFaculty of Letters, Meji Gakuin Univ.
Tsuiki KosukeInstitute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto Univ.
Sakaguchi KikueNational Institution for Academic Degrees and Quality Enhancement of Higher Education

⑤ Biopolitics and Art

Group 5 examines the power to manage biology (biopolitics) theoretically and examines the role of artistic activities in restraining it. In particular, we will analyze the image of human beings evoked by bio-art, in which life is re-created, as an image of human existence in the future. To investigate the ethics and the state of human beings in a post-pandemic world, we will also conduct psychological research based on Esposito’s theory that biopolitics = immunology, and conduct experiments that continuously record individuals’ emotions and physiological reactions in their daily lives.

Takeda HironariGroup LeaderGraduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto Univ.
Ikeno AyakoFaculty of Letters, Aoyama Gakuin Univ.
Yamamoto TetsuyaGraduate School of Technology, Industrial and Social Sciences, Tokushima Univ.
Ohira HidekiGraduate School of Informatics, Nagoya Univ.