Faculty

NISHIMURA Masao

■Position:
Professor
■Degree:
Ph.D. University of Michigan
■Background:
Research Assistant, the Museum of Anthropology University of Michigan(1989-1992)
Visiting Prof., St. Carlos Univ.[Philippine]
Visiting Researcher, National Museum of Philippine
UNESCO Visiting Professor, Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh, Cambodia  (1994-1995)
Associate Prof.; Prof., Waseda University School of Literature, School of Culture, Media and Society (1997-Present)

■Field of Specialization:
 Cultural anthropology/folklore studies
■Research Theme:
 Development anthropology, Anthropology of tourism, Heritage studies
■Major Works / Publications Awards:
【Publications】
 「Champassak Heritage Management Plan」(UNESCO,co-writing)
■Research Project:
 Cultural Heritage and Development in Southeast Asia   [MA  Not available from September 2018 Admission]
■Research theme, outline of project research seminar, message to prospects:
 Today, cultural heritage is one of the important resources for development. It is
especially true for developing countries. It seems to me that the “World Heritage phenomenon” has contributed to this trend. Since the World Heritage convention was first announced by UNESCO in 1972, more than 800 heritage sites have been inscribed on the World Heritage list. And the number of the World Heritage site is still increasing. In addition, UNESCO created another category of World Heritage for intangible heritage, and many countries are hectic to search the heritage in their countries, and promote it to the World Heritage category. Whatever its effect is, World Heritage have established a firm brand name for tourism development which will provide the country with massive amount of money.
However, in this trend, there are a number of reports that such kinds of tourism developments gave negative impacts on many aspects of concerned society and culture.
The objective of this project research, therefore, should be to critically look at the relationships between cultural heritage and development, and to gain the skill of to analyze it from anthropological perspectives. This means that in this project research we attempt to analyze the problems from rather wider perspectives.
■Web Page/ Researcher DB:
 http://researchers.waseda.jp/profile/ja.2f80a2486526674ba61d631028462b56.html 

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